So thankful to Yuriko who listed the stories with the authors and some comments! It was such a chore to try and keep track of all the stories and authors as well as remember what they were about. So, thank you, Yuriko!I gave this book only 4 stars because the stories were of very uneven quality. Some I absolutely loved and others, I actively disliked. Some, I wished were much longer and could have been novels. But, others, I stopped paying attention to as I listened.
The main reasons I got this book are the authors, Diana Gabaldon and Charlaine Harris. But ironically, their stories were mediocre, and some other authors' stories that I thought I wouldn't like, such as Patricia Briggs, turned out to be terrific.But first I need to say that ANYTHING read by my hearthrob boyfriend (I wish) Phil Gigante, is worth five stars in my high esteem. His voice, no mattter the character, is SO melting. So with that totally unbiased opinion, I especially LOVED "In Red, With Pearls" by Patricia Briggs. How wonderful to have the main character of Warren, a gay werewolf, and his lover, Kyle, a human. I ADORED these characters and the premise and I hope for Ms. Briggs to wite a series using Warren as the main character! Please, please, please. I will buy every book.
The main reasons I liked "Lord John and The Plague Of Zombies" by Diana Gabaldon are the Lord John character and his brief mentions of Jamie Fraser (that I ate up with a spoon) and Ms. Gabaldon who could write a book about the phonebook and I'd be enthralled. This is not her finest work, but who's complaining when it's Lord John?
But the absolute worst was "Beware The Snake" by John Maddox Roberts. I'm sorry, but I happen to love snakes and all animals and having to hear about all the cruel and abusive things those pesky ancient Romans did to the animals really left me cold. Besides the historical details, the story was boring.
"The Lady Is A Screamer" by Iggulden (sp?) was a standout. I love ghost exorcists! But, I'm sorry, salamnders? In "Hellbender" by Laurie R. King. I mean, really, salamanders?
But there's plenty to enjoy in this anthology and I highly recommend it.
First of all, Lorelei King IS Charley! She is absolutely the perfect narrator for this character. Second of all, this series is so fun, so exciting and I hope, hope the next book will be out soon!
And third of all, if anyone doesn't like the character of Reyes, they must be, I don't know, from some other dimension?
I don't know why I purchased this first in a series. It must have been on sale because almost all the reviewers felt the same way that I did. The narrator actually reads it like text to speech and so stilted that I could not get through the first chapter.
Other reviewers have said that story picks up, but I'm not waiting.
Maybe my expectations were much higher, but I felt let down by this author's characters and plot. All the characters were drawn one-dimensionally, either really good or really bad. The whole business with the house seemed sketched and told instead of fully explored and shown.
There were a number of plot points with holes that you could drive a truck through even if suspension of disbelief is usually needed for paranormal stories. Spoiler Alert: One example would be the fate of all the bad guys. All legalities and investigations of the real world were just swept aside as everyone agrees case closed. There was just a mention that some deputies would return to look around. Oh, okay. A lot of people have just disappeared, but oh well.
Angela Dawe's narration was fine, if uninspiring.
This is the first book I've ever listened to by this author so I have nothing to compare it to. I would like to give some other of his books a chance.
I thought this was the beginning of a cool murder/mystery series like Stone, but what I got was a lukewarm, boring, completely predictable story of small town characters who were really nice and nothing really bad ever happened unless you count the murder that occurs in the beginning that turns out not to count very much anyway.
I seriously threw up my hands and rolled my eyes at the ridiculous instant confession on the phone in the jail by the suspect! I mean, really!
This is my first foray into Nalini Singh's writing. I am a fan of paranormal/vampire/angel/romance series and this one is a good start. I was glad there is a mix of reality and city life with fantasy as that makes the story much more "real" to me as I am more able to relate and care about the characters.
Not the most in-depth characters and it got a bit tiresome constantly getting little hints throughout the book of Elena's past, but the concept of the society of angels and vampires with humans and all the hierarchy was really well done.
Justine Eyre's narration was very good even for the male voices which can be difficult. I will definitely get the next books.
I am so glad I found this book through Audible reviews as I don't ordinarily read/listen to this genre. But this book was wonderful in every sense. The plot had twists and turns that were truly unexpected. The narrator was excellent---every character had a really unique voice and his accents were perfect. He even did women's voices very well.
I won't give away anything, but be prepared to be surprised. And I do hope that the author might consider a sequel using this main character.
Oh, and lots of cool information about court cases and legal stuff, but delivered in the context of the story.
Really loved this book.
As much as I have enjoyed Molly Harper's works and Amanda Ronconi's narration, I found this title to be listless, a bit rushed and only mildly entertaining.
The plot seemed rushed because characters would just quickly accept something traumatic or unusual and at one point in the story when our heroine has sex with the vampire, instead of some, I don't know, magical or sensitive moment, they continue their witty banter. In fact, there is so much witty banter throughout this book, that it robbed any remaining drama from the circumstances. No one seemed threatened or afraid or even really very sad because they were so busy with the witty banter.
I usually enjoy Amanda Ronconi's narration, but here it is lost in a rather average character. In fact, I think everyone in this book was average---even the vampire, who seemed just like a nice guy.
This won't stop me from listening to Molly Harper's other books, but maybe I will wait a bit.
I absolutely love Molly Harper's "Nice Girls..." series, but this book was a big disappointment. I found the main character to be really flat and uninteresting despite all the sarcastic wit which might be sarcastic, but had little wit.
I could not get passed the fact that she had married this terrible man in the first place. I did not believe or accept that she didn't realize. And then half the book was how terrible he was and her revenge which was pretty lame.
I remained uninterested in her story because her character was so nothing special and I just did not care.
Because of Molly Harper's other wonderful books and Amanda Ronconi's other excellent narrations, I was even more disappointed in this one.
There is a lot to enjoy in this book, but also much that fell flat despite my expectations especially after reading the glowing reviews.
Descriptions of the circus were truly amazing. How beautifully written it was with the sights and sounds and especially, the smells. How unique to focus on the scents and how powerful it created the reality.
Overall the writing was very well done.
While many reviewers were taken by the depth of the characters, I found just the opposite. For the most part, they were pretty one dimensional as they interacted with each other and in the realm of the circus.
The competition went nowhere. A huge build-up throughout the book that I expected to culminate in an apocalypse of some kind, but only quietly and gently ended.
And I had no idea about Jim Dale narrating the Harry Potter series, but I found this book to be very reminiscent of Harry Potter in tone and style.
But this last point seems to differ with every other reviewer. I found Jim Dale's narration to be rather difficult to hear the story or the characters. His tone sounded sinister and I kept hearing sinister characters and bad things about to happen. His voice especially for the female characters was terrible. Sorry.
What a wonderful listening experience! A bit unexpected as I have seen some of the cable series and loved it, but waited to listen to the books. I also didn't realize there were more books of a series, so I started with the second book.
Even though this is certainly not heavy literature, the writing is terrific and engaging. I love the mix of humor and drama as we get to know Dexter from his point of view. The author portrays him so well that there is a marvelous insight into his character that even Dexter, himself, does not realize. He continually refers to himself as not being human and having no emotions, especially the emotion of love and caring. Yet, he displays those emotions many times and is so very human and this makes for a fascinating and complex character.
And the narrator, Nick Landrum, is excellent. I love his wonderful sardonic delivery and his interpretation of Dexter's thoughts is perfect.
Oh, and, also, the plot was very exciting and thoroughly horribly scary!
I will eagerly get all the other audiobooks in this series and I hope more become available.
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