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This is the second book of the original James Herriot quartet and is just as great as All Creatures Great and Small. It was great fun to learn about the humorous and sometimes heartbreaking and even backbreaking labor that was involved in veterinary practice in the past. If you love animals this book is for you. It is easy to tell that the author really cared for his patients and enjoyed working with them. It is also a great story about an incredible work ethic for difficult work. This book has a lot of really funny parts, but also some tear-jerking parts. Christopher Timothy does a wonderful job with the narration. The Yorkshire accents are a lot of fun. I hope you will like it as much as I do.
Yes. I have recommended this series many times. It is fun for many ages of people who enjoy fantasy adventures. My whole family is reading it. It has a much better satisfying ending than the last one, but there will be one more book. My main reasons for recommendation would be humor, adventure, imagination, character development. Riordan is a really great author. I am so glad he started writing these books. this book does give you something you may need to talk to younger children about.
I really like the character development in Frank and Hazel. They grow a lot. Piper and Jason both discover things about themselves or their powers. Reyna and many other characters, especially villains come back to make a reappearance. Leo even gets to have a bit of a romance. Loved it. Percy and Annabeth have a tough time just hanging onto life to do too much more than they did in the last book.
He does a great job with this series. I especially like his cheeky voice for Leo and his solemn funeral voice for Nico. He does the women's voices well too. Coach Hedge is a crackup!
I especially was moved by Percy and Annabeth's escape through the doors of Death. Also Frank and Hazel in the House of Hades. Great ending.
I maybe didn't like it as well as some of Riordan's Heroes of Olympus books, because it was so dark, but it was still good. I'm really looking forward to the last book in the series. Three of my family members have read it now and my two youngest (9 and 12 years old) are still in process. I've got one that refuses to read it because the last book was too much of a cliff-hanger. He wants to wait to read it when the next book comes out to complete the series. Great book for the families. Does have one issue that you may need to discuss with your children, but nothing that shouldn't be discussed anyway. Still clean overall.
Don't know. I've only listened to the audio. Kathrine Kellgren does such an excellent job at narrator that I don't know that I'd want to read them. Her voices for Queenie and Belinda are great... but then so are all the other voices. She does them all well. One of my favorite narrators
I love Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody books (First one is Crocodile on the Sandbank) They are very character driven, include a mystery, are pretty clean (referred to buy they manage to close the bedroom door), and have relatively little swearing in them (mostly what I call farmer swear words) Nothing too much or overly offensive. There are a lot of books and all the characters become good friends over the series. They are very fun.
All the books read by her that I've heard are excellent presentations. She narrates the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan and does a great job there as well.
I always laugh out loud with these books. They are fun Maybe this one not quite as good as some in the series, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Will definitely listen to them again.
You won't go wrong with this series if you like humorous cozy mysteries.
Yes. I get very tired of smut and bad language in books. It is so pervasive. It takes a really good author to create a mystery that relies fully on its story and characters and doesn't resort to this other stuff. This mystery is well-written. The descriptions are done well. The mystery is unfolded bit by bit and leaves you with a "Don't go there with that person!" experience at the end. My daughter suggested this series to me and has read all the books. She thinks they are great and I have to agree with her. Such a pleasure to find one without too much bad language and inappropriate scenes that is still suspenseful. It does unfold very gradually and might be boring to those who want constant high speed chases and bombs blowing up. I thought it was very well done though.
Bess Crawford is determined and brave. She is smart, patient, and kind as well as full of understanding. I really liked the references to shell shock and the sacrifices made by the soldiers.
Wow the beginning was great. The moments where they were escaping from the ..... well I'd better not say. I was there watching it though... This in particular gave it a real historical flavor.
An Old-Fashioned Hitchcock type Suspense Mystery set in WWI Britain
I didn't know who did it until the end. I had suspicions but couldn't get it narrowed down even though the field of possible suspects was small. I just new at the end that it wasn't what it appeared to be at first. I really enjoyed it. Good for people of any age. I would think that most people who enjoy a good who-dun-it book will enjoy this.
More virtue in the main character. More questioning of his motives or more justification for the demonic character. Good supporting characters. More interesting mentors.
I'm not sure who this book was written for. I wouldn't let my 9 and 12 year old boys read it. It would be okay for 14 and up readers though. They talk about what happens to boys when they see a pretty girl and other more mature themes. There are references to the "town slut" and sexual harassment moments that I didn't appreciate. There is a friendship with a demonic character and quite a bit of graphic violence--Bursting creatures and people and the main character kills most of them himself. The characters are not too endearing, except for the main character and the demonic character and maybe the main character's mother.
It was fine and didn't detract from the story.
I wouldn't have had the bursting people. I would have the demon transport him to another place or find out that the demon wasn't a demon at all. Most people don't befriend demons.
If you are looking for fantasy for the younger set it would be better to steer them to Rick Riordan for any Percy Jackson books or his Kane Chronicles; J.K. Rowling for Harry Potter, Brandon Mull for the Fablehaven series or Michael Scott for the Alchemist: The Tales of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. These are action packed fantasy adventures. For 14 crowd girls or boys Colleen Houck's Tiger's Curse books would be great, but it is a romantic fantasy.... entirely clean though. This one plods. It does have a decent magical system and I thought it was interesting, but it wasn't well-done. Hundreds of other books would be better choices.
Toward the upper part of my list. Jane Austen, Sarah Eden, Georgette Heyer, and Julianne Donaldson are at the top, but in adult fantasy he is up there right near the top.
I love the way Patrick Rothfuss writes. I like Tolkien as much anyone, but he info dumps on you. You hear about a 5000 year old sword and then endure 5 paragraphs or 5 pages of info on its background and what it is called in 3 to 5 languages. Rothfuss sprinkles tidbits, tricks, and weaves the story in an amazing way. I know at least 2 people who don't like this story as much as I do, but I think it is amazing. I call him an Anti-Robert Jordan. With RJ you have thousands of characters. This story is completely around 1 main character. There are great supporting characters as well. They come and go and come again creating an interesting tapestry. Where RJ was all about the interpretation of myths and legends and prophecies, Rothfuss takes the angle of gleaning the truth from the myths and legends, and what happens when they get out of hand. Fascinating.
He is Kvothe. He does women's voices well. He is very nearly perfect for this. I almost expect him to be a red-haired lute player...
Wanted yes, Of course, I didn't. Too long.
There is only one caution. Kvothe meets a faerie who helps him become a man. You don't want to miss the entire portion of the story in this other world, but for those like me who would prefer their fantasy totally clean, you may want to skip a a few minutes of the story. He doesn't over do it and it doesn't get explicit again, and it isn't overly described but it definitely is adult and not for young children or tweens. I normally give books with this kind of thing an F or only 1 star. I did take off one star because of it. I don't even recommend these books to anyone. There are a few swear words sprinkled throughout the book. I still have mixed feelings about recommending this book; but after 3 listens of both books, I have realized more important points of the story. You can't find this kind of writing every day. My dad likes Rothfuss better than Jordan. I don't pretend to rank him. I just know that I really like his writing style. I love the characters and yearn for them to be in a happier place. I can hardly wait for the next book although it will have to be a bit like Star Wars episode 3. We aren't going to like where it ends up. Hopefully these 3 books will be the beginning of how Kvothe fixes himself and the world he lives in. I personally think this is epic fantasy at its best.
First off I just must say that I LOVE this book. I've actually bought 2 copies of the paperback and petitioned Audible to get the book on Audible. I sent one to my mother and will loan the second one out to a neighbor today. You will never find a sweeter more charming romance. I do wish they had chosen a British narrator. The performance was okay. I realize that this is Ms. Donaldson's first book. As regency romances go the language is a little more modern and the British reserve perhaps a tad lacking, but that hardly matters because the story is great. As a romance this excels! Miss Marianne Daventry is impetuous, passionate and loves horses and country life. She is also always getting herself into an embarrassing situation. Sir Philip Wyndham is dashing, handsome and smitten with Marianne. She is young and terribly naive and a little clueless. I also must say that this is a sweet regency sort of romance and is completely clean. My sister said to me "What more could I want in a book? It has a library, horses and a handsome gentleman!" It does have more though. It has a highwayman, a lost locket, some misunderstandings, a little jealousy and a delicious lesson in romance. If you love sweet, witty romances you will LOVE this as much as I do. After I read it the first time, I picked it up to look at a couple of the really hilarious scenes and ended up rereading it entirely. Don't miss out on this wonderful story!
This book was ........ I don't know how I should describe it. I would NOT recommend it to much of anyone. Whereas it was NOT explicitly sexual it has a LOT of unsavory situations, It talks about them as something the bad characters are involved with and is not overly graphic, but is still not nice. The sexual slave trade is what is the major topic of conversation. They specifically talk about the use of VERY young girls so basically it is child molestation. I liked the magical systems and most of the discussions and parts that included magical learning. I do NOT like the ending. There are parts of it I liked; Some parts of this story are purely blasphemous and/or evil. The ending is disturbing to me and certainly NOT what I would have written or accepted as a resolution. I bought this on a sale and I may return it. It wasn't entirely repulsive, but it is NOT something I even liked. If it was a real book, it would be going to goodwill or just chucked in the garbage. I feel like I've just eaten a bad apple. Yuck.
While these books are geared toward children, they are really a lot of fun for any age. I love the imagined world in these books. I like the fact that the kids make mistakes but learn from them. I really love seeing their thinking process and what their imaginations come up with for solutions to difficult problems. The added characters, magical potions, magical artifacts and creatures are really cool.
My 9 year old son has just listened to this audiobook. You can't believe how much work and summer-time math practice I got out of that boy, because I wouldn't let him have my ipod to listen to this book until he was done with school practice and chores. At the end he said in a frantic voice, "Mom! Where is the third book?!"
Hooray that Audible has them on their site now! I'm going to get them all. I have them on CD already, but the CD versions are a NIGHTMARE to put into itunes. They misname files, misname the book, change the name of the narrator and the whole numbering sequence of the files. You honestly have to rename all of the hundreds of files to get it to play correctly on an ipod. We don't have many CD players left. I'm one of the people who has begged Audible to get these books because the CD's are truly atrocious. Only one problem..... where are books 4 & 5? Hopefully, they get them soon.
Warning: The narrator has a strange cadence, but you get used to it. It is the same narrator as for the first book, so if you liked that you're fine. Listen to the sample before you buy. He drives me nuts sometimes, but somehow you forget about it when the story picks up. He does old and young voices well and they use some cool special effects for monsters and other voices. I especially like his voices for the main characters. Seth and Kendra are spot on.
I'm listening to them all again at the same time as my son. The third book is one of my favorites, and I can hardly wait to listen to it. If you love clean fantasy adventures in a truly magical world, great main characters and an interesting storyline. You'll not miss the mark with Fablehaven 02 Rise of the Evening Star. Just as good or better than Fablehaven. Great books for the 8 to 14 set that adults will also enjoy. Great for LONG car rides and family fun! Some scary moments. No bad language or compromising situations. All around good fun.
What if you could communicate with your pet, and he or she could talk back to you? This is a great story about a dog who is genetically enhanced to be about as intelligent as a human, and a super-soldier beast from the same lab that runs a-muck! I wished desperately after reading this book in high school that I could get a dog with these same qualities. The Outsider is what nightmares are made of. This thriller tale kept me up at night until I finished it and left me in a state of shock and wonder when it was over. BEWARE: If you do not like gore, there are parts of this book that are not for you. There is also a significant amount of swearing that I did not enjoy, and some brief sexual situations. Nothing personal to Koontz, but I think there are some things that should stay behind closed doors. I would have given this book a 5 star rating if not for these things. It is still a good read, but proceed with some caution. This book is not for kids.
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