The best part of listening to this audiobook was the narrator Ellen Archer. Beware of the version with narration by Jennifer Van Dyck. This version was accidentally downloaded when I selected the "Enchanced" format but when I selected format 4, I got the Ellen Archer version. Ellen Archer speaks with a definite British accent which I found much better than the American accent in the other version.
This book is similar to "If Only to Deceive", the first book in the Lady Emily series by Tasha Alexander. Both are light, historical mysteries set in England. They have a similar feel to their main characters and somewhat quirky secondary characters.
Ms. Archer does a great job bringing the characters to life, particularly Lady Julia. The only voice I really did not like was for Julia's sister, Portia. The voice she used reminded me too much of Carol Kane's role in the movie "Scrooged" with the high-pitched, sing-songy cadence. Otherwise, she does a great job, even with the male characters.
This was not a book I would call a "page turner" and I had no problem putting it down between listens. However, I still looked forward to listening to it whenever I had the opportunity.
This book started off very slow and felt more like a Jane Austen book in the beginning than a mystery. There was a lot of talk between all the characters without much actually happening. A little less than halfway through the mystery actually kicked in and the story moved along at a quicker pace.
I am so glad that I stumbled upon this book! It was so much fun. I listened to the audiobook and Hilary Huber does a great job narrating. The story itself is interesting and the characters are great. Callahan is multi-faceted and her mother is a hoot. I will definitely be listening to the next book in the series. Well worth the audible credit but also worth reading if you don't do audiobooks.
I totally enjoyed this book! It was so funny. Davis Way is a little bit pathetic (but in a funny way), quite ingenious and completely hilarious. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this book here on audible and decided to give it a try. I bought the kindle book (well worth the $2.99) and the discounted audible book (also well worth the money or the credit). Dina Perlman does a great job narrating but the book reads well in print, too (I mostly listened to it but did read some of it). I will definitely be watching out for the next book in this series. I hope they do an audible version of that one, as well.
I highly recommend this series even to people who don't normally read zombie books. I am not a zombie fan, but this is not your "typical" brain-eating zombie book. In fact, Dan Chambeaux, the zombie PI, doesn't even eat brains. This series is really a PI series with paranormal characters-- zombies, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, golems, etc. The stories are told with lots of humor. I liked books 1 and 2 just a little bit more because the cases were more interesting, but this book is still a lot of fun. Phil Gigante does a fantastic job narrating, bringing each and very character to life in a unique way. Thumbs up for this creative series. Well worth the audible credits.
I have never read or listened to a Reed Coleman book before. I was very impressed by this book. It is very well-written and much more thought provoking and deep than your average mystery. The character of Moe Prager is interesting and Andy Caploe does a very nice job narrating for him (though his other voices are just OK and sometimes annoying but I could overlook that). This is the 7th book in the series but I was able to enjoy it without having read any of the other books. I had a little bit of a difficult time understanding his past relationships with various characters but finally figured it out. The case he solved in the previous book was referred to several times and in enough detail that I would not want to go back and read it after this one. If you think you might want to read that book, I'd suggest doing it before reading this one. I am very glad that I stumbled upon this book. The story and writing are excellent and the performance is solid. I highly recommend it.
A few observations about this book which I thought was good but not great. I probably shouldn't compare it to "Wool", but how can I not? "Wool" was so fantastic that it set a very high bar for me when it comes to books by Hugh Howey and this book just fell short. Mostly, it felt unpolished and less sophisticated in its writing than "Wool". Looking at the publishing dates for the two works, it appears that this one was written before "Wool" (at least it was published before "Wool"). If so, his writing certainly got more polished with "Wool". All that said, "Half Way Home" was still a decent read. Parts of it are reminiscent/derivative of many different sci-fi books but there are many serious and thought provoking topics that can be discussed while reading this book. I am glad I also had the print version because the audio version is missing "Chapter 0" although I am not sure why. The narrator is fitting for the book and does a pretty solid job. He's not the best narrator ever but he is definitely good. The book isn't very long and it was a fairly entertaining way to spend 6 hours. I can't fully recommend this book but if it sounds interesting and you really like Sci-fi and Hugh Howey (and have already read "Wool"), then it's worth a quick read (or listen).
This cozy mystery series is well worth your time and money/credits. The reader, Katherine Kellgren, is fantastic and does a wonderful job bringing each and every character to life-- including the men (which is tough for many women readers to do). The mystery is intriguing and the characters are fun. I have not been disappointed yet by a single book in the series. This one is just as good as the others, but definitely read them in order.
This books was a lot of fun and felt a lot more like a full novel than most novellas do. The characters were well developed and the plot didn't feel forced. Miranda is so funny, like all of Molly Harper's heroines tend to be. Narrator Amanda Ronconi did a fabulous job, just as she has done with other Molly Harper books. All in all, a fun, light read (or listen).
I had read the first two in the series in print and really enjoyed them but I have to say that I am glad I listened to this one instead because Amanda Ronconi is a really good narrator. She does Jane's signature snark superbly. The story is fun (and funny) but if you haven't read the first two in the series, I wouldn't start with this one. I suggest starting at the beginning. I would describe the series as paranormal "chick lit". The books are light, funny and overall a highly enjoyable way to spend several hours.
My single biggest problem with this audiobook was the reader. For some reason, which I cannot fathom, she decided to use a sexy, sultry voice for the entire book. It didn't matter if she was picking her kids up from school, vomiting after eating a few ding-dongs, or discussing the attempted murder of a client, it was said with a sultry voice. This book was not sexy. It was not a romance. The sultriness of the reader's voice was so distracting that it bugged the heck out of me. Halfway through this very short book I decided I'd be better off abandoning the audio version and just reading the version I already had on my Kindle. The book was marginally better in print. Maybe I was just turned off to the book at this point, but I really wanted to like it. It got so many good reviews on Goodreads. While I could feel Samantha's pain over her family situation, that was about the only thing I could connect with in the story. Her budding feelings for her new love interest (and his for her) felt totally flat and unbelievable and the investigation was just "meh". There are too many better books out there. Skip this one but if you really feel an urge to read it, skip the audio and just stick to the print version. (Just a heads up, the sample up here is deceptive as I didn't detect the sultry cadence to her voice in it. That came a little further in.
Elisabeth Rodger's performance was a mixed bag for me. At times I really liked her and she did a respectable job voicing the different characters. Where I ran into problems with her was during the narrative parts. Sometimes she would sound fine and her rhythm would be perfect. Other times, she seemed to make "too much" out of sentences that should just be read "normally"; it was like her intonation and cadence were off, making parts sound too "sing-songy", for lack of a better word. It was a little off-putting to listen to at times, as if every little bit was overly emotional. As I mentioned before, though, other times she was spot on. And, when she was speaking for the characters, she was great. I pushed past the annoyances for the reader and still really enjoyed the story. I plan to read the other books in the series in print, though, instead of listening to them.
I have never read a book about a succubus before. My only other "experience" with a succubus is watching the TV show "Lost Girl". If you are familiar with this show, this series is a slightly different take on the succubus and what happens when she kisses or has sex with a human. This paradigm sets Georgina up for a lot of longing and heartbreak. She is such a great character. She is smart, sassy, funny, caring and ethical. These last two cause her a lot of difficulty doing her job as a succubus (and yes, it's a job, she wasn't born that way). For a book about a succubus there is a surprisingly small number of sex scenes (which was a good thing in my opinion). The book is certainly story driven; I would not classify it as erotica. I was worried about that before I started the book as I prefer my books to be mainly story (sex scenes are fine as long as they fit in with the story and don't drive it). I look forward to reading more in the series.
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