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Hands down, the best thing about Darkfever is Barrons. JZB is one of the most compelling characters I've come across in a long time. What I liked least? Moning's lazy writing. Would it have killed her to invest in even a modicum of research? Irish people speaking in American English was jarring and it detracted from the story. I'm not talking about the narrator's accent, either. I'm talking about Americanisms that are rarely used in Ireland, and it happened so frequently that I'm not going to list them.
I was on the fence about this. The writing and so-so narration didn't exactly win me over, but I love Barrons so I continued with the series.
I was surprised that I didn't hate Joyce Bean's narration. After reading the reviews, I braced myself for terrible narration. That wasn't the case. It wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible. The Southern accent was slightly over-the-top, Scarlett O'Hara-esque, and the Irish accent was that fake Irish Spring/Lucky Charms commercial kind of accent, but it wasn't as bad as I'd feared. I actually wish she had continued narrating Mac's parts in the later books, because I didn't like the female narrator for the last few books.
A qualified yes. I rolled my eyes quite a bit and the writing was so inconsistent, but it was a relatively quick listen and it introduced Barrons. Mmm...Barrons....
I think categorizing this as "Romance" is a stretch. There is very little romance in it. I also think that Mac comes off as Sookie-Lite, and Karen Marie Moning wasn't successful in developing Mac into an endearing character in the same vein as Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse.
North and South has been sitting in my Audible library for a couple years. I have no idea why it took me so long to listen to it, but once I finally started, I could not stop. At more than 30 hours, it's impossible to listen to it in one sitting, but I wish I could have. I stayed up well into the early morning hours on more than one occasion because I just couldn't turn it off. I found myself talking back to the narrator and yelling at my iPod because of all the dramatic twists and turns, the evil scheming, and the sheer desire for the protagonists to triumph.
I loved the attention to historical detail and the use of real historical figures as minor characters in the story line. Even the Afterword, in which the author talked about his research and the writing process, was interesting to me.
The narrator was superb, especially his voice for Orry. I could easily distinguish when Orry was speaking, even when in conversation with other South Carolina characters.
Five stars, all around. * * * * *
The Master was good, but not Kresley Cole's best. I love Kresley Cole...I will download anything she releases. She is a good writer who can tell a good story and creates interesting, funny characters. However, I didn't like The Master as much as I liked The Professional.
The format (a complete, single release rather than a three-part serial) is a HUGE improvement over The Professional, and I liked Cat and Maksim's story, but the sex wasn't as exciting as in the last book. It was a lot of the same sex, without a lot of variety. (Oh look, they're f*&%ing again.) It almost got monotonous and it started right off the bat, without much lead-in to the story. Also, kidnapping is sociopathic behaviour and I didn't find that sexy at all. It brought me right out the story. Points docked for that.
Despite all of that, I did like The Master. It wasn't as kinky as The Professional, which can either be a good thing or bad thing, depending on your preferences, but it was *muy caliente* (I do wish that we could ban the phrase "goody trail" though). I loved that Natalie and Aleksandr made appearances and it looks like KC is possibly setting up Dimitri's story line for the next book. Yay!
Kimberly Alexis, once again, was fantastic as the main female character. She narrated the story and gave voice to Cat with near perfection. She is a fantastic narrator. As with The Professional, however, I did not like her Russian accents as much. Something about her accent had me thinking "Boris and Natasha" rather than sexy Siberian billionaire. Minor complaint and I was usually able to look past it.
One more thing...even though I said this wasn't my favourite Kresley Cole book, if you're a Kresley Cole fan but the BDSM in The Professional wasn't your style, give The Master a try. KC has managed to write erotica that is sexy, smart and funny, without the cheesiness of your typical soft-core porn paperback.
Emma Galvin's performance, once again, made this a fantastic listen. I read the ebook while I listened to the audiobook and Emma Galvin's narration made the book even better. I am a big fan of Kresley Cole, but I found that (in Dead of Winter at least) she went a little overboard with her use of exclamation points! It gets distracting to read like that after a while! See what I mean!?! Emma Galvin softened those exclamations and put such life into the story.
I am firmly Team Death. He doesn't treat Evie like a fragile damsel in distress and, unlike Jack, Death is always honest with her.
Yes, and she is one of my favourite narrators. I found Poison Princess (book one in the Arcana Chronicles) by searching for books narrated by Emma Galvin. Her voices for the main characters are consistent and distinct. If she could just differentiate the voices for the other characters a little bit more, this would have been a five-star performance.
The ending. Kresley Cole, you are killing me with these cliffhangers! I hate it when books end in such a harrowing cliffhanger, but it also brings a little hope for those who were wishing for a different outcome. With fifteen minutes left in the audiobook, I wasn't sure if I was happy about how the book was ending, but the conclusion was such a dramatic twist and it wiped out my theory as to where the next book is headed.
No. This series wasn't awful, but isn't something that I would want to listen to again. If you've already listened to the other two books, then you'll probably listen to this one as well. This instalment was my least favourite of the three (and I was on the fence about the other two).
Probably not. I didn't like his writing style. There was way too much going on...too many antagonists, too many side stories, an irrelevant Nazi back story, just too much "stuff" in general. And I didn't care for Mercy all that much either. She made a lot of stupid decisions and came across as immature and selfish at times. It's really hard to get into a novel when you don't care for the protagonist.
She was okay, but her delivery could have been more natural. She mispronounced a few words, and I really didn't like the way she pronounced the word "appreciated", which, oddly enough, came up often enough that it grated on my nerves.
Maybe. Maybe the story could be better told if a decent scriptwriter got a hold of it and streamlined the story.
I cannot emphasize enough just how much I hated the ending, like in my Top 5 most hated endings of all time. It was just so stupid how the whole thing wrapped up, and it confirmed my feelings that I didn't care for Mercy as a character.
Yes. The premise is interesting and fans of paranormal YA will enjoy this new series. I don't think I've come across a world like this one and it's refreshing to explore a new paranormal concept.
I hate cliffhangers that don't complete the story. I get that cliffhangers are meant to lead you to the next book, but I think each instalment should be a complete story. It does guarantee that I'll download the next book, because I enjoyed this one so much.
Emma Galvin is one of my favourite narrators. I would have given her performance five stars, but I think she does better with dialogue than she does with narrative and it showed in this book. My only complaint about her narration is she breathes at odd places and it breaks the narration in a distracting manner. She's otherwise perfect.
I would have given the story another star, except I felt the author was getting a little preachy with the anti-nuclear/vegan/environmental stance. Those are all very admirable ways of life, but it was a touch too preachy.
Violent, Dark, Difficult
It's hard to say without spoiling the ending, but the final battle was extended and exciting.
I really liked his accents. He suited Darrow perfectly. My only complaint would be the long pauses between sentences. I don't know if this was meant to build suspense or if it's just the way the narrator "acts", but it made the story difficult to follow at certain times.
No. In fact, I started and stopped this audiobook several times. It's a well written book, and the narration is very good and fits the book perfectly, but I found it too dark, almost depressing, to listen to for long stretches. I almost gave up on the book entirely, because I like to use books and audiobooks as an escape and Red Rising was not a world I wanted to escape to. I'm glad I stuck with it, however, because it was ultimately worth it.
I had a hard time completing this book. It's violent and depressing, and there is almost too much action going on at the expense of advancing the plot, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Someone recommended this book to me as a YA book for fans of the Hunger Games. It is not YA. Let me repeat: It. Is. Not. YA. There is no way in hell I'd let my young teen listen to this book until she is much, much older. There's some swearing and sexual innuendo, which wasn't the issue, but the violence is at full-on adult sci-fi levels, including rapes and maiming. It's a good book, almost epic in scope, but it took a lot of mental effort for me to get through it. There's a cliffhanger ending, too, so I am looking forward to the next book.
This is Julie Kagawa at her darkest and I loved every minute of it. Whereas the Iron Fey series was romantic and adventurous, the Blood of Eden series was dark and sinister. The romance was there, too, but this final book in the trilogy, especially, was gory and bellicose and it might be my new favourite Julie Kagawa book.
Therese Plummer was fantastic, once again. She ranks as one of the best audiobook narrators out there, in my opinion. Julie Kagawa fans have been lucky because her audiobooks have the best narrators.
Like The Iron Traitor, it took A LONG time for the audiobook version of The Forever Song to be released (9 months after the hardcover was released). I hope this isn't going to be a recurring thing with Julie Kagawa books. Because it had been so long since I last listened to the previous book (The Eternity Cure), I should have re-familiarized myself with the story. I found myself rewinding a lot in the beginning to try to figure out what was going on and where the characters had left off in the last story, so word to the wise--go back to the first two audiobooks and refresh your memory on the Blood of Eden world before resuming with book 3.
One final thing: I started this series with my pre-teen daughter but I think I'm going to put off listening to this one with her. It's a lot gorier (there are a couple of graphic passages about tortured or disembowelled bodies) and, for whatever reason, the author decided to really ramp up the F-bombs in this book. As an adult and fan of Julie Kagawa, it didn't faze me at all, but as a mother, I had to question the gratuitous swearing. It didn't add anything to the story and could have been left out without losing any of the emotion. That's a minor nitpick, however.
This book was all over the place and I almost quit listening because I was getting frustrated. The author has some world building issues. Rather than weaving it into the story, it just kind of all came out in a paragraph or two and then the story progressed again. Kind of like word vomit. Also, because of the writing, I wasn't sure if this was a YA book or not. It seemed like it could have been YA at first, but then, out of nowhere, there's a oddly out of place passage about nipple-licking and "growing stiffness". Then there was no more sex.
The ending was predictable (I saw it coming from the first few chapters) and the villains reminded of an episode of Scooby-Doo, because as the bad guys were doing their bad things to Mercy, they explained what they were going to do her and their motives in detail, just like a cartoon villain does.
The narration was good for the most part, though.
As I said, the writing is all over the place and the story itself wasn't presented in a way that kept me riveted. This series has potential, but I'm not sure if I'm willing to spend a credit on the next book.
I purchased this audiobook as part of a 3 for 2 paranormal sale and needed a third title. I didn't know what to expect and I wasn't familiar with the author, Bec McMaster, or this series, but I am glad I picked it! Part historical romance, part paranormal romance, with the tiniest splash of steam punk thrown in, Kiss of Steel had me hooked within the first fifteen minutes. The narration was great, the sex scenes were erotic without being cheesy, and the author's take on vampires was interesting.
I think Alison Larkin's narration made this book for me. She sounds like she could have been reading Jane Austen, but instead she was narrating explicit paranormal sex scenes set in Victorian London.
I don't know if I would have been able to get into reading the book like I got into listening to it. The author jumped right into her "London Steampunk" world with very little explanation. It was a bit difficult to figure out the mythology and terminology at first, but the narration kept the story interesting enough to stick with it.
First, the steampunk elements are more of an afterthought, so if that's what you're looking for, then this isn't your book. Second, the romance is apparent from the beginning, but there is a long build-up to first sex scene so, again, if that's what you're looking for... (having said that, the sex is fairly steady for the last half of the book). Last, while I loved Alison Larkin's narration in general, there were times that her voice for Blade bordered on cartoonish and that was a little bit distracting. Luckily, the author relies on descriptive narration more than dialogue, so this was only rarely an issue for me.
Yes. Once I've wrapped my head around where this story is heading, I will resume the series. I haven't enjoyed these last few books as much as I liked the first in the series, but they are heart-wrenching and a little dark.
It's interesting to see a YA paranormal romance tackle substance abuse. I absolutely hated Sabine's character though, and I have a feeling I'm not going to like where the next books take her story line.
As much as I love Amanda Ronconi (she aces Molly Harper's books!), I really don't like her voice for Tod. At times her voice for Tod is like nails on a chalkboard for me. Her voice for the female characters and for Nash are good though.
MILD SPOILER: One thing that really irks me is when a book series gets the reader/listener invested in a couple and then changes direction mid-course. I listened to the first four books over a period of three days (the flu gives a girl a lot of time on her hands) but I stopped after this book. I know where it's going, in terms of relationships and happily ever afters, and I don't think I like it.
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