I have always felt that in depth lurid descriptions of violence and/or sex acts is usually the portent of a weak rambling story line. I was right. With the exception of Jon, most characters had the same voice. I couldn't tell where thoughts and voice were separate. The narrator either had no direction or was just not engaged in the telling. What's the story Roy? This book was nothing like the first 3. Did I mention, I was very disappointed? I will definitely read all reviews on #5 before wasting 2 credits again.
If I were asked to describe this novel, I would have to say this is about an OCD Poly Sci professor who gives into his whiney nature who also is skilled in fighting because he is an ex-bouncer. Jake has a "thing" for Natalie. Jake's feelings for Natalie are akin to self-flagellation. Jake, looking for her, gets into a pickle. I picture Jake looking into the distance, being confounded at each turn. After seven hours, I give up. I don't want to know the end. I don't like Jake or Natalie. He is a total wuss and the only person I like is Jakes Secretary Mrs whateverhername is.
Katherine Kellgren is, without a doubt, the best performer/narrator I have had the pleasure of listening to in a very long time. Through her voice, Jacky comes alive with humor, passion and wonderful singing . All the character voices are right on the money and all different from one another.
Seems like Jacky can't stay out of trouble but she somehow manages to set most things right.
Time to reacquaint myself with Jacky. Downloading #3.
5 stars all.
I haven't enjoyed a story like this is a very long time. I'm a Jim Butcher fan. His story's are fast, energetic and crazy paced. This book is in constant motion pulling you along, chapter by chapter until the last word is spoken. Then you want more. Thank goodness there is a second book and hopefully there will be a third.
When is # 3 coming? I will listen to 1 & 2 again, hoping 3 is coming soon.
I love books and this book I do not love. The story sounded promising but the more I heard, the more disappointed I became. I've read stories when the heroine turns to Jello with just a brush of a kiss, well this heroine became a caricature of herself, and the hero is ridiculous. All posturing and nonsense words were spoken with the stuffiest attitude that I wondered if the narrator was trying to insert some semblance of a story. I felt that the author lost her way after chapter 3. I held on 3/4's of the way through. Couldn't handle anymore. This is the first book I turned off before finishing.
I was told "this is not the typical bodice ripper. It's a very good story". No, I'm afraid not. The premise of the story was promising, then it went away. If you're into to descriptive sex this book is for you. I wanted the story. It was a waste of a credit. I will not waste any more time on this.
Picking up a "Reacher", my brain begins the process of gearing for overdrive, a slow acceleration building to an finish both agonizing and justified. Not this one. As I listened I realized this one was different. The quest was methodical and having come from the area described in the story, I was hooked. I will listen to this one again.
Not having read the first book, I was in the dark for a bit, but I became engrossed in the story and didn't want to start over. It took about 3/4 chapters to figure out what was happening, then it took off. As usual, George Guidall did an excellent narration. His woman's voices develop a distinctive pitch so the story moves without abrupt change. I even enjoyed the draggy parts because each one was a great set up for what was to come.
If I had read the critiques instead of listening to them I might have sailed through "Side Jobs" quickly, but that wasn't the case. As each critique began I felt JB set up the reader on what to expect. Each story had a hook that was credible and then some. Soon I realized I was concentrating on every word, I didn't want to miss a beat. A couple of the shorts were far-fetched but entertaining. The rest were speeding right along. Thomas was highlighted and so was Murphy. I love Dresden so I loved most of it.
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