Audio Review: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Posted January 13, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 15 Comments

Audio Review: Bitten by Kelley ArmstrongBitten by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #1
Narrator: Aasne Vigesaa
Published by Brilliance Audio, Plume on 2004
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 436
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hours 58 minutes
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Elena Michaels is a werewolf. On certain nights, she takes off into the streets of the city naked and furred, savagely striking at the throats of her animal prey. Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever continues to haunt her. When the elite pack of werewolves that initiated her into her new life is threatened, Michaels is thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to this secret clan, and forces her to reckon with who, and what, she is.

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First Impression:

This is a werewolf book with bite.

Favorite Line/Quote:

“You forget, darling. I am the local psychopath.”

“Perfect night, wasn’t it?”

“It could have been.” I smiled up at him. “But you were there.”

Why I listened:

I’ve had Bitten on my TBR since 2010. But after seeing it was being turned into a TV show I decided I should really read it. I kept putting it off and ran out of time to read it before the show airs (TONIGHT on Syfy) so I decided to listen to the audio since I could listen while at work and get it finished faster.

The Narration:

Aasne Vigesaa does a great job with the narration for the most part. Her voice is prefect for Elena. She sounds the perfect age of the character and her passing and delivery of the story was great. The only negative thing I can point out was her voice for Clay. He is southern and I don’t think she pulled his voice off as well as it could have been done.

The production of the audio was good there was no noticeable stops in the audio recording. The speed and volume were masterfully done where it sounded like the whole book was recorded in one sitting. One thing that was done that I’ve only heard in one other audio book is when Elena was talking to anyone on the phone the person on the other end sounded like they were on speaker phone. They muffled the audio making it sound like they were actually on a phone. It was a bit cheesy sounding until I got use to it.

What I liked:

Armstrong’s wolves are only male (with the exception of Elena) and it’s passed from father to son. The men raise the sons and the mothers or not around thus no instant a love or mates thing that you see in ALL other werewolf books (at least ones I’ve read).

I liked that Armstrong is an author that’s not afraid to kill off characters no matter how lovable they might be. Her werewolf world is one that is dark but still has characters full of snark.

The heroine, Elena is just as strong as the males in her pack. But she’s not one of those head strong female leads that runs off trying to save the world only to get everyone around her hurt or killed. She is a strong pack member whither she wants to be or not.

The hero, Clay…. where do I start with him? He’s the tough smart ass that’s sexy and frustrating at the same time. He betrayed Elena years ago but he loves her and continues to wait on her to come back to him. My heart breaks for him at times but I can see why Elena would want nothing to do with him or the pack. Elena and Clay are both great characters.

What I didn’t like:

Nothing really.

Lasting Impression:

I really enjoyed Bitten and the world that Armstrong has created.

Will I continue this series:

Yes. I’ve already put book 2, Stolen on my library wish list and will be reading it very soon.

What other bloggers are saying about Bitten:

Carmel (Rabid Reads) “It’s THE best werewolf book ever. Period.”

Jen (Red Hot Books) “Otherworld is the bomb dot com.”

 

About Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could
write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a
story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls
and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to
spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked
away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern
Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

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Jennifer

Owner/Blogger at The Book Nympho
I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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15 responses to “Audio Review: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

  1. Kym

    Ahhhhh! I’ve read the entire series and her YA series. They’re so good I can hardly stand it. I hope you find time to continue the series.

  2. I listened to Bitten a few years ago and I agree that her voice for Elena was perfect, but Clayton was a bit tooo southern for me. I also watched the fist episode of the show last night and I’m totally looking forward to full season. Hope they continue to do a good job!

  3. So glad that you finally got around to reading Bitten and that you bumped your review up to a 5! Hopefully my threat of not being your friend anymore if you didn’t love this one didn’t have too much of an impact on your rating. 😉 You should listen to the Men of the Otherworld anthology. It’s mostly about young Clay and the male narrator does a really good job; I think you’d enjoy it.

    • I second that Men of the Otherworld needs to be high on the TBR list. Charles Leggett does the best Clayton voice ever, especially as a child. I wish he did the story of him meeting Elena. I think I’ve listened to Men of the Otherworld like three or four times.

  4. Finally! I was just doing a refresh of the series (book 1) before the TV show.
    I wonder if the recording has gotten too old..LOL I didn’t have any of those problems with my copy. It’s and old book tho.
    Now you can listen to one of my favorite audiobooks of all time, Men of the Otherworld 🙂
    Great review!
    Let’s watch the show! YAY!

  5. So very, very excited about watching the show. This is my absolute favorite shifter series and I’ve been a Clay & Elena fan ever since I started reading paranormal stories. I’m so glad you loved it too!

    • TheBookNympho

      I was afraid to not love it. Carmel said if I didn’t we couldn’t be friends anymore. LOL

  6. You have to listen to Men of the Otherworld. Charles Leggett does the best job of Clayton’s voice, especially as a child. That is my favorite of the series on audio.

    I’m really glad you finally got around to reading this book. I enjoy this series a lot. I will say that some books and POVs are better than others, but the series overall is great. I’ve read all the books, but have been going back and listening to them. It started as prep for the TV show and I just love this series.

    I can’t wait for the show tonight. I’ve heard good things from people in Canada who watched on Saturday.