La Grande, OR, United States | Member Since 2009
One cannot even express the joy of finally having one's favorite series in audiobook form. I first read this book almost 25 years ago. Seriously - check out the original cover - LOVE the clutch turtle with Miri and Val Con. These books were so ahead of their time, Sci-fi with relationship/romance and adventure. You will not feel this is an older story - it's timeless and current. The authors do word play like no other, they can world build with such depth without overburdening the reader/listener with endless detail. In a few words, a paragraph you are sucked into a different world and you grieve at the end of each book. That is what I felt 25 years ago, waiting and waiting for this series to continue. Val Con and Miri are wonderful in this first story and they stay true to their characters with each book and yet grow and evolve, interweaving with the other stories protagonists. You CARE about them. I did have a little trouble at first with the narrator, he is good, but his voice was not what heard in my head as Val Con's. It's too deep. But he did well with Miri's tone, unlike many male narrators speaking as a women, he didn't try squeaky falsetto. I did resolve the difference, however, and ended up really enjoying the performance. He got Edger spot on. Grab these books and sit back and simply enjoy a wonderful ride like no other. Clutch turtles rule!! Long live Korval.
I listened to this book with the audio narration almost none stop, didn’t want to put it down. The narration was spot on and absolutely terrific. He nailed his performance the entire way.
The story sucked me in, pounded on me, made me laugh and chortle and giggle, hold my breath and gasp and even tear up and cheer. I was utterly astonished that the writing grabbed me so hard and held my attention hostage. I was so sad it was over and had to blink back to reality and re-read the last chapter again. Now that was an utterly entertaining wonderful story/ride. This is definitely an author to keep an eye out for in the future.
Who’d of thunk that a story of a castaway on Mars could be so utterly funny. And not stupid funny, hah-hah, but that smart subtle dry humor that sneaks up on you. Mark Whatney is a wonderful voice in this story that carries it off in his log entries. You’d think that style of narration would be annoying, but it was very well done. The author did an amazing job of taking dry facts and making you not only WANT to hear them but be eager to hear what next he would pull out of his hat. The side characters were real and supporting. You don’t even have to like Sci-fi to not only get this book, but love it. This is now ensconced on my favorite reads – keepers shelf. Don't be afraid, go for the Red Planet, you won't regret the trip.
Loved the narration by Dina Pearlman. She was consistent and smooth and well defined and non-grating character voices. Excellent performance.
Whoooo. This was a new author for me. Yawn, another vampire book? Yes, but thank goodness there was no sparkles, leather or tats. No hype and snark. Instead a beautiful quiet building of world, relationships and mystery. A touch of romance, but again slow, as in 2 or more books to fully be realized slow I think. The characterizations were deep and fun and the language was fluid. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It seemed like a vacation from so many UF that are trying for over the top flash and bang. This was subtle flavoring but lots of body and fulfilling in the end. We have our centuries old vampire Gio and our young heroine Beatrice. It was awesome that they had dialog and there was no instant mate claiming or clothes ripping. They actually took time getting to know each other, their friends and family and then their clashing at trying to discover the mysteries that surrounded each of them and finding out how those circumstances became intertwined. How cool we have a vampire on a book hunt with a librarian to aid him? I found it refreshing and enjoyable. My only point is that I felt Beatrice was almost a little too stubborn and young at times, but it was only annoying for brief moments. I loved Carwynn. I will be following the rest of this authors series.
Though I love Gabra Zackman for Joanne's voice, I don't believe it was the best for Gary's. An older male voice, warm and humerus would been a better choice, I feel.
This is not a standalone story and should only be read for best enjoyment after books 1 - 7 of the Walker papers has been read. This story is Gary's side trip in Raven Calls.
I had trepidation in reading it, because Gary is one of the most beloved side characters ever and reading of his loss and heartbreak was almost more than I could bear. But when I finally dove into it, it really was a celebration of his life and his high points and his love. Of how he not really saved Annie, but helped her to save herself. The ending is a little iffy as to what really happened so I have to be patient to hear more especially after Gary's call to Joanne at the end of Mountain Echoes.
I can't say I even learned a lot from this story, other than enjoying Gary's POV as we have learned a lot of him and most of this over the course of the Walker Paper books, but at the same time it was all in one place and very enjoyable. We also learned more of 'Horns' and the Hunt.
If one is a fan of the Walker Paper series and have a soft spot for the cabbie, Gary, then this will definitely be a fun read. I so enjoy hearing the older protagonists empowered, strong and dynamic.
** spoiler alert ** Anyone who had not read Patty Briggs or the Mercy Thompson series - what is wrong with you? Really??? Oh my gosh, I think book eight is some of the best and strongest writing by this author to date. The communication, relationships and plot twists was outstanding. The language is so clean, stunning and simple and sneaks up on you and then you get suckered with a gut punch time and again. BAM! Concept shared. Heh-heh.
The narration was outstanding!! Totally love this author and narrator team.
So Christy, Adam's ex, does something selfish and stupid again and now has a stalker boyfriend and has called on Adam and the pack for assistance. This is where for me the story loses part of a star point is that I understand WHY she needed protection and help and why Adam and the pack would step up, it is really about protecting Jesse's feelings, but after the hell Christy has put Adam and Jesse through, why would the pack still be loyal to Christy? Where is their loyalty and protection of Jesse and Adam's happiness that they have now? Why would they want to go back to that previous hell? I'm not getting that at all.
And really, why doesn't the pack respect Adam's choice of Mercy? Again, I understand we need plot dynamics and tension and that is okay, but the logic doesn't make sense to me when Adam is such a good alpha bottom line. Why don't they support his happiness? Isn't he Alpha after all? The entire pack dynamic for the last couple of books has irritated me by that lack of logic and now it just pissed me off.
And Adam, sorry dude, but you are 70+ years old and should know better than to let your ex have access to your current wife's bedroom/bathroom territory and what is the issue with the PHONE?? As a security guy wouldn't you have belt clip or something you'd carry it with you? Yes, I know we needed some of those plot points, but it did cheese me off when it kept happening!! It seemed like you were doing nothing to protect Mercy's feelings. What is wrong with you?
I loved Mercy's high road and her relationship with Jesse and communication with Adam. I'm so glad in Coyote fashion, Mercy got the final say in several matters. That was outstanding. BooRah!!!
Did anyone catch the nod to Harry Dresden? It absolutely cracked up. The humor train this story was running on had major steam and kept on chugging through the entire length of the story. There were so many good sentences to savor and quote for future reference.
I love the new characters, Gary, Joel and hopefully Zack will stick around. We need to know more about his story and hopefully watch him come into his own and grow. That being said, here is where the story lost another part of the star point, in that there is SO much left unresolved that it felt almost like a cliffy ending for me which made me a little grumpy. Leaving us wanting more and leaving us with the job and no TP is another matter. A tiny bit more resolution would have helped soften the ending.
Those are minor irritations, however. I was thoroughly engaged and devoured the story in one day. Love this series and eagerly looking forward to the next one so we have some RESOLUTION to all these key points left hanging....
I'm having serious love of this series. Blood prophet, shapeshifter and elemental Others that are truly monstrous when they set their minds to it. This story is about going after the Controller and saving Jean. The human struggle seemed really true of the modern condition and rang some bells giving it strong reality and understanding for the reader to tie into. I'm still not having great love for the narrator (sounds too young) but the voice is consistent and I can still enjoy the story (though the same words should be pronounced the same from version to version)
This is a direct continuation from the first book that was outstanding, Written in Red. It's only been about 6 weeks later approximately where the last book left off. Still have continued love for all the Other characters and Meg. Not enough elemental pony time, in fact this book seemed just a little rushed and possibly (gasp) maybe an interim piece? It didn't seem as fleshed out as the it's predecessor and the villains didn't seem to be well defined and it bounced back and forth between baddies of HFL and the Controller and the FIN - Donkey and Nicholas Scratch. Though we resolved some of the evil, much of it was not and left hanging. Almost like it was cut off and left for the next book? It didn't overly distract, but that is why I only gave it 4 stars as it has a HUGE measuring stick with the first book.
Meg and Simon are just adorable and again, I'm so happy to see this relationship building slowly and watching them both struggle with figuring out what they are feeling and what they should do about it. Considering where they are both coming from jumping too fast into any kind of romance wouldn't be right. AB is handing this right. Simon needing to cuddle is so adorable. Seriously, I know he is a viscous monster that eats people, but I want one. I would feed it wolf cookies and provide a wolf bed. My corgis would love him and play tug, as long as he promised that they were not edible.
Flavored wolf cookies? Arrrroooo! The funny gags in the story had me laughing out loud a lot. I still miss the ponies though.....
It was a terrific and entertaining read. I'm eagerly waiting for book three. I hope this series goes on forever, I don't think I will ever get bored.
I absolutely adored this book. This is my first exposure to this author and all I can say is that I'm just blown away. The book covers are gorgeous and I can be lured in by beautiful graphics. I'm a book slut that way.
I didn't enjoy the narrator as much. I much prefer deeper voices and the voice seemed too young adult. However the voice was consistent and smooth. I could get past those slight annoyance and enjoy the story.
The premise of the story, based on a person who cut themselves (because they were a blood prophet), didn't appeal to me when I first learned of it and even though I had several recommendations by book friends, I resisted until now.
Finally in desperate need of a good book and looking for new authors I took the leap. Talk about rock my world. The best way I can describe this is an alternate reality story that is similar to our own world, but imagine instead that humans were the minority. Think of white man coming to America and finding indigenous natives that could and would readily eat you. It took a while but human finally negotiated a foot hold with bartering with the Others. Then after several hundred years as what rings strongly with our own society, humans forget what they should be grateful for and how they should be beholden too and starts creating trouble. They should let sleeping wolves lie as if they rouse they can not only eat you, but crush entire cities.
The main protagonist, Meg (who is the blood prophet), is actually an escaped slave who gets a job with the Others, and unknowingly starts changing the world of Others and Humans in her efforts to learn to be human and learn to coexist with the Others. She is not the strong fighter, and in fact scared a lot but she is brave in her own way. I didn't find this annoying because she wasn't whimpy/whiny. Even though the story is dark and violent as all the best Urban Fantasies are, there is so much charm and humor and the relationships and points of view of the different story lines are intriguing (other than one I didn't enjoy to much). I adored the elemental ponies, 'wolf' beds and cookies and Simon in his gruff/rough way was seriously too cute. Major hugs and scritches to Sam too.
Don't expect romance or sex - in fact I found it refreshing to see the development of relationships without it. (Reminds me of the lovely slow/strong relationship building of Kate and Curran over many books in the Magic series by Ilona Andrews) This story is NOT regular tame shifters that are just fury people. These are truly MONSTERS and the world building is just awesome.
My only little grumble was not liking the point of view of female baddie - she was just too annoying for me, rather than scary or worrisome.
As soon as I finished this I jumped on the next "Murder of Crows". I"m already jonsing for book 3.
Hollows fans will not be disappointed. The narration was awesome and the story just rocked.
OMG just doesn't cover the awesomeness of this story. I feel like after almost a decade of fandom I received the ultimate reward for staying loyal to a series.
It is so sad to think of a series coming to it's end with only one more book after this, with each book just keeps getting better and topping the last (when you thought the last was simply the best yet).
Rachel had less Too Stupid TO LIVE moments (thought I do love her dearly - I want to strangle her at times) and is truly - gasp - growing up!!! All the characters simply shined (especially my favorite elf). They evolved and grew but stayed true to themselves. Good feelings abounded, shock and sadness prevailed. It was the Hollows at it's best (or worst in this case) which means surprising turns and plot twists, some expected still didn't happen how you thought they might. Many questions answered and more so to be answered. I'm holding myself to not being spoilery other than I LOVE the cover of the book and it doesn't disappoint.
OMG - now I can't wait for 2015. How will all this end???
Tavia Gilbert is an AWESOME narrator. Her delivery was just spot on all the way through. Kudos to her and the producers. I really enjoyed the story. My only critics would be that any foreshadowing - I'd think, this will happen next- and it did. So not sure if I became suddenly clairvoyant or the hinting was too much and the book was not as twisty/turny as her usuals. The Tate dynamic at the end was a little weird. Otherwise this was a rocking good listen and so glad that if this is the end, then it ended on such a good strong note!
Let me first say that the performance and editing was top notch. The story, I felt, not so much.
** spoiler alert ** I expected so much more for this book, it could have been so much more. It seemed like just an interim or filler book over all after anticipating this story for years. I'm sorry to say it was a little bit of a letdown. It was fun to see what young Carpathians are capable of, and some of the conversations were snappy and fun - but the most of the story and dialog was not edited well and the communication between Dimitri and Skyler was forced and not natural. Periods were stilted, overflowing and overblown. Constant battle scenes do not create tension, especially with long dialogs which is actually greatly annoying especially when something dramatic/traumatic was going to happen (example: the shield was collapsing) and they kept having these long winded discussions about other things - then he's going to die, we need to heal him (again long discussions about what this means/ how/where and why and the guy has been bleeding out like forever???). Love scenes between centuries old male and teenage female was not terribly sexy. I wonder if it's time to break from a series as I'm obviously not appreciating it to its fullest.
Yes, I have enjoyed all the books and maybe they didn't always go in the direction I would have thought the best, but they have kept me engaged and entertained which is the reason I read them. I never really watched the TV show, so all the violence and author bashing seems really strange to me and quite sad really. I was satisfied with the ending, but I have never been rabid about Sookie's men, just enjoyed the stories for what they were. The narrator was awesome as always, I'm only sad this is the last of the series.
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