Michigan, USA | Member Since 2010
This is my least favorite of the Liaden universe series. Rool Tiazen and his lady - just different, and confusing if you haven't read the previous book (Crystal Soldier). Though this book takes place before the others, it was written later, and I think it is easier to understand if you have read the others first. In other words, read in order of publication, not chronological order. The narrator is excellent! Great job!
Edge of evil is the beginning of another series by J. A. Jance, starring Ally Reynolds. She is a tv news anchor who is fired because of her age, and she won't stand for it! Then her childhood best friend is found dead, and she has more to think about than losing a job. I really enjoyed the writing here, it sounded more like a real person's life, with several story lines that are handled admirably. I read this book when it first came out, and enjoyed this narration. When the narrator's style blends in so well that you don't notice the narrator - that is when it is done right!
A mix of mystery, procedural, romance, and written like a YA. The story is ok, but the narration is so bad I wouldn't have listened to the end except I had no wireless connection and no other books to listen to on a long trip. The southern accents make everyone sound like a fool, and the whole recording sounded like it was done at the bottom of a well. Not recommended unless you're desperate!
The second book in the series introduces the planet Grayson, and its misogynistic people. But not as misogynistic as the Masadans! Honor once again saves the day, several times, and manages to make some powerful enemies as well as some good friends. The narrator did an excellent job, even with all the different characters she has to voice.
This is the first book in the Honor Harrington series, and there are 12 more at this time, plus several collections of short stories in the Honorverse. I have read them, and own many, but was reluctant to listen to them because of my main complaint with these books - too many meetings and conversations to explain plot points. I found though, that the narrator did a great job of making even those tedious parts interesting! I am purchasing more, and hoping they continue be this good. I appreciate DW's explanation about the pronunciation of Manticoran. Otherwise, I would have been really irritated! Mispronunciations are a pet peeve of mine!
Another in the retrieval artist series. This is not a stand-alone book, since there are many references to previous ones, and it would be hard to care about the characters if you don't know who they are. Several different threads are going at once, but they do come together! I found it a bit slow at first, but by the end my heart was racing! Looking forward to the next in the series!
Another story in the Liaden Universe! Yaaaay! It is well-written, though it seems (except for one scene) that the target audience may be YA. Doesn't bother me at all, just realize that the majority of the story is from the viewpoint of young adolescents. The narrator did an OK job, though I wish the various narrators would use the same pronunciation of Liaden words! Or even the word Liaden! Also, pronouncing 'kompani' as if it were 'company' just didn't make sense to me. All in all, a good addition to the universe.
This is the first time I've listened to this author's work, and I was impressed. Writing a good short story is difficult, especially for one who usually writes full length novels. And she did a fine job, with decent character development, and an excellent mystery. I will be checking out her full length works. Thanks for the free introduction!
Yes, it's getting better, and the plot lines are starting to come out. It can't be easy writing an entire book that is made up of short stories that are interrelated, but so far, Scalzi is managing it. I do wish he would find words other than 'said' for his dialogue. Gets irritating! He does this in all his books, so I guess it won't change anytime soon. If these stories are your first introduction to Scalzi, try some of his other books to get a better idea of his writing style. I especially recommend Fuzzy Nation or Agent to the Stars.
Some reviewers complained about this short story, but I found it well written and well performed. Yes, it isn't really a stand alone story, unless you like unresolved stories (remember reading The Lottery in high school English class?), but I found myself hoping for a good ending. You find out what happened to this colony in the next installment.
Carol heads to Mexico to see the father she hasn't seen since he abandoned her and her mother 10 years before. She finds herself embroiled in sinister plots. Sounds like a great plot for Elizabeth Peters, right? Somehow, she doesn't deliver. A very dated work, especially when one looks at the drug scene today, but the story isn't too bad if one keeps that in mind. This is one of her earliest works, and there is none of the humor I usually see in her books. That is a huge disappointment. The narrator does a great job with lackluster material. I love Elizabeth Peters' books. I don't love the one.
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