Ted's accent didn't suit his character. I have watched a fair bit of English TV and never heard that accent outside Shakespeare.
I thought the time travel aspect would be interesting, but it added nothing to the story. I got bored and skipped to the end to find out what happened.
I really likes this collection as a Christmas collection.
Both "My True Love Gave to Me" and "A Christmas Proposition" had a "Christmas Carol" Scrooge-like character. Both stories made me cry.
As Josh Lanyon is my favourite M/M romance writer, "Lone Star" was sure to be great and I wasn't disappointed.
While "Winter Knights" was not a traditional romance, it was still a good listen.
All the narrators did a great job. Jack LeFleur was excellent as always.
I listened to this set in one day (-30 C yesterday!)
I really tried to like this book because of all the great reviews. I even made it half way, but finally gave up. There are too many truly great books to bother finishing this one.
I am a great fan of Ava March (I have read / listened to most of her books). Brook Street: Thief is in my top 10 favourite M/M romances.
Having recently re-listened to Thief, I am sorry to say All In With the Duke is definitely not one of AM's better efforts.
All In With the Duke has the same plot line and even some of the same phrases used in Thief. I couldn't help making a comparison, with All In With the Duke coming in a poor second.
Timothy Holcomb is an OK narrator.
Since the two books are so similar, spend your money on Brook Street: Thief instead.
I found this book to be unrealistic and boring.
As Ed states toward the end of the book, "we're a bunch of ## amateurs anyway", but somehow he is able to perform feats that I believe only a trained individual (hunter, police, or military) could perform. I think a person could do one, but not all, of what he did in his situation. He is then able to fit, apparently comfortably, back into his everyday life with little emotional change. The whole book was based on Ed's thoughts, but I really didn't see any indication that he was capable of what he did.
There was no character development. I felt no sympathy for any of the characters. The only character I thought was even remotely plausible was Bobby.
I found the narration boring. There were scenes that had potential to be exciting, but I didn't get that from this narrator.
I bought this as one of the "Daily Deals" and wish I hadn't wasted my money.
New detective Peter Grant discovers he can sense things no one else can, or at least he thinks no one else can. Soon he is partnered with a wizard/detective and set to discover what is behind the bizarre cases of people apparently going mad, then having their face split open.
I really liked the characters in the book. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's portrayal of the various characters is well done. The mixture of real-life and fantasy are presented so the idea isn't completely farfetched.
This book is quick and easy to listen too. It doesn't require the effort some types of fantasy books have where you get lost if you miss even a few minutes.
It is similar to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series in that both detectives fight against supernatural beings in the real world. Peter, however, is a new wizard who must learn how to do magic while still trying to catch the killer. (Harry already knows his trade.)
Good start to a new series that I intend to continue listening to.
Book 2 in the Dick Hardesty Mystery series
After Dick is hired to find a murderer, he discovers he is actually looking for a serial killer. The police are reluctant to admit there is a serial killer because the killer is targeting gays...
Dorien Grey writes realistic and sympathetic characters, most notably Ed and Dick.
Jeff Frez-Albrecht does a decent job of narrating.
I liked the build up and mystery of the story. I read the book before listening to it and I still found the scene where the motive is revealed heart wrenching.
I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend this book.
Once again Josh Lanyon creates real life characters with flaws and strengths, loves and hates. Chris Paton brings them to life.
I read this book before listening to it. Unfortunately, one cannot forget the ending of a great story... I would have loved to have heard Chris perform "that scene" for the first time. Thankfully, Chris' performance was able to create the emotion I felt during my first read.
I cried and laughed in all the same places. I was able to see some scenes in a different light that added a different dimension to parts of the story.
I highly recommend this audiobook. It is not a standalone, so make sure you listen to/ read the other three first!
When Georgie's brother and sister-in-law come to stay in the London house, Georgie jumps at the chance to attend a wedding in Romania. With vampires roaming the halls and a guest dying at the dinner table, Georgie must find out what has happened and who is responsible.
The characters in this book are stereotypical, which I feel adds to the fun. Suave princes, untrained maids, and bungling policeman make up just some of the characters.
All Katherine Kellgren's performances are masterful, but in this recording I liked Queenie best.
I don’t have a specific favourite part of this book. Any scene with Queenie, or Patroscu, are especially funny.
I do recommend this book as an audiobook. Katherine Kellgren brings the story to life. I doubt I would enjoy this series if she wasn't narrating, or if I read them.
Written for cozy mystery lovers.
My one regret in this book… It is made very clear, in all her books, that Prince Sigfried is gay. There is no need to repeatedly make derogatory comments, once would have been enough to get the point across of the views of the time.
This is the first book in the Dick Hardesty Mystery series.
Someone is burning down gay bars. A homophobic chief of police is running for governor and the public relations agency Dick works for is supporting the chief. When the latest fire causes the death of several people, Dick wants to know who is doing it and what the police chief’s family is hiding.
Dorien Grey creates characters that are realistic and sympathetic. Their portrayal allows the reader to form an opinion of the character’s nature without being blatant.
I read this book before listening to it and Jeff Frez-Albrech does a good job of presenting the characters as I visualized them in the book.
There are many types of lose in this book which are dealt with in various fashions, showing a range of human reaction in dealing with these types of lose. Some work well for those involved, some not so well.
I would recommend this book (and series) to any mystery reader. It is short (just over 5 hours), so a good listen when you do not have the time or patience for a long story.
Alexander J. Masters does a very nice job of narrating.
His interpretation of Mark starts by portraying the lack of emotion one would expect from a spy dealing in lies, then shows Mark's psychological healing by bringing emotion into Mark's voice.
Josh Lanyon's characters are never flat, they make tough decisions in a realistic fashion.
I preferred listening to this collection rather than reading them.
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