This is one of the best Doctor Who audio book I have listened to so far. The performance is so good that I sought out other books performed by Meera Syal. This cautionary tale captures the quintesential Whovian style, eeping you just a half-step ahead of the story, yet occasionally throwing you off the trail.
The best moments would be spoilers, but the fates of certain characters are classic.
Meera's performance is outstanding, her voicing brings the characters to life.
Yes. But telling would be spoiling.
If you need your Who fix, this is the right drug.
This latest Derrick storm book penned under the Richard Castle name is the best book of the series, including the Nikki Heat books. This book captures the style you would expect from the fictional author perfectly.
It is rare that a book is so enthralling that it makes me want to listen to it in one session (if that were possible). I found myself taking the long way home, just to get a little bit more driving time to listen to this book.
Even if you haven't listened to any of the other books in the series, this one would not lose anything by being the only one you read. There are a few subtle comments that you might not appreciate fully if you are no a Castle for them, but they are inconsequential.
The story is good, and of course Susan Erickson's performance is amazing as usual. One has to remember that this book was written in the 1980s, and it really feels like watching an old 80s detective show.
With that in mind, since I actually remember the 1980s firsthand, it is interesting to notice how attitudes and technology have changed. It's funny to think that it wasn't that long ago, when people's lives could be put in danger if you actually left home so that you missed a call. Of course there is also the rampant misogyny at odds with changing attitudes and values, that were indicative of the era.
I plan to listen to more of the serious, and it will be interesting to see how the characters progress if the series keeps up with the contemporary timeframe of when each book was written.
The first half of this book dragged a little, but the story picked up and was quite entertaining over all. And I originally chose this fuck not because of the author, but because of Susan Ericson.
It's too bad that this book didn't stretch the readers talents, because the charactersdidn't
I was tempted to take off one star for being too short, because the story left me wanting more. Then I realized that would be unfair.
This is an entertaining short story set shortly after the third book in the Grimnoir series.
I bought this book thinking "what's the worst that can happen I can always get a refund if it's as bad as everyone says? ". There is no way I could justify asking for a refund for this book, It was great!
Sure it wasn't read by Kristen Bell, but get over it. The performance was still great. The characters were good and the story was pure Veronica Mars.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh yes, the monologues were delivered deadpan, but wasn't that always the case?
Remember, a marshmallow left on the shelf for 10 years will get a little tougher.
Another great book in the series. I like Katherine Borowitz performance of this book. The first-person-diary style of this book may not be for everyone but I like it.
The only bad about this book is that it is not listed as part of the Temperance Brennan series. Maybe it is because Kathy Reichs changed publishers.
Series like this must make a lot of money for Amazon and Audible, you would think they would make an easy way to subscribe to (or sign-up for alerts for) a series. I have spent over $200 on this series and over one thousand dollars on the other series I enjoy yet I need to log-in several times per month to manually check for new books.
If you are a fan of the Temperance Brennan series, I hope I am glad you managed to find this because it is definitely worth the listen.
The story was OK and the reading was good but it lacked that little something that turns a reading into a performance.
A great performance can elevate a story. This story really could have used the help.
This series in a future as predicted nearly 20 years ago, when internet access was just becoming available to the public, cell phones were the size of 2 packs of smokes and made phone calls and the OJ Simpson trial was still ongoing, arguing if DNA was usable as evidence. Some of its future is a bit dated now.
That does not detract from the story at all. You MUST listen to this book, as the "pilot" of a series that is still continuing today.
Beware, Eve, Roarke and the rest of the cast will draw you in as surely as Eve is drawn into the next case. I can't put these down.
Susan Erickson brings the cast to life. I consider her tied for the best book performer on Audible. I keep forgetting that these books are read -- no... PERFORMED -- by a single person, not a production by a full cast.
The only really bad thing about this series is that this month I started listening to this series and now I have spent 8 credits and I can't stop. I couldn't dock this book a Star just because it is too good to stop.
If this was a TV series it would be one of my favourites.
By that I mean that the stories are not rich sweeping vistas of cinematic quality but they certainly are great, captivating stories that keep me listening. It's a bit like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir meets Remington Steele.
In fact (and this is out of character for me), I found myself forgoing my PVR, Netflix, and other entertainment choices to listen to just a few more chapters. For that reason I gave it 5 stars.
Amanda Ronconi is perfect for the main character, although her range of voices is a bit limited. This is actually not bad considering that the book is written in a first person memoir style.
I defiantly recommend this series.
First, let's get the elephant out of the room. Marc Vietor pronounces Iceni differently than Christian Rummel. Get over it. Move on. I thank the reviewers who have commented on it for preparing me for it, but it happens with names (I was three books into Harry Potter before I found out that Hermione is pronounced Her-My-Oh-Nee not Her-Me-Own), it happens with with Worcestershire sauce, and even with tomatoes.
It is great to see the story from a different perspective and the only thing wrong with this is that it is too engrossing. It was very distracting because I kept trying to steal myself away to listen to just a bit more of the book.
For the last three days my personal productivity has been severely harmed by starting this book. The chapters are like peanuts: you can't consume just one.
I am glad that I waited until only a few weeks before the second book is released to listen to this one.
Listening to this book without the Beyond The Frontier series would be ok, but you would be missing some context. I would not recommend this book if you have not finished The Lost Fleet series, however, as you will miss a lot of the back story.
If you have not listened to the Beyond The Frontier series yet. I would recommend that for you read/listen to the books in the order in which they were released: Dreadnaught, Invincible, although you might swap it with this book (Tarnished Knight), Guardian, then The Lost Stars:Perilous Shield (which I am looking forward to). This book takes place during the time line of Invincible.
After listening to this book, I replayed the start of Guardian again. It was interesting how the story seemed to have changed.
Like peanuts, (to complete the metaphor), there may be a few people allergic to change, for whom this book could be very bad.
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