We all go buzzing around our daily routines not giving a thought (no pun intended) about how the busy brain affects our bodies and our day to day living. This book presented complex issues clearly along with methods and simple techniques to assist with quieting overactivity between the ears and methods for improving perception performance. Good read, and well worth the time spent listening.
If you are acquainted with the series, you will know that Bren Cameron, the interpreter between several species and between factions of the Atevi population has recently helped with routing out some major traitors within the home world government while trying to successfully host visiting children from a long lost space post with the young Aiji.
This book now moves to activities "in the heavens" as expected visitors suddenly arrive, posing an inconvenient visit amid an almost civil war between the earth bound humans and the rescued Reunion humans. Cherryh does an excellent job of moving the characters not only through the story arc, but through growth as personalities as well. I was hugely impressed at how masterfully she has done this with so many powerful personalities in the story.
Daniel Thomas May "IS" Bren Cameron. He brings power to the character's voices and a stead pace to a very active storyline. He makes it real :-)
The 9th Jane Yellowrock book, Dark Heir simply rocks. If you have read the prior Yellowrock stories, Dark Heir will leave you excited, surprised and probably exhausted! The story is a non-stop thriller of the first caliber and it's VERY difficult to pull out the ear buds to get some sleep with this one. Jane and her Yellowrock Security team have to find and capture (not true dead) an ancient vampire who has escaped his chains and is running rampant through the human population causing major problems for humans, vamps, witches and several law enforcement agencies. Jane and her team fight hard to keep the people of New Orleans from panicking while staying hot on the trail of the literally mad but powerful ancient. Sit down, strap in and plug 'em in...this will be some Audible ride! Khristine Hvam "is" Jane personified.
Since "Action" seems to be Jane Yellowrock's middle name, it shouldn't be surprising that the 8th installment in the series would be loaded with the stuff! The book is also exciting, engrossing and in some instances very surprising!
In this book, Jane continues to work with the Younger brothers as they team up to unravel several mysteries coming at them from different directions at the same time. There is something big, aggressive and invisible chasing Jane, and something in the Master of the City's possession which is drawing attackers to vamp HQ, forcing Jane to resolve before the European vamps come to Leo's territory for an official "visit".
There are poignant, funny and yummy scenes where Faith Hunter develops and expands the depth of her characters. Beast, of course, is her usual no-nonsense self, developing quite a dry sense of humor as she and Jane evolve together. Nice touch in the middle of all that fighting and chasing!
I highly recommend this installment in Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series. Faith is very good about adding background to the current story for newcomers, so don't be afraid to start here then go back to the first book of the series, Skinwalker to get the rest of Jane's story.
The book is an excellent explanation of studies performed to try and verify what young children have said about "their other lives" or "their other homes". Unlike many prior studies, this one was done with American children and very important questions were asked about the incidents and the statistics that answered some of the "why"s that came up. Just about everyone will be flabbergasted about the documentation of these stories, but many will fall off the story when the author wanders into quantum mechanics and physics to try and explain a possible way these incidents can occur in our "real" world. Even if you don't listen to the theory behind the incidents, you will be amazed at what was found and documented. I'm very glad I bought this audiobook!
What a great story! Trent and Rachel work very well together now, and there are the usual interferences from Trent's "ex". Newt is very much front and center in this tale, adding adventure and a lot of story backfill that makes the book a rich read. Have a listen to this one for a great escape!
Patricia Briggs continues with her excellent story telling in this 8th book of the Mercy Thompson series. The story starts with a sure way to keep things tense in the pack, and the source of that tension (Adam's ex-wife) seems to bring on even more serious issues the whole pack ends up having to deal with. There are some very scary twists and turns in the story toward the climax that had me saying to myself "OH NO!".
Lorelei King does her usual superb job of narrating the book, taking the listener right into Mercy's world. I just love how she manages to change her voice to make Adam sound masculine...a true artist!
If you have no problem listening to a professor whose delivery is more pedantic than spontaneous, this is a fair medium to learn from. Otherwise, I'd recommend that it be read from a book. Tweezing out the jewels while listening to someone speak in the fashion Tim Conway used to drive his audience nuts by doing his slow talk routine is a tough job. I did manage to finish the course but I had to deliberately choose when to listen such as days I was particularly patient. As mentioned in the title, the suggestions are good. Getting to them is not.
For those who have been reading Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series and following Jane's/Beast's growing pains, this book is the icing on the series cake. All the substance from the prior stories evolve exponentially in this book, taking readers through all the strong emotions, rage, dispair, righteous anger and of course, love.
Jane's best friend's husband, Evan, starts this book by literally blowing into town, and knocking down Jane's front door to demand she send his wife (Molly) out. Trouble is, Jane hasn't seen her friend and the entire series of adventures begins with the new Yellowrock Securities taking on the task of finding Molly.
The book is rich in developing existing characters into more realistic dimensions and in bringing the reader face-to-face with ethical choices, challenging physical limits and literally finding out who Jane's real friends are.
Faith has successfully woven several plot lines coming from the outside toward a central cause with such artistry that the reader is literally stunned from the exciting story telling when the conclusion drops into place. For the newbies to this series, the Jane Yellowrock World Companion might be a good "add on" to this book, but get this one first, you won't regret it.
Khristine Hvam IS Jane Yellowrock, and does a perfect job of rendering the character in all her moods. Enjoy this audiobook!
Cat o' Nine Tales, is a delightful mix of previously published favorite short stories about Jane Yellowrock, many through the eyes of her friends and adversaries, and two new novellas wading into adventures connected with her weir-tainted love interest and his extended family.
For die-hard Jane Yellowrock readers who've read everything in print they could find, the new stories included in this collection will absolutely titillate, as they divulge more information about Rick LaFleur, and introduce a whole new group of characters to the Yellowrock saga with adventure to spare!
Faith Hunter continues to showcase her mastery of urban fantasy short story thrillers in this excellent collection, and I highly recommend the read.
Aha! That's why!
Khristine's rendition of the characters simply "make" them. She's a consumate artist with her reading. And, need I add, she is positively Jane personified.
Well, not laugh or cry, but definitely inspired admiration for Jane's strength and character.
This is an excellent way to get a first impression of Jane Yellowrock in action. Her abilities make her regular readers green with envy!
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