CLAIMED by Rebecca Zanetti
“A Daring Rescue: Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”….
A Deadly Decision: As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken 300 years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her – even if it means turning his back on his own kind….”
From the review at I Am, Indeed:
“Narration for this series is from Karen White, and she again brings a solid sense of the characters and the emotion to the forefront. I’m honestly wondering just how she kept all of the different voices straight, as Talen, Cara, Emma, Dage, Janie and all the others have distinct tones in their voices and I knew who was who from the first book right off. From a note left on the first review: I know these were all recorded in order, but my brain scrambles thinking about it. Wonderful insets that allow the emotional impact of the words are used: pauses, hesitations, even sighs and smiles all add to this narration that is fast becoming my example of stellar work.
I’m really enjoying this series: the characters, the world building and the narration that breathes life into every moment. A perfect opportunity for fans of the series to start again, or to bring in new listeners who want a long-running story trajectory with characters that intrigue and amuse.”
From the review at Hot Listens:
“Once again, Karen White knocks this out of the park. I’ve come to always expect an exceptional narration when I see that she is the narrator. She brings great emotion and character voice to the books. Her pace and tone are always where I like to see them. For this book, I would like to call out the accent she uses for the Irish witch Moira. I really enjoyed that Irish/Gaelic accent. She also does a really good job with four-year-old Janie. I really feel her youth when she speaks.”
My recording experience:
I quickly warmed to Emma Paulsen because she has got such a great sense of humor, and it’s always great to be able to highlight that in romance in general, but in books with lots of action in particular. I struggled a bit with finding the right balance for Dage – he’s got some real psychological weight and darkness to him and I wanted to find a voice that made that clear without having him sound like a bad guy. Talen is a more physical alpha; Dage is very complex psychologically and VERY alpha in his demands. Psychic, a diplomat, a fighter with the “heart of a poet”. He’s got a lot going on. And, as he explains in his defense, “most of us haven’t been in a relationship for centuries.”
Listen to a sample here: