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!)
Yes, for those who like urban fantasies with a nice dose of romance, this book ranks high on my list of likes. Ilona and Gordon Andrews have turned out another amazing story in which we see all the characters mature to the next level. We finally get to meet the dread Lord Roland. Indications of his power are awesome. We get to see Kate as the killer she was raised to be, but also as the true friend who feels deep distress when her loved ones experience any kind of hurt or are in danger. This book could very well have been the end of the series. I'm very happy to know that the story will continue! I love these characters, with all their flaws and all their good points as well. I still want to learn more about them and what their future will bring.
When Kate walks into Roland's Swan Tower. It is a very high powered scene.
I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the scene where Kate let's her inner killer out to wreck havoc and revenge on Aunt Bea's killer. It was quite brutal, detailed, and very satisfying to see this monster get what she deserved. I'm not a violent person, but I enjoyed every moment of this scene. Well done! On the flip side, one of my biggest laughs came when Curran asked Andrea if she was done vomiting yet. Andrea's reaction and the way the scene played out was quite comical. And it was all done in just a few words!
There are many moments that moved me, but if I have to pick just one, it would be knowing how often Kate visits Aunt Bea's grave. Another would be Kate's time with Ghastek when they are trapped and Ghastek tells her about his past. We learn that Ghastek isn't his real name. He is still creepy, but it was moving to understand what happened to lead him to his desire to be a nagivator and how he received his name.
Of course, Renee Raudman did a stellar job, as usual. It continues to amaze me how very well she handles not only the voices, but the emotions of these characters. Additionally, Ilona told us on her blog that critics commented on the love scene in this book. The scene is very well written, but more graphic than love scenes in other books in this series. However, the writing most definitely fits into this story perfectly, where all emotions and actions seem to have been raised to a higher level. I was surprised and uncomfortable by the way the authors take characters from the Bible and change the mean and/or reason for the biblical lessons. If I were an author, I wouldn't take such liberties, but you can see from my ratings and comments above that this hasn't stopped me from loving this book.
I think Ms. Cassidy could have deleted two chapters from this book if she had deleted all of the cursing and swearing. I will give her credit for cursing creatively. However, I found it offensive. There is a time and place for cursing, but there was way too much used here that didn't fit the story line. Having said that, I think Ms. Cassidy has the talent and ability to write an interesting and fun book without all the offensive language. She could easily have used pure sarcasm and achieved the same outcome...with less cringing on the part of her readers. I don't think she'll hit the best seller's list as long as she depends on using such language. She is short-changing herself. That is a compliment...this could have gone from an overall rating of 2 to an overall rating of 4 if the language had been less offensive.
No - this is an urban fantasy/romance story about a woman who is accidentally bitten by a werewolf. She is a successful saleswoman for a door-to-door type of cosmetic company. I have not become interested in selling make-up and I don't believe werewolves exist. So my interest hasn't peaked. However, the cute story line would interest me more if the language wasn't so offensive.
Marty, of course. Can you imagine what it must be like to find that you have grown a new piece of anatomy? The mental image of that still makes me laugh.
You know, reading the reviews I see many people complain about the narrator. However, I quite enjoyed her reading of the story and I found nothing wrong with her pacing. I would definitely read another book narrated by her.
On the positive side, the plot is creative and made me laugh. On the negative side, the swearing was not only offensive but overwhelming and did not add to the story at all. Surprisingly, some of the character elements in this book reminds me very much of Victoria Laurie's main character in her Psychic Eye series. Both books maintain that the main characters are horrible liars. When they are nervous about lying, they "over talk" the situation. The sentence structure and rhythm of the nervous patter is almost identical, even though the words are different. Both authors also curse in a creative way, although Victoria's stories do not have as much cursing as this book.
That Ms. Harkness keeps up the same level of excellence in all three books. Likewise, Ms. Ikeda is an amazing narrator/voice actress. Together, they have woven an epic tale. It breaks my heart to see it end. If I recall correctly, Book 3 is something like 23 hours in length...but it felt like just a few hours went by before I reached the end.
Although I can see that the trilogy has a definite ending, there seems to be openings for another book - or series with the same characters, moving into a new direction. I want to know the continued progress of the American researchers and what they find. I'd love to know how the secondary characters proceed with their love lives and other interests. What does the future hold for newly introduced characters (I won't name names because I don't want to spoil the plot for those who have not yet read the book).
As a research secretary, it feels like Ms. Harkness has experienced the atmosphere of a true scientific research project. I felt like I was walking through the lab...seeing the sign above the sink...getting to know all the lab geeks. Wanting to get the research done in a correct manner so that answers can be found.
When the fact that a character who died in Book 2 really hits our main character. That is what makes this book so utterly successful. Her devastation hit me like a ton of bricks. I feel like I walked through each scene with the people in the book. In my opinion, when an author and reader make you feel like you are part of the story, a great reading/listening experience is the outcome.
This series made me laugh and cry. Mostly laugh. I found the characters likable. Very quickly I felt like I knew them and was concerned about them and what the future would bring...I still do. The main characters have had their current story lines pretty well tied up. I would still love to know more about everyone and what is happening to them in 5 to 10 years from now. Thank you for an awesome body of work.
I had no idea where Victoria was taking our favorite characters this time around. Additionally, less curse words altogether made for a more enjoyable listening/reading experience in my opinion. Thank you for a great read, Victoria! I do believe this is one of the best books in the series.
It starts with Candice (aka Cassidy) being accused of cold-blooded murder. We do not see Candice for much of this book which would normally put me off. Not this time around. The storyline was well constructed and kept me interested and wondering "who dunnit?".
I felt so sorry for Brice as he wondered whether or not the love of his life was a murderer. You could feel his pain. I personally felt Abby's fear that even though she trusted Candice, her BFF, she didn't know if the person she thought she knew was real or not. Had Candice pulled the wool over everyone's eyes and is really a wolf dressed in sheep's clothing?
Most of all, I always feel sorry for Dutch, because he cannot trust Abby to tell him the truth half the time - LOL! Abby is such a bad liar that Dutch always knows when she is fibbing and always worried because she seems to get herself in so much trouble.
I don't want to add spoilers, so I'll stop here with my description of the book.
If you like the other books in this series, you will definitely like this book.
Oliver Wyman does a splendid job narrating the Monster Hunter books. Therefore, I imagine the audio edition has to be better than the book edition.
Getting to know Franks' back story was very interesting. This story is fast-paced and full of surprises. I love how Mr. Correia recognized the lore of Frankenstein and how Franks reacted to those stories of old. Well done!
I have listened to all of the MHI series and find Mr. Wyman's performance to be consistent (with respect to the voices) and very well done. I start giggling every time there is a "boom" written into the story because Mr. Wyman's way of saying the word reminds me of every little boy who has ever play "war". In fact, all the battle scenes have bits and pieces of gun noises and things like that. All of his narration in these areas makes me giggle and think all men are little boys when you give them toys of mass destruction. No, I'm not usually a person who enjoys books about war...but the bad guys/gals are usually not even human, so fantasy war stories are a completely different thing and don't bother me at all.
There is one story line that did make me tear up...I don't want to spoil this for new readers so I won't say any more. Yes, there is a great deal of laughter throughout this book. Franks is such a hard nosed type individual that I get a kick out of him and they way people react to him. Such fun!
I actually enjoyed this book more than MH Alpha, which surprised me because I actually like the werewolf character (whose name escapes me at present). I believe there is less interaction with Zee, et al, in this story which would usually make me miss the original cast. However, the storyline and characters surrounding Franks in this book are supremely interesting and so well written/performed that I didn't have a problem with the story at all. I highly recommend this well written story. I do have one question for you, the reader. Have you read the entire series? If not, please do so before reading this book. You will get so much more out of the storyline that way. In fact, have you read MH Legion recently? There are many references about Legion in the beginning of this book. Therefore, I recommend that you give Legion a quick read through to refresh your memory. It'll make this story even more enjoyable.
Enjoyable cozy mystery
When the cat tried to comfort Betsy. Also when Betsy realized a friend might be in serious trouble.
I think this is the first time I've heard a book by Melissa Hughes. It is hard for a new narrator to come into the series. However, I think she did a very good job.
Each book in the series is fairly short. This makes it easy to listen to them in one sitting. I enjoyed this book while running errands and cleaning house today. It made an otherwise boring day move swiftly and enjoyably along.
Yes! I just read a couple reviews on Amazon & it seems like readers had a hard time discerning the POV. This is not a problem with the audio version because Luke Daniels does an excellent job developing easily recognized voices for each character and you have no doubt as to which character is speaking.
The introduction of the new dog, Orlaith, and how she is being trained to communicate with humans. She is a very sweet addition to the series. It makes me want to read a short story describing the same journey between Atticus and Oberon! (Hint, Mr. Hearne!)
However, the best part is every word uttered by Owen O'Kennedy. He is amazingly funny!
Again, both Orlaith and Owen. Very different voices that are handled equally well by Mr. Daniels.
An epic adventure you cannot afford to miss!
This book breaks with the tradition of our main characters being in the same place and same storyline. I wasn't too crazy about this change with the first listen. However, I enjoyed it much more the second time around. Also, I enjoyed all the individual stories and thought they were all relevant.
The author has taken her experiences as a nurse and turned them into an excellent mystery series. The characters are believable and likeable, mostly because they are far from perfect. There were parts of this book that made me laugh out loud. Even though it is a tale of a cheating husband and the subsequent break up of a marriage, I did not find the story depressing. This book starts as Mattie is recovering from the paralyzing pain of infidelity and reinventing herself through a new career.
As my headline implies, this medically-based murder series includes crime scene investigatons - ala NCIS and CSI. There are graphic descriptions of autopsies, ala Bones. The lead character is a 6' tall nurse with a clever mind, a love of food (especially ice cream) and two left feet. I did not realize that physical comedy could be so well described! I cringed as I "saw" Mattie's clumsiness in action. What fun! Finally, if you can handle a little bit of blood and gore, I think you will find this series quite enjoyable.
The narrator was not consistent with her character voices, which was sometimes irritating. Still, her voice is pleasant and I am now listening to this book for the second time around.
I highly recommend this series.
Night Broken ranks in the top five books books I've listened to since discovering Audible. Imagine your husband's first wife coming to live with you because she has a stalker. Imagine that your husband's friends still like the ex-wife better than you. Imagine discovering a new relative. On top of all this, imagine a new and deadly enemy who cannot wait to take your life.
Patricia Briggs has kept this series alive with new and fabulous storylines and fresh ways of telling her stories. I never feel like she is retelling a story. This book has new characters, and some supporting characters are fleshed-out in greater detail. I couldn't put the book down. I wanted to keep reading to see what happens next. I wanted to slap the ex-wife in the face. I wanted to pat Mercy on the back for caring so much about the feelings of her step-daughter. I loved the ending of the book...and the middle...and the beginning. All of the story moved quickly and was well written.
She is consistent with the voices and is good at using her voice to keep the story moving quickly and dramatically.
When Mercy and Adam have quiet time together...thinking it may be the last time they will ever see each other. This was very moving.
This series is golden. I strongly recommend it. Start with book one and read/listen to the entire series. You won't be sorry!
I just realized that Kitty's pack has been very discontented to this point. Considering what they faced, their reaction was normal. However, in this book we get to see the pack working together as a team. We also get to see and experience a full-moon romp from the werewolves' perspective. This was great and I enjoyed all of this action very much. But that isn't the best part. Cormac is back. I won't say more than that, but I love him and his role in this book is very interesting.
I always compare books about weres to other were series. It is interesting to see how Kitty's pack stacks up next to the packs in the Kate Daniel's series (by Ilona Andrews) and the Mercy Thompson's series (by Patricia Briggs). Kitty ranks just behind the other two series...which is great since they are my very favorite series on werewolves.
Probably when Ben shows some jealousy toward time Kitty spends with Cormac. I'm very glad there is no temptation on Kitty's part (or Cormac's part) to be unfaithful to Ben. Anyway, this scene is cleverly written - and again it is from the werewolf point-of-view.
I didn't cry, although a few sad things do happen. I did giggle quite a few times - Kitty just has a way of getting in trouble!
I have already purchased the next book and look forward to reading it...right now!
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