I just LOVE this book! It is my favorite Lord John story yet and he is one of my most loved Outlander characters, plus there is lots of Jaime as well. It's one of those rare treasures that bears re
I REALLY really liked the premise and the story. Which surprised me because the book before this, The Nothingness of Ben, was run of the mill - nice but not great. The Return is good enough to stand alone but you might want to read it second so you know more of the characters. Charlie David's narration is noteworthy as well. Too many m/m romance books have awful narration, that is NOT a problem here. Not the smexiest [try Hot Head] but excellent nonetheless!
I was impressed with his ability to make 3 brothers near the same age distinguishable, by fitting voice to subtle personality difference! The female voices were much better than many male narrators can manage.
if you're willing to ignore quite a few things about the premise, don't mind the MMMF, etc sex scenes, it is surprisingly enjoyable!
When I started listening to the book I wondered what happened to Amanda Ronconi's usual excellence because she had the main character using a bizarre sort of mild Irish, sort of Boston accent. A few chapters in you find out that her accent is exactly how the author describes it. Once I knew it was skill, not lack there of I found it less distracting and was able to really enjoy the story.
Half Moon Hollow is always fun!
I read hundreds of books, including listening to several a week. Well narrated, excellent writing is Such a Joy and all too rare! I hope the quality of this series continues, even as the quantity increases. Patrica Briggs' books are credits well spent.
I love Pern and I have read all of the books. For the most part, I appreciate what Todd is doing to add to the canon of Anne McCaffrey's Pern; and the narrator here neither adds to nor detracts from the story. [Especially compared to the droning narration that makes so many of the audio versions of Anne's excellent books unlistenable.] Dragongirl, which had great potential, is an exercise in frustration. Every element of the story is belabored to death, rather than developed. There are random enjoyable bits, but mostly the characters keep waiting for an ominous something very bad to happen while everyone around them dies. The "something" finally seems to happens near the last few minutes of the book, but it's all rather vague. Their problems aren't resolved, most questions aren't answered, and the elements that seem to contradict Anne's books are left unexplained. There are hints about what's to come, but mostly it's a cliff hanger of the worst sort and left me unhappy with characters that I had become fond of in previous books.
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