I liked the relationship between Michael and his partner Sirius.
The Burning Man gets its title from when Michael and his dog Sirius go through a burning canyon to find a serial killer. They catch up with the serial killer but not until after he has shot Sirius several times. The canyon is now on fire and Michael forces the serial killer to help him carry Sirius out. Everyone suffers from severe burns and both Michael and Sirius have to go through rehabilitation. Michael wants to continue working since that's all he has so he hides his PTSD and how he's still hurting. Sirius is now retired but Michael still takes him with him everywhere.
I had a little trouble with this audio book at the beginning understanding the narrator's English accent but after a while I got used to it. Of course, since it was set in London there were a lot of phrases I didn't get but luckily didn't distract too much from the story.
Felix Castro is a necromancer that used to exorcise ghosts until something happened and he went into retirement. He has some old debts he has to pay so he's pulled out of retirement to take a job exorcising a ghost from the archives. While he's researching the ghost he gets pulled into the mystery of who she is and how she died. It's sort of a dark mystery with ghosts and were-animals and even a succubus. The story is told in first person and you follow Castro on his adventures in solving the mystery.
After I got used to the narrator's English accent he was easier to follow and did a good job on all the different accents he had to do considering he's an American actor.
This is the story of Sage who was taken from an orphanage by Conner, who also gathered three other boys from other orphanages. The first two-thirds of the book are about Conner training these orphans to see who he will pick to impersonate the lost prince. They have lessons by teachers, learn table manners, sword fighting and horseback riding. The king, queen and crown prince had been murdered, although that wasn't common knowledge yet. The second son had left earlier and was presumed to be lost at sea when his ship was attacked by pirates. It isn't until the last third of the book when Conner is finally getting ready to choose whom he will present as the lost prince that it becomes more interesting, although there are a few predictable surprise twists in the story.
We learn at the end of the book in a narration by the author that this was originally intended to be a standalone novel and then was turned into a trilogy. Even though I enjoyed the last third of the book I'm not sure I will listen to the other two,
The narrator did a presentable job with the male and female voices. There was a lot of narration as this was a first-person book.
An easy-listening book with some nice characters and a few ghosts. Jade rents an apartment that turns out to be haunted. She's also drawn to the landlord. The main characters were very likeable and a pretty good love story developing. Parts of it dragged with more action towards the end.
The narrator was about half and half on the voices. Some of the women seemed to have baby voices. The male voices were so-so.
You have a police officer who was forced into retirement because he has cancer. He's approached by a young woman, the daughter of a woman murdered 12 years ago by a bad cop. You follow Marty Singer through his cancer treatments and sickness while trying to protect and find the person who is stalking the young woman. There's twists and turns and a few surprises along the way.
The narrator did a very good job with the narration.
Naturally Gin couldn't stay totally in retirement, although this time she doesn't do it for the money. Violet and her grandfather are being harassed by a dwarf mine owner who wants their property. Gin helps them out by going after him There's a couple side stories, lots of action and, of course, violence. A little sad when she loses her love interest but probably for the best since they were too different, but there's a new one on the horizon that would be a lot better fit. It will be interesting to see how that storyline develops.
The narrator was a good fit and pretty good on the male voices.
Never would have guessed.
You had all the main characters from the first book, and a few extras, and most of the time they were entertaining, but Sophie and her sister were a little more annoying in this one. They don't like to listen to good advice and do what they want without a thought to commonsense so of course they get in more dangerous and stupid situations.
If you can manage to wade through the first six hours or so of one calamity after another because the lead character is an idiot, it starts to get more interesting when he starts doing forensics, although I never really liked the lead character. Since it's set in medieval China there's a lot of violence and mistreatment of people. If you're accused of a crime you can't be sentenced until you confess and they beat you until you finally confess.
The narrator was the best part of the book.
The story starts out on an archaeological dig in the Yucatan. A new discovery is made and soon the problems start. Artifacts are stolen, people are killed. Deborah wants to learn more about what was found in the tomb so she follows the trail from Yucatan, to England, back to Mexico. There's plots and subplots that come together at the end. You learn about different places in both Mexico and England that were quite interesting.
The narrator was pretty good, although I was thinking Nick was English but at least half the time it sounded like she gave him a Scottish accent.
This book might have gotten another star if it had a little less unnecessary narration and a little less rage. You can understand why Stark might have a lot of anger after what he's been through, but it could be toned down a tad. There's magic, demons, fallen angels, angels and other inhabitants of this world. Stark comes back after 11 years from "downtown" (Hell) and goes after the people that put him there. There's a lot of violence and gore. You wonder sometimes who the good guys are.
The narrator did a fine job of portraying Stark and okay on the other characters.
Since I have the next several books in this series it will be interesting to see how the story develops.
By the 7th book you would think she would have learned to live with what she was now and not keep harping constantly on wanting to retain her humanity, we get it, but every book is peppered with self-deprecating remarks that are no longer humorous and to the point of being irritating. There's also a lot of repetitiveness, i.e., how weird she is, how she fakes eating, etc. She's also pretty self-absorbed.
The actual mystery was interesting, although there were some far-fetched components thrown into the story. And she should have really given her decision at the end a little more thought.
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