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.
This audio performance consists of 4 different monologues. Only the first is about Ben Franklin but the other 3 were also very enjoyable. I was surprised to learn something about Ben Franklin as I had expected it to be solely comedic. While it was comedic, I also found it informative (though it was mostly comedic). There is something about Josh Kornbluth (in his content, his delivery and in his voice itself) that I find absolutely delightful. He is both funny and insightful. Before listening to this, I had been unfamiliar with Josh Kornbluth. I am so glad I took the chance on this audio performance as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Josh added a short commentary to the end of the audio (which I found hilarious) and in it he asked the listeners to let him know if he converted his monologues (which he normally does in front of an audience) well enough to fit the audiobook format. So Josh, if you are reading this, you did an excellent job translating your monologues to an audio only format. While I am sure your facial expressions, body movements and gestures enhance your live performances, you did a great job getting the mood across using sound effects and your voice. I would love to listen to another audio performance from youl
Zara Ramm does a brilliant job narrating Jodi Taylor's fantastic series. I cannot thank my Goodreads friend Linzi enough for recommending the first book. Each one is a delight to listen to (and read).
This one was tough for me to rate. I really wanted to give it 4 stars because it was interesting, exciting and fabulously narrated. However, I downgraded it a star for a few reasons. The biggest reason was the fact that it didn't really end. I wouldn't say it was a cliffhanger exactly, but the story did not wrap up; nothing came to a conclusion and I felt cheated. I knew there was another book in the series, but for some reason I didn't think it was one of those series where you HAD to read the 2nd book in order to get the complete story. I thought the next book was going to be a "related story" with some of the same characters in a different situation. When I started this book I really thought it was going to be a complete book. I am not used to thriller series being a continuing saga, so I was surprised when that's what it turned out to be. Grrr... If I had know ahead of time that I was signing up for a 2 book deal, I probably would have skipped it (or at least prepared myself for having to read about 900 pages to get the full story). Another negative, in my opinion, were the detailed descriptions of violence. I'm OK with violence, I just don't feel a need to read all the gory details...and there was more than I cared for in this book. There is also quite a bit of technical "mumbo jumbo" for us lay-people. Sometimes it was too much and I zoned out a bit. There were also a few other plot things that irritated me but I don't want to mention those as they would be spoilers. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book and was very impressed by the narrator, but I'm not sure it's worth having to commit to 2 books to get the whole story. Not sure if I'm going to read the next one or not. If I do, I won't do it right away.
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.)
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