The survivors come up with some similar solutions to having to do without technology. A bit plodding in some places but those were few and far between. A really engaging listen. I found myself wondering, "what about EMP"?
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.
Gripping. Harrowing. Incredible.
That the author narrated the story. I loved the right there feel of the book. I could envision the scenery and the excruciating cold.
Coitus interruptus (sp) three times?? Really? Phury's Wizard was soooo tiresome after about his second appearance.
The sunshine and butterflies ending with the Chosen at Revenge's camp a month later, fighting to use the vacuum? Puh-LEEZ.
Phury's Wizard got pretty tiresome.
Yes. I plan to finish the series. This one filled in the story.
At least one of the "almost" love scenes between Phury and Cormia.
Upper middle of the pack.
Continuing story of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Vampires. Sex. Violence. Tragedy. Passion.
That I'm not really aware of his "performance" is perhaps the best part. All the characters feel familiar and believable. They continue. I did notice a different pronunciation of Sympath(sp?) - which is what Revenge and Xhex are. A minor deviation from previous books.
Jane and Vishous' first sexual encounter felt "wrong." V was attracted to Jane because she stood up to him without fear. Yet, she submitted to his commands and did as she was ordered. . . just didn't feel quite right somehow.
There's no denying that the whole series is a load of male domination and Victorian sensiblities. But heck, its fiction, and the stories are certainly an entertaining place to go for an afternoon, or two, or three.
I have to say that what happens to Jane just feels absolutely not okay. She should be gone. Or not. I surely hope that in a later book there is some purpose/benefit to her amorphous state.
I tried. This book had a few interesting situations, but in the end it didn't feel like there was a point. I've given up. The book just reminded me of the several really boring bits in the JRR Tolkein books without any of the endearing or exciting parts to draw me on.
I kept saying to myself, "are the characters actually going someplace?" I've got too many other books in my library to stick this series out.
Even though he isn't the main character in this book. I still really like Butch. He's a guy I'd love to go out for a beer (or a scotch) and hang out with. No nonsense, and funny.
With his gravelly voice, Jim Frangione is probably the best suited to read these books. He manages the female voices without sounding squeaky or fake.
Yes. In fact, I downloaded it as soon as I'd finished Dark Lover
J. R. Ward's love scenes between Bella and Rhage are believable for a couple who care deeply about one another. No gratuitous panting and fabric rending.
Intriguing. Unusual. Entertaining.
I really like Butch, the loner (former) cop. He's gritty and willing to stand toe to toe with an angry vampire for Mary. He cares about her, but is willing to give her up, when she makes it clear that she isn't interested in him. But he doesn't simply step out of her life.
Jim Frangione sounds like he's in his 50's, so I really have a tough time envisioning Wrath (or any of the other vampires) as being virile (young) males. Wrath in particular just seems much older than he's portrayed in the text.
The book was less about the bedroom and more about Mary learning to trust Wrath. I'm not sure what title would suffice.
This book did not feel anything like the typical smarmy vampire lover tales.
Thea Harrison is obviously of the conviction that one word won't do if six can be found.
The book should have been about a third shorter because of the excessive use of descriptive words. Not horrible. It passed the time.
The story concept is sort of cool, but the endless descriptors piled upon descriptors got tiring... 'He held his lean, muscled body in tightly clenched stillness as he watched her tiny, lithe body gyrate on the dance floor in that scrap of a dress.'
The writing style is for preteens, but the sex scenes make it "mature audiences only."
I bought this book prior to our first trip to Key West for listening to on the train. I wanted something a bit more "meaty" than the typical vacation read. The book did not disappoint.
It offers the story of oil barons, and the high life of pre-Great Depression society, and the dreams and goals of Henry Flagler as he envisioned and built the rail line that spanned the ocean to Key West, FL. It was called the eightth wonder of the world for a time. An engeneering masterpiece. Parts of the original train bridges are still standing. The old rail bed became the foudation of the highway to Key West, parts of which are still in use.
Unfortunately the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 destroyed the Florida East Coast Rail Line Key West Extension. The storm also killed hundreds of people.
The author spins a tale of harrowing rescues, and recounts the post storm devastation, penned by author Earnest Hemmingway and others. I shook my head at the terrible snafus of weather forecasting and "failure to communicate" that lead to so many lost lives. Listening to the narrator, I found myself holding my breath as the evacuation train headed down the line trying to outrace the storm, picking up stranded rail workers and their families on its way.
As we drove our rental car across those same Florida straits from Miami, I could envision the terror of being out there in what seems like the middle of the Ocean. I could feel the fear of mothers for their children and husbands for their wives as the storm drew down on the Keys that horrible weekend. Passing by Mattakumbae, Grassy Key, Sugarloaf Key and others, we could see how flat those little islands are and how easily the twenty foot storm swell would have wiped everything away. The author includes mile marks on the coastal highway in his narrative.
Even if you don't plat to travel to the Florida Keys, the story is engrossing.
This book seemed pointless. It doesn't feel like it belongs in the series. I muddled through it hoping that at some point it would make sense, but it never did.It felt like only 1/4 of the story moved the main characters along in their journeys. The rest was a weird fanastical side trip that I almost expected Atticus to wake up from, home in his bed having dreamt it all. I'm on the fence as to whether I'll get the next (final) book in the series.
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