Every Which Way but Dead took the plot every which way it needed to go in order to both tie up some loose ends as well as delve into a whole new set of possiblities for Rachel Morgan.
The final scene in the book made me want to start on the next book immediately. It was touching and emotional.
The narrator performed admirably when Trent reveals to Rachel what happened to her father and the reader was able to relive the feelings of abandonment with Rachel when another witch makes her remember her darkest moments.
This series, like most, has some high points and low points. Fortunately inside this particular installment, the listener/reader is treated to some pretty good high points. Love how Kim Harrison has created a world of magical characters.
Have you ever wondered how they do it? How writers can create a whole new world and make it come alive regardless of the genre? J.D. Robb excels in taking the reader to 2060 and beyond.
She creates a world that highlights the worst in humanity, yet always ends with what is best in humanity. Sounds simple, maybe trivial, but how the reader gets there is real magic. In the case of Eve Dallas, it has been a fascinating journey. Read the series to get the maximum effect, and take time to enjoy the talents of Susan Ericksen, an exceptional narrator.
To have a character such as Robb's Rourke in a series appeals not only to romantics, but to all red blooded women. A ridiculously wealthy man, Rourke has his own moral code and to see it develop as his relationship with the series main character, Eve, develops, is touching. The couple develop a relationship that demonstrates the possibilities when two kindred spirits find each other. His wealth becomes an obstacle to overcome for Eve.
As the title suggests, this offering takes place during the Christmas season. The way the couple treat the holiday and the dialogue between these characters may seem sappy to some but to the true Dallas fan, it's what we've been waiting for all along.
With its take on the holiday season and the sentimental dialogue between all the characters, the scenes created are touching, poignant even; yet there were times when despite myself, I had to laugh.
If you haven't read the series at all, start at Naked in Death and stick with it. You won't be disappointed.
One of Susan's best performances.
To say that the series just keeps getting better is really an understatement. This particular installment of the futuristic murder drama pulls out all the stops. The author, through the narrator, brings so much emotion to the story that I could not stop the tears in some sections of the narration, tears of happiness as well as regret.
When you couple a truly despicable villain with a main character that is strongly moral, the interplay makes for a dramatic story. In this case, the villain appears to be a normal guy who simply lost control... until the story develops and shows his true character. He's easy to detest. On the other hand, you have Eve Dallas and Rourke who take on evil on a regular basis and become their own superhero team. The interesting thing is that they come across as real people, despite the circumstances, and the reader can easily identify with their story (despite the interesting backgrounds of both characters and the financial status of the handsome Rourke).
While the reader can certainly enjoy the stories on their own, it is truly an experience to watch the characters develop over the series. The readings by Susan Ericksen are frankly amazing. She develops each character, including accents and inflections, throughout the series. It's also amazing the level of detail built into the plot. Each time that I think Robb can't possibly beat a particular storyline, she surprises me with yet another installment. Hopefully this series will continue well into the future.
Just say YES!
Which is best: Janet Evanovich's Ranger Manoso or Darynda Jones' Reyes Farrow?
Readers of the Stephanie Plum series will NOT want to miss this series.
Lorelei King is one of the best narrators I have listened too. Her ability to bring the characters to life and make them seem so real enhances the whole experience of listening to one of the books she performs. This particular series has all the necessary components to keep the reader coming back: A fantastic main character, a hot leading man, a wacky component (in that Charlie is the Grim Reaper) and a ton of humor that makes you laugh out loud!
A fascinating series, this installment had it all. There's intrigue, suspense, intense emotion and satisfying surprises. The characters are all entertaining.
There's a point where Seth and Georgina recognize that they were centuries old lovers and keep running across each other in time. At this point, there's a sequence of events that makes the rest of the story so intense that you can't stop listening!
The emotions of the characters draw the listening into the story, unable to hit pause as the complex plot is professionally unwound and painstakingly detailed.
Johanna Parker did a fantastic job with the series. The books are very different from the TV show on HBO. The books are better than the series.
Charlaine Harris is a wonderful writer, with a fantastic imagination. She created a series that has really taken off and will continue to be entertaining even after this final book.
Dead Ever After makes you wonder what happened next in the world of Sookie Stackhouse. Happy to hear that Charlaine Harris thought about that and is giving us book that will tell us what happens.
The story draws the listener into a lot of emotions that Anna Strong experiences. I actually found myself laughing out loud and even crying a time or two. As the next in the saga, I enjoyed how J.C. Stein continued from the last book to this one. She also left the reader wondering what would happen next in book 10. The whole premise of being the Chosen One is still a bit foggy. Am hoping that the next book brings it all together.
You have to love Daniel Fry. Ms. Pearlman's vocal talent is impressive when it comes to the male characters.
Not sure that this storyline would carry over to the big screen with the same level of satisfaction you get from reading or listening to the story.
Lorelei King makes the entire series a winner. The whole concept of the Grim Reaper hooking up with the son of Satan is fantastic!
This particular installment was full of twists and turns as well as intense emotions. Darynda Jones has really come through on this one!
Lorelei KIng gives voice to the character of Reyes Farrow, and what a voice it is. The depth of the character comes through so clearly. This installment in the series leaves you wanting the next one immediately!
Not to spoil the ending but that was pretty intense!
The series seemed to start out a bit slow, but the plot is similar to the Darynda Jones series and a few others so I stuck it out. I actually enjoyed the story, but thought it would have been better with a different narrator. A witch who has "grave sight" and can see soul collectors is just beggging to take part in some interesting mysteries. Luckily, Kalayna Price plays along with the idea.
I love that "Death" becomes a character in the story. Actually a being called a soul collector, Death has visited Alex Kraft, our heroine, for most of her life. Once she grew up, she began to understand who and what he was. For Darynda Jones fans, think of Reyes Farrow.
At first the narrator seemed to lack energy in the performance, but as the story progressed, I became accustomerd to her reading.
The storyline is definitely entertaining and it leaves listener wanting to know what happens next. Luckily, Grave Dance was also on sale. I bought both books at the same time and haven't regretted that decision!
A younger Charlie Davidson series, only in reverse?
Love that the main character is named after the narrator! Concidence, I think not! Love the characters.... from Cameron to Glitch, the guys are a lot of
fun. Lorelei and Brook are very much like Charlie and Cookie, only in reverse. There's an innocence in these characters that is really refreshing.
Because of Lorelei's portrayal of Reyes Farrow, the listener is going to be drawn to Jared.
There are several high points in the story that are compelling, but not overly emotional.
Definitey entertaining and worth the listen... the time flew by and I still wanted more:)
There are many laugh out loud moments in the series and this latest installment does not disappoint from that standpoint. If you are seeking the answer to that ultimate question: Cupcake or Babe.. keep looking.
Lorelei King's performances of Lula and Grandma Mazur just can't be beat.
Janet Evanovich is great at leaving the reader wanting more. This series is not ready to end as the characters still have much to tell us. Ranger is becoming more accessible and Joe more tolerant. How can a girl choose?
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