Magic Rises ranks in the top five of all the books I've ever read and definitely one of the top three that I've listened to.
I cannot remember the title, but Jim Butcher's Alera Codex series has a book that takes place on the sea. The similarity is not so much that they both have traveling by boat in the story, but the fact that they both expand the world in each particular series. All former books in this series have been brilliantly written to take place in Atlanta, Georgia. This book actually makes the world around them into a character. We learn how the magic fluctuations have affected Old World nations differently from cities in the USA. Also in common with Alera Codex, this book has a group of warriors going abroad to find help for a problem they have at home. They are willing to risk their lives in this venture, but know that they must do everything they can to succeed so that the situation at home can, hopefully, be repaired.
I've always said Kate, because she is my favorite character in the series. But Aunt Bea is a very likable, yet intimidating woman who makes grown men hide when they know she is near. I love the interplay between Aunt Bea and anyone else. Additionally, the interplay between Kate and Barabas is too funny for words. Throughout the entirety of his presence in the series I always get at least a smile when they interact, if not a fully belly laugh. Renee is great with all the voices, but Bea and Barabas are my favorites in this particular book.
I also thank Recorded Books for bringing Renee back to read the book for us. She owns these characters and is an astounding vocal actress. Besides doing great voices, she acts out the words rather than reads them. The vocal dynamics and amazing plot work together to create an unforgettable adventure.
Yes, but I couldn't because of work. When the next book in the series comes out, I hope to be able to plan a vacation day so that I can take time to enjoy the book in one sitting.
This book is action-packed, with many surprises. It also has some amazing character development and relationship building that is very well handled and adds to the story/plot line. Having said that, please be assured that this book moves FAST. The authors have proven to be skilled, even elegant writers and brilliant storytellers. If you have not read anything in this series, I highly recommend that you get book one and start from the beginning. This book is written in such a way that you can read it without reading the rest of the books first, but you will enjoy it so much more if you start from the beginning. Thanks again for an excellent read.
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!
I have already started my second listen through this book. It is an entertaining, "feel-good" story that shows the entire community coming together to help one another when pranks first start hitting the various churches and temples in the town. This is not a preachy story - it is a feel good story that restores your faith in human kind in an idealized American community. I am decorating the office for Halloween right now, but really want to sing Christmas carols because of this lovely story.
Six Geese A Slaying by Ms. Andrews. Another Christmas story in the same small town. They remind me of each other because of the romance between Meg and her wonderful husband, Michael. Duck the Halls may be a more relaxing read because the action isn't quite so frenetic as the action in "Six Geese". Both stories are quite fun to read. Their young twin boys are toddlers and they have cute cameos throughout the book, but they do not take over the story. Quite delightful.
Ms. Dunne's narration is acceptable. She is consistent with her voices and is easy to follow. Ms. Dunne read brother Rob as a "Valley Boy" type character in former stories in this series. In this book she reads him with a normal voice, which is much better.
I did laugh...no tears...but mostly I just felt good as I listened to this book. If you like feel good stories, I bet you'll like this one.
Thank you Donna Andrews for another wonderful story. I look forward to your next book and plan on listening to this one as I prepare for the Christmas season.
I listened to the book twice already. Yes, I will listen again. I am an invested reader having read all 15 books in the series. I feel like it is reunion time when July rolls around and I get to read about Meg's latest adventures and catch up on all the family gossip.
Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos - another book from this series. Why? Because it takes place in a similar venue. Meg is dealing with unhappy vendors, theft and the like. The stories are different, but both are quite enjoyable.
I've gotten used to listening to books with the greatest readers ever. I'm sorry but Bernadette Dunne isn't one of them. This may be in part due to the fact that I read most of the 15 books before finding any of the series on Audible. I had a clear definition of what I expected the people to sound like. Unfortunately, some of them are way off the mark. The voice for Meg is good. I will say the Ms. Dunne neither adds to or detracts from my enjoyment of the story.
This question isn't really appropriate to the story. Meg and her family are very upbeat and this story has a murder, of course, but nothing that "moved me". I will say that there is one character in the story that I intensely dislike. This person is a creep. Will this person get what he/she seems to deserve? Read the book to find out - I don't want to spoil the story for any of you.
If I had it to do over, I think I'd read the book before listening, just to see if there is a difference in the way I perceive the story. I love that absent family members were mentioned and their absence from the story was successfully explained away. So successfully that I hope Ms. Andrews' next book will tell us how things turn out for her grandfather in his latest adventure. I would also love to see more interaction between Meg and her twins. Meg was very busy in this story as the fair organizer in this story so she had to delegate most of her motherly duties to daddy and the rest of the family. I hope to see some moments between Meg and her children in future stories where Meg is able to just be in the moment with the boys and enjoy their company.
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