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Bitten by Kelly Armstrong, is a fictional, paranormal drama. Narrated by Aasne Vigesaa. Released in audiobook form, 2004.

Main character Elena Michaels, is just trying to live her life like everyone else. She lives in downtown, Toronto, Canada with her boyfriend Philip. She has friends and a job in journalism that she loves. A pretty normal life by most standards. Except, once a week she needs to leave her apartment in the middle of the night and stretch her feet. Or rather, her paws.

You guessed it, Elena Michaels is a werewolf. One of a small number in the world. She's also the only female. In this tale males are mostly born, but sometimes made werewolves. The gene is not passed down to females. Elena was made. The first female to survive a werewolf bite.

After years of living with her werewolf pack she wanted a "normal" human life. Now the pack needs her back. Trouble is starting with some rogue werewolves, jeopardizing their species. Elena's other life is away from the city. Remote and far away from humans. She also has Clay, a past love who has never stopped seeing Elena as his mate.

Elena has to decide can she continue to live as a human (most of the time) or will she be drawn back to her pack, her duties and her werewolf life?

Pros:

  • The narrator, Aasne Vigesaa did a great job with making me believe that she was the multiple characters, that she voiced. Not an easy feat for many narrators. As much as I love a full cast, this narrator pulled it off, beautifully.
  • I like the length of the audiobook. Although, almost 13 hours may be too long for some.

Cons:

  • The Canadian accent. I'm from Ontario, Canada and the narrator was exaggerating a lot (my opinion only). Kind of what non-Canadians expect to hear us to sound like. More than annoying, at times. Maybe it just depends on what part of the country you're from.
  • The sex scenes, were a little long and graphic for my taste. Start and phase out, I get what's going on. 😉

I give Bitten by Kelly Armstrong 4/5.

Bitten also available in paperback, published in 2001.

Who are some of your favourite paranormal authors? Enjoy your Friday and have a fabulous weekend!

Till next time,

Nadia

The Castle Series One, (the rest of the series are as equally funny) written by Kim Fuller & Paul Alexander had me hooked from the beginning.  You might recognize the voices of some of the British actors James Fleet or Neil Dudgeon. Set in medieval times, The Castle adds contemporary plots and themes to old time story lines.

Today's popular music played on the lute and the recorder. I sat there listening to the music, knowing that I knew the tune. When I figured out who it was, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that a contemporary song could sound just as good on the lute and recorder.

Kings, peasants, maidens in waiting, to farmers are all part of the plot in this funny series. Sassy humour, a little over-acting, jabs at today's 'celebrities', will keep you laughing to yourself on a long drive or while scrubbing the toilet.

*Today is also International Day of Tolerance. A good day to practice for myself. Not anyone else's issues just my own.  I think tolerance has a lot to do with how we perceive what other people are trying to say to us, or do to us. How we react is all part of tolerance, although even the most tolerate humans have their limits.

How's your tolerance for, anything in life? Is it something that you have to work at or are you a pretty tolerant person?

Song of the Day: Everyday People - The Essential Sly & the Family Stone 'Everyday People' - Sly & The Family Stone, The Essential Sly & the Family Stone, 2003, Sony Music Entertainment.

Till next time,

Nadia