It took me a while to warm up to Kitchen's venomous delivery, but he settled down and the brilliance of Dibden's plotting and characterization took over. Dibden communicates a wonderful sense of place and a subtle humor. While the elegance of his style comes through with every sentence and transcends genre, it took me a while to appreciate the economy of the writing. Worth every minute!
When romance writer Jessica and her boyfriend Wilson decide to spend their holidays on a romantic getaway--research her next novel on the side, I didn't expect things to go as planned. Before long Jessica's agent Geeze Louise, has invited herself, and Jessica's Mom and Wilson's son Chris join the group. The usual pets stay home, but Beebee the Parrot and spider named Miss Huge and Hairy fill the gap. A murder, a hotel filled with kooky characters, a police detective determined to pin the deed on a tourist, and lots of pink drinks keep things fun, and don't leave much time for playing pool. A fine performance by Caroline Miller keeps things snappy--she does a great job with a book that is already filled with terrific dialog.
Romance writer Jessie is once more using her skill as a pool player, this time to hustle suspects in a murder investigation at the behest of her new squeeze, Captain Rye. Her crazy friends, her ditzy mom, Snowflake the cat, and Puddles the Poodle further enliven the plot. Plenty of humor, snappy realistic dialog and a full cast of appealing characters make this series a fun listen, and even better than the first. My only criticism is that there is a lot to keep up with, particularly with excerpts of Jessie's novel competing with the main tale. Narrator Caroline Miller keeps things moving along with excellent timing, and enhances the humor with a smile in her voice.
When Jessie Hewitt opens the door to her downstairs neighbor's boyfriend, she doesn't expect him to expire on her couch. But sleuthing comes as naturally to Jessie as writing bodice rippers and shooting pool. Before long, she's trying to clear everyone she knows up to and including her ex's new wife, with an attractive policeman trying to hold her back. Short and snappy start to what I expect to be an enjoyable series
Pitched from her LA apartment for being a Wicca, Mara is saved from life on the street when she inherits her Aunt Tillie's cottage in Wisconsin. But is her luck good or bad? Mara's misfortunes meant my good luck for sure, and I didn't want this wonderfully fun listen to end. Miller has a real talent for dialog, and has put terrific characters in an original scary plot. Marie Rose takes a good story and makes it even better, with the perfect voice for Mara,as well the other characters. She brings the humor front and center. Great pacing keeps the story moving quickly. Can't wait for more!
Lots to like about this book--well motivated romance, interesting world building, and horses. Lauren, recovering from the painful failure of her marriage is working on her brother's horse farm when a buyer from an alternate world comes looking for both a horse and rider. Lauren and her brother's prize stallion, Pindar, are just what he wants, and Lauren finds herself and the horse on a quest to find the missing horses and return them to the folks who worship them in a strange and dangerous world. The author is obviously well acquainted with horses and horse people, and her love for them comes through. James' performance is decent with a variety of voices, but her narration voice is soft, breathy, and soporific. All in all, a good start for what is likely to be a good series
Dragons, giant intelligent cats, cyborgs, and more, with humans threading their way through a world filled with mythic hazards. Daniel, snatched from his role as a bright, but bullied, schoolboy and thrust into a magical world where all the rules have changed must adapt or die. Brilliantly performed by Will M Watt, with voices for all of the characters and a flawless sense of timing. Exciting start to an epic series
I get bogged down in the battle scenes, don't care much for William Dufris, sometimes come across a minor anachonism, but cannot stop listening to these adventures or caring about an absolutely crazy cast of characters!
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