Audiobook Review: The Becoming (Anna Strong Chronicles, #1) by Jeanne C. Stein

Posted August 30, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 3.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Mindy's Reviews, Reviews / 4 Comments


Audiobook Review: The Becoming (Anna Strong Chronicles, #1) by Jeanne C. Stein
Book: The Becoming (Anna Strong Chronicles, #1)
Author: Jeanne C. Stein
Article Type: Book Review, Audiobook Review

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My name is Anna Strong. I am a vampire. How I became one is the reason for this story. I tell it all the way it happened. It may not be what you expect.

She’s a bounty hunter–tough, beautiful, and trained for the unexpected. Until the night she’s attacked and left closer to death than she can imagine. She awakens to an indoctrination into a dark new world where vampires walk among us. But this time, a tight grip on a .38 won’t stop what she’s hunting for.

Existing between the worlds of the living and the dead, Anna is torn by her love for two very different men. Max, a DEA agent, all too human, and vulnerable. And Avery, a Night Watcher who’s joined Anna in pursuit of the rogue vampire who changed her life that terrifying night. Now, as her two worlds collide, fate plunges Anna into the ultimate battle between good and evil where survival is not just for the living…

Audiobook Review: The Becoming (Anna Strong Chronicles, #1) by Jeanne C. Stein
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Received for Audio Review
Overall Rating: 3.00
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 3.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
Release date – Feb, 9 2010 Run time 7 hours 20 minutes.

First Thoughts on The Becoming:  I liked it but it was nothing new. Anna Strong, the main female character, just seemed a little naive for someone supposed to be a kick butt bounty hunter turned vampire.

What I Liked: The Becoming is told in first person which when you have a strong female Urban Fantasy protagonist really helps draw the reader to the characters way of thinking. I am intrigued by the character Calubra and think I might want to keep reading just to find out more about him. I am also intrigued by Anna’s mysterious helper, Casper. I already have ideas about who he might be and want to see if I am right. I really didn’t like much else about the story but I did want to keep listening.

What I didn’t Like:  Very close to the opening of The Becoming is a rape scene and Anna a few times mentally debates if it was rape or if she wanted it. It is part of the plot and explained but even the suggestion bothered me on a feminist level. Most of the characters are weak and the world building is not strong enough for a first book set up for a series. Anna is supposed to be a strong female lead but she is easily manipulated by Avery. The inconsistency of her character just didn’t attract me to her. I could see what was coming and since it was first person, I expected Anna should have been able to as well.

Audio Specific Review: This book is read by Dina Pearlman. I thought she did a great job and had I been reading the book instead of listening, I may not have finished. The narration felt like I was reading the Anna’s diary.

Final thoughts: The Becoming is the first book of what is currently an 8 book series and I do want to pick up book two to find out the rest of the story. People who enjoy a series with a female going out on the trail of truth and justice should check it out.

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4 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Becoming (Anna Strong Chronicles, #1) by Jeanne C. Stein

  1. I don’t think the rape situation would bother me as long as it was defined as a rape otherwise. I mean how many women go through that same situation by questioning it, especially in our world? Sad but true.

    I have these and I really can’t wait to dive in!

  2. Hmmmm. I think the rape situation would bother me. If I was in her shoes I don’t think I would be questioning whether it was rape or if I wanted it, though I know there are many a victim of rape who asks themselves that exact question, especially when they feel external pressure. Still, it would be problematic for me for sure. I think I’ll pass on this one, fantastic review Mindy!