I LOVED how uniquely fresh this addition to Molly Harper's world of vampires, witches, shape-shifters. It had a compelling plot that carried the book forward at a delightful pace.
Molly wrote a difficult character to narrate....an Irish lass who lived in Boston for much of her youth. Her accent is an odd mix of the two locales....and once this combination was explained, Amanda Ronconi's performance made ever so much more sense. As usual, Ronconi does a beautiful job with male characters, female characters, keeping them true to their previous appearances in other books, and remaining consistent with the challenging Boston/Ireland combination!
This story was so very well done that I give it an easy five stars, and highly recommend it! While the connections to past stories are fun and continue on with favorite characters, it's truly not necessary to have read/listened to the rest of Molly Harper's vampire books. This could be a stand-alone treat! Highly recommended to fans of romantic comedy and the paranormal.
Best: Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi are both very talented and bring great humor to all their stories together.
Least: The narration was really hard to bear. I love Amanda Ronconi, but the accents here were not my favorite. I know that the main character is supposed to have a weird accent anyway, but it was even more awkward trying to figure it all out with Amanda's own accent thrown in the mix.
This story also felt a bit predictable to me, compared to others.
I bought this book because I've so enjoyed Molly Harper books before. Amanda Ronconi did an outstanding job with the werewolves in Alaska that I thought this would be great as well.
I couldn't finish the audio book because Amanda decided that the lead voice needed some random accent - it was awful!!! I can't stress the awfulness of this performance. Please redo it with your normal voice.
Doesn't compare to other Molly Harper books. Couldn't even finish it. Getting passed the horrible accents and narration is just too much to ask.
2 stars, largely based on the painfully bad narration of the first half
I normally LOVE the Molly Harper-Amanda Ronconi team. This time the narration was painfully bad--so bad that it distracted me from following the story and came close to ruining the book for me. What the hell was she thinking to go with such a broad "pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd" Boston accent for an Irish woman? I understand that for part of the time she was presenting herself as having come from Boston, but in that case only her dialog should have featured that accent, not her first person narration.
The only way I managed to get through the book at all was because she pretty much drops that accent for the second half of the book. This allowed me to focus on the plot, which seemed particularly slapdash and full of holes. Admittedly, I don't read Molly Harper for her tightly plotted prose, but this was especially weak. There also seemed to be less wit than usual, but that may have been obscured by the horrible narration.
I'm certainly not giving up on Molly Harper audiobooks, but I will no longer view them as a guaranteed good time. Better to relisten to one of her Jane Jameson titles (which Amanda Ronconi narrates brilliantly) than to bother with this on audio.
Absolute book lover. Would rather spend a day reading than go shopping. Except when shopping for books of course. Loving audio books.
This was the last Molly Harper books I purchased (I own them all) I found this story was refreshing. I love how the author uses the same characters over and over to make a new story. fabulous work The book had me wondering until the end who was working against our heroine . I can usually figure out the ending but, this one had me stumped. I loved the ending. Hope to read more Half Moon Hollow books soon.
This is so hard because there are so many great ones. I have to say my favorite was the main character and her quest to find the magical objects she is searching for.
The all were, she is a talented person and find her characters believable and each on it's own person.
The ending and it would be a spoiler to comment further
Keep up the fantastic writing. Waiting for more adventures.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
This is a great story. a complete winner...I loved it!!
It is comparable to the Jane Jameson series...lots of same characters, and it is in the hollow...it was so good!!!
I thought she did a great job, ignore the people saying she was not good, because she was great...the whole book was flawlessly narrated....great characters, great voices, and lots of humor!
I practically did!!
I hope there is more about Nola and Jed...they are a fabulous couple...and I am looking forward to a new installment! Highly recommend!!!!
Funny, sweet, romantic!
I love the Half Moon Hollow setting and all the characters who live there. I'm glad Jane and all the gang we included in this story.
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The book was fun as all of Molly Harper's books. Amanda Roncini's narration was great and the southern drawls are nice & slow, but I thought the Boston/Irish accent a little off. The Boston words (with the missing "R"s) seemed to jump out at me and made me lose my focus on the story.
Ronconi's voice is so sharp, whiny and unpleasant that I could only listen for a few minutes before turning it off. I was very disappointed because I really enjoyed Driving Mr. Dead. The story was fun and the readers voice was perfect. Sadly, this book sounds like it is being read by the wicked witch of the very shrill northeast.I can't in fairness rate the story but I cannot imagine anyone who would be ok with the narration.
Yes with different narration