Day Shift – By Charlaine Harris
Narrated by Susan Bennett
I found the above Youtube video book review to be quite good. This is of course book 2 in the Midnight TX series. For our purposes, we will be reviewing the Narrator primarily, not the book itself.
This is my third Susan Bennett narration. The first was a non-fiction work, then book 1 in the Midnight TX series as noted on my previous post.
I really enjoyed Susan’s narration. Her cadence and rhythm are exceptional as always. It’s great getting to know these characters in more depth in book 2, and I think that Susan does a wonderful job of bringing out the nuances that help to understand the true conflicts experienced by each person.
You feel Manfred’s frustration when he experiences the prejudices that surround his profession as a psychic. And Olivia’s battle to contain the rage that threatens to overcome her time and again, especially while Lemuel is away and not around to drain the excess emotions and ease the tension. I do hope that we get to explore Lemuel’s history more in book 3, but that gives us something to look forward to.
I keep reading in my research about the Sookie Stackhouse series, and how some of these characters have showed in that series, but I can’t really say anything about that. I haven’t read/listened to that series or watched the T.V. series that is based on it. Typically I am not much on the ‘vampire’ scene, so that is not a big surprise.
One of the things that I love about this book series however, is that although we have a vampire, witch, psychic, shape changers and more, they are not the typical representations most people have become accustomed to. I find them more realistic I would say here. If you can call any of these characters realistic that is. Subtle but believable might be a better take on them in this series.
If you are not prejudice, and like good mysteries, then you should find this series (Midnight TX) a good fit, and Susan Bennett’s narration compelling and a comfortable read. Some books are hard to listen to, (point in fact one that I am trying to make it through right now, ugh!) but you won’t have that problem here. A great listening experience, so give it a try.
And as always, Happy Listening!