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.
Imagine being sent to Transylvania in the middle of winter to attend a royal wedding. Compound that by the fact that you are traveling with a cockney maid who has never held a position for more than three weeks and knows nothing about her duties. During the festivities preceding the wedding there is a murder and the wedding party is trapped in a gothic mountain castle with a murderer. The inept maid goes missing. Another murder occurs and political rivals try to accuse you of murder. On top of that, you witness things that make you begin to wonder whether or not vampires actually exist! These are all things Georgie faces in this story.
This is my favorite book in the series to date. Sleeping in this castle of intrigue would be enough to give anyone nightmares and make you fear that you will be attacked by vampires! The reader gives us another outstanding performance and this book moved along very nicely.
Yes, I would. I found this to be a lighthearted read/listen with murder, mystery, royalty and romance. I also think it is an appropriate book for tweens...although it may be too tame and innocent for some of them.
The book has references to historical happenings and people as seen through the eyes of a fictitious relative. I love the humor and the story hints at some very serious things like war, drugs and murder. But it is basically fast-paced story, with likable characters that you want to see succeed.
All the scenes that describe the main character's ability to be a klutz.
No tears, but there were a number of giggles throughout the book.
The narrator did a fine job portraying the various accents. It aided in visualizing the class system in Britain at the time.
I have had to work hard to like this series. I love Butcher's Alera Codex series, but this series has been slow to grab my interest. However, this book finally has won me over. We learn about Harry's past. We see inside a wizard meeting and learn that they can be good, bad, or very petty. We see Harry's friends supporting him, even when he does his best to push them away. I enjoyed learning more about fairies in Dresden's world. I enjoyed all the creatures and their stories. Marsden does a fabulous job with the voices of Toot Toot and his compatriots. They made me laugh like crazy and I have a strong craving for pizza right now! This is something I could not say about the first three stories. Not much to laugh about in the first three books.
Most importantly, the growth of the characters in this book have guaranteed that I will be reading the next book in this series by tomorrow.
The book stops abruptly without completing the story. However, they have time to advertise the authors next book. I would have preferred to read a complete book. Not worth the $4.95 I spent on it.
You know, I read the first book in this series because it took place in my hometown, Cincinnati. I read the rest of this series because it is so well written. I also have enjoyed listening to Ms. Gavin's wonderful narration throughout the entire series.
Kim Harrison tied up this series in a very satisfying way. It is hard to believe it is over! I loved the way the story lines came full circle. We now understand why Newt's powers seemed to be so much stronger than her male counterparts. We also understand her insanity throughout the series.
The visual of Cincinnati burning in the background with Al in the foreground was very striking. However, the most important question to the series still stands...what will happen to Ivy when she dies? I don't want to add a spoiler here. Suffice it to say, I love the way we get to add this answer ourselves.
This is a book about change and relationships, with a great deal of action. The entire series has been amazing. I was lucky enough to spend midnight Tuesday with Kim, her husband and a large group of fellow readers toasting the assumed success of the book, as well as the hours of pleasure this series has brought all of us. It is with great joy that I can recommend this series to you. At the same time, it was bittersweet to close the book knowing there will not be any more novels about Rachel and her world. However, I can always go back to the beginning and start over!
Thank you again, Kim, for your generosity of time spent with your Cincinnati fans and for the amazing amount of entertainment, laughter and tears this amazing series has given us. I look forward to your next series!
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.
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