Although I'm a real fan of Eve, Roarke and the other characters, this book was more somber than most--a really awful crime, without much of the usual witty repartee that make these books so enjoyable.
Still a worthy entry in the series, and Susan Ericksen did her usual wonderful job as a narrator, really bringing the characters to life. If you haven't gotten into the ID series, this may not be the place to start, but if you're already a fan it's very definitely worth a listen.
I'm delighted that Susan Ericksen has re-recorded some of the first In Death books she originally performed several years ago. I think this was one of her firsts, and she had not yet developed all the distinct character voices that ID fans recognize today.I just finished listening to the new recording and it has really enhanced my enjoyment of this book. J.D. Robb and Susan Ericksen are a can't-be-beat combination!
Although I always enjoy the Kate Daniels books, in some there's simply too much emphasis on long, drawn-out battles, one after another. (I had a hard time getting through the one where they wereconstantly fighting in the arena.)
That's not the case with this story. Kate (and Curran and the pack members) are all given opportunities to kick ass, but relationships dominate this book. What does it mean to be a member of the Pack? Can Kate ever be truly accepted? Where will Kate's choices take her in the future?
My one disappointment in the audio version of this series is the narrator. Kate's okay, and so are many of the other characters, but Curran always sounds to me as if he's got a case of laryngitis or a bad sore throat.
But that's only a minor flaw. This book has only been out a week or so, and I'm already searching for the release date of the next book in the series!
I'd give it a plot. This one seems to be sorely missing one, or at least it's moving so slow that it's difficult to find. (Reminds me of Loki being stuck in the tree, moving through the gate a fraction of an inch each day.)
I'd make it tighter, more focused.
Eh--I don't care for Stefan Rudnicki's reading of this--he has a beautiful voice, but it's just not right for these characters. Emily Rankin does an okay job.
I'm disappointed. Although I usually like Orson Scott Card's writing, I don't think I'll be buying these audiobooks anymore. Both this Gate Thief series and the Pathfinder series started off with an interesting premise and a pretty good story, but with both second books I had the same problem; they're just too slow. I'm not even sure I'll finish this one.
This was actually my second visit to Half Moon Hollow, and it was a fun one. These books don't take themselves too seriously; they're simply light, easy reads and that's fine by me. I enjoyed the characters and the setting and will probably buy another Half Moon Hollow book and/or others by Molly Harper at some point in the future (when there's a good Audible sale).
Amanda Ronconi did a good job narrating, bringing just the right tone to the story.
M. C. Beaton has a light touch with all of her works (I love the Hamish MacBeth stories) and this is no exception. She creates enjoyable characters, and although the plots are fairly predictable it's a fun journey getting there.
If the next in the series goes on sale on Audible, I'll probably by it, just to revisit this cast of characters and see what they're up to.
If you're looking for high drama, this won't satisfy, but if you enjoy a period piece, light romantic comedy this should fit the bill.
Delusion in Death is another solid entry in the In Death series by J. D. Robb. The books in the series always contain a mixed focus on crime/police procedural and character/relationship building. I'd say this one skews a bit to the crime/police procedural side, but there are some really wonderful scenes with Eve and Roarke, Eve and Summerset and Eve and Mira.
As always, Susan Ericksen brings the characters to life. I have listened to these books over and over, in part because I enjoy her performances so much. (And I love the characters and the world as well.)
Highly recommended if you're already a fan of the series; if you're not familiar with it, I'd suggest going back to the beginning, and starting with Naked in Death. Part of the enjoyment with these books is seeing how the characters change and develop over time; it's been an exciting journey.
J.D. Robb can't write these fast enough to suit me. I'm eagerly anticipating Calculate in Death, which will be released in February 2013.
Like another reviewer, I wasn't sure that I'd find much of anything new in this book after listening to all the Cat and Bones Night Huntress books. But Frost has managed to develop two intriguing new characters within this universe, and I'll look forward to the next installment in their story.
Tavia Gilbert does an excellent job of making the characters come to life.
It took a bit of time to get into this book, but I enjoyed the story and yet another look at this imagining of the gods on earth today. (I've been reading/listening to a lot of these of late, including Neil Gaiman's American Gods and the Iron Druid books by Kevin Hearne.)
The dual story line is intriguing (Danny North in the present and another character in another world/time). It's a good coming-of-age fantasy with some imaginative touches, and I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story in the next book in the series.
The narrators do a very good job and make the story even more enjoyable.
I enjoyed Harkness' first book, Shadow of Night, but since I'm a English history buff this installment was even more fun in some ways, since it takes place primarily in Elizabethan England.
Matthew and Diana continue to be a dynamic couple who intrigue and challenge each other (especially as Matthew seems to revert to Elizabethan attitudes towards women when he goes back in time). It was particularly fun reading Harkness' take on literary figures of that era.
Narrator Jennifer Ikeda did a great job of bringing all the characters to life, adding another dimension to the story.
One bit of advice; if it's a while since you've read Discovery of Witches, you may want to go back for a quick reread, as there's very little replay in this book of what's gone on before.
I'm looking forward to the concluding book and to seeing how the vampire and the witch resolve all the problems they're facing.
After I read The Curse of Chalion last year, it became one of my all-time favorite fantasy novels. Paladin of Souls is a fitting sequel; it was a delight to visit this world again.
Lois McMaster Bujold's characters are well-drawn and believable. Ista's struggles to find the meaning in her life after the tragedies she has gone through will resonate with anyone who has gone through a similar experience, and the brothers who are central to the story are both honorable men trapped in a horrendous situation that's not of their making.
I like the fact that these books are character-driven; many fantasies have turned me off with their long, drawn out, chapter-after-chapter descriptions of battles. There are battles in this book, but descriptions are kept to a reasonable length.
Narrator Kate Reading does her usual masterful job in bringing these characters to life.
If you enjoy fantasy, do yourself a favor and read/listen to Curse of Chalion and then Paladin of Souls. I'm going to buy the final book set in this world with my next credit.
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