Enid, OK, United States | Member Since 2012
After actually reading the first 17 books plus novellas of this series I just knew I'd love to listen to this edition. While I thought the narrator was fine I think I'm use to the voice in my head when it comes to these characters.
Also, I thought the story needed a little something. I just didn't feel the attraction between couple, especially when he keeps saying she wasn't the prettiest woman he'd ever seen. Kinda like, 'oh, she'll do. I guess. If I have to.' But still I thought overall it was a good story and nice performance.
This was a fun little Christmas novella. In order to break a curse the mad duke's sons must be married by Christmas Eve. Garrett Sinclair left home 7 years ago but has returned just in time to marry the woman his brothers have chosen for him. This will be a loveless marriage with the couple living separately for the remainder of their days. Lady Anne has no marriage prospects and is disowned by most of her family after she ran away with a tutor years earlier, the tutor was paid off and she expects to remain a spinster for the rest of her life, that is until the Sinclair brothers make her an offer that will give her financial freedom. What Garrett and Anne did not expect was to fall in love. Yes, this novella is short, but it is a fully fleshed out story.
I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was well performed though I would not have chosen a man to narrate this story. His female voices came across as whiny in places, but not so bad as to make me stop listening. The note from the author explaining how she writes fiction but drew greatly upon historical information was a nice bonus at the end that often does not make it into audio editions. Overall I am well pleased.
Haters are going to hate, but I thought Jennifer Ikeda did a fantastic job juggling all the voices. If there was any variations from previous books I didn't notice, but it's been almost two years since I listened to the last one.
For those that are worried about authors that sacrifice characters in the end for their own personal glee I will say without spoilers that doesn't happen here. Enjoy a great read.
Darynda Jones and Lorelei King are a dynamic duo! I found myself laughing out loud many times!
I have to pick one? I love Charlie and Reyes and Cookie and Swoops and....everyone! Each character is perfect.
Lorelei King has great timing and her delivery is spot on every time.
The overly long pauses between chapters in this book were simply nerve wracking. Three seconds is one thing but 10 to 15 seconds of dead air lasts forever when you're waiting on the story to progress. On more that one occasion I thought something was wrong with my devise or headphones. Emily Gray does an excellent job and I hate to rate this as only 3 Stars, but I simply cannot recommend this book on audio without mentioning to horrible dead air pauses. I will continue on to the next book and hope for better editing.
At first I wasn't sure about the narration choice, but as the book went on I realized that she did in fact do the book justice. There are three generations of people to cover and Janet Metzger did a fine job.
Kate has been sleep walking through life for the last year after her husband died. Her mother-in-law Cricket has taken over her life and is moving Kate and Devin in with her. For her own political reasons, of course. Cricket is not a lovable character.
Devin discovers a post card that Kate's great-aunt sent Kate when she was 12, a post card that Kate never saw. They decide to take a chance and go visit.
The book has some wonderful quotes that Sarah Addison Allen is known for. There is a little bit of magic, but less than some of her other books. I would have enjoyed reading more about Kate and Wes' beginning romance.
The cast of characters are delightful and their back-stories that are woven into the book are nicely done.
I love Molly Harper. I love Amanda Ronconi. Together they make magic. I feel that Amanda truly gets Molly's sarcasm and wit. For this reason alone I will pre-order all of Molly's books.
This book is a stand alone. If you picked it up just because it's new the story will make perfect sense. Of course it is part of a series and if you'd like more information on the pack go back and listen to the other books in this series.
Now that I've finished this book I can go back to complaining that it takes too long for each story to be published. ;)
A friend told me last month that I really needed to add Kevin Hearne to my enormous TBR pile. I assured him that I was very busy but would check him out as soon as possible. A couple of days later this book came up on the daily deal, and I couldn't pass up on that price. After all, I had agreed to check this author out.
After the sugar high of Halloween I started Hounded and listened to the first chapter. I really like Luke Daniel's voice and the way he comes across as Atticus O'Sullivan and his voice for the dog, Oberon is perfect as well. I could not imagine a better narrator for this book. I was seriously disappointed when I had to put the book down and get some rest and again the next day when I was expected to work for 8 hours.
I'll leave others to explain the plot, but will say that I found it to be quite fun. The wit that filled the pages from this ancient Druid were fun and I found myself on more that one occasion chuckling out loud. I very much look forward to starting the next book and fully expect to be through the rest of this series by Thanksgiving.
Can Kevin write any faster?
Lynsay Sands is one of my favorite authors. Overall I give the story a 4 because it was a little predictable. Ok, it was a lot predictable but I enjoyed the story none the less. I look forward to more books authored by Lynsay Sands and think Mary Jane Wells did an excellent job with the narration.
I love Darynda Jones and I love Lorelei King, team these two up and I'm in heaven!!
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