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Marilyn

pearland, TX, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • Furious: Kris Longknife, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (346)

    Having used unorthodox methods to save a world - and every sentient being on it - Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife is wanted across the galaxy for crimes against humanity. For her own safety, she’s been assigned to a backwater planet where her Fast Patrol Squadron 127 enforces immigration control and smuggler interdiction. But Kris is a Longknife, and nothing can stop her from getting back to the center of things - not when all hell is breaking loose.

    Jean says: "Exciting Action"
    "A disappointment in the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked the other books in the series, but this one feels more like a piece of 'tween girl fan fiction. All the characters loose their depth and the audience gets exactly what they've wanted over the years. There is even a Longknife fan character in the book who prattles on like a 14 year old Twilight devotee. Kris and Jack hook up, but Shepherd's usual depth and insight are missing. In fact, depth and insight are missing from the entire book.

    The war crimes trial was more in keeping with the standards of the previous books, but that's pretty much the only well-written part of the book. There is plenty of action, and the overall story is advanced, but this book is definitely the low point in the series so far.

    The audio performance was on par with the previous books in the series. It's not Dina Perlman's fault if the book is a stinker.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (499)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "Just as Good as previous titles"
    Overall

    The last installment in the Otori saga is just as good as the previous three. The ending of this book is very emotional and different in tone from the other books. This is one of the best books I've read this year, if not ever. If you have not read the other novels, I would highly recommend them because they are some of the best books written in recent years. Fans of all genres should like all Hearn's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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