This audio production was very weird. First, all phone conversations in the book sounded as if they were being made through two tin cans. I'm sure this "tinny" sound was to make it sound more like a phone call but honestly, it didn't work for me. Second, the reader did a terrible job with the female voices. I found them rather annoying. Third, the reader's regular voice just didn't seem to fit the character of Elvis Cole very well. I'm glad I had the kindle version too, as the story itself was very engaging and exciting and actually quite enjoyable to read. Definitely don't waste a credit. I paid the Whispersync discounted price and I'm glad that's all I spent.
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.
Another excellent and exciting adventure with Angel and her zombie "tribe". Allison McLemore once again does a spectacular job narrating this fun, quirky, unique series. I highly recommend these books in audio format. While I am sure they are still enjoyable in print, Ms. McLemore's narration takes them to the next level. Whether on audio or in print, be sure to start at the beginning of the series or you will lose a lot of what makes this book (and the series) so special. As a slight downside, I wasn't thrilled with how this book ended (no cliffhanger, so don't worry there) but it did not ruin my overall enjoyment of the book. Hopefully what happens at the end is not a forecast of things to come.
I loved this book when I read it but hated it when I was listening to it. I couldn't listen for more than an hour. The reader is just totally wrong for the book. She does it no justice. I'm so glad I decided to read it on my kindle instead of just giving up on it because it was so much fun! A total page-turner with a little humor tossed in. It's more complex than your average cozy mystery but not as dark as your average spy thriller. It's a nice combination of the two. I loved Lexi and all the other characters. I can't wait to see them all again in the next book and am curious to see which of her many potential suitors she ends up with.
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