It isn't just the strong male characters in this series that make it extraordinary. The strong female characters add strength and vitality. Laurens has penned another great story combining romance, a little mystery, and the ultimate capture of yet another Cynster. When these guys fall in love they become totally committed to making the woman in their life happy and secure. My kind of guys.
Not enough can be said about how Simon Prebble brings all these characters to life.
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.
In the first book of this series - Cloud Roads - Ms Wells built the solid foundation for the realistic world of the Raksura. Anyone who reads fantasy looks for that kind of foundation because an unrealistic fantasy world just doesn't work.
With The Serpent Sea Ms Wells has continued to tell this story within this world and with her original characters while strengthening the story by adding more and more solid characters and developing the challenges they face.
Her descriptions are strong and well written and never over the top.
Again, my personal opinion is that Mr. Kipiniak's narration falls short, but is not enough to steal the brightness of this story.
The true test for me of the quality of a series is of course whether I want to continue, and the final book of this series is already one I am enjoying as well as the first two.
While the narrator fell a little short, his narration did not detract enough to run the five star rating of this book. Ms. Wells follows the first rule of fantasy and creates a believable world with realistic heroes and enemies.
The book drags you into the world and makes you want to stay. An outstanding first book for a series.
Poor attempt to tell a backward history. It is poorly written and poorly narrated, and fails to incite any interest.
Definitely do not make the mistake I did and lose track of this book in your library. It is a fine piece of modern literature. Now if you are not a Brit, you may not relate entirely to the story and its humor, but you can be forgiven that weakness and still find it a very entertaining time spent.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smythe is a talented young British actor who has brought his skill to narrating Aaronovitch's books in a big way.
So take an extremely well written piece of fiction and put it in the hands of an extremely talented artist, and you have a guaranteed 10 hours of entertainment.
Buy it and love it and expect it to addict you to the pair and be happy there are half a dozen books by the same pair.
My only regret upon finishing this book is that it is the end of one of the most outstanding series I have read or listened to. I have read reviews of people who said it is not as good as Outlander. I disagree. I have listened to all the Outlander books and loved them, and I've listened to all of this series and in my opinion this series was the better of the two.
This series expanded the family and built a cast of characters more realistic and enjoyable than those in the Outlander series.
Ms Reading's narration throughout the series was outstanding, and having such a good narrator for every book made the journey smooth, while the change of narrators in the Outlander series was often jarring.
The bottom line is that Ms Donati has written a wonderful series that takes the reader on a 34 year journey through some of the most deadly years of the American frontier with a family who stands strong together throughout the journey, and Ms Reading's dramatic narration with almost perfect accents of all the varied characters brings it to life for the listener.
The entire six books of this series is an investment well worth the credits.
I will be listening to it again very soon.
Normally I don't review every book I listen to in a series. And I have listened to every book in this series.
This book however deserved my time for a review. So much story and so much history is written into this book that it keeps you hanging on every word. And with Ms Reading as the narrator every word comes across with so much strength and reality that you find yourself there. You are surrounded by the war, the cruelty, the sadness and love, and the strength of the family. This book deserves to be listened to many times over.
I am only now writing the review of this first book although I have finished the entire series. This is the first step on an amazing journey that follows an expanding family through some of the most interesting years of the 19th century.
Kate Reading masters all the accents of the broad spectrum of voices in these stories.
I recommend this book and each of the others. I was so into this that I purchased each of them while I still had time left to listen so that I could have the next one downloaded in a timely fashion and could continuing without stopping.
There was no disappointment. Ms Donati did her homework and then wrote with great talent and Ms. Harding brought these wonderful books to life.
I will be listening to this entire series again very soon and recommend it as a must have for anyone who enjoys good historical fiction.
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