Well, I really loved this series. There is a great mix of likeable characters, really bad villains, really cool magic and a reverence for magic that I really liked, and a great story line that weaves through continents and time, seamlessly. Really well constructed and a please to read.
THIS IS THE FIRST SERIES I LIKE ENOUGH THAT I FINISHED THE SERIES ON iBOOK. That has never happened! Amazon, get the rest of the series on audible!!!!
So, I picked this audio up based on the narrators favorites, as posted by Audible. The narrator, Allison McLemore, said that this was her favorite, and let me tell you, I WOULD NEVER HAVE PICKED IT OUT OTHERWISE! I am so thankful I did. These are well written, fun stories. Great characters, flaws and all, bring this together and make the story come to life. By the end of the first book I was hooked, and I just bought the third book in the series. This is a great break from the ordinary, and leaves me wanting more!
I am such a sucker for the tough, intelligent spy/assassin/killer who is moral but dark. This book is about The Grey Man, who is such a character. He kills and is haunted by the bad things he does, but only does them to bad people. And in this story we see other good people reduced to treachery because of terrible circumstances. In the end, the story wraps up with a very satisfying conclusion. If I had one complaint, it was the epilogue. Not my favorite part. Overall, I highly recommend the book. Cheers!
Well, one of the reviewers stated that this is a fun story even though the gentleman is over 40 years old... much like Harry Potter. Well, it's a fun ride. The first story in the series was really entertaining and I did enjoy it. It is no where near Harry Potter in the immersive power, but once again, Katherine Kellgren brings this thing to life. She is really that good.
The basic story is that of a girl, a street urchin in London, who breaks out and has some crazy adventures onboard ships in the British Navy in the early 1800s. The main character, Jackie, is clever and comes up with some fun answers to some pretty tense troubles. Like I said, I enjoyed this book like I enjoy an occasional piece of cheese pizza, but the narrator makes this audiobook a good, solid, pepperoni with mushrooms and olives... good enough to eat!!!
I read the reviews for this book and I think these people are trying to get Katherine Kellgren's job! Katherine does a great job of bringing this book to life, and thank you for that!! This story is a very entertaining story, and if slightly formulaic, it is fleshed out very well with very likable characters and some great bad guys.
The story is one of an American going to Ireland and becoming lost in the land, the people, her family and the magic that runs deep in her family. The terrible curse on her bloodline forces a core group of characters to work together and trust one another. There are witches, wonderful animals, beautiful and intelligent women, and strong, hard working men, and all finally meld into a team. There are more books to come in this series, so the ending leaves you wanting more, but the story is well worth the listen.
I want to finish with more props to Katherine Kellgren. People said she mixes up types of English accents and gets too loud and whatever else... NONSENSE!! This lady is amazing. If you want sedate and mellow, go listen to other books. If you want emotion, tension and excellent characters brought to life, this is a great job of narrating. I can hardly listen to some of the other books I have waiting now. KATHERINE, YOU'VE RUINED ME WITH YOUR GREAT WORK!!!!!!!
I really want more Strike!
The funny thing is that I listened to the book on a whim, really liked it, and did a web search for the author to see if there was more! So, JK Rowling can write. The book is well written and the characters are really interesting, fun and well developed. That's what we expect from Ms. Rowling... no wonder she was trying to fly under the radar!
This story does not disappoint! Now, do we get 7 years of Strike? Seems only fair!
Once again, Grace Grant is a great narrator in her native language. While this story is fun, the shifting and evolving effort at a British accent just killed it for me. Sorry. Just can't do this one.
Seriously, if the main character has an Irish accent, get someone who can do the accent. This story is lost in a shifting and really bad accent. Natalie Ross is a fine narrator, but she was pushed off a cliff in this effort.
Well, the last few books I listened to were pretty much slash and pow books. I was ready to hear a nice story. These books are all about home, love, acceptance and making the world a better place through magic and family. While the story is predictable and not the classic romance novel, it is great at taking you to a place where very lovable characters struggle to find their way, and in the end do, with the help of great friends and family.
Hey, they are a bit predictable and corny, but Ms. Geary tells a sweet story with plenty of excitement, and parts of it are really a fun ride! And it did help me recover from the Kaboom books I mentioned above! Cheers!
Honestly, this is a dark book. The author starts with a fairly normal scifi story line and takes it dark and deeeeeeep. While fairly disturbing and requiring some mental processing along the way, it was so hard to stop listening. I really like books that make me think, even if they are hard to deal with in my mind... and this one is pretty messy.
I guess the truth is in the fact that I immediately downloaded the second in the series. Got to see what happens!
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