As a regular reader of the Virgil Flowers series, I felt like this story was ghost-written. There were several key traits that were missing from the story that only a regular would notice. Virgil comes across as a surfer dude but he has a strong core faith. He usually thinks about God before he goes to sleep each night. Sounds little and like something small but it is a key point about that makes Virgil tick.
The deadpan sound of the narration was not the right way to tell this story. Virgil is quirky and a smart aleck. There are a lot of sarcastic remarks between the characters that make the reader laugh - but have no impact in this narration.
Overall, a very disappointing audio version of the book.
With an author as prolific as Nora Roberts, there are bound to be some similarities in her novels. This story of 3 witches has been told at least 2 other times by Roberts and there is nothing new here that hasn't already been told. Question: why does every spell end with "so mote it be?"
Susan Ericksen, the narrator for this installment, is the voice of the "In Death" series and she does a tremendous job there. For this reading, something seemed off - I had a very hard time distinguishing the voices of the different characters. She does a great job with the Irish accident but the difference between men and women was a bit off.
The story was o.k. as was the narration - neither was bad but neither was great.
This is a hard review to write because I know the series gets better but this first entry was just o.k. The story was, in my opinion, disjointed. We were introduced to Masie, who is a thoroughly lovable character. The middle of the story fills in the details about how Massie came to be an inquiry agent. The end brings back the mystery which was really no mystery at all. A little disjointed but it won't stop me from reading the next installment.
The reader did a very good job. While she didn't change many voices, the voices that she did were very good and I felt that she captured the essence of Massie.
I would recommend this audiobook.
'Dangerous Tides' continues the Drake Sister saga and the reader/listener gets exactly what they expect from the author and the series - entertaining women's fiction with a light mystery and erotic romance.
As a romance reader of long standing, it still is a little disconcerting to hear the loves scenes read aloud. I did hope the person sitting next to me could hear anything from my iPod!
The reader did a nice job - she differentiated the many female characters and gave the male characters enough strength without going overboard. If you have never listened to the reader, I would definately recommend her as well as the Drake Sister series.
This story is told from the perspective of Virgil Flowers, a minor character in the Lucas Davenport series. The book was good, not great and I have to say the same thing about the audio version.
In my opinion, the reason for this is that Richard Ferrone reads the majority (if not all) of the Lucas Davenport books and doesn't read this new entry - probably since they didn't want to confuse the listener. Richard Ferrone adds depth and vibrance to the other 'Prey' novels and this reader, while fair, adds neither the dry humor of John Sanford nor the understanding of how monotonous good police work can be.
This is a good listen but you may be disappointed if you have ever listened to the other John Sanford books.
This book was definately not one of James Swain's better efforts. The plot was light and the narration didn't help. I hadn't heard this narrator before and I don't know if I would listen to him again. The female voices were difficult to understand because the reader made the pitch too high.
If you want to listen to better books, try Swain's other books about gambling - great detail and full of fun useless information!
This book is the sequel to "Inferno: Raintree" written by Linda Howard. Plot development and execution in this book was significantly improved from the first book in the series.
Linda Winstead Jones is a long time writer for serial-type books (i.e. Harlequin) and she does it well. The author is slighly disadvantaged that she is writing the second in a series but she didn't create the plot nor did she write the first book in the series. That being said, she did a nice job progessing the plot as well as developing the characters. The heroine was likable and had characteristics of an average person - nothing that was remotely unusual in her actions.
The female reader did a very good job and brought the character to life. My compliant with the male reader was that it was the same from the first book in the series but it was a different character! If you haven't listened to the first book, you wouldn't notice or care. However, most people who purchase this audiobook will have listened to "Raintree" first and noticed this. Not a terrible thing but not a great thing for an audiobook. Us listeners tend to notice things like this and it struck me as odd that the production staff would do this.
I would definately recommend this book and the author. The female reader wasn't familiar to me but I would listen to her again.
Linda Howard used to be one of the best romance authors in contemporary fiction. However, she had moved into the "chick lit" area and she doesn't do it very well. The premise of this book had potential yet the plot left something to be desired. The heroine was annoying and the hero just didn't ring true.
The reader did a good job with the material that she/he had but tey didn't have a lot of material to work with. I am not a big fan of books with 2 different readers - man and woman - so I am slightly biased as the this audiobook.
As a first book in the series (the other 2 book have different authors), it was a fair beginning but not a great beginning. If I didn't want to find out about Gideon or Mercy, I wouldn't have continued on. Hopefully, the sequel is better written than this.
I don't fault the audio version for inadequate writing but buy this book with a caveat emptor warning.
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