I will admit that I am a longtime fan of Jodi Picoult but this book ranks very high, possibly the best. I was able to foresee most of the twists but actually "living" the story rendered that irrelevant. I was truly riveted.
The performance was OUTSTANDING. Each of the 4 narrators were spectacular as well as each reader's performance exemplary. When a male character lapses into a quite decent Katherine Hepburn, I was blown away. The voices, accents and inflections were spot on!
I very highly recommend this book. I think it is well worth a peek regardless of personal views of the subject matter or the author.
I really wanted to LOVE this book. Perhaps it is the narrator, whom does a good job, I just have personal issues about not being able to get into his reading. I VERY MUCH like Briggs's "Mercy Thompson" series and Lorelei King just captivates me with her reading of that series. Mercy's world is just more captivating for me, both in print and in sound. The Alpha & Omega series, especially this particular story, gets bogged down with Charles's/Brother Wolf's testosterone and jealousy. It gets to the point where I shout "ENOUGH already!!" The characters, ESPECIALLY Charles, are nearly paralyzed by his blind "needs." Over and over again the minute descriptions of every twitch of jealousy and rage really drag down this tale in the otherwise terrific world Briggs has created. Maybe just let this narrative go and concentrate on more Mercy tales?
I LOVE this series. Patricia Briggs has sucked me in to a genre I don't usually read. The world created here is so good for me that I started with the first book and just bulled through. Now I am bereft hoping there are more volumes coming. Lorelei King also is outstanding and I find I am listening to this series a second time because I like being in the world of Mercy Thompson so much.
I began with Patricia Briggs with Mercy Thompson and started this series solely BECAUSE of how much I like Mercy. I enjoy this series as well although I find that I have trouble getting used to the narrator. He does a good job, mind you, it is just some of his "voices" (such as Charles) don't fit my mental image of that character. NO reason to not listen though as that is a minor detail in what is a well written series and a good performance.
I am not normally a fantasy person and I can't recall how I even picked the first book of the series up, but it grabbed me right away and held tight. I have even eschewed series I am well established in to continue reading this one. I wonder if Patricia Briggs can put the draw of a vampire's sway into these stories? The writing is obviously good in order to create the allure it does but the story is... different. It is clean and straightforward "in the moment" as it were but has many subtexts and side issues going in within the narrative. It is funny and the characters are very real and three dimensional. Lorelei King does her usual fantastic job. Give Mercy Thompson a try. I doubt you will regret it!
This book was quite a surprise. It was amazing how deep things ran yet the narrator was still 17 in many ways. The reader, Julia Whelan, did a GREAT job. I had a bit of a problem with the seemingly random interruptions by Haley's father (read by Luke Daniels). Here and there they added to the overall story overall but they didn't really connect much. Even if he had told these stories to Haley, they didn't offer any real insight into Andy (they were too brief for that) and the idea that he was messed up due to a TBI AND PTSD came across quite well without his interjections. Ms Anderson is always great for a journey into a mind and she once again comes away with top marks for her work.
I find the Det. D.D. Warren stories to be unique. I enjoy the stories greatly and think they are tightly woven and at times, spell binding, but these books are unique in that Det. Warren is NOT the primary point of view. She is the thread that holds the characters together. It is quite admirable that the author can present so many insights from the different characters and yet still have the listener guessing and 'figuring'!!
I am at a loss to come up with enough superlatives for J.D. Robb (author) and Susan Ericksen (narrator)!! There are "scenes" in this one that I played for friends, out of context, because they are so PERFECTLY staged. I would point out that that alone should tell you a LOT!! You can't HAVE such scenes if you are not thoroughly engrossed in the story and have a big investment in the characters!!
I originally avoided this series because the author seemed supernaturally prolific to have actually written everything herself. But I finally got sucked in and each book is as good if not better than the last. I love the subtly of the characters, their slow growth, and the quiet humor that abounds in the stories. There are repetitive parts, to be sure, but they are quite easy to overlook. Susan Ericksen's reading is amazing. Although I am not in love with some of her voices for some ongoing (minor) characters, again the tale makes it easy to accept any such irritants. I believe you will be failing yourself to not at least give Eve Dallas a try.
This book, like the rest of the series, "reads" as if it was written in a hurry. There are several slightly annoying multiple word usage points (repeating something that could easily have been substituted with a similar word). So the actual "text" is ever so slightly sloppy sounding but the story itself is SO much fun!!! It sometimes gets needlessly racy but it all adds to the great fun of this book and this series. I couldn't wait to move to the next volume to hear how peripheral characters introduced in this volume fared as major players in the next book. Bottom line, these books are worth the effort for the fun factor.
This story is quite well and tightly woven. Ms Norris has spun a tale that is well written and if anything, slightly understated, especially considering that the principal characters are teens so it would be easy to get "gushy." The story really brings you into J's world. There are a couple of unimportant details that don't seem to line up but that is of little consequence as I found myself wanting to hear more about this minor character or that scenario. Katie Schorr does a SPECTACULAR job narrating this book. She is quite consistent with this book and book 1 and her range of voices and emotions really brings you into the world of the Interverse. Well done!!!!
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