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My opinion on this book change noticeably as I continued to listen. I think this is the first book that has done this to me. I have just finished, and I can say, I really liked this book. Now having said that...
I thought the beginning was a little too confusing - and sometimes a little slow. There are a lot of characters, and story is written in lots of small sections from different characters points of view...so we meet new characters very suddenly and quickly and the reader must fill in holes quickly to keep up.
If you can manage doing the before mentioned, then you, like me - might be suddenly taken-a-back to the very first sex scene between the two main characters. I found it completely - *COMPLETELY* out of character for the lead female, Beth. The author does a pretty decent job at setting up character personalities - but then he completely goes against everything he just implied about her.
BUT THEN! Just when I am about to roll my eyes at this story, something unexpected happens... it gets - really - good. We get everything - we get a thrill ride, a mystery to solve, danger, death, lust, and self discovery! - all beautifully wrapped into a breathtakingly intimate love story.
It's a pretty good book. It's good enough that I want to immediately start book 2, (which I am downloading now - but as I still have a few MB's to go...) Let's talk about JIM!
Jim narrated this book. I am a narrator snob - I judge! A narrator can ruin a good book, so yes, I judge! My feelings about Jim where directly in line with my feelings about the book. At first I thought Jim was a little too stuffy for this particular cast of characters. His voice was too... commercial? Yes, commercial. I could imagine him as doing voice overs for Gum ommercials. Yet he also got better as the book went on - or my enjoyment of the story made me more tolerable - or at the very least, Jim's stuffiness is not so bad that you can't get over it quickly.
Ok. Book 2 downloaded... I'm done.
Instead of doing a review on each book in this series I'm reviewing the series as a whole.
I'm not a Nora Robert's type of girl. In fact, I was proud of the fact that I'm not a "Nora Robert's type of girl". After reading the first 4 books of this series I looked up the author and... well crap - I guess I am a "Nora Robert's type of girl".
These books are like a bag of chips. You start out buying the first book - perhaps the second and third - and before you know it, all 35 books are in your wish list and the credits don't come fast enough.
I don't do plot summaries, but if you have gotten this far then you pretty much have a good idea of the story outline. If you're looking for a good long series this one is fun, fast paced, and her main characters get more and more developed as the books continue.
It's not crucial for the reader to start at the beginning of the series to understand what's going on. Each book has its own story line and plot - with the larger story arch (Eve and Roarke) moving through all books.
I recommend for light and fun reading...
This book has been sitting in my library for over 6 months. I attempted to start the book when I first purchased it, but I found it too slow to grab my attention. My second attempt was much more successful.
This is a book that you need to invest in a few chapters before the story really hits its stride. But once it does, oh man! Think, Sherlock Holmes set in Colonial America. I don't do plot summaries in my reviews, but I will say that its been a while since I have come across a book with such a twisting plot...it kept me guessing the entire time.
The narrator was outstanding and very well cast for this story. He's one of my favorites!
Picked this book based on all the reviews. I loved it. A lot of people were thrown off by the ending, but for me it worked. You have to go into it no expectations - just let the story unfold and don't try to guess. (You will guess wrong).
But the best part of this book is by far the Narrator, Ray Porter.
Wow! There is so much dialog in this book and Ray does a fabulous job. I never wondered who was speaking - he gives each character their own voice and attitude. I don't think I would have enjoyed this book half as much if I had read it.
Great performance! (the story is pretty awesome too!) Solid listen!
If you are buying the audio, then I will assume you already like the book or have at least read reviews so you know that people either love or hate this book. Therefore, I will review the narrator.
I am not a Twilight fan. I have read all four books and found them to be entertaining if you don't go into it expecting great literature or polished writing. But after reading many reviews about how terrible the narrator is, I must put in my two cents. This is my first experience with a GOOD narrator making a so-so book better. Usually it's the other way around - bad narrator ruining a good book.
I was pleasantly surprised with the narration. She actually gives Bella more of a backbone - she plays Bella more assertive than the movie portrayal. And Edward did not come across as sullen as he did on the screen. Do not let the bad reviews of the narration keep you from purchasing this book. I really think the people that gave the bad reviews forgot that the character being portrayed is a teenager. Remember, these actors have only the authors words to work with...frankly I think Ms. Kadushin did a supurb job.
Day by Day is simply the best Zombie book I have read. All the negative reviews that accuse this book of lack of character development and straying from the Novel Format are completely missing the point of this book. It’s a “Day by Day” account of one guys journey through surviving the Zombie outbreak. Unlike other novels that start out as a journal then morph the reader into the scene to over hear conversations and thoughts of the characters, this book stays in true Journal format – so there are no conversations between characters we get to experience… there are no side plots… there are no other points of view - from the first page to the last page, this is a documentation of survival.
As if the reader were to find this “Journal” in an old desk, we get a glimpse – a snap shot of this guys life. What he sees, what he thinks, who he meets, how he reacts… I was not so sure a book like this would keep me invested – but honestly, I have never had a book grab hold of me so hard and so fast – literally by the 3rd page I was hooked. In spite of the limitations the author gave himself in picking this writing style, he still manages to make us care about our hero - and care about the things he cares about (other characters). We feel his fear right along with him. We feel his frustration, his denial, and his determination. All this – without any character development at all. (Now that’s a great writer in my book!).
I highly recommend this book! And take my suggestion, if you do purchase this book, have your Google Maps ready – you will find yourself wanting to follow along with the character. :)
The narrator is excellent! He does a good job at sounding like he’s talking to himself… fits in very well the feel of the book.
I discovered this book with Audible's Shock-tober promotion. I was looking for a good zombie book to help with my excitement of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 3 premire. WOW! If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, then you will love this book! It's a day to day account of what its like to live in a world where the dead are trying to eat you.
This book is a page turner and a nail biter. The narrator is excellent and did a fabulous job. I highly recommend! (Scared the hell out of me!)
The scene when Matthew and Diana are talking about how vampires are depicted in modern day romance novels. Hysterical! It's like she put that scene in just to stick it to all the readers whom complained about the lack of sex in the first book.
I can see why some people do not like this story. It's really not that suspenseful, there are no hot and heavy sex scenes every other chapter, and it's slooooooow.
Having said that, I still loved this book. These books are not nail biting page turners, and they are not vampire erotica hidden behind a plot. This story is a long, slow stroll down a road filled with beautiful scenery. Harness does a fantastic job of putting the reader in 16th century England, I found myself looking up many of her characters on Wikipedia just to get more background on them.
If you want a roller coaster experience, you will not like this book. Personally I loved the slow, lazy tide of the story.
The narrator was fantastic!
Loved, loved, loved, this book!
I'm still amazed that 10 books in, this story keeps getting better.
Normally around the 8th book of a series there is a decline in the quality of the story... Not so for Black Dagger Brotherhood. The series took a giant leap forward in the previous book, Lover Mine, and continues the momentum in this installment. I don't do plot summaries in my reviews so I will just say: "Girl Power!" "Humans!!" "Evil Vampires?" "Lessers SUCK!"
Wow! That is my reaction to this book. I am a stickler for reading a story from the beginning, so I read this book - even though I really wanted to skip it. For some reason, the whole John/Xhex thing was just not working for me in the previous books. To quote the Brothers, "I wasn't feelin' it". But as a dutiful fan of the series I could never allow myself to skip a book so, we read!
Holy crap! This is my new favorite book of the series! (Previous favorite: Lover Awakened). The chemistry between John and Xhex is believable, the back stories we learn about are thick with insightful character detail, and we get a mysterious new female character to wonder about, and the Lessers!!! (%!$# those LESSERS UP!), all while learning a very moral lesson that "Family is everything". Ta Da!
Seriously, I did not expect to like this book, but it was one hell of a ride. I was juuuust about to fizzle out of this series (not stop reading, but not immediately picking up the next book), but this book sucked me right back in.
Downloading Book 9......now.
Love Ya Jim!!
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