Reading Level: Young AdultI haven't read any of Kelley Armstrong's books books before, so I was really excited to get The Gathering on audiobook for review. I thought this was a fantastic book to listen to on audio. I don't know what it is about some books as opposed to others, but there are some books that I prefer to read, and some I prefer to listen to. This one I definitely preferred listening to. The reader was a woman, and I thought she did a fantastic job. I loved all the voices that she did, especially Maya's voice which seemed to fit perfectly. Even the guy voices were done well. The only guy voice I wasn't too crazy about was Rafe's, he just sounded a little off. Maybe it was because he was supposed to have a strange southern accent, I'm not sure. It really wasn't bad, though, and I still enjoyed the audiobook a lot. I will definitely be looking for the second one on audio.
Listening Length: 8 hour(s) and 8 min.
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Harper Audio (April 12, 2011)
Series: Darkness Rising, Book 1
Buy the book: Amazon
Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.
It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.
As far as the story goes, at first I have to say I thought it was a little slow. There was a lot of description, which sometimes loses me because I like to get into the meat of things, but that was another reason I was glad I was listening instead of reading. I do better listening to stuff like that than reading it. Another thing that kind of bothered me in the beginning was that it seemed a little political, or at least a little agenda-based, and I tend to get irritated at that. Especially when it seems like it is supposed to be subtle....but it isn't.
But that all faded away pretty quickly and soon I found myself lost in this fascinating story. There are so many elements to this book, and so many possibilities. I felt like I had a grasp on what might be going on in this secretive town, then something would happen that made me question what I thought. With elements of science fiction, possible gene-altering, maybe paranormal, who knows? Maybe all of those things combined. It's funny, I would usually tag this book as a sufferer of series syndrome, but somehow, even though I still have as many questions after reading this, as I did when I started it, I was never bored. I never felt like the story was full of fluff. I enjoyed every minute of it. Maybe it just goes to show that a good writer can leave us hanging on a cliff at the end, and we'll thank her for it!
I had questions about whether you had to read the Darkest Powers books first, but this series is definitely it's own story, so even if you've never read any of Kelley's books, you can pick this one up no problem. I hope that you'll try listening to it on audio, and maybe you'll fall in love with audiobooks like I have!
- Sexual Content: Mild/Moderate Dialog
- Profanity: Moderate
- Violence: Moderate
- Other Notables:
- Underage drinking
- Mention of using drugs
- Alcoholism by a parent
- Teens smoking