This is the longest BDB books at about 24 hours and it was hard to put down my earphones for any of it. I think this is one of the best books so far closely tied with #3 Lover Awakened (Zhadist/Bella) and #4 Lover Revealed (Butch/Marissa). I thought this installment was emotionally deeper then the last couple of books or maybe I just had a hard time liking Phury and/or relating to Vishous. This book is about Rehvenge and Ehlena and had alot of twists and turns as they all do but I felt more empathy for these two characters. This book also delved a little more into John and Zhex and there was quite a bit about Wrath and Beth too. I can't wait for the next book, Lover Mine due out in April 2010. If you haven't read this series you need to start at the beginning with Dark Lover and work your way forward, its a series you shouldn't skip around in as one leads to another. They are very darkly emotionally and highly sexual in nature.
Really enjoyed this book and the story line was different from anything that I have ever read. I would not compare it to The Hunger Games at all as some others have other than they are both dystopian trilogys, the former is one of my all time favorite reads (listens?) of all time. I wish there were more answers at the end as really nothing is answered here and so on to book 2 I go ha ha
I know Mark Deakins is a great narrator but I have to admit I had a REALLY hard time listening to his middle age voice for a teen voice, it wasn't even close. It left me feeling like I was being read to instead of feeling like the character was speaking to me which is how most good narrators make me feel. It improved a little by the end of the book because I probably, finally got used to it.
Ok, I know its a trilogy but I feel like all I did with this book was run across a desert and learn nothing really. Of course this will make me download the 3rd book which is now in my cart....I'm really hoping it clears up the many questions I have or I will be so disappointed.
The book did have not stop action and was faster paced than the first book. I can't say I like one more than the other as I liked them both and they were hard to put down. Mark Deakins is a good narrator but I just can't get past him and his voice for teenagers. It distracted me in the first book, was a little better in the 2nd book probably because I just got used to it ha ha. He does do a good job differentiating the characters with his voice.
Loved, loved, loved this story. The first I've listened in quite awhile that had me listening every spare moment I could and would go get on the treadmill just so I could hear more. Storyline was fantastic, characters complex though dark, loved the twists and turns, couldn't wait to get to the end. The ending for me was SO DISAPPOINTING, which is why I gave it one star less. I was hoping for something big and not where it went. It just fizzled out and I was hoping for something good, a gotcha of sorts.
The narrators were both engrossing to listen to and really made the story.
To be honest I'm more of a fantasy than a science fiction fan. I loved this second audio book and it had less of the sci-fi feel to it which may or may not be a good thing depending on your preference. I could hardly put it down and would would listen to it for hours a day. I liked Enders Game a lot and gave it 5 stars but this book touched me more. It was captivating to me and I thought the questions posed about human kind and alien kind were of a deeper nature in this book. I'm sad the story ended and I will be thinking a lot about it in the days to come.
I can see why this was the book Orson Scott Card intended to write and only wrote Enders Game so he could write this one.
I liked the narration though I agree that the weird musical note inserts felt oddly placed.
I didn't know what to expect from some of the negative reviews so I tried to prepare myself for the worst. This may have proved to be my favorite book perhaps because of the inner turmoil the characters go through. Yes, it was dark, sad and bittersweet. But it was realistic I thought in how it portrayed war and the moral lines that get crossed. If you are looking for a happy story, this isn't it, but it is a great story. Not everything in war is black and white and this last segment of the trilogy had a lot of irony in it.
I thought the ending did get tied up nicely and I was happy there was an epilogue which I thought to be a realistic and bittersweet ending to the story.
I thought Carolyn McCormick did an outstanding job in all the books but especially in this book with the emotional turmoil that runs throughout.
Alls I can say is OMG. I think I walked around with my mouth hanging open half the time while listening to this book because of all the twists, turns, and unexpected events. I went back to the beginning and started with Book 1 and then each book in succession until Shadowfever. It was so excellent hearing the story unfold back to back. Very satisfying. All the questions are answered.
This book will make NO sense if you haven't read or listened to the first 4 books. A couple people have complained that she whined alot in this book and yes in the beginning she does but you have to take it in context knowing what happened in the previous 4 books.
This is by far my all time favorite series. The Sookie Stackhouse series would be my 2nd all time favorite series. I am sad to be leaving it and have NO idea what to listen to next.
This was a good story about John and Zhex. I have to be honest, I was a bit turned off by the homosexual line that ran throughout this book. It just left me with a "ick" feeling. A few of the books have hinted in this way but this one was way too out there for me anyways. Other then that I enjoyed the story line and as always J.R. Ward puts out a great story.
I do really enjoy these books. In this 3rd Aisling Grey book she really gets herself into some hot water and I wonder how she will remedy this. In each book things seem to get worse and worse and this book is no exception. The romance scenes don't do much for me in this series and I fast forward through them. I'm not sure if its the narrator whom I actually like or the scenes themselves though there weren't many in this book. I am hoping in the 4th and final book some things get wrapped up!
I enjoyed this listen and plan on downloading the next book. Its a little cheesy here and there but I still liked it quite a bit. I liked the narrator though others are right you can hear her swallow here and there. Any decent editor should be able to get rid of that! Usually I am working out when I'm listening so I didn't hear it much and it didn't bother me but it is there. I thought other then the swallowing bit she had a good voice and it was clear between characters.
Like all her books, this one did not disappoint. I love the layout of the way she writes giving each persons perspective as the story moves on. The audio was really well done with 4 or 5 different narrators. Yes, I had it figured out early on but I think maybe she meant it that way? She gave a big hint early on. Maybe it wasn't about whodunnit, but more about why they dunnit!
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