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 really liked the first book in the series and was looking forward to this one. I was sadly very disappointed. I found it incredibly boring and had to force myself to keep listening. Even Amanda Ronconi couldn't save it. Normally I enjoy Amanda's narration but I did not like her English accent at all so all the parts with Desmond were terrible. Add to that the fact that the story did nothing for me and it was a huge disappointment all around.
This book (and the previous one in the series) was delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed it but the reader drove me nuts. I listened to the first one on audio and she didn't seem to bother me quite so much then but with this one I just couldn't bear it. I had the speed turned up to 1.5 and it helped somewhat but the whole cadence of her speech was still off. Read it on your e-reader instead. It was very enjoyable that way.
Let me start off by saying that I loved the first two books in the series. So, I was a little disappointed that this book didn't thrill me as much as the others. It started off very slow for me and I actually got a bit bored with all the details about Troy (but then, I'm not a history buff). This book just had a different feel to it and I missed the feel of the first two. The second half of the book picked up considerably for me (hence 4 stars instead of 3). I don't like some of the choices Ms. Taylor made and given the end am not sure why she made them in the first place. It was all a bit too heart-wrenching for me and then totally shocking come the final chapters. Regardless, I am still looking forward to reading the next book to see where the storyline goes. I adore these characters and the audio narration by Zara Ramm. I hope book 4 comes out in audio sooner rather than later.
Just a note- be sure to read the series in order and don't start from the middle. It really won't do the books justice.
Not that Kevin Anderson doesn't deserve credit for the excellent material, but Phil Gigante takes it to the next level. It's like he was made to be Dan Shamble and company. This series is one case where I can honestly say I don't think I would enjoy it nearly as much in print.
This installment in the series was particularly funny which is good because the humor is one of the things I love most about these books. It follows pretty much the same pattern as the previous books- Dan (with the help of Sheyenne, Robin and McGoo) works on several cases at once with some of them ultimately being interconnected. Lots of fun new clients. An absolutely delightful listen. Well worth the audible credit!!
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. I particularly enjoyed the rapport between Kovac and Liska and their sense of humor (as well as that of several of their fellow cops). It added much needed moments of levity into a rather dark investigation. While this is book 4 in a series, I have not read the other books in the series but did not feel as if I was missing anything. I would say this is a strong standalone book.
It took me a while to get used to the narrator but once I did, I enjoyed him very much. He does a great job with the male voices. This one is definitely worth your time and money or credit.
This one moved a little slowly for me and it didn't feel like much happened until the very end. I'm actually quite intrigued by where the series is headed. The reader of the audiobook is great (as usual). He does a wonderful job portraying Stark's sarcasm and twisted sense of humor.
3-1/2 stars: Think Harry Potter, with magic mixed in, aimed at teenage girls with a female lead character. Not that it wasn't enjoyable because it was. It's just that I could not stop drawing parallels between it and the HP series. The similarities are just too many to bother to mention. Suffice it to say, if you are familiar with HP, you cannot miss them. That said, I liked Gwen. I liked her attitude. I liked her budding friendship with Daphne. I liked the fact that she is not a kick-butt warrior (at least not yet) and has some insecurities but still knows who she is and likes herself (basically). I'm intrigued by the "secrets" Logan can't/won't share. And I like the mythology tossed in. The book is well-suited to the audiobook format as Gwen has a great narrative "voice"-- a bit snarky but not over the top. Tara Sands does a very nice job narrating this audiobook and I would definitely listen to her read YA material again. (In my opinion, her voice sounds way too much like a teenager for me to listen to her read adult material.)
2-1/2 stars: Meh. For as short as it was, it felt like it dragged a bit. Also, Mina and Brody acted way older than their 15/16 years, in terms of romance, possessiveness, etc. They just didn't feel right to me. I didn't like Nan. She was completely obnoxious and no way I'd keep her for a best friend if I was Mina. The whole story felt like it was "off". I can't fault the the reader of the audio, though, who did a nice job (and who I've really enjoyed before reading other books). It's a shame because I had high hopes for this book (and series).
This book was very exciting and enjoyable but I personally did not care much for the narration. It was bland. I almost gave the narrator 2 stars but compared to some of the really bad narrators I've listened to, she wasn't that bad. It's just that compared to some of the really good narrators I've listened to, she paled in comparison. So I settled on 3 stars (though that might be a bit generous).
I ended up listening to about half of it and read the other half in print. I enjoyed it much more in print and definitely recommend it in that format.
This was a very enjoyable cozy with good characters and a good mystery however avoid the audiobook. The reader sounds way too young, in my opinion, and she doesn't do a good job with different voices, especially the men. Also, the quality of the audio is poor. There is a noise in the background, a little like static but not quite. Definitely not the quality I am used to from Audible. I enjoyed this book much more reading it in print. However, a word of warning for the kindle edition-- the formatting isn't very good. There are strange breaks in paragraphs (like extra returns) and occasionally words run together into one giant word. It's readable, but could definitely be cleaner.
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