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This book starts out as two separate stories, one of a Jin (genie), the other of a Golum ( a being made from the earth but looks human). Both seem to go against the norm of their predisposed brutal reputation. They are innocents hungry for knowledge and work while harboring a feeling of loneliness because neither are living the existence they were meant to. They are lucky to be taken in by two separate men who are each as kind as the other and want the best for them.
In early New York a dark fairy tale like listen unfolds as we travel through the mystery that surrounds the creation and past of these two fabled entities. A quarter way into the book they unexpectedly cross each others paths and immediately recognize their strange similarities. A much needed friendship starts for these two lonely beings, but because of their friendship and, unknown to them connection, they could stand to be each others undoing.
Ups and downs, discoveries and diverse characters keeps the story moving forward with a good mixture of events to keep a connection to the listener. Guidall 's wonderful annunciation of each characters verbiage is of course vital to the pace, and he is just stellar with his, not over the top women characters, and believable dark-siinister villains. I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much without his narration.
The third in a great Christmas series. Wonderful characters who are like old friends. Faith, hope and kindness make these some of my favorite Christmas reads. Great and inspirational for all ages. Narrative is excellent.
A sweet cozy that is quite predictable. A bit of background about Friday Harbor and likable characters kept me interested. A few laughs and some light to heavy romance made this a nice Holiday listen. Narrator did a good job.
This series of Christmas books are excellent. Not your regular super sappy stories that usually come along with the season. The characters are living in the real world with real situations good and bad.
Mark Bramhall's narrative is beautifully smooth and the inflection of his voice match's the tone of the book perfectly. Highly recommend.
A feel good story that wonderfully mirrors the first Christmas Eve. Mary Jo is a nice young girl who gets pregnant by a scoundrel who has her believing that he will be back for her before their child is born. When it becomes evident that this was just another in his long list of lies she goes in search for him in his home town. Cedar Cove is small town where community support and kindness are in abundance and the father of her child is well known for not fitting in, he in fact does not live there at all.
As she becomes more disillusioned signs of strain due to her impending arrival become serious and is immediately taken into the fold by the Cedar Cove residents. She has an instant attraction to the, night in shining armor, EMT that comes to her rescue. Grace, the local librarian will not take no for an answer so Mary Jo finds herself staying in a very cozy upstairs studio apartment above her barn.
There are many cute and touching twists that make this a wonderful reflection of how we can all embrace the spirit of Christmas. Sandra Burr has a way of capturing all of the personalities of the ongoing characters in the Cedar Cove series. A fun and heart felt listen.
Oh if only to realize our blessings everyday before tragedy opens our eyes to them.
A wonderful holiday listen that includes delightfully original characters who live in a small rural village not far from Belfast. The main story revolves around the towns two doctors, their housemaid and the care of the local residents. They keep busy with births, accidents, regular seasonal illnesses and an occasional disgruntled child who did not get a part they wanted in the yearly Christmas Pageant.
I felt connected to the people and enjoyed the generous, warmhearted environment that is found in this authentic little town called Ballybucklebo. The narrator did an excellent job and I loved all of the believable, colorful voices. A great book to light the holiday spirit.
Dave Robicheaux is rough and tumble detective in Louisiana who runs into trouble with some of the locals. This first book in the series really builds Dave's character and delves into his past which helps us to understand why he is the person he has become.
Parts of this story are gory and not for the faint of heart. A fairly fast paced listen and Will Patton does a good job with the character development.
Kay Shugak is a no nonsense Alaskan born girl who has retired from the Anchorage D.A.'s office, where she worked as a sex crime investigator. During her last assignment she was almost killed while investigating a child abuser and was left with a severe scar around her neck as a reminder. That was it, she went off the grid into the far back woods of Alaska, no utilities provided but she still manages to live very comfortably with her best friend, Mutt, a large Husky/Wolf.
Kate's ex boss arrives one day in her compound and asks her to take on a missing person case of a congressmen's son. She knows all the locals and feels pressured, after a little prodding she decides its probably time to get back into society anyway. As she gets deeper into the investigation she starts to realize it is much more than a missing person case.
I read the second book in this series, A Fatal Thaw, which was very good and the story was fast and realistic. I like to start a series with the first book so this was a must read. I actually liked book two better, this was a bit to rudimentary comparatively, but the story did get better toward the end where it picked up and became more interesting.
I will probably read more in this series. The narration got better as the story went along and was even better in the next book.
Just to over the to fanatical for me plus I did not like the hyped up narrator at all. Thank goodness it was short.
The Wyoming winter is going full scale with temperatures dropping way below zero, freezing even your breath, burrrr. Walt and the gang are on the case trying to find out who is behind multiple murders that started when Walt an Vic found a huge underground crop of pot plants.
Another great one in the series which is no surprise. Craig Johnson is the best at coming up with fascinating co-characters to support the returning cast. In every book the new characters are so classically authentic, it makes me wonder if they are based on real people he encounters in his life.
A little heads up; the Longmire series on TV dose not follow the plots in any of the books and a few of the main characters are different. Its a good show and I'm so glad it does not ruin any of the books I have not yet read. Narrator George Guidall is Walt Longmire. It would not be the same without him.
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