I thought this was the funniest of her "Plum" books. Not much from Morelli or Ranger, but lots of laughs from Lula, Diesel, Gramma Masur and a few very unlikely characters. This is a little less fantasy than her other "extra" Stephanie stories, and I really enjoyed it.
Will Patton turns characters into friends with his wonderful vocal interpretations. James Lee Burke paints pictures with words that let you see, feel, and practically smell a scene. Unfortunately, Burke's characters seem to get more sadistic with each novel. The level of violence and the physical and verbal abuse have risen to levels that detract from the story. Scene after scene deteriorates into obscene language, torture, and/or graphically described suffering. And certain scathing psychological putdowns return repeatedly from novel to novel. I guess there are limited ways to be gross & disgusting. I'm sorry a writer as talented as Mr. Burke has become so sadistic. I don't think I'll listen to another Burke novel any time soon. Too bad, because I like the introspection and complexity of characters, and I love listening to Will Patton. If you like man's inhumanity to man in every third scene, you'll like this book. If beatings, burnings, and cursings make you flinch, stay away.
Lorelei King does her usual wonderful job of voicing all the characters. Ms Evanovich seems to be getting tired of Stephanie, or running out of ideas for an inept female bounty hunter. I for one am sick of the same old Moreli-Ranger dilemma, and the same old find the skip, lose the skip three times and have Ranger or Tank take him in for you, and the same old destroy the car at the beginning of the book. I am hoping there will only be one more in this series, and it will have a new idea for Stephanie. Choose Ranger or Joe, move in or get married, and I wish she'd bring back Sally Sweet one more time. He/she was one of the best characters Stephanie ever met. Don't buy this book unless you have listened to or read the earlier ones in the series. This is definitely not the best one.
I have listened to all the books in this series, and was interested to hear the ending. Most of the book is brief recaps of each major character's story. The story that ties these together is pretty skimpy. The first few chapters leave us knowing what those characters plan for the future. This book is mainly Ms Macomber saying goodbye to her friends at Cedar Cove. It seemed like she kinda got tired of it before she covered all the characters. A few of the lesser characters weren't mentioned at all. However, the story was well narrated by Sandra Burr, and it is nice to know that all the people I got to know are safely settled in storyland. I would recommend this to anyone who read most of the series, just for the closure.
Once again, the story by Craig Johnson is marvelously brought to life by George Guidall's narration. I found the switching back and forth in time a little annoying, as it made the story harder to follow, but the plot line and the characters are both engaging. I love the way Johnson weaves the geography and history of the region into his stories. If you are already a fan, Dark Horse will be just what you want and expect from this series, with a great twist at the end, as usual, and a great animal character, as well. This book has the added bonus of an interview with Johnson and Guidall at the end. It is really nice to hear the two men talk about the novels and life in Wyoming. I hadn't realized how much the narrator had added to the story until I found myself disconcerted to hear "Walt Longmire" talking about George Guidall's experiences. I hope George continues to narrate the series, as it wouldn't be the same if Walt had a new voice. I highly recommend this book.
Nothing in the synopsis prepared me for the "romance" part of this book. I thought it was about a military hero in danger on leave from reading the description. There is a thin plot here, but you need a machete to hack through the repetitive sexual fantasies to get at it. And they're not even good fantasy. Just basically the same ogling of bodies and wishing for sex and remembering "that night". Then a few pages of actual story, then back to his fantasy, then, but no, her respects her too much, then an extra sentence about "that night", then switch to her fantasy, and a reference to "that night" then another tiny bit of story, then.....etc, etc, etc. I'm only about 4 hrs into a 15 hour book, and already saying to the author "Get on with it, already!" I don't know if I'll finish the book or not. I need much more story and less PG rated glop.
From the description, I thought this would be another female detective novel, maybe even humorous. The first twenty minutes were basically about the memories and actions of a female sadist. I don't know how it turns out, because I quit listening and deleted this from my player and my library. Definitely not my cup of tea.
Such a great combination of detective work, culture, mystery, humor, human interaction. Not since Robert B. Parker's Spenser series have I enjoyed a story so much. Walt Longmire is a man who doesn't take himself overly seriously, but gets the job done. George Guidall's narration adds a wonderful Western flavor to the story. I am already listening to the second book in the series, and enjoying it just as much. I am in love. I just haven't decided if it's with Walt, George, or Craig Johnson. I suspect it's the combination. I highly recommend it.
Didn't read the print. I love Lorelei King's portrayals of the characters, so I always just listen.
Not too excited about it.
Stephanie and Lula taking down the big guy.
No, I needed a little time to process some of the information.
Sometimes funny, sometimes interesting, but I am getting tired of
This is a great first person account of the last days on earth of Jesus, told from Matthew's point of view. Mr. Miller stays true to the scripture, with a few extra thoughts that the Apostle Matthew might have had. Being from Texas myself, I found Mr. Miller's speech homey and real. Those from other areas might take a few minutes to get used to his delivery, but I think you will soon be caught up in the experience and take the journey with him. It was so real to me that I was moved to tears a time or two. I definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to feel what it might have been like for an Apostle at the time of the crucifixion.
I have listened to all the Egypt novels by Miss Peters, and wanted to enjoy more of her work, so I bought this novel. I found it somewhat complicated, but not as engaging or as humorous as the "Peabody" novels. In fact, the repetition of the arguments about the true history of Richard the Third got rather annoying. There are some interesting plot twists, and some fairly interesting characters, but overall, not nearly as entertaining as the Egyptian series.
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