I was totally captivated by the story. An added bonus is that the author turned out to be an excellent reader - could not have been done better! I was so enthralled by the story that I did a Google search to find pictures of the survivors and other people mentioned in the book. There are some images of "Maggie", the female survivor. She was really something!
I really enjoyed Swan Song. It reminded me of The Stand by Stephen King, which is one of my all time favorites. However, Swan Song has its own personality. I really cared about the characters and what happened to them. This is a long book, but it holds your interest throughout and is hard to stop listening to. The suspense is thrilling!
Very good story from beginning to end. This was my introduction to Jack Reacher and I find him very interesting. In fact, I order the next three books in the series in paper format. The reason I ordered the next three in paper book format is because I read in reviews that the reader changed and he was not as good as Dick Hill who narrated Killing Floor. Dick Hill again narrates book 4 and the rest of the series. I think what really happens is that the image of a character (in this case, Jack Reacher) gets fixed by the first person you hear reading his voice and any other reader does not match your image. This makes a book uncomfortable. I am now hooked on Dick Hill's version of Reacher and am not going to get disappointed by a different voice.
I enjoyed this short story. I had already listened to Love You More by Lisa Gardner and enjoyed it too. After listening to 7th Month, I ordered the entire DD Warren series and the other series by Gardner about FBI profiling, except for one book (Say Goodbye) that I think may be too violent for me.
This book kept my interest from the beginning and held it to the end. I could not figure out who the serial killer was even though there was a small pool to choose from. Casual Innocence is a good read that you won't regret purchasing.
This same story line over and over again, with no resolution on Joe and Ranger, is geting very old and boring. The author is taking us for granted - and for idiots. I will give her one more book to breathe some life into the Stephanie series (which was wonderful in the earlier books). If she doesn't, I give up and will not go to #21.
Stephanie should marry Joe, have children and juggle her immediate family, dog, grandma and dad, along with bounty hunting. "Aunt LuLu" could love the precocious kids. The kids could be smarter than Stephanie is and solve her mysteries for her - or anything except the same old "Joe is hot", "Ranger is hot", "my car blew up" etc. There are certainly funny parts to this book, but that's about all it is - a few funny parts wrapped up in the same old story line. To make it even worse, the Joe I grew to know and love is getting very little attention and is becoming plain vanilla. Come on author. I know you made a lot of money already and are not too interested in writing great books, but either liven up this series or put it to bed.
I scored this a 5 because it won't let me go! As soon as I finished I wanted to start over again. The characters are the best part of the book. They are not drop dead gorgeous, rich or famous, but you really care about them. I can't put my finger on why I like this book so much but I do know that it was fascinating to me. It is not terrifying, but it is frightening.
This is about an apartment full of people who are not particularly special, but they band together and they are a special group. They are trying to solve the mystery of the strange apartment they live in and they find out more than they want to know.
I have tried to establish a pattern of not giving 5 stars except for extraordinary and exceptional books and I have generally given 4 stars to the books in the Amerlia Peabody series. However I have to give this book a 5 for two reasons. It is very well written and has a good plot. More importantly, this series is so extraordinarily entertaining and addictive that it deserves 5 stars. I am totally hooked. As soon as I finished The Ape Who Guards the Balance, I immediately ordered the next two audio books (books 11 and 12). Since 13, 14, and 15 aren't available in audio, I immediately ordered them in paperback from Amazon. I am going to start listening to book 11 tomorrow morning.
These characters are like family to me. I want to dress up and go to dinner with them. I want to sit on the bed with Nefret and pet her cat. I love them all.
I am particularly engrossed with the story line for the grown up Ramses and grown up Nefti. They are so perfect for each other but Ramses just doesn't have the social skills or maturity or confidence to let her know he loves her and I don't think Nefret knows that she loves Ramses - yet. That's the main reason I am addicted. I just have to go through this situation with them.
Sethos is back in this book along with many other regulars. David finds love. The Emersons solve a mystery. The are deaths of villians and a death that made me sad. The cats and horses are all doing well, even if the cat Horace is a bit peculiar.
The narrator is absolutely awesome. She gives the characters their wonderful personalities. Elizabeth Peters is a talented author and she is lucky she team up with Barbara Rosenblat for this series. Together they have created magic!
I have eagerly awaited this latest book in the Lucas Davenport series and I was not dissappointed. I really would have liked to give in 4 1/2 stars, if it were possible. I very seldom give 5 stars. I save those for extraordinary books (like A Prayer for Owen Meany, Angela's Ashes, and Pride and Prejudice - to name a few).
Lucas and Weather now have three children - Letty (adopted), Sam and a new baby girl. There was no mention of Lucas's daughter by Jenny. I really like the character Letty, and she plays an important role in this book .Most of the reoccuring characters from previous Davenport books appear in Stolen Prey.
A random crime against Lucas begins the book, followed by an especially gruesome murder of a family. Lucas in involved in investigating the crime and the murders. The murders involve a cruel and dangerous gang from Mexico. The action is fast paced. The dialogue is snappy and witty. Lucas is his typical macho self and still has his personal code of ethics/morals. The narrator does a very good job with this book.
I found myself torn about whom was responsible for the murders and violence. Should I blame the relative harmless people who unknowlingly set the viscious gang in motion, or do I blame the viscious gang who performed the attacks - or both?
Great book, and it could stand alone if you don't mind references to events or people from previous books. However I believe it would be even more enjoyable if you have been keeping up with the series from the beginning, as I have. Even though I have read or listened to every book in the Lucas Davenport series, there were some references to prevous events that I don't recall. It makes me want to go revisit previous Davenport books. Most of all, it makes me want Sandford to write the next book in the series.
I think you will be glad you purchased Stolen Prey.
Seeing a Large Cat has now become my favorite of all the Amelia Peabody series books. It even got 5 stars from me, which is not something I do very often.
The story was exceptionally good and I am in love with the grown up Ramses. I did not find him whinny or annoying (as another reviewer noted). I found him sexy and intriguing. I am very pleased with the grown up Ramses voice - I can't say the same for David's voice. In my opinion his voice should have been more British in light of his adoption by the Walter Emersons and subsequent British education.
The Emerson family is back in Luxor - and they have built a house nearby. They still have their boat (the Amelia). David and Ramses are staying in the boat and Amelia, Emerson and Nefret are staying at the house. There are visits (known and unknown) between the two locations. Cyrus is discovering a love interest and we find that Ramses has a love interest too. The mysteries in the story are quite perplexing and the entire family and crew are involved in solving them. Ramses female cat (I can't spell her name) from previous books has died, and Ramses is quietly and silently grieving over her death - they had a special bond. Nefret wants to ease his grief by trying to get him to pay attention to one of the deceased cat's kittens, but Ramses isn't consoled at all by the new kitten.
The book includes a character named Dolly, a Southern Belle from America whom I itched to slap. She has eyes for Ramses. She is so hateful and spiteful that she may come back in future books. Dolly is the type you love to hate and she is the polar opposite of Nefret. Needless to say, Nefret can't stand her either.
Unlike another reviewer, I absolute love the insertions of Manuscript H. I think they make perfect sense where they are placed and help move the story along. Also, the Manuscript H sections are apparently written by Ramses but he writes them as if they are a fiction story. They are really helpful to tell what is happening out of Amerlia's sight and provide a viewpoint other than Amelia's about events and people (including Amelia). I think they add spice to the series and keep the books from becoming monotmous, which they will do if we only hear Amelia talking all the way through every book. I love Amelia, but she can get a little stuck on herself sometimes.
I am writing this review of the first book in the series after I have read all that Frost has written. Actually there are two series - Night Huntress and Night Huntress World that should be read in combination (Books 1-4 in Night Huntress, then Books 1 and 2 in Night Huntress World, and then back to Books 5 and 6 in Night Huntress.
The main character, Cat, is the coolest and she is tough. Cat is half vampire and half human (the only one in existance). I really love her and feel as if she is real. The main male character is named Bones. He is a vampire and is drop dead georgeous - he is super bad too. The dialogue in the book is snappy and funny. The action is fast paced and the interaction of the characters is fascinating. You are also introduced to Ghouls in this book. Even though this is a series, the book does come to a wrapped up conclusion. It does not leave you hanging, but leaves you wanting to know more about what happens to Cat.
Her mother grated on my nerves, but after the sixth or seventh book in the series, I have become to like her better (but she is still a major B...). I love Bones, but I do not like the voice the narrator has given to him. He really deserves a more suave and sexy voice rather than the broad cockney accent, but after two or three books in the series (Yes, he does reappear), I got over his accent and have come to think of it as Bones voice . The way he call Cat "Kitten" can make you shiver.
The sex scenes are pretty vivid, and, even though I don't usually like too much sex, I found them to fit the story and did not object. Cat and Bones are HOT.
In my opinion, this is the best of all the vampire series and you won't be dissapointed by the author or the narrator (except maybe for her "Bones" accent).
I very seldom give 5 stars (except for extraordinarily excellent books) and I give this a very solid 4 in all categories.
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