Normally I rate Kleypas novels very high. This one disappointed me some. For one thing, I was not happy with the narration. It just wasn't as good as I think someone else might have been with the accents
The story disappointed because the characters weren't all very realistic. Ella supposedly had overcome a really destructive childhood, but struck me as being a pathetic and willing victim of her mother and sister and boyfriend. When she turns from that particular boyfriend to one who is a major Alpha male, the switch isn't realistic. .
The plot itself could have been better played out in my opinion. Of course it is only my opinion.
I have read all 12 books of the series. Until now. I have rated it really wonderful. But this book is overcrowded with characters. The bouncing back and forth overwhelms the story, and the new characters are unimpressive. Until now the stories has been fun and interesting and Oberon has carried it with his hysterical dialogue. The new hound is as boring as tapioca pudding and the new druid's character isn't much better. The old arch Druid is interesting but again it's overcrowding the story. Overall very disappointing. A real letdown for me from a series that I thoroughly enjoyed.
After two books in this series, there is still no story conclusion or even begun, and 4 years later there is still no third book.
I feel like I have been robbed of 71 hours of my life. I was disgusted when I finished The Name of the Wind, because while it was a well written fantasy, it failed to be any form of a complete story and therefore required the reader to buy the second book. I guess then, I shouldn't have been surprised to be once again ripped off when I finished A Wise Man's Fear. Nearly 4 years later there is no final book to finally tell the story and I am left waiting. Then just to insulr my intelligence a short story is released about just one of the characters in this long drawn out saga. What a dishonest and obvious commercialized attempt to squeeze a few more dollars out of the exercise. I am now so thoroughly disgusted that even if some time in the distant future the third book of this trilogy is released, I will not buy it. I've lost any curiosity I had about finding out what happened. I will never buy/read another thing written by Mr. Rothfuss.
I didn't really enjoy the books that this author's other personality wrote, but 'Robert Galbrath' is definitely on my list of favorite mystery writers.
I enjoyed the introduction of Strike and development of his character in this first book in the series. The mystery was excellent and I didn't get it until almost when the story told me, which is how it should be.
I've already bought book number two and looking forward to it.
The narration of Robert Glenister is excellent. He handles both male and female characters equally well.
The narrator is horrid, making the male sound like some kind of gorrilla, and the story is flat and unrealistic. A person with amnesia doesn't remember how they like coffee or their favorite toothpaste.
I couldn't get past the sixth chapter.
I am really disappointed with this offering. This guy should not and cannot write romance, and his effort to write romance into fantasy made this just plain dumb. Don't waste your credits.
The preview of this book is VERY misleading. This is some kind of a religious preach poorly disguised as a romance. DON"T waste your credits.
This is likely the worst example of historical romance I have ever suffered through, and I couldn't suffer it all the way. After 3 different attempts I left it with 5 hours and 11 minutes to go. If there is a story somewhere there, I would think it should have started somewhere in the first 4 hours, not the last 5. Angela Dawe is a good narrator. I hope she was well paid for having to suffer through reading this.
The mind that has created this series of stories is almost impossible to imagine. Mr. Aaronovitch uses his well developed skill to spread out a story that contains elements of mystery, humor, fantasy and magic. And he captures the reader in his trap and holds you to the very end.
Add the talent of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and you have book/movie because the audio is so good it builds mind pictures.
This is a keeper.
I like Garwood's work. She writes technically correct books that usually are really entertaining. That said, The Prize does not sit high on my list.
I found Nicolas to be insecure and demanding to a point of being pathetic. She just wasn't a strong mate for Royce and made him look shabby.
I would not recommend this as one of Garwood"s books that need to be in your library. There are plenty of her other books that deserve that position.
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