Another fantastic SEP novel, its a pity Colin was read with possibly the worst English accent I have ever heard.
Being a born Aussie I approached this book with equal parts curiosity and apprehension. Curiosity because this topic of Australian war brides was unfamiliar to me except in the vaguest sense and apprehension because non- Australian writers rarely write Australian characters well without falling into the trap of stereotyping.
The story was interesting and unique. The plot meandered its way through the voyage rather than dragged as it gradually introduced and unpacked each character and his or her story. The main characters were well written but did appear to me to be cardboard cut outs of stereotypical 1940's Australian women. Also, Jeans character in particular seemed to spew out clichéd Australian colloquisms so often that I suspect the author gleaned most of that characters dialogue from "an idiots guide to Aussie slang" or something similar.
The narration was really exceptional. The accents were very very well done and inflection and intonation were perfect.
All in all it was a good book. I think it lost points for me because of the stereotypes but I suspect that aspect won't bother other listeners nearly as much as it did me.
I have only just discovered Laura Landon and, after enjoying Intimate Deception, I thought I'd give this a try. While I probably wouldn't use a credit on it, I was happy enough with what I got for the price of the kindle edition with added narration.
The story was compelling enough to keep me interested but I have to say the extended monologue by the cackling villian while the helpless heroine waits for the hero to make his move was just a little too clichèd for me. Also, unless the concept of smuggling is completely foreign to you ( and by foreign I mean you have NEVER heard the term 'smuggler' and you do not have even the most elementary understading of the topic) then the 'murder mystery' will become no more than a predictable sub plot within the first three chapters. Still, the story was interesting enough to carry the predictable mystery even if I did feel that the M.C's came across as pretty dim everytime they stood around wondering who was trying to kill them and tried to figure out what the deal was with the parcel of land Annie inherited.
I bought the kindle version of this first and, after reading the audible reviews, almost didnt add the narration. In the end I decided to buy it because I figured if it was as bad as the reviews said 1.99 wasn't much to lose. Given this, I was pretty surprised to hear the narration was actually better than passable. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks from audible and I can say with some amount of confidence that this narrator, while not exceptionally good, neither was she exceptionally bad. Nothing irritates me more than terrible narration or production flaws but I honestly can not understand why so many people complained about this narrator. I've even been wondering if the book has somehow been updated because of the bad reviews. I would suggest listening to the sample before writing this one off. In the end, while i'm not sure i'd spend a credit on this book, i was more than satisfied for the 2.99 I payed for the kindle and audio versions.
As this is number six in the series, I'm going to assume you're already familiar with these books by the time you purchase this instalment. Given this, you'll probably understand what I mean when I say, after finishing this all I could think was I WANT MORE!!!
Magic Rises is another fantastic fast paced, action packed Kate Daniels novel. Highlights include: a look into the European shifters, a clearer picture of Hugh Deambre and Kate performing some neat new tricks with her magic. I'll state the obvious, this was definitely worth the credit.
Like many Anita Blake fans, I am disappointed by Hamiltons apparent fixation on Anita's sex life. At first I thought the ardeur concept was probably just a convenient way to add a few more sex scenes to the books, but I feel like its the only issue addressed in recencent Anita books. The sex scenes go on for chapter after chapter and are followed by long, tedious examinations of Anita's ever increasing sexual appetite. I loved the first 9 books or so in this series and I'm really hoping that the series will improve again
The plot was fairly interesting but the romance was a bit juvenile. It was nice in a 'little girl dreaming of her knight in shining armor' kinda way, but it was a bit lame.
I have really enjoyed this whole series, but I thought this installment wasn't as good as the other books. The main characters (Brock & Jenna) were not well developed and the plot failed to pick up the on going 'Dragos vs The Order' theme. It seemed almost as if the author has written this book without a clear idea of where she intends the series plot to go.
The series is similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood but not as intense. Adrian has kept a good balance between fantasy and romance in these books which, in my opinion, makes them more engaging then the BDB series. Enough romance to keep me caring about Lucan and Gabrielle's story, but enough action to keep their story interesting.
I really liked the other two books in this series, so I was really surprised by this book. The heroine of the story put me right off. Perhaps if her character was better explained or if she came across as anything but completely emotionally shallow the book would have been tolerable.
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