Filled in many gaps between some of the stories. Started with how Harry got his start in the Wizard For Hire business by helping find lost children. Includes a story where he and Murphy have a couple minutes of romance before figuring out it is magic induced. Some good short stories and a couple of good novellas. All excellent stories. The author includes some notes about why he wrote each piece - anthologies they went into and his frame of mind at the time. Great addition to the "Dresden Files". I highly recommend this one.
This is an epic series. The first audio book is very long, as is this audio book. Both really pull the reader/listener in. I've listened to both books a couple of times and always pick up more about the people and times each read. person to person interactions are great. Times in history are also great. What a way to learn history! I'm restlessly awaiting part 3 of this trilogy! I don't want to rush the author because I know it will be well worth the wait. I highly recommend this series and this book in particular.
Bit of a disappointment. This story is very convoluted, more so than usual. I'm going to go back and reread this book to see if I can pick up more the next time around. Its good enough that I will go back and reread it, but not good enough that I'll do it right away and for the fun of it. Too many sub stories. Too little connection between the sub stories. And the Bad Monkey plays such a small part in the story. I kept looking to learn more about the monkey and was disappointed.
I've listened to the entire 5 books in the series ( so far) and looking forward to more (soon I hope). Good characters. I like the gobkin (he's a crossbreed) who's a familiar who's familiar shape is as a miniature potbellied pig who hangs out with his witch in a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco. He and his person get into lots of situations, and their friends help them get out. I highly recommend any and all in this series. I read them out of order, and gone back and read them in order, either way works fine. Its easy enough to pick up on the characters.
Starts off a bit hinky with the neice quiting her job as assistant manager of a bakery in Ohio and heading to SC to do the baking in her aunt & uncle's new bakery. It improves with the appearance of a little dog who stays. And keeps going uphill from there. Its good enough that I've listened to it many times and keep picking up new details that I missed before. I hope there are more in this series.
I usually love anything written by Rita Mae Brown. The first book in this series set in the south west was good, and I had hopes for this second in the series. I was disappointed. the various dogs, as usual, pay important and good roles, but the author goes on and on and on. And on and on. And on. About the unfairness of the "economic recession" of 2008 and its aftermath in Las Vegas, Nevada in the housing industry. Forclosures, utilities turned off, people living in empty houses. People who are out of work and so on and so forth. Its a decent story and important, but the author goes on about it way too much before getting into the actual murder mystery. Other characters are the "hated politician", the "good sheriff", and all the "good but unemployed" people living in the houses. There is also the unrealistic side story of the young man who starved to death (realistic) and his near starved to death dog who makes a fine recovery in days with a little feeding and love (unrealistic). Most who have worked with long term starved animals knows it takes time and more than food for the animal to recover. Just feeding often kills them, and this story glosses over this - saying one vet visit and the vet says the dog is fine. No knowledgeable vet is going to say that about a near starved animal. This book is not up to Rita Mae Brown's usual good standard. Johanna Parker does a good job trying to save this story with her narration, but even she isn't able to make it a good book. I am disappointed and do not recommend this book unless you are heavily into political issues.
Many more than three chears for Elizabeth Peters and Guardian of the Horizon. Almost as much fun as the book itself is the intro by the "editor" of Amelia Peabody's journals. And the use of "Manuscript H" written by Ramses. In this story they go back to the hidden valley per a perported request by King Tarreg (not sure of spelling of his name). As usual, Peabody and her parasol get into the thick of things, which aren't as expected. Emerson sputters and plays his excellent roll as "Father of Curses". Ramses is a grown son, but not yet married. He is still in a quandry over whether or not to tell Nefrett that he loves her, as David keeps urging. The "Master Criminal" plays an important role as well. Lots of intrigue and parasol weilding and good laughs. I highly recommend this series, this author, and this narrator. Barbara Rosenblat nails the personalities of the various characters.
I hope the Half Moon Hollow books continue. this one has more of Jane and friends than some of the others, plus lots of two new characters. I'm never sure of the books because I'm not into what the covers imply. However the stories inside are outstanding. And an exceptional narration by Amanda Ronconi. This story adds some witchcraft into the usual vampire community. I hope these new characters stick around for more stories! These are "feel good" books with a lot of story and not heavy into the explicit sex as some "romances" get. Lots of plot and some mystery and conflict. This story began with a jump start as the lead character found a possum in a kitchen cupboard. "Rat on steroids" as she calls it. I must agree with her on that - when I saw my first possum (or opossum if you prefer) 30 years ago I also thought "giant rat". The woman was fresh from a shower and wearing only a towel when she ran outside and wrapped herself around the guy working in the back yard of the duplex. What a way to meet the neighbor! don't want to give any more away. As usual, lots of laughs and some tears in Molly Harper's excellent book.
Fantastic series. Outstanding narrator. what more can I say? I've listened to almost all in this series multiple times. This book in particular.
I've tried at least half a dozen times over th epast 6 months. Sometimes started from the beginning again, sometimes keeping going from where I last stopped. Can't seem to get into the story. Generally I like the "cozy" type of mysteries, but this one seems somehow disjointed, doesn't flow well, jumps around, and I just can't get into it. yet.
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