Ghosts, Intrigue, Drama
There are many, but it is basically the same as my favorite because of the humor in the scene. I can just imagine Jackson's sense of shock when he first meets Angela.
As mentioned above, it is the same scene I have listed as most memorable. When Jackson meets Angela. Her actions make Jackson question their current assignment. It is quite humorous.
When the young woman calls her mother to say she is coming home. Very well done.
Besides the fact that this book is about "ghost hunters", it touches on many subjects relevant to America today. Crooked politicians, New Orleans since Katrina, cults and religion. Well done!
First, Johanna Parker does an incredible job narrating this wonderful story. I highly recommend the audio versions of this series just for the pleasure listening to Dianatha's speech patterns as portrayed by Ms. Parker. She always makes me laugh out loud.
Second, I am surprised to see that Audible has listed all the negative reviews before the positive ones. Why not mix them up a bit?
Third, I am very happy with the way the stories are wrapped up. True, a few "strings" are left hanging, but I hope that means that Ms. Harris may be considering writing other stories based in the Sookieverse, but not including her. A burning question I have that goes completely unanswered - unless I lost concentration and missed it - how did Hunter get his mind-reading abilities?
Be aware that the Prologue is very dark. The rest of the book lightens up a bit. Without giving away any spoilers I love the way we are weaned away from some characters and toward other characters, which is the way I would expect life to go if supernatural beings inhabited in our universe. There is no way Ms. Harris could write this story and make everyone happy. Even though I think many of the endings are exactly what they need to be, it is still bittersweet. This series takes a very innocent Sookie from her first love with visions of happily ever after, to a woman beaten down by life, betrayal, and the loss of innocence, even though she is able to maintain a modicum of the life-long values she was taught by her Grandmother. At the end of the series Sookie grows into a strong woman who knows her own worth and won't be swayed by the demands of others. Sookie is far from perfect, but aren't we all? But in the end she seems to live by the motto "to thine own self be true". Well done, Ms. Harris and thank you for this.
I loved the reappearance of many characters in this story. I did not expect or dream of some of the characters that made appearances in this book. Some of the story endings may have been wrapped up too tidily? This is the point that made me rate the story as a 4 instead of a 5. While I love the book and wouldn't change it, I know this made me raise an eyebrow. I can only assume the very critical readers among us are very unhappy about this.
Finally, thanks Ms. Harris. This series has been worth every minute I have spent on it. As a reader of your Aurora Teegarden series and the ending of this wonderful series, I look forward to whatever you throw our way next. I'm sure it'll be a great treat.
Excuse me while I re-read the book now...
I didn't read the print version, but I think the audio version is probably equal to the print version. Very enjoyable!
It was a story about four generations of a witch family. I enjoyed how realistic the family dynamics were, even though this is a story about people with magical powers. Witchy aunties are tasked with raising two great-nieces after their parents are killed. The sisters are exposed to matters heretofore unknown to them. It is interesting to watch them grow into adults and see how they handled their lives in general. I loved how the ending of the book wraps up the story nicely.
How the younger sisters reacted to one another after one of them escapes a dire situation. Very well done.
Yes. However, the book was slightly too long to be completed in one day. The book was good enough that I was sad to see it end. I need to check and see what other books this author has written. Also, the narrator did a fabulous job and made the experience very pleasant, indeed!
The use of the "F" word was jarring in this family-type story. While an occasional use of the word could have been handled to great effect, the constant re-use of the word felt very jarring to me. It honestly felt like the author/reader were not used to the word, but it was put in the story for shock-value. I took a star off the rating for this alone. Otherwise, it would have received all five-stars from me.
I have already gone through the book twice. The characters were likeable, the story a new and refreshing take on Magical People. I have been in a "Molly Harper" book sort of mood, having just finished her vampire series. This fit the bill perfectly. As someone else said in a review here, Lucy March is not Molly Harper, but she is close. In fact, I was so certain that she was Molly Harper, I had to check out both of their websites before I would believe it wasn't a Molly book.
Of course Amanda Ronconi does her usual stellar job...her voice is the perfect fit for this book.
Oh dear, there were two, both having to do with betrayal...I don't want to say anymore because I don't want to give away anything in the plot.
Davina, most definitely. Ms. Ronconi is human and only has so many voices to use in her narration. Most of the voices we've heard before. That is not a complaint, it is her magic. Even though the voices are similar/same to other characters in other books, she manages to individualize each character so that they are still unique to the personality currently being read. However, Davina is a voice I haven't heard before from Ms. Ronconi and I absolutely loved it!
Yes, I even stayed up way past my bedtime to finish the book the first time through.
If you are in the mood for a light-hearted paranormal romance, this book is for you!
Yes! This series has blossomed into an almost "real" place thanks to the words of Kim Harrison. Additionally, I am a native Cincinnatian, and enjoy the fact that this alternate reality takes place in a landscape that is near and dear to my heart. Most importantly, Ms. Harrison has done an amazing job building on former plot lines in an absolutely believable way. Her character development has created realistic, likeable/unlikeable people to live in this amazing place called The Hollows. There is always something new to pick up on when I relisten to books in this series.
I don't want to give anything away, but one of the characters "remembers" a lost friend in the story. The words describes this lost friend in a fond way that made me smile and also remember the lost character just as I would a deceased friend or relative myself. Very well done!
Ms. Gavin does a wonderful job on all the voices. Rachel would probably be my favorite in all the books and that is a good thing since she is the main character. However, I did quite enjoy Al in this book. I think the baby talk from Lucy and Rae also translates better in a listening situation. It must be difficult to write "baby talk".
I always laugh out loud during many scenes in stories of the Hollows. Rachel Morgan and her compatriots may live close to the edge much of the time, but they are basically optimistic in their outlook and humor is often the way they deal with their stress. While I didn't cry, there are some extremely touching moments in the story as well. It is plot lines like this that make The Hollows seem "real" to me.
I had the fortune of meeting Ms. Harrison at a book signing once. I told her I read the first book in the series because it took place in Cincinnati. I've read the rest of the books because they are so well written. I thank her for continuing this series. I strongly recommend this series.
I am attracted to stories with lots of humor. This series is satisfying my "giggle quotient" quite nicely!
Stephanie is improving as a bounty hunter, but still has a long way to go. She knows just enough to really dangerous - in the most hilarious ways. I also love her family and they are key players in this story, which I appreciated.
Ms. Critt reads the story very seriously, which makes the humor even more enjoyable. I am used to the Jersey accent now and hardly noticed it at all. (Sorry, not a fan of Jersey accents. Just so you know, I have a midwestern accent and I know that isn't universally loved either, so I hope no one take offense at this comment, because there is no offense intended - just a matter of taste.)
Yes, I laughed throughout this book even more than I did book one. Thanks for the enjoyable listen!
I love Stephanie's family and how "real" this family unit appears to be. I want to be adopted by Grandma Mazur - she steals the show in this book. It is nice to see how much Stephanie loves her Grandma, apricot hair and all! (PS - I think Stephanie gets her style from Grandma Mazur - LOL!)
Take an out-of-work Jersey girl, put her in a career as a Bounty Hunter. This is a great introduction to likeable characters, great humor, action and a touch of romance. All of these add up to an enjoyable listening experience.
From scene-to-scene, Stephanie finds many ways to get in trouble - and make people want to choke her.
When Stephanie achieves her goal. I don't want to spoil the plot here, so that is all I'll say.
Yes, at first I didn't enjoy the listening experience because of the Jersey accent...not one of my favorites. However, I appreciate Ms. Critt's strong performance, befitting the personality of the lead character. I also have to say I laughed out loud many times throughout the book.
From what I have been able to determine, this book was written in 1994. The author spends much time describing Stephanie Plum's daily wardrobe, which appears to be very "Flashdance". It was a fun walk down memory lane, but I wonder if younger readers today will be able to appreciate the clothing details as much as those of us who lived through the time period ourselves. However, the rest of the book is very current and will be enjoyable by all.
I visit my favorite coffee house everyday. I enjoy trying to figure out "stories" about the people in the shop and this book expands on my imagination.
I started with this book and wish I would have started with the first book in the series. I was surprised by the ending. But a little annoyed by plot points that were started, but not finished in the book.
Ms. Gibel's performance was acceptable. I know others complained about her performance. I found it to be just fine.
No. However, I did want to come back to the book and read when time allowed.
As I mentioned above, there was a plot point involving the main character's daughter. It was not handled at all well and did not enhance the story at all. I found it to be a very serious situation, but the main character's attitude of "I hope her father talks to her about this", made me quite crazy. The main character was worried about everyone else when this should have become her main concern and should have been handled by both parents together. Very unhappy with this. It should have been edited out of the book or moved to the next book if it is going to be a concern in the next story. This is the reason I dropped my ratings to "3".
The continual laughter is a great start. Molly Harper's writing and Amanda Ronconi's narration are a perfect partnership. There are so many one-liners in this book that you will want to remember...I won't spoil the book by mentioning them here, I want you to enjoy reading (hearing) them yourself.
This may sound like a strange comparison, but Connie Willis' book "To Say Nothing of the Dog". An odd comparison except for the fact that it is the only other book that made me laugh out loud as many times as this book did.
Amanda has a sarcastic edge to her voice that fits Jane Jameson's personality to a tee.
If you are considering any Molly Harper books, start with this one. I started out of order and some spoilers were incorporated into other books since they took place following the time period of this book. Even Driving Mr. Dead, which starts out in an entirely different geographical location than this series, includes a couple of the people living in this small Kentucky town. (I find that an endearing trait as I love series that reintroduce you to side characters as well as main characters. Very nicely done!) If you are considering "listening" to a book for the first time and you enjoy laughing, I highly recommend this book - and anything by these two talented ladies.
Old-fashioned ghost story!
The scene with the alligators.
I was favorably impressed. While I found his work on the Hexed series to be outstanding, I was detracted by the certain small parts of the story line which were just plain irritating. In this series the storyline is well written and not at all irritating. I quite enjoyed hearing Luke's performance. More importantly, his voice is such that I didn't think "oh, that is the voice he used for thus-and-such character in the Hexed series". No, he made these characters his own, without detracting from the story line in any way. Well done!
An old-fashioned ghost story set in the deep south.
This is the second book in the series and it appears the author is going to focus on a different character/characters each book until their back stories are all fleshed out. I hope so anyway, I love the first two books and hope that this continues throughout the entire series. Thank you for a great listening experience!
A great book with a collection of items that further explains and deepens our knowledge of the world of the Hollows. Kim Harrison turns out a stellar book which helps to flesh-out the characters and their histories. I love that. Ms. Gavin read the stories in this book with her usual flair. Bravo to both of them.
I was surprised by how very sad the story about Al was when compared to the books. But I guess a story about a demon cannot be a very upbeat thing.
Thanks for another great "listen"!
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