A delightful expansion of Lord John's life beyond Jamie Fraser. I was thoroughly drawn in to the murder mystery that was part of the book.
I find myself wondering what sort of fix Kaylyn will get herself into this time. Each book can stand alone, yet the series weaves together a larger tale as a whole.
In the top 2%.
Its a tossup between Jamie, because he's so true to his heart and doing the right thing. Clair because she loves Jamie so much and gets herself in such interesting situations. and Jenny because of her sharp and quick wit and wonderful responses to adversity.
I've come to recognize each character as they speak through Davina Porter. She does a believable rendition of an assortment of male voices making each identifiable and unique. She brings the emotion of the words to telling.
That the author reads the story makes it so much better! I can "see" the smile on rescue dog, Puzzle's face and hear her "rooo-oooo" of success.
Ms Charleston does a great job of describing the whole rescue team process as well as training her rescue dog. She deals shows compassion for the families of rescue victims described in the book.
I loved her description of daily life with a houseful of dogs. Each with their own different personalities. Such delightful pandemonium!
Okay. This was a gripping book. BUT, for Pete's sake, it could have been about 1/3 shorter because of the sudden left turn the plot took just when it looked like the tale was nearing conclusion.
I mean plot twist for no apparent reason beyond, "how can I suck my readers into a rabbit hole?" I really felt like I'd been had.
That said, I've now added "Florence, Italy" to my life list of places I want to visit. The author's descriptions of the city and its history, really put me in the streets.
I read the first sequence years ago. Glad that they're at last available on audible. The political twists are always exciting and I love reading the latest antics of Ilisidi. I think she's probably my favorite character (along with Bren of course).
The author does such an excellent job of setting scenes and offering just enough explanation of the why's of things to inform, yet keep things moving along. The family issues pulling Bren in different directions add depth to the story. Jase's growth in his role has been interesting to "see."
If I were to describe these books in two words, they would be "political intrigue." But there is so much more going on. The cultural heritage of the Atevi is so well developed, it feels right and believable. I find myself painting the Atevi culture with distinctly Japanese/Chinese flavor. . . Reverence for the dowager, their love of fine art and things handmade. . . not to mention the whole concept of an Assassin's Guild, to keep things from heading to civil unrest.
I had to buy more credits to get the next book!
This might be for the masochist or someone who needs to get into a depressive state of mind. Dark forces everywhere, no defense (or not enough). Just. Too. Much. Inevitability. Listened to the first installment and got used to the different narrator. But the second seems to be headed down a very long very very dark tunnel. Far more depressing than the Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkien) even. If that's possible. Too bad I'm past the return period, or I would.
He's different. Not bad. I got used to him.
Yes. The interactions between characters feel "normal" and real. Allowing for the unique vernacular "I feel you, brother." The humorous back and forth between the brothers feels like I'm listening to the conversation between long time friends. The way they relate to one another. I also love the warmth and tenderness of the romantic encounters. Yeah, they're spicy, but they also feel "real."
No question, Butch. Love his toughness and humor. His willingness to do anything for his best pal, V. And what he goes through to be with Marissa.
Each character is distinct. His female voices feel a bit tougher to distinguish, but they work.
I really like J. R. Wards written conversations. There is more to them than just exchanging facts and information, or pleasantries. There are scenes and interactions that aren't critical to the tale, yet fill out the universe of Wrath's community and make for a richer story.
That the book is based on an actual person makes it the more interesting. The period descriptions and characters were delightful. I could feel the sorrow and excitement. And was drawn into Charlies struggles.
What an amazing life she led!
I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
The whole story felt like a remembered fairy tale written at novel length. I loved the narration. The author's setting details made me feel the cold of the blowing snow and the warmth of the hearth. The characters were uncomplicated, but not one-dimensional.
The conclusion was simply amazing.
This tale was written to be read aloud, I think. Debra Monk made each of the characters unique.
The perfect listen for a snowy weekend.
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