I have already listened to the series 1-1/2 times. I am a speed listener and sometimes miss pertinent facts when listening the first time through. I love to re-listen several times to the MHI stories because I always pick up something new that enriches the listening experience.
This is the the second time that I have read a book that is centered around a military theme. The first was the Alera series by Jim Butcher. Both authors handle the military themes in detail, but in such a way as to make their stories interesting to me. It also helps that there are romances in both series. I must say that the Alera series is probably my favorite audio experience ever, so comparing MH Legion to that series is high praise from me!
I LOVE the way Mr. Wyman does the deep scary voices. He handles alien accents, both friendly and enemy very well. He also handles non-American accents well (at least as far as I am concerned). He also changes the tempo of his reading when appropriate. A beautiful performance!
Yes - I didn't realize it was out until late last week, so I purchased it immediately, but held off reading it until 5 pm Friday, when I left work. What a great way to spend my weekend!
I look forward to the next book. For those of you thinking about starting this series, please do - it is well worth your time and money.
Heartbreaking - Hopeful - Loving
We are back in America and meet Sierra Brighton, an orphaned teenager who uses her magical powers to dance with the ocean - yes, the water itself. Ms. Geary pulled me into the scene (and the book) with her wonderful writing. I felt like I was there with Sierra enjoying the freedom and happiness of this magical dance. This is especially noteworthy since I cannot swim - what a wonderful "experience" for me! Thanks also to Ms. Pardee for another outstanding narration!
Sierra is a very sympathetic orphan who is the perfect mix of tough-as-nails versus broken little girl character. Ms. Geary did a fabulous job developing her for this story. The three twin girls work lovingly with Sierra and I enjoyed these scenes very much. Aervyn still owns my heart. When he grows up, I want to marry him.
Yes, in fact I did listen to this book until its completion at 1 am in the morning - on a work night.
The book is about a young girl who loses her mother and has to hide her witchy talents while being placed in various foster care homes for six years. It is a lonely existence, but she seems to fair better than most in this system. However, she is about to turn 18 and will be kicked out of foster care at that time. Nell's wonderful witch-finder spell finds Sierra in the nick of time and that is where the magic truly begins. While there is much laughter and happiness in this story, it also had some heart-rending moments to it. (Not bad enough to make me cry though.) The story also has some world-wide implications which were a pleasant, yet well thought-out surprise. Well done, Ms. Geary! There is a bonus feature to this book - A Witch Central Wedding was added to the end in it's entirety. It is an item that you pay for separately on Amazon, so I was thrilled to get this little bonus here. Thank you very much for that little present.Lastly, when I looked on Amazon to get Sierra's last name (Brighton), I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are more books in this series that are not available on Audible. So if you enjoy this series as much as I do, please look for the rest of the series there. Audible, PLEASE bring the rest of the audio books in this series to your offerings. I'd really enjoy being able to hear them narrated as well as reading them on my Kindle. Thank you!
This book was quite interesting, although I found it took a little longer to get into this book than it did book one of the series. Why? We move from Chicago and California to Fisher's Cove in Nova Scotia to meet an entirely new clan of witches. Once all the introductions were made, and many of our favorites from book one arrive in Nova Scotia, things got rolling along nicely.
I identified with Elorie Shaw, the main character in this story, who is an artisan who makes jewelry from pieces of glass along the beaches of Fisher's Cove. That is about all you learn about Nova Scotia, unfortunately. The story is really people-based, and you don't learn much about the place other than the fact that witches and humans co-exist gracefully in this lovely place. This is not a criticism, just an observation.
Ms. Geary writes a story about a new kind of witchcraft, which fits the modern day world very well. Ms. Pardee continues her stellar job of narrating all the people in this story, including a grumpy gentleman who may be hiding a heart of gold. The byplay between this man and Aervyn is absolutely delightful.
Again, this book is recommended for all ages, young adult on up. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Family - Magic - FUN!
Nell is central to this story and very enjoyable. However, I vote for Aervyn, a four-year old witch-child. He completely steals the show and won my heart immediately. What do they tell actors, "don't work with children or animals"? Well, same goes for this story, the children are bright stars in this book. In fact, all the characters are wonderful.
She brings a smile in her voice which is delightful. She handles the children perfectly. Her voice is mellow and I could listen to her all day long - in fact, I did!
When Lauren realizes that her best-friend's future happiness may best be served by someone other than herself. It is a selfless, honest realization that can only be made by a true friend. A warmhearted story that is well written and beautifully narrated.
This story grabbed me from the beginning. It is a cleverly written and happy story. I highly recommend this book for all age groups - young adult on up.
I read the books in the order they were published. In other words, even though this book is the precursor to books 1 - 3, I read this last and I'm glad I did. There are little gems hidden in this book that you will not appreciate unless you've read the other books first. Don't get me wrong, this book stands on it's own. However, the listening/reading experience is greater if you have read books 1-3 first.
I love Martha Harmon Pardee's narration. I love the way she can put a smile in her voice that carries through to the listener. She is the perfect narrator for this series.
The entire series is a lighthearted tale that is a great listen for the beginning of summer. This time of year I desire stories that are clever, yet amusing. This series is a great start to summer and can be recommended for young adults as well as an older "girl" like me who sometimes wants to get away from great epic stories. (I save those for dark dreary winter days!)
Lightning and bushes - I won't say more than that!
Pink glitter - seriously fun stuff!
Yes, Virginia, there really are witches!
I have been reading some fairly serious stories lately. It was lovely to find this series (which I completed in one-week). It is a lighthearted, fun-filled, family driven story that is full of love, friendship and magic. Additionally, it was a cleverly written, enjoyable series. I'm sorry to say I've read everything that has been written to date about these wonderful witches. I truly hope more stories are forth-coming.
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.
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