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I HIGHLY recommend reading all of the "Night Huntress" novels BEFORE this novel. This is a "spin-off" but there are spoilers for the other books. Unfortunatly only "One Foot in the Grave" is availble in audio format, all the books are excellent.
Although this book is about Spade and Denise, Bones and Cat do make a siginifcant appearance in the last 3rd of the book, just as their lives were at the end of book 4 of the Night Huntress novels.
As with her other books, the author does a great job with charater, story and plot development, however I wasn't especially fond of the main charater, Denise. Although she does display traits of strength and bravery, she waivers between those traits and being, well, just down right whinny and irritating at times. Spade was Bones with a bit more polish, and thier relationship develops in much the same way as Bones and Cat's did: our heroine resisting the "nasty" vampire, but eventually falls for his irrestable charm. Now with all that said, there was alot that WAS interesting about Spade's back story, thier circumstances, and the conclusion of story. For me personally, I shy away from stories w/ demons in them (I find them morally disturbing), the demon indeed was a nasty fellow, but he was actually a shapeshifter not Lucifer's minion (or if he was, that wasn't brought up in the book).
The narrator does an excellent job, and I especially enjoy her accents with the exception of one: Denise which she does with a slight southern drawl, for some reason it just didn't work for me. I don't know if that contributed to why I didn't care for Denise or the other way around.
In any event I look forward to the next installment of this series!
The narrator!! Female lead needs some refinement.
When Malcom 'deals' with Sam's stalker ex!
It took me awhile to figure out just what I hated about the narrators performance. Don't get me wrong, she reads the story just fine, but that's just it, she just READS it. She could have been reading the phone book for all the emotion she put into it. No spark at all, it really ruined the story for me.
Also her accent's could use some work, I understand Malcom's accent was suppose to be difficult to discern (as mentioned in the story) but it didn't work for me. Worse was his butler's "British" accent, epic fail.
Yes I would, I actually invisioned this as a movie several times as I was listening to it.
This was a pretty decent story, not a knock-my-socks-off kind of story/writting, bits of it were predictable for me, but there was a "wow didn't see that one coming" element at the end, which always makes for an above adverage rating for me. I do think the author harped on just a tad too much about Sam's "independance" and made her headstrong to the point of annoyance. I think it can be tough for authors to balance female charaters, too much and you have a Sam, not enough and you have something akin to the awful charater in Kresely Cole's "A Hunger Like No Other" (GAG!!).
Jim Dales excellent performance
I especially enjoyed learning more about the mermaids and their interactions with the Mollusks as well as getting to know more about Little Scallop.
This was such a short story that there wasn't enough time for a huge emotional buildup. In general I enjoy the pictures the authors create.
This story takes place shortly after the first Peter and the starcatchers book and interestingly does not even have Peter in it (although there is one very breif mention of him). I would suggest that this selection could be listened to between Peter and the Starcstchers and Peter and the Shadow Theaves.
I have 152 titles in my Audible library and I've listened to at least another 75 over the years (before Audible) and I have to say this is the first time I've stopped listening to a book only after a few chapters due mostly (but not entirely) to the narrator, she was simply the worst!
I take particular offense when people take the Lord's name in vain. I mean really, is it really necessary to say J.C. and add insult to injury by associating His name with other profanitys? Once or twice is bad enough in a story (I understand people say terrible things under duress), but the author uses this quite a bit in the few chapters I got thru. Surely writters can find other ways of expressing themselves without using this ONE particular curse? I understand in this day and age most people wouldn't have an issue with this, but I do, and I mention it not only because of this question (what was most disappointing), but also to give a heads up to other listeners that might have the same sensitivies as I.
I personally am a huge fan of Amanda Ronconi, she could have solved half of my issues with this selection
Isn't it obvious? I'd have the charaters use another expletive.
I really enjoyed the author's take on Dracula's origins and his and Mina's connection (and the origin of their relationship). I also felt that the author accurately portrayed the abuse of what when on in asylum's and the primitive view on women during the Victorian era, not that was enjoyable, but I appreciated the realism which led to the suspension of disbelief, but even more than that, this is a version that I could actually believe really happened! (mabey)"
When Mina's memories return to her and we learn of her connection to Dracula
She did an AMAZING job, her British accent completely enhanced the story since it takes place in England and parts of Ireland. If I had just read it, I would have heard it in my mind with my own American accent thus detracting from the enjoyment of story. Her charater voices were also amazing!
"The re-telling of a Classic, from Mina's point of view!"
I must confess I've never read (or listened to) Bram Stoker's book, only seen various movies from the book (I'm thinking of the Gary Oldman version in particular). This story had all the same elements with different explinations of the events that took place in the original story.
Although I can't think of a better title as I'm reviewing this, I really don't like the title for this story. I've read on Good Reads website others feel this was a story more about sex than love, I tend to disagree, I found Dracula's bond to Mina very romantic, but mabey that's just me. And although there were many scenes of a sexual nature, there was nothing IMHO that was lewd (which is so prominent in vampire stories).
The feminist in me felt so competely outraged at times in listening to this story, but I feel this lent to the credibility of the story, because the attitudes surely did exist in those days, just a heads up if you are sensitive to this sort of thing.
I'm nowhere near an expert on history, but I've always enjoyed this period of time, and Ms. Harkenss does an AMAZING job illustrating life in the later 16th century in wonderful detail. Moreover she has woven in another of my interests, supernatural creatures, as well as continues the relationship between Matthew and Diana.
Um, a history book mabey? I was reminded of the Showtime series "The Tutors" and the days (before I had kids) when I could go to Ren. Faires!
Love, love, love her ability to beliveably deplict charater voices!
Yes, most definatly, but, waaay to long to do so.
I personally thoughly enjoyed all the detail Ms. Harkness uses, it's very apparent she is aquanted with the time period. It would be hard for me to say which I enjoyed more the 1st or 2nd, and I'm going to have a very difficult time waiting for the 3rd installment!!
If you get a good narrator, I really enjoy audiobooks, listening to audiobooks helps me to keep my mind off of unpleasent tasks (like dishes, laundry, etc). I haven't read the print version though.
There were a couple, their first shared dream (yummy), when Carol is drunk and Gia dresses her up in a too small dress (funny), and a big reveal at the end.
Kirby was better in his delivery in this book than the last one. I think his charater voices are awesome!
Her books always make me laugh, swoon, dream.
Well, I love that Carol is a middle-aged woman (like me!) I can relate to her age-related insecurities!
This story got me thinking how would it be if an immortal found a mortal lifemate that was oh, say 400 lbs? I think that would make for an interesting story!
Emotional, heavy, well-written
I feel that it's kind of important to like the main charater (which I did) in order to even finish a book, but Maxie was my favorite charater. She's a good friend and a genuine person inspite of her profession and the living in the impossible world of Hollywood.
I haven't, but she was really good! Her performance was dry, which was perfect for Canny's charater. She did an excellent job with her charater voices.
There were alot of moving moments in this book. This story provoked alot of emotion for me, I laughed, cried (well ok, not actually cried), it made me angry, and suprised me. Yes there were a few twists and turns, some "I didn't see that coming" yet I felt a bit misguided by the synopsis and felt the other reviews left out alot about the general feeling of this book.
I personally did not find this book lighthearted or funny (in general), it was a very emotional book, a story about one woman's struggle with how to deal with her abondment issues, her struggle with her body image, and finding love and lasting joy. Canny has a dry witty, sarcastic sence of humor, she has many amusing "one liners" that contributes to the humor in this story, but I would NOT consider this to be a funny book (which is what I was looking for). Yet that didn't didn't keep me from enjoying this story, it's well written, although as another reviewer said, there is quite a long build up; right around chapter 7 I found myself considering if I wanted to continue with the story, and I'm glad I did. I found myself really caring for all the charaters (ok so not so much Bruce or "The Pusher") and really got sucked in. Not a perfect ending, some issues were left unresolved, so I'll say it was an upbeat, positive, realistic ending.
I feel that if a story provokes strong emotion in you (good or bad) then the author has done their job. This is just such a story. Yet we all have our reasons for reading fiction. I personally gravitate to stories about the fantastic and magical or lighthearted funny, so this was definatly outside what I usually enjoy so I have mixed feelings about this story. If you enjoy Lifetime movies (I'm esp. thinking about the Drop Dead Diva series) then you'd like this story.
I put off listening to this because of some negative reviews, but I'm sorry I did, I like Lynsay Sands, I've enjoyed all the other books in this series, and this was definatly in the same vein. I enjoy her writting style, her humor, the romance, basically everything I've come to enjoy about her stories.
I have mixed feelings about his performance. His charater voices are awesome! but his general narrator's voice was really quite extreamly dry and grating. His Luchen voice is priceless!
Actually no, not really, it actually finalizes the quest to find a lifemate for Sam's sisters mentioned in the previous books (The Rouge Hunter).
Very entertaining, it was a funny story about how one woman deals with her husbands affair in a very public way. She has hell to pay for illustrating her husbands indiscretion, but finds herself (and a new love) in the process. I'm a sucker for stories with happy endings and this story doesn't disapoint.
Lacey, she's a smart strong charater. I can relate to acting out in a moment of emotion and doing something like making comments that perhaps should not be made in um, say a public forum... :) She at least was funny about it!
I've listented to all the other Molly Harper books she's narrated, and also "A Little Night Magic" and the free "My Soul to Take" prequel, and although she's good, her Molly Harper preformances are pure gold!
Lacey, I think we would have a great time!
This is a funny story about a woman wronged, and unfairly judged (I personally think she was just in telling all her husbands clients and friends about his discusting behavior, but apparently not everyone thinks wearing your heart on your sleeve is ok!). When the story starts out Lacey's life is just, well, kind of boring. I think more than her husband's infelidity is wrong in her life and that's just the catalist for her newsletter venting.
My absolute favorite bit was after taking up writting, Monroe (her hunky neighbor and a published author) tells her she needs have a sex scene, her attempt at this had me laughing with tears rolling down my face!!
Oh yes definatly, the story was very well written. Although I'm not well educated on wolf behavior, the author very much writes as if she is which gives the story alot of credibility. Anna is a victim of abuse, this is the second story I've read from Ms. Briggs on this topic and once again she's very effective in conveying the feelings of the victim. There's alot going on in the book, so a second listen would be well worth the time to pick up on everything that's going on.
I'd really hate to compare Ms. Briggs books to any other with warewolves since IMHO her's are the best. So the only other books I can compare this to would be her Mercy Thompson series, esp. since there are some cross over charaters. Although Ms. Briggs books are of a serious nature, my other favorite author is Molly Harper.
When Justin gets what he's got coming to him and Anna discovers her value.
For me Ms. Briggs books can be a bit confusing because she jumps perspective frequently so sometimes it can be challanging to know from who's perspective she's writing, so just a heads up about that.
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