I used all my credits for the month and now I'm chomping at the bit to read the 4th book in this series. I was not familiar with this author before starting the series, and I consider his books almost the best find of this year. If he is a new author, I can't help but wonder what he has been doing! The characterization in each of the books is outstanding. The reader forms a relationship with each character, no matter what the length of time said character is in the story. There is violence, bad violence, and parts that can turn a weak stomach, but the violence is appropriate for the time period. Mr. McCammon gives us an in-depth look at New York city as it is growing in the 1700's, still under England's rule.
One quality I most like about this and all the other books in the series is all the little mysteries in the big mystery, all interwoven in a way that kept me rivoted.
I found myself comparing the author to two very different authors: Ariana Franklin and Nelson DeMille! He appears to have Ms. Franklin's ability to weave a tale set in a long gone time period and make the reader see that time period. He definitely has Mr. DeMilles ability to keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat, sometimes feeling empathy for the "bad" guys, but eargerly awaiting the triumph of Matthew Corbett (the main protagonist)!
The narration was top notch. I was not familiar with this narrator before, but I will be looking out for other books narrated by him. His ability to give voice to the many characters is outstanding and ensures the reader "sees" the characters.
I cannot say enough about this author, well, except I do wish Audible would lower the price of his books!
I am sad to say I have not enjoyed Mr. Koontz novels for a while now. But, the summary of this one made me think perhaps this one would be different. I still love the humor of his books, but the story line of this one is just not interesting. The characters are not well developed, and worse of all, there was no drive to find out what happened!
I am probably one of the few romance lovers that avoid all the vampire, werewolve, etc. books. I like the steamy love scenes in those books, but I find there often seems to be a hint (or more!) of violence and some out and out S&M. I am not a fan of S&M, so I avoid them.
The first love scene between the two protagonists made me think this was going to be another S&M, but it wasn't. It was a great love story!
If you like kind of hoaky "beauty and the beast" books with strong female protagonists (which I do) you will enjoy this book. I will read more books by this author!
The narrator was absolutely wonderful. I have listened to other books narrated by Ms.Quirk, and she always manages to make me forget she is doing all the voices, each character has his/her own voice and personality. Spot on!
I recently discovered Ms. Kinsale, and have since read everything I could find about her. She is an excellent writer. The genre is totally diferent, but her writing style reminds me of Ruth Rendall. She has the same ability to show in-depth human nature, the good and the bad.
This book was not quite as good as "Flowers in Storm", but was very engaging. In some ways this is more of a love story than "flowers". I found I didn't particularly like either of the protagonist, but still wanted to know what happened! That is always the mark of a good book for me.
The narration was wonderful and I plan to do a search on Mr. Boulton to see what other books he narrated.
I like SL books because she always includes a great mystery in with all that angst and lovemaking! One reviewer complained there was too much sex, well as I was listening I was wondering when we were going to get to all that sex, but was also immediately caught up in the story. Well, when the sex did come, it was STEAMY! All I can say is this is another great one by SL! Not only did she show true love, hurt, and mystery, she surprised me at the end! I initially suspected the culprit, but eliminated the person only to find out that WAS the culprit! Great character building. I recognized many of the characters from previous SL books, but they did not overwhelm. Now I have to go see if she wrote any books about some of the other interesting characters in this book!
Simon Prebble is one of my all time favorite narrators. He manages to portray each character well, which is quite surprising when you consider that deep gravely voice he has. I have read books just because he was narrating them!
As romance stories go, this one was typical, mild mystery, lover's angst, and of course good steamy love making.
Everyone that reads romance knows it is somewhat "hoaky". That is probably wyh we enjoy it. It provides a means of wonderful escape. Having said that, I had a hard time with this narrator. I cannot say her technique was bad, or even that she did not do all the voices well. But, she made the book sound VERY hoaky. I found myself being distracted by her reading.
Yes, of course I will ready many more books by this author, but probably not if read by this narrator.
I actually paid for this book thinking it would be a funny, somewhat stimulating romance. The narrator is obviously READING the book. There is no attempt made at giving the characters any type of personality. And she seems to be in a contest to see how fast she can finish reading the book!
The story has no character development, the story line has no depth at all. It struck me as a book geared toward eleven year olds.
I try to give a neutral review if I dislike a book because it is not a genre I usually listen to, or I just don't like the narrator. I hate the process of returning books, but this one HAS to go back. Shame on Audible not only for failing to identify this as a juvenile romance, but also for subjecting it's listeners to such an inexperienced narrator. Money is tight in this economy, and I for one cannot afford to wast $14.00 on a book I cannot even listen to for 30 minutes.
This book reads worse than a "B" movie.
I couldn't finish. I suspect the story would have been good, but I couldn't tolerate the sucking sounds the narrator makes while reading. She has a good voice. I don't know if there was poor editing or what. I strongly suggest you don't waste your credit.
I didn't figure this one out until almost to the end. That always marks a good book for me. I can't say it is a book I would read again, but I did enjoy the story.
I love books set in different countries. I think this is the first book I've listened to that I can say almost rivals the Girl w/ Dragon Tatoo series. I will definitely read more Stuart Neville books.
This is a religious/spiritual book. That is not made clear in the summary. I was not interested in listening to a religious book. I will be asking for a refund.
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