Was excited by the lengthy free preview and wanted it to be more. It did not hold my interest and deleted it after 45 minutes. Kid' s POV, monsters, reason to hate them, blah, blah, blah.
I have fallen in love with previous Allen books and dwelt in that lovely magical atmosphere she is so good at creating. It did not happen for me with this book. It took me 2 tries to even get past the first chapter. I found my mind wandered as I listened and the magic just isn't there for me this time. How interesting that the worst of Allen's books is still better than most other writers on Amazon today.
I enjoyed this book very much. It is funny and engaging and shows a humanity in Virgil we have not seen before. It also was not so bloody or so tragic as to make me squirm. I thought it delightful!
This is a good book to read. My listening experience was dulled by the inept performer who mistook volume for acting. When the reader wanted to convey intensity, she shouted. Having just come from hearing The Winter Sea with the superb narration of Rosalyn Landor, I was sorely disappointed with Susan Ericksen's poor reading. Looking forward to other SAA books that do not have this reader.
I liked that the Atticus we first met 5 books ago was back. Here again is the sweet really old man who cares about the earth and cares about being a Druid and loves his dog. He spent 4 books hanging with the bad boys and getting in trouble and now he is back on track. For me, the best part of these books has been following along while this sweet man shows us the world we suspect exists just below the surface of the mundane world we interact with daily. This book made me laugh out loud more than once and wonder what it would be like to win the race, count on friends, and deal gracefully with a frenemy. I really want to talk with my dog! So, thank you, for great escapist literature, adventure, and the coolest dog ever. And seriously, didn't you always suspect the Greco Roman pantheon were dicks?
Luke Daniels- dude! You rocked it this time out!
No, to reading another Charlaine Harris novel but yes to Johanna Parker. What made Sookie so charming in the first few books was the contrast of Sookie's innocent curiosity and her southern good girl morality with the evils she was busy discovering. She abhorred the violence that became a part of her supernatural influenced life and tried to find the good in every situation no matter how small or mundane that good might be. In this last book of the series, she has lost that goodness and is now insensitive turning to the easy way out of a morally ambiguous situation. It was a let down to say the least. Joanna Parker starts out strong but by the middle of the book she sounds bored with the story. That made two of us. Sookie has lost her sparkle along with her innocence and I lost interest in her half-hearted struggle to survive. Sookie no longer tries to make sense of the supernatural world existing in tandem with her real world. Now she is resigned and uninterested and, as a result, so are we as spectators.
I loved the series the most when Luke Daniels either remembered what each character sounded like and read with enthusiasm and heart instead of whoever is reading now. This guy sounds like a graduate of the talking-head school of elocution with every sentence weighted for posterity. Kevin. . .get Luke Daniels back, please!
If R.C.Bray is reading it, I'll buy the print version gladly.
He does a terrible job on Flotsum and Jetsum's voices. Listeners familiar with previous audio books about Hollywood Division will be disappointed. I am. The opening is rocky and uncertain. Hollywood Nate sounds overdone and smarmy like a bad toothpaste commercial announcer.
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