A delightful mystery. (that's not fair, I have so much more to say, LOL)
There were so many great scenes, but I really loved the last scene where Goldy is running from her assailant and ends up jumping in the moat, then slogging through the snow to find help. Great action!
No, but I must say this woman has a great deal of talent! Her accents were outstanding, her voices all different, I absolutely loved her voice and interpretations. I loved the accent she used for Suki (sp?), the wife of the castle owner.
When Tom and Goldy finally talked about the elephant in the room - Tom's old girlfriend.
This was my first Goldy Schultz mystery, and I really enjoyed it. I didn't care for the recipes, however, since they seemed very unhealthy and fattening! Made me want to go off my diet, which is bad for a diabetic, LOL. But it was fun cooking alongside Goldy, regardless. ;o)
Uvi Poznansky's lyrical writing pulled me into this historic story with such power, realism, and poetry that I was immediately drawn into the scenes. I felt immersed in the battles and drenched in my enemies blood. I felt myself swagger over the battlefields in armor and helmet, carrying a spear, exultant in anticipated victory. But that was just one of the aspects of this tale. More than anything, I was deeply intrenched in David's mind and thought processes throughout the entire story. What a ride!
Frankly, I've never been interested in this type of story - historical, biblical, drama or epic tales. I am a passionate fan of mysteries and suspense, mostly in the current day. But when another book is written by this outstanding author, I would definitely read or listen again!
Interesting - absolutely! Insightful - almost frighteningly so. How this author puts herself in the mind of such a man astonishes me. Her ability to think and speak like a man -- and a man living many centuries ago -- was formidable. Ms. Poznansky portrayed David's inner thoughts better than most men of this generation could possibly have done. Kudos!
Nothing - this narrator was outstanding and on target. His voice changed and matured as the character aged. I loved his interpretation of each character, and his amazing range of voices was delightful. I'd listen to him read the newspaper, to tell the truth. Great job, Mr. George. I do wish, however, that my daughter (Melanie Lazar Carbonneau) had written the music for the song that was performed over and over again ("Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands..") I think she could have provided a more interesting musical theme!
I am often reluctant to read or listen outside of my normal, very predictable genre. But I'm glad I did. I can see this book (and others written by Ms. Poznansky) offered in the future as classic literature in future writing or reading classes. Truly, I think this book will become a global classic. Thank you, Ms. Poznansky, for taking such care with your writing and production. This was a stellar production.
I loved "coming home" to Cassie and her life after enjoying the first two books in the series narrated by the same actor, Melissa Reisian Frank. It's difficult to keep the second, third or fourth book in a series as fresh and interesting as the first book, but in this case, Ms. Amsden has done a wonderful job. It was fun to see Cassie's role in the community and politics expanding, to meet more community members, and to see that she is indeed, capable of being "almost" taken advantage of by a mind mage. Seeing her vulnerability made her more endearing. I do not know this imaginary world of magic except through Ms. Amsden's books (I read mysteries and thrillers aside from this) but she has made it a very real world. I find myself accepting the outlandish with a sage nod, because it is handled so well in this series. I also continue to want to "slap both main characters upside the head" as they say, because they drive me crazy with their blind focus. What is wrong with Evan? Why wouldn't he want to relinquish that which isn't his if he loves her? (no spoilers here) And why can't Cassie see he loves her? He has shown her in all but one way. She is really still very young, however, and that's the answer. They're both kids, in their early twenties, and this is not surprising behavior for this age group. So again, very realistic in that sense. My favorite part of the story was when Cassie discovered a big secret about her past and started brewing her own concoctions. Although I was a little confused that her mother could still infuse magic into them even though she was originally a "drained" woman who had lost all her magic. (It may have been because she was currently pregnant with magical twins.) I also loved the scene where she found her own strength and stood up to the horrible men who claimed to be Christian but who were veritable monsters in disguise. Great scene, perfect for the temperament of the series.
Both Cassie Scot books - Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective, and Secrets and Lies are great companion books. I do recommend reading/listening to them in order!
Ms. Frank's voices are consistent from book to book which is nice, again, like "coming home" to a world you know and have missed. I enjoy her unique voices for all of the characters.
When Cassie warned Evan of the upcoming danger, and where he told her he loved her in spite of the fact that she despised him.
The triangle of Matt, Cassie, and Evan was most interesting - great angles here. And I loved the "surprise" in the Sheriff's office staff - no spoilers, but it was a nice twist!
I loved the taut suspense and lush sense of place. I already adore The Adirondacks, and winter is one of my favorite seasons, so this book was a real pleasure to listen to. The characterizations were superb, the writing smooth and interesting, and the fast paced action never let me take a deep breath. Loved that.
This book was actually very unique, but perhaps it could be in the same category as Joan Hall Hovey's THE DEEPEST DARK.
Cassandra's voices were distinctive and consistently recognizable, and I felt the emotion of the character through her narration. Outstanding job!
When Nora Hamilton wakes to find her husband dead one winter morning, it's just the beginning as one secret after another is revealed during a wild roller coaster ride through the snowy mountains.
I listen to a lot of "good," books, but this really stood out as one of the best in a long, long time. I keep thinking of the story - days later - and that's always a good sign! Thanks for a wonderful listen. ;o)
This was my first Cleo Coyle mystery - I found it quite enjoyable and a fun listen (audio book). There was a little too much "coffee talk" for me, but I totally understand that coffee is the theme of this series and it was very well done. Great characters, scene setting, and action!
My only regret with this book was that it couldn't be paired with the actual Beatles' songs that it referred to - but I totally fixed that problem by keeping all my music on my iPhone. Each time I learned more about a song, I listened to it several times, trying to catch the new details that were so amazing to understand.
I lived through this era as a young teen and will never forget the magic of The Beatles. Thank you for providing such amazing insight in such an entertaining fashion! Well done!
Mythos: Mer Chronicles, Book 1, is a delightful fantasy romp under and above the ocean that propels listeners/readers through mystical lands. With a strong nod toward The Little Mermaid, this story goes far behind that particular movie's theme, which was slated for a younger audience, and would be appropriate for those kids who watched the Disney classic as children, but are now teens or older. Note: There were a few violent scenes which made this not appropriate for sensitive or younger readers, such as bodies without limbs, a bloody war scene, etc, but most of this story is magical and beautiful.
The characters were distinct and memorable, which strong voices and natural dialog. Told from various points of view, the reader/listener is brought into the current day life of a young mermaid ("Mer"), named Faren Sands, who falls for a human, much to her father's dismay. But there's much more than just a star-crossed lovers' story here, it's about various species, their links to Atlantis and more, and their centuries-old feud that leads to an ultimate bloody battle on the beach.
My favorite character was Faren Sands little sister, Cindle (sp? I listened so I'm not sure of spelling!), a sweet and brave young lady with intellectual challenges and a great big heart.
In addition to the romance, thrills, action, and great tension in this story, there is also a sprinkling of of poetry within its pages that moved me deeply, particularly some of the descriptions of the sea. It's clear that the author, Ms. McLaren, has a passionate relationship with the ocean, and the talent to share that love with her readers/listeners.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the heartfelt thank yous at the end of the book, which showed the author's love for her family.
Well done, Ms. McLaren. This is just the start of a what promises to be a very successful series!
This is a slick, sassy, sexy thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I fell in love with the characters, who in spite of their failings were incredibly memorable and unique. No for those seeking pure and wholesome stories, this examines the seedy underbelly of the call girl world in New York City, but it isn't what you might expect. This book was full of humor, intrigue, and romance. One of the most amazing parts of this story was the author's ability to transform a sleazy character who would normally be hated by most decent people, into the "normal" world, and have you, the listener, accept and care about him in spite of his misdeeds. I loved the main characters, of course. Lincoln was a guy's guy - wonderful, with a complex and compelling backstory. Tawny was also a great heroine, in spite of her checkered past. You couldn't help but love her, and at least partially understand how she ended up in this world. What really shocked me, however, was how Ms. Iyer made me LOVE the guy who ran the whorehouse (Benny) and even care for the Mafia Kingpin. I never would have imagined this - but this author pulled it off, brilliantly.
There was never a moment to rest - Tawny was in danger from the moment the book started. Excellent suspense and tension!
I have listened to many narrators. But Ms. Towne's performance was among the VERY best I've ever heard. Every voice was distinct and unique, and I never got confused as to who was speaking. I loved her voices, especially Benny and Lincoln. Outstanding work. I'd like to see more books narrated by this superb actor.
I felt sorry for the lover of Colin, Richie. He was a big, dumb, obedient schmuck who just did as he was told and thought everything would be "okay." Another one of the many characters I enjoyed in this book!
I highly recommend this taut thriller for anyone who loves the written word - it is so tightly written, it flows so naturally, the dialog is so on target - it's just a spectacular piece of fiction.
I'm saving it in my library and will probably come back to listen to all of Ellis Vidler's book in the future. They are great books.
I really loved Ben Riley, a man's man. The guy was complex, strong as a bull, and smart. Claire was a good protagonist, but she kept making me mad at her. LOL. She seemed to want to run head long into trouble without thinking about her safety, and I could see why Riley would get frustrated with that. I also loved some of the minor characters like the old geezer who let them come into his cabin (and share his moonshine) after the swamp scene, and even the Senator in the end. All of the characters stood out as very unique and special - I never got confused as to who was who!
April did a good job differentiating the characters. I liked her male voices, but I felt her female voice was a little too "wobbly" in places. I mean that she made Claire sound afraid more than I would have liked - does that make sense? Overall, though, a great job. (there were several chapters in the end where the edits weren't done correctly - chairs scraping, etc. but I think this was probably an uploading error - wrong chapters? That's why I gave the performance a 4 instead of a 5)
I loved the tense action scenes - and the constant twists and turns. I couldn't wait to get back to the story, especially when things were heating up like crazy in the end of the story! That swamp scene will stay with me for a long time. Wonderful imagery!
I loved the step by step unraveling of Claire's past life - each revelation was more and more surprising, and I kept rooting for her to find her roots and family. It was a great mystery, great suspense, great thriller, and romance. All in one! Wonderful job, Ms. Vidler!
Definitely among the top and most entertaining!
I love the visions that Kate lived through - very realistic, yet spooky. The element of water/trees was revealed very nicely in the end when the body was found, in a unique and fascinating way. I also loved the scene when she broke into the villain's house, there were some very tense moments!
Jodie was outstanding - all of her voices were so unique. I think I particularly loved her Venice voice - that character was written beautifully and she played her well. Kudos to both author and narrator!
Absolutely! But then again, I wanted to savor it, to make it last. So that made it perfect to listen to on morning walks and driving to and from work. Delightful!
Ms. Vidler is a very talented writer, whose prose flows smoothly and whose dialog feels natural and real. I kept wanting the main character, Kate, to get "with it" and use digital photography, since she still developed film in the darkroom, but I thought perhaps the book was written before digital was widely available. I'll forgive Kate that! LOL. But I really enjoyed the tension, the suspense, the local color, the wonderful characters, and the satisfying ending. Thank you, Ms. Vidler, for another great listen!
I already have, several times actually. This book is totally out of my usual genre (mysteries/thrillers) and probably falls most squarely in the literary fiction category, but I was completely blown away by its beauty and pathos. The quality of the writing is absolutely top notch, and when that is coupled with two supremely talented narrators, the combination is riveting.
I loved the current tense in which the vignettes were told, alternating between Anita and Ben, and the immediacy of the sensations one experiences when listening. The voices are so authentic, the dialog just perfect. I am so in awe of David Kudler's ability to interpret the written word. He is astoundingly good. And Heather Jane Hogan is equally as talented - her Southern accent was impeccable! I've become instant fans of both narrators.
That's really tough, because I loved Anita, Ben, Lenny, and the three aunts. But I guess if I was forced to choose, I'd pick Anita. She was so honest and real, no pretenses. She'd been through so much. My heart broke for her in many scenes.
So many moments... but I think one of the most moving was when Ben went to visit his mother in the nursing home. So sad, so heartfelt...
I really loved this book, and I think it should win lots of literary fiction awards. It's just so powerful. But I didn't like the ending! Too much was left open, and I didn't get that warm, fuzzy feeling I crave. (Okay, so I'm a happy ending kind of guy). I think it could have ended shortly after Ben was kicked out of the house - this might have been a good point if there was not to be a happy ending! Aside from being disappointed that I didn't get to see the characters living happily at the end of the story, this book, its amazing narrators, and the beautiful scenes will stay with me for many years to come.
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