Audiobook Review: Greywalker by Kat Richardson

Posted June 16, 2014 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 63 Comments

Audiobook Review: Greywalker by Kat Richardson
Greywalker by Kat Richardson
Narrator: Mia Barron
Series: Greywalker #1
Published by Penguin Audio
Published on: June 2, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 12 hrs & 8 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until a two-bit perp's savage assault left her dead for two minutes. When she comes to in the hospital, she sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring.

But Harper's not crazy. Her "death" has made her a Greywalker- able to move between the human world and the mysterious cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift is about to drag her into that strange new realm-whether she likes it or not.

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This is one of those series that’s been on my radar for a while now; it also came highly recommended from a number of reviewers who know how much I LOVE Urban Fantasy, so I decided to give it a listen in audio. The narration took some getting used to, as did Kat Richardson’s grungy poetic writing, but once the action started flowing I was quickly swept away by Harper Blaine’s story. GREYWALKER reminded me a lot of Kalayna Price’s ALEX CRAFT novels in that the main heroine is a PI with a penchant for seeing dead things.

I liked how the author introduced readers to her paranormal world by having the protagonist undergo a Greywalker 101 course if you will. Harper hooks up with Ben & Mara, two professors who dabble in the supernatural, and they use her as sort of a guinea pig to test their hypotheses while also helping Blaine to learn about her new gifts. It was entertaining observing the differences between theory and practice, and getting to examine some of this series’ supes from an academic perspective as well as from a witch-y one. In doing this, Richardson gave a nice overview of the main components in her GREYWALKER universe from multiple perspectives.

The writing style reminded me a bit of a spoken word artist on open mic night; as ugly as this book’s cover is, it does kind of have that gritty “feel” to it. That, and this quote from the blurb: “foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring”, describes the tone of this story fairly well. The plot moved along at a decent pace, and all of the 1990’s fads which were not meant to be funny, but were actually accurate at the time of publication, made me giggle. I mean, when’s the last time you saw a pager? I really enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Mara, her Irish wit was spot on. Ben, Quinton, Will, and Cam all contributed nicely to the narrative as well, and I look forward to encountering them again.

I wasn’t immediately wowed by Mia Barron’s narration, but like a pair of new shoes, starting an unfamiliar series is always an adjustment. Her tempo was a little slow for my tastes, and some of her character voices were kinda off. Cam for example, sounded like he was constipated which was rather comical, but made it difficult for me to take his dire situation seriously. Mara’s Irish accent on the other hand was very well done, and I expect that Barron’s narration will improve with each installment.

GREYWALKER wasn’t an insta-favourite, but book 1 rarely is, so I won’t hold that against Kat Richardson because I think that I probably would have enjoyed it slightly more had I read this one instead. Still, not a bad first kick at the can.

Thank you, Kimberly from the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, for recommending this series to me.

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63 responses to “Audiobook Review: Greywalker by Kat Richardson

  1. This one has been on my radar for awhile now as well, probably also in large part to Kim LOL. I love how you described the writing as grungy poetic, has me even more curious now.

    First novels can be so tough. I rarely like a UF series after the first novel, sometimes it even takes three before I really fall in love with it (like the Kate Daniels series).
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  2. I’m glad the narratation grew on you πŸ™‚ Ohhkay, the Greywalker 101 seems intriguing πŸ˜€ Heh, your description of the writing style is really good πŸ™‚ And so agreed! The first book in an UF series rarely is the a wow-this-is-so-good-i-can’t-even book, but t looks like this series has a ton of potential to be amazing and I hope you’ll love the following ones even more πŸ™‚ Great review, Carmel!
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  3. Braine  

    I love this series and you’re right, it gains momentum kinda slow but you’ll love it coz KRichardson incorporates less popular myths into her story so it’s refreshing in that sense. I don’t think I’d be able to listen to this though coz the pace is slow to build so kudos to you for doing it this way!

    • I might not continue this series in audio, we’ll see… I read a few of your reviews before adding these books to my TBR pile, so that helped too. πŸ™‚

  4. Hahaha! Constipated! You made me laugh hard…LOL And I totally get it..LOL I think sometimes they tried too hard and their voices sound forced and unnatural. I’ve never listened to anything from her before, she might be a rookie, but a lot times they comeback with the second book with a much better performance after reading some of the reviews.
    I’m a cover lover and that cover doesn’t do it for me, so I never thought about getting this one. I’ll wait to see what you thing of the next book.
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    • The constipated vamp isn’t in book 2 as much, but he’s replaced by an over-the-top version of Count Dracula, and I’m not sure that it was an improvement. LOL

  5. I actually bought this one during the Borders closeout sales and haven’t gotten around to it. But if some people you know are recommending it then it’s likely worth a read. I always like seeing the different methods by which the “teaching” character is put in to conveniently give us readers the worldbuilding information. I like the way it sounds like they did it here. Excellent insight as always dear. Ding dong go the bells!!!!
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  6. Denise Z

    I have been a huge fan of this series since it first came out and hopped over to give a listen to the sample of the audio. I don’t think I could get into the narration, the narrator just does not fit my mental image. The books are great and a taste of something different and think I’ll stick with the books πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing with us today.

  7. I’ve had this one in ebook format for a long while but haven’t read it yet. Glad to hear that it’s worth a try. There’s hardly a series I’ve read where I was wowed by the first installment so I usually like to give a series at least two books to decide if I’ll continue. I actually like the gritty feel to the covers so it’s good to know that the story equally matches that tone. I think I’ll pass on the audio but will definitely be reading them! Great review Carmel. πŸ™‚
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  8. “as ugly as this book’s cover is, it does kind of have that gritty β€œfeel” to it” LOL I was wondering if I was the only one with that reaction to the cover :S It does give a gritty vibe though which I really enjoy in books. I think I,d like this writing for how unique it sounds. Too bad the audio narration wasn’t easier to get into though I always hate starting a new audio series for that reason. I need to get used to a new voice and a new tone etc. Anyways, great review! πŸ™‚

  9. Danielle

    I’ve read several books in this series, and kind of lost interest. There’s not anything in particular that I can point to that kept me from getting hooked. They’re pretty good, fairly interesting and the writing isn’t bad. There just wasn’t anything that really grabbed me enough for me to keep reading, when I have so many other books to be read.

  10. While this one doesn’t sound like a perfect read at least you were able to enjoy it and tried something new out of your comfot zone! I mean they all can’t be winners πŸ™‚

  11. Ah read book 1 and 2 a while ago when they released them in French but it’s been years. I was quite like you, the book is nice, book 2 as well but it’s not insta-love and I’m always a little behind at first. But I’m glad you had a good time in a whole.

  12. This sounds pretty good, Carmel. I’m glad you enjoyed it even if the narrator didn’t quite do it for you. I’ve had this one on my nook for probably a few years now. *gasp* But I love the sound of the prose being written poetically. I’ll have to move it up in priority. πŸ™‚ Great review!

  13. Hah hah, when you said “narration like a spoken word artist,” I knew exactly what you meant! I don’t think I’d deal well with that. This book definitely is intriguing, but I’d probably choose paperback over audio when I get around to it. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the review!
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  14. I’m happy to know that I’m not alone when I thought that cover was flat-out ugly. If it weren’t for your review, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought at all. It’s just not something I’d want to read, and something I’d immediately assume is not well-written. I know, it sucks that I judge a book by its cover, but come on, being visually-enticing is important, too! First impressions last.

    Anyhow, going back to the book, I’m glad it’s decent enough for a first book in a series. I’m still on the fence regarding if I should put it on my TBR or not… but since Kimberly enjoyed it, I’ll give it a few more reconsiderations (and reviews!) before deciding.
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    • I’m guilty of judging books by their covers too, so don’t feel bad. If this series hadn’t been recommended to me I probably never would have started it.