Dallas and Rorke continue to evolve, and Mavis gives birth, while another killer is brought down. What more is there to say? :)
I have listened to the entire series up to this point, and Susan is outstanding in almost all of them. There was one or two titles where she seemed to lose her rhythm, but she is back on track here. Her use of separate voices for each character makes it easy to picture the conversation going on, and help keep the story flowing without the constant
If you love the Dallas series, this one will make you happy. If you are not familiar with the series, you should probably start back at volume 1. Though each title mostly stands on its own, there is a definite progression of the characters and their relationships, and the story makes more sense with that background.
The reader uses a sing-song voice throughout. Though better than a monotone, it has no relationship to the way real people speak, and sounds very artificial. I found it very distracting.
I was bored by the whole story. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but gave up about halfway through, and quit listening...
This storyline went on and on about the daily problems of wierlife, and the severe depredations of the plague. I kept waiting for them to take the obvious step and simply go back in time to stop the plague from ever starting (they "time it" a lot in this story), but instead they take little steps that are almost meaningless in the scheme of things.
Even at the very end (no details, to avoid a total spoiler), it is clear that a their ability to "time it" meant there was absolutely no need for the finale that was included.
Griggin takes WAY too long to get to the point, and adds at least twice the fluff needed for the story to evolve. If I ever get another book from him, it will probably be an abridged version. I'm guessing that might be better.
The reader did an excellent job, and it was easy to tell who was who, and to get the environment feeling of the story.
The story was intriguing. If the book were about half as long, it probably would have been an excellent story. As it was, I found myself bored most of the time, and started listening as background noise rather than really getting engrossed in the story.
Bottom line -- if you want to hear the story, try the abridged version. I pretty much always go for the unabridged version, but I think I will break that rule if I decide to even try another Griffin book...
This is a nice continuation of the original Dragon series from MacAlister, which I listened to years ago. At times it seemed to drag a bit, as though Katie were trying to regain her pacing, but overall the story was enjoyable.
Barbara is great at keeping the different characters distinct through voices, so we don't have to constantly hear who is talking through banal dialog additions. You start to relate to each voice as a separate person.
The story ended rather suddenly, A whole book leading up to a final world-changing battle that lasted just over 5 minutes left me wondering if I had missed something...
I really wanted to like this book, but it was just too slow and tedious. I gave up after about 3 hours, when it just wasn't going anywhere. The reader did a good job, but there wasn't much to work with.
It is a bit hard to pin, but I never thought this story line reached as high as the early parts of this series. They fit 2 distinct lines into a very short story, and neither really felt fulfilled.
I have seen other commentators that said she was terrible, and I don't agree there at all. This is the first book I have heard from her. I would consider her competent, though not necessarily the best I have heard. Some variation of voice for characters, but again, not as much variation as leads to a WOW! experience.
It was not terrible, but not great either. It fit in the "3-star" category of "nice enough for a short diversion, but not good enough to recommend."
"He said", "She said", "He said" over and over until I thought I was going to scream. The writing was completely second-rate. I rarely write bad reviews, but this one demanded it.
I didn't even finish the book. It was so bad that I tossed it after about 2-1/2 hours. I often like supernatural oriented stories, if they have some charm and don't take themselves too seriously. "First Grave on the Left" (and series), "Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors" (and series), etc are great.
This one was just plain dull. Paired with the bad writing (see above) and bad reading (see below), it was not worth completing -- a rarity for me...
The narrator speaks in a single voice for all characters. She varies her voice just enough to avoid a monotone, but often pauses in inappropriate places, and gives no sense of character to anyone.
I was a bit skeptical of the plot line, and wasn't sure if i should get it. I really liked Amanda Ronconi's reading of the Jane Jameson series, and decided to give it a go. I am _really_ glad I did! This is one of the more enjoyable books I have listened to in the past several months.
The story was intriguing. A seemingly impossible world brought to life in a way that I believed it and kept wanting to hear what would happen next.
I bought this book primarily because I have liked Amanda Ronconi's narration of other books. This is right up there with the best of her stuff.
Tom did a very reasonable reading of the story. He just didn't have a lot to work with...
I loved Heinlein as a kid. He was one of the authors that introduced me to SciFi, and later got me interested in science as a profession (which I have now done for over 40 years). I was excited to hear another book of his that I had missed as a child of the 50's. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I kept wanting to continue, because the banter between the hero and his new wife was interesting -- kind of. Unfortunately, it did not ring in the least bit true. Stories I prefer are those that are either SciFi or Mystery, where you are sucked into the environment, and believe you could really be part of it. This story never met that criteria, always feeling artificial and contrived. I stopped listening at about the 3 hr mark. No idea if it ever got better, but I learned decades ago that there are better ways to spend my time than to see if a bad book/movie might get better at the end... When all is said and done, I have to admit this was a bad buy, and I wish I had spent my credits and time on a different book. :(
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