I really like Karen Chance's work. The reviews I read about the narration in this series made me go to print for the first book. I know Joyce Bean's narration is good but fans were not fond of Mircea's voice or Marlow. I am not fond of her choices with these characters either but by the time I read the first book in print I was hooked on the series. I bought the last book published at the time from audible figuring that the narration would have gotten better over time. I seem to listen to it over and over again. For one thing this book does have an intricate plot but for another the humor is so well done both in the writing and narration that it remains fun every time I hear it. I eventually went backward with the purchases. The second book is very funny.
I like Joyce Bean's narration and these books are a challenge. While I am not fond of some of her vocal choices she handles the humor with great skill and is an asset to the series.
I like the characters in this series and the humor is so well integrated with the characters that it seems just easy to want time with them. It is hard to know why people choose to read one series or another and even harder to know how to share a discovered fondness. The readers of this series are enthusiastic for good reason and I am grateful for their reviews. I started from back to front because I really like the characters from the Cassie Palmer series and a vocal shift on shared characters is upsetting. I got over it.
This is a meditation that goes nowhere. The narrator has a very pleasing voice and delivers the prose in a robotic formula. Altogether I just could not finish the book. I am interested in the subject but the subject never really seemed to arrive. Altogether too personal both in the prose and narration and never really finds the rest of us.
Vicki Hearne can be difficult to read but do the work and it stays with one. I have read this book several times and it never fails to amuse, comfort, challenge, and provoke thought. What we understand about language is assumed and Hearne begins to show us how to move from what we limit to what we can use about that form of ignorance. It is a book to reread and the first read is just a beginning. This narrator is adequate and not irritating. I am not sure if I would be happy about any narrator since I have a passion for this book.
I got to an interest in Heyer from Lois McMaster Bujold. She recommends her for the control of dialog. Heyer is a wonderful writer. Her books are old now and the fashion for romance is moving in a different direction, however, this is a writer to nurture other writers. The age of the books is helpful in that direction. One can think it possible to do better. Heyer is a gem in lots of ways and I will read more of her work. This particular book is a wonderful example of character and dialog development as well as being just a sweet story of varied kinds of people. Heyer's strength, for me, is that most of her characters skirt the problem of ordinary so well that it is hard to notice that it is the author's hand that lifts them to interest.
The reviewers so disliked the new narrator that I went back and reviewed the first books. It is hard to accept change in so many directions this book takes as a need to go forward. Karen Chance writes good books. They are funny, surprising and with characters so well developed that one wants to read about them as well as the story. Holloway was so perfect for the first books it is hard to accept a new narrator. In the review I tried to find a reason for a change. The book indicates both a move toward a mature development of purpose and responsibility. The new narrator does sound older and less frantic. The choice of voice for Pritkin is unfortunate. She is just not good at it. She is not wrong to choose it from the text but she can not manage it well. Otherwise she really does a good job. I like the book but I really am a fan of Karen Chance. It is soooo much better than no Karen Chance at all.
Sometimes and more often in these late books, the villians are just too ugly to enjoy the story. I wanted a J D Robb to listen to on my mini but I probably will not listen to this one. The villian is too stupid and ugly to wait for the Thanksgiving event with the Irish family.
I have read several reviews of Molly Harper so I bought this one on a Bogo. I knew the series was well loved and folks thought the works funny. I think I expected something I already found funny or had some experience anticipating the shape and direction of the writing. This was a surprise. A very competent writer has anchored the ordinary, unexpected and the imagined in a delicious mix. It was fun and not really what I expected. The narrator was perfect. Thanks to all the reviewers who gave me the confidence to make this choice.
I simply love this series and each book is different. The writer tries to work with language or plot in all the books. The interview at the end of book 2 on audible is a help to understanding this book's place in the writer's idea, but as a reader it pleases me most as art. This one uses time and memory in a way that actually reading the book is an advantage and the audio a reminder. This writer invests himself in the choice of words and though it is not obtrusive or obsessive- it sure does help imagination and memory. The generational shifts and choices in community are part of the joy in the series. This one carries the Viet Nam generation into and out of memory. I probably like it just because I remember the time and the problems. The story is solid though and the plot feels discovered rather than plotted.
This book has not been available for purchase as an audio book for a long time. I know because I tried. It is one of two nearly perfect Lucas books. The other book is Mortal Prey and Sandford has written about his emotional regret when he had to close his relationship to Clara. I think the writer's joy in finding another charater, Lettie, that he could continue shows in the book. It is a speculation about when he knew, but, as a writer can rewrite and edit the moment, the guess is more celebration for a writer's recognition than actual need to know. The story is interesting and the characters vivid. It hardly matters what one says about a Sandford book. A fan will read in any case and those on the fence are choosing for reasons a fan can not address. This is one of my favorites though and I am glad to see it available on audible.
The complaint about this book is not about story or narrator but about an old addiction. The format of the book makes this sort of like buying chapters of a Dickens book. The story leads to the next and the next but the price is not fun and reading the stories is easy. Most libraries have a copy and the copy has all the books in the series. Young folks may not have the problem. This writer was an option to the Oxford Dons. This writer tied with the novel Dune. There are lots of options to the Oxford Dons these days and it is hard to understand why Zelazny is as important as Herbert in this publishing climate. Those of us with the addiction understand all of the above and probably would not have suffered over the loss of Dickens. One has to understand reading options and addictions to know that not every writer can sustain both appetite and loyalty past fashion. I still like the writer and the series. This was a good performance by the narrator. The competition was thin though since our only option seems to have been the author in a knowably bad performance. So, it is a good performance or we as an audience were hungry enough for the work in audio format that we like what we can get.
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