Quick easy listen. Half on the changes in her family (interesting development with the kids) and half on work. An interesting mystery that would have been hard to guess. Personal life going down the tubes. Getting a little tired of her calling herself a monster. Seems to happen at least once every book. You'd think after all this time she'd start to learn to accept herself and stop calling herself a monster. Didn't really like the way the Fang story is going.
Narrator did a great job.
I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. In fact, I had listened to the first 2 1/2 hours and then put it aside for a while because I couldn't get into it. Then when I decided to try it again I had to start from the very beginning since I couldn't remember anything about it. At least the second time through I started to understand it a little better. This book might have been easier to read than to listen to because it took a lot of concentration to figure out what was going on and the formatting. In fact, I never did figure out a lot of it. It keeps jumping back and forth between all these different characters. You would hear about something from one person's view and then the same situation from the other person's view. Sometimes it even seemed like some of the chapters might have been out of order. My mind kept drifting and I didn't care enough to go back and listen to what I might have missed. I just wanted to get to the end, which of course I didn't understand. Not the part where you finally find out what was going on, but the very end.
Considering the material I think the two narrators did a very good job.
If you took out a lot of his self-pity, thinking he's responsible for most of the deaths and everything that's happened, even though there were other adults who made their own decisions that he had no control over, plus his constant introspection.
This book would have gotten a higher rating if there wasn't so much of my above comments. There was a lot of action, a lot of fighting and a lot of blood and gore, which I wouldn't have minded if there had been a little less. You did learn about different types of werewolves. Good guys turned out to be bad guys. Unfortunately my mind did keep wandering because between each bought of something happening we'd have to hear Harry's every thought and they weren't always that interesting.
The narrator was okay, except he is pretty noisy. Maybe overacting the part.
This is a nice short audio to get introduced to the Iron Druid series. The first couple hours or so Atticus is racing over to Egypt to recover a dangerous book that was stolen from him. His wolfhound Oberon talks him into taking him along. He runs into an old enemy Bast, the cat goddess, in which he had also stolen a book from her, and she sends all the cats after him and there are a lot of cats. There's a lot of action and humor and it was a pretty good short story.
Then there's a short excerpt from Hunted, the latest Iron Druid tale. After that there is another short story, maybe, not sure if it's part of another book, where Atticus helps out some gnomes.
The narrator was excellent and does a great Oberon.
A search and rescue team is sent out to what might be a plane crash in the mountains. All they have to go on is an eye-witness's account of a plane in trouble. An ex-FBI agent lies his way onto the team. The team faces hardships with the bitter cold and trying to find a plane they're not even sure went down. What they're not told before they set out was that a serial killer was on the plane. The story follows the team, what's happening back at base camp and the serial killer.
The narrator did a great job on all the different characters.
The main characters of the book are Gallan, Maggie and Orick, the talking bear. They are going about their daily business when two strangers enter their lives, Everynne and Veriasse. Everynne is the clone of the queen who had ruled 10,000 worlds until she was killed by the Dronons who then took over and she and her bodyguard are trying to regain control since the Dronons are not very nice rulers. Gallan, Maggie and Orick join in to help. They start hoping different worlds through gates and have all kinds of adventures, sometimes together, sometimes separately, until they get to the final showdown.
I started out getting caught up in the story, but at other times my mind would wander until it got interesting again. There's plenty of fighting since they're on a mission, of course. You get to hear about the different worlds they go through to get to their final destination. Plus there's a little romance thrown in.
I thought the narrator did a great job on the different characters.
No, I love the Agent Pendergast books, but this short story was a little different from the other books and for some reason bothered me. I found it a little too gruesome. Maybe a part of Agent Pendergast's childhood we didn't really need to hear about.
The short story actually only took up about 45 minutes or so of the audio. The last 15 minutes or so were an excerpt from another book. Since it didn't really tell you which one it had no real redeeming value to being added, although it was interesting. All you could glean from it was Pendergast trying to find his wife Helen and what was happening to Helen at the time.
This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, the Russian version. It goes far beyond the kiss to wake up Sleeping Beauty and then living happily every after. It takes a while to get to the happily every after part. It's also a time travel book because you jump back and forth between modern day and the 10th Century. You have Katerina, who is Sleeping Beauty, and Ivan, a Ukrainian-American linguist who wakes her up. You also have other characters from other folk tales. There's Baba Yaga who could be considered a very wicked witch. She's married to a bear who happens to be a god which she had bound to her so she could also use his power. There's other deities and magic and lots of fun and adventure.
Both narrators did great jobs.
First, if you don't want to hear graphic descriptions of torture and life in the mid-1600s then you might want to avoid this book. The local midwife has been accused of witchcraft and tossed in prison. Back in those days people were tortured until they got a confession so there are several descriptive torture scenes. The townspeople believe in witchcraft and devils (this story takes place 70 years after the witch trials where about 60 women were accused of witchcraft and killed) and see signs of it in the most innocent of things and hysteria starts to rise and demands are made for the midwife/witch to be killed. Mob mentality arises and has to be subdued.
As I said earlier, the book gets very graphic in descriptions of the hangman's trade and also other atrocities committed by the mercenaries of the time and also the treatment of women and children.
The title is a little misleading in that even though the hangman does have a daughter and she plays a small role, the majority of the book is centered around the hangman and the university-educated son of the local doctor trying to figure out who is responsible for the murders and destruction of property since they believe in the midwife's innocence.
This book reminded me a little of Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon which centered around a witch trial in 1699. If you enjoyed that book you would probably enjoy this one as well.
Risa is half wolf and half Aedh. She cannot change into a wolf but has some of their characteristics. On her Aedh side she is able to see reapers and change into mist. From her mother she got the ability to change her features.
Risa just wants to live an ordinary life running her restaurant but then her mother asks her to see a child of her clients and Risa discovers the child's soul has been ripped from her body. She sets out to try and discover who is responsible. On top of that she suddenly has all kinds of creatures trying to kidnap her to get to her father (who's only role in her life was to give her life - one night with her mother) because supposedly he is up to no good and both the bad and the good want to find him.
There's lots of action and twists and turns and good character development. You have her roommate who is a witch, another friend who is a werewolf. You have a reaper warrior who attaches himself to Risa hoping it will lead to finding her father, Lucian who is an Aedh who has lost his wings and is a love interest and several other interesting characters.
The narrator did a pretty good job and I loved her voice.
Probably not. I've listened to the first two books in this series and it's more about Jade having to embrace her witchy side than getting to know the characters. It just seemed to be one catastrophe after another where only Jade's witchy side can save the day and the other characters are just there so there's someone Jade can save. I liked the other main characters, but just not enough to continue with the series.
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