Rollercoaster of fun
The ending. I was actually surprised by the villan. I thought it was someone else.
Ms Kellgren captures the sound and feel of 1930's England with her voices. I enjoyed her portrayal of the Countess particularly.
I felt bad when the first chap when over the balcony. This book did not really lend itself to "moving" moments.
A Royal Pain was a fun and enjoyable listen. The plot kept me interested throughout the book. I was disappointed that Darcy did not have a large role. He sort of popped in and out of the story but there was not alot of development of the relationship between him and Georgiana, although there is a teaser at the end. I loved getting to know Georgiana's grandfather better. Overall, in keeping with the previous Royal Spyness books.
First, let me say I am not big dragon book fan. I prefer vampires, shifters, and the occasional werewolf. But Fury of Fire has me hooked. I was surprisingly engaged with the story and it's characters. I loved the NightFuries and Bastien is just tooo yummy. The whole dragon culture was believable and the premise interesting.
The author has clearly set up the first book to lead into a series. She drops clues as to what may come. Obviously we have something in the works with Ryker and the lady cop, Forge carries a secret to be unraveled. The main character, Myst's, realtor best friend is set up to also be a high energy female. The story has the usual elements of "big bad" against "big good" and the added plot of needing to find a why to prevent the dragon-bearing females from dying in childbirth. There is also the yummy McCord, Irish cop partner in the wings...hmmm wonder how he will fit in as there are no female dragons. Perhaps he will joing the group. I have a feeling he has a secret.Benjamin Darcie was a great narrator. I have not listened to him before but he did a great job with the voices and accents. It is hard for men to do female voices well but he carried off. He also put great emotion into his narration which carried the excitement and tension of the story.
I liked the scenes with the house elf. He was great comic relief. The fight scenes were excellent and you could see the action happening.
My greatest extreme reaction to the book was that I ABSOLUTELY wanted to strangle Myst Monroe. She constantly just brought out the worst in me. She is put up as being a "strong woman" when all she ever did was run away. I mean come on, she has this great night of passion and is building trust with Bastion when she finds out about her pregnancy and the fact it may be fatal. What is her reaction? She runs away! Naked! Pleeeeze! all this woman ever did was panic, not be able to breathe and run away. She obviously never heard of trying to talk things out. Nope she just 'Had to GET OUT OF HERE". I just about could not stand her. I hope future heroines are not so stupid.The only other thing that drove me crazy was the fact that she COULD drive away. They make such a point of going through the waterfall and the magic door and Bastien makes it clear there is "one way in and one way out" which is why the Black Diamond is so safe. And then she just drives away???? Huge plot hole! All the baddies have to do is drive up the lane.
Last comments, a number of people have compared/ criticized this series as being a ripoff of Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yes, there are definite similarities but these give this series a bit of familiarity to those who like BDB. Otherwise, this series stands on it's own merits. The author clearly does not try to emulate the BDB. She builds a unique and interesting world and culture of her own.
I have been a avid fan of Molly Harper's Jane Jameson books so was eager to see a new series by her. The premise is hilarious to start. Mo is a southern girl who has been raised by uber 60's hippies and has a mother who is overly involved with her life..ok I mean REALLY involved, like coming in to her house and throwing out food because it is not organic. In her desire to escape her parents influence and to try and find the real her, Mo rents a cabin in Grundy, Alaska for a year. There she meets a town full of unique and interesting characters including, Cooper, who turns out to be a werewolf.
Harper's funny wit is seen throughout the book. There are many, many hilarious moments. Her descriptions of Alaska and the folk of Grundy are details and you can really see the beautiful landscape. The action in the book is rather slow for Harper...Mo does not even meet Cooper as a werewolf until three hours into the book. After that event things move a bit faster, but in keeping with the slower pace of life in Alaska, this is a slower paced book. I loved the town characters and was sorry to see what happened to dear old Abner. Cooper did drive me a little crazy with his pitty party throughout the book. He comes across as pretty surly most of the time. I did not care for him anywhere near the way I did Jane Jameson's beau.
Amanda Ranconi was a great narrator for this. She had just a bit of the southern twang for Mo. I was less thrilled with Coopers voice but she got the townfolks dead on, including Mo's voice. Some reviewers have found her voice irritating. I did not find this to be so but her voice is a higher soprano which took a little getting used to. I prefer lower pitch voices. She did a great job with the tempo and feel of the book as well as the character voices.
I have the second book in the series and am looking forward to it. So far Harper's werewolf books are a great fun read but don't meet up to her Jane Jamison books. Oh, and in regards to reviewers who carried on about the sex...there is really not that much in this book. Maybe three or four scenes total and nothing happens between Mo and Cooper until well past the middle of the book. Come on folks, it's not a YA book. If you want to complain about sex scenes try Laurel K Hamilton and then you'll see what sex scenes really are. Harpers are tame in comparison and, really, raunchy??, NOT!
I will definitely recommend this book to a friend. It is a funny, enjoyable listen and I look forward to the next!
Yes, this was a classic halloween story with the understated "Gottcha" at the end. Just right for ghost stories around the campfire.
When the man and the boy reach the top of the stairs and they hear the gentle clacking sounds.
Neil aptly portrayed the innocence of the little boy right up to the end.
Don't go up the stairs!
Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. Blood Oath crosses genres in a unique and interesting way. Fans of the vampire genre will enjoy the unique character of Nathaniel Cade. He is otherwordly in ways that are not reflected in most current vampire fiction these days. The supernatural themes require some obvious suspension of disbelief but that is expected with "fantasy" fiction. Those who like the more standard chick-lit vampire fare will be disappointed. Nathaniel is handsome but he is not of the loveable, sexy type. Christopher Farnsworth does an excellent job presenting an engaging and fast-paced adventure. Fans of adventure and action books will enjoy the ride. Cade's blood oath to the President of the US is a unique and clever plot device.
Blood Oath is unique. Perhaps closest to Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan as a vampire chasing Frankenstein.
Bronson Pinchot amazed and surprised me. Knowing him mostly from the screen fron the 80's Bosom Buddies I was delighted by his rich voice and the nuances he brought to the characters. Which character was my favorite? It is hard to decide. I liked so many. His portrayal of Cade was dead on. I loved Zack Barrows and look forward to seeing him grow and develop in future books.
Zack was very funny and provided alot of humor in what could have been very serious situations. Pinchot's portrayals were great.
This was a very enjoyable listen. I was eager to get through the book and sorry when it ended. The big bad character is set up to reappear again. Great start to a new and exciting series.
I listened to these before I listened to any of the books by Child, Eisler or Berry and enjoyed them. Now I am more familiar with John Rain and Jack Reacher I am going to have to go back and listen again. I love to see my favorite characters in different situations and interacting with other favorite characters. So this was a fun quick listen. Of course Dick Hill did a great job with the narration!
What can I say about "NIght" that has not already been said? Impressive first hand account of the Nazi holocaust. Wiesel spins a story that leaves you alternately breathless and appalled. You wonder how any survived such treatment. Definitely not a light read. The only criticism is I did not realize until after finishing the book that it is actually a novel that is based on Wiesel's and others experiences. That actually lessened the impact for me. The audio version I listened to had a interview with Wiesel where he discussed the book that this was the case. I think he would have been better off writing it as a true autobiography instead of fictionalizing his experiences.
Totally unimpressed. Even for a short feature the story was weak, characters blah. Give it a pass.
"In the Tall Grass" is classic King. Similar in many respects to "Children of the Corn" but short and sweet. I was sorry to see one of the characters...who shall remain nameless...killed off but that is also classic King...don't get attached to anyone. They may not make it! Just enough scary, just enough paranormal, and just enough of the OMG factor for a short story. Recommended for a quick listen.
This is the second Nick Stone book I have listened to. I like the character of Nick Stone. He is a tough SAS agent with a whole lot of baggage, but still cares enough to love his friend's orphaned little girl. You have to go into Andy McNab's books knowing they are "guy" books...lots of action, killing and swearing. That said, I like the first person narrative and particularly have chuckles at the very British terminology used. I also have liked learning about how agents think and work and, in this book, learned about the history of Osama Bin Ladin. Listeners who complain the story line is dated should get real...of course it's dated...it was written over 10 years ago! It doesn't mean you can't enjoy the story!
The plot kept me interested. I found with the audiobook, it was a little difficult at first to follow the relevance of the initial "backplot" chapter, but that became clear later. McNab always keeps the plot moving. One reviewer complained the plot was predictable. I did not find it so. I actually thought someone else would be the baddie. I felt bad for Nick in this story as so many things just kept going awry for him.
I have listened to him in other Nick Stone books. He does a great narration. His American accents are terrible but, hey, many American narrators have awful British accents and besides, in this book, most of the time Nick, the main character, is stating he is using his bad American accent. I found it humorous. Clive Mantle does an excellent job with this narration.
I enjoyed the book very much. The major reaction I had was that, from the start I hated the female lead character...what a B*****h!
A very enjoyable listen if you like the "guy"-type action spy thriller genre. McNab is no Ian Fleming, but he brings realism to his books and Nick Stone is an interesting character that I look forward seeing grow and develop in future books.
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