I really like the Argeneau Series, and have purchased them all (up to #18, to date), I like to listen to them in order. I like this story too, except that, out of all the narrators Victoria McGee, is the worst for This Series. It seems to me, that Lynsay Sands just can't find a steady narrator to commit to her series. Despite the too many different readers of the series, I do find her stories interesting and worth the credits. Regarding this story, the editing of this book seemed to be faulty, and made me wonder if a ghost writer was used because there were a couple of times that the storyline did not match within the story itself. And as a fan of the series, I did have some trouble with Linsay's depiction of Marguerite as a "strong-willed airhead" who is too stupid to see past her own selfish desires." I couldn't find any sympathetic "female/motherly commonality" with her and found it hard to believe in light of her other descriptions of Marguerite in other books. This, coupled with the poor narration of the book, led to my noticing absurd things like; the use of the word "adorable" in every book, and the ridiculous number of times the word "peered" was used! LOL. All in all, though, I like the book and enjoy the series. I do recommend it.
This story was much improved over the previous one. The mystery was fairly simple to figure out ( I read it in 2014 ), but the journey to it was engaging. I still have to give Dick Hill's narration effort a low score due to his habit of yelling in unnecessary places, but he has improved from 1 to 3 stars. So I do recommend this one. If you are looking for another engaging series try: Karin Slaughter's Will Tripp Series, and of course John Sandford's Prey Series.
This story reads like a fledgling Lee Child effort. I couldn't help thinking: "wow, what a let down!" I admit that I read all of the negative reviews before I purchased it, but I like to make up my own mind. The story could have been so much better with just a few simple tweaks. As is, I do not recommend it if you enjoy a good "who don-nit" that keeps you engaged. But, if your like me; a committed Reacher fan, (because I already bought the next 2 books :)) then you gotta have it.
So, if you buy it, enjoy your rant cause that can be fun too!
Unfortunately, the crazy, raspy, often too loud voices this narrator chose for the men, coupled with the" never matured" voices she stuck with for the main female characters were silly and distracting. However, I did enjoy the story, and do recommend the book, because I was able to get into the story enough to ignore Susan's take on Julie's characters.
I do recommend this book for the story, but Dick Hill's "decibel performance" coupled with the sound production of this book takes away from the individual enjoyment of listening. On the other books I have enjoyed in which Dick Hill was the narrator I was able to lower the volume to my earpiece and set it a little more outside of the "nook" of my listening ear in order to finish. But, with this book my trick didn't work. I was forced to use my computer to listen to it. Unfortunately, that turned what is usually a personal listening experience for me alone into an invasion of the "shared decibel space" of any other person within the listening area. That, I did not like!
I had a very hard time staying engaged while listening to this book. I was expecting much more. The narrator is a good fit, but the story rambled along with a "laundry list" of characters and events that left me feeling exhausted and confused. .There were some funny parts that made it a tiny bit entertaining, but overall I found it to be very weak, with little substance. I can not recommend this book.
Some of the writers I do recommend are: Diana Gabaldon, Sara Donati, Molly Harper, Robert McCammon, Kevin Hearn, George R. R. Martin, Susanna Sandlin, and Deborah Harkness just to name a few.
Ok, overall this book is not as bad as the 4th, but it is not as exciting as the first 3, but that's because GRRM pretty much killed off, maimed, or imprisoned everyone of interest.
I am convinced that the mind of GRRM is sick. We have five books of proof that this man's mind works contrary to all reasonable thought.
And we are even sicker than he is because we are loving every word of it!
J D Tyler did an excellent job showing us a view of the broken mind of Kalen Black.
I did like the book, but there were two things that led me to my decision to say "I could take it or leave it" and give only a 3 star rating.
1. I think the frequent on again, off again, thing with Mac, did too much to take me out of the enjoyable read zone. Between that, and Kalen's "wakeup" ending, I felt the story was a bit flat, felt rushed, and left me frustrated.
2. I found the numerous sex scenes to be irritating, and an interruption, rather than an addition to the story. It seemed J.D. took the lazy way out (imagination, and dreams) rather than developing natural story progressions to sexual scenarios, to keep one engaged with the characters.
I listened to this book straight through! I actually had fun listening to it. The dual narration added to the enjoyment of this one. It is definitely worth the credit, and I highly recommend it if you like sex with a story.
There were only two things I took issue with in this book.
1- The beginning had a ridiculously long sex scene that became tedious rather than exciting.
2- The story arc on Sophie's ultimate release, was a lazy out, and should have had more explanation of the passage of time it took for Thomas' vengeance.
Overall the story had substance and heart, and is a much better story than the first one. I found myself laughing, being anxious, and smiling in all the right places.
I highly recommend it. Thanks, MB.
I really liked the story and the couple narration of this book. It is well written and very erotic. Well worth the credit.
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