I did not realize when I bought this book that the narrator is one that I do not like. I rarely do not finish a book. This book meets one of the rarities. Two reasons, the performance was not up to par. First the character is in her 20's. Second she is trying to find herself. I tried to listen, but I kept thinking, the voice sounds TOO OLD to be believable for a person in her 20's. I could not stomach the way she read. I looked up the narrator and guess what, she is old! Sorry Robin McKinley, I am unlikely to read anything else of yours because of the narration.
I first discovered this series on a sale! It was one of the best deals I got. I immediately bought the rest of the series up to book six. When I saw this in pre-order--it was a hands-down buy! I eagerly awaited the book. It seems the Gods were with me since I had a snow day today. I listened to this book all day. And I could not stop listening!
I kept wondering how Cat and Bones were going to deal with the new director.The ending for the director was a bit of a let down. However the other enemies they have to fight are richly rewarded. We learn why Uncle Don is still around and we have a visit or three with Marie LeVeau and a further link between Cat and Tate. As usual, when Cat and Bones need to solve a problem, they have different views on how to do it. Bones does not let Cat in on the "real" plan while pretending to give her the impression she has her way. We also see why Bones and Ian are friends. Ian is soooo misunderstood--still promiscuous--but sooo misunderstood.
I was as heartbroken as I was elated throughout this book. Each chapter in Cat and Bone's life just keeps getting better. As always Ms. Frost’s blends, death-defying action, intense emotional scenes, and hot-hot-hot intimacy. I only wish the series did not have to end. By the by, if you have not read the short "Home for the Holidays" or Vlad's series, you will be confused by some references and the timeline.
Other than that, I don't know how to explain more without giving away spoilers. I just know that this is one of my favorite in the series. It is a must read if you love Cat and Bones and their antics. I am already starting my second listen! Enjoy!
This book is great. I love Will Trent. However, this is not worth a credit. As always Ms. Slaughter did an excellent job writing this book. It just wasn't enough to be a stand alone book at full price.
Absolute rubbish. DO NOT BUY! Clarissa Clemens should never narrate. The poetry was pedantic. I mean comparing a man slipping into a woman feeling like a snake??? Really---who pays to hear this tripe. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!! Give me my 1.36 cent back!
I was expecting more action out of this book. I found myself being exasperated with her telling of this story. The premise is that there is a badass skin-walker was alluring but ultimately disappointed. The author's descriptive prose repetitive. The author's progress on the mission dragged on with over use of daily things like shopping and food. The story is 14 hours long and most times I would be amazed--thinking I got a deal. However, I am sure the author could have shaved at least five hours off of this book by leaving the ho-hum telling of the background information and repetition of facts that she already mention. She mentions many times over how the vampires are bound, what has happened to her memory, and several other facts. This gets a bit annoying. The author writes the animal as the first person when Jane is changed and this is annoying. There are no clear boundaries between Jane and a changed Jane. The narrator was pretty good, but sometime her pronunciation is sharp. She also does a poor job speaking as a black person. I was expecting something more, but was so disappointed with this book.
After all the reviews, I was troubled that I could not find an interesting story or real romance. This book entreaties the potential reader to think the hero will demand three nights of sin from the heroine as payment for helping her brother. However, this isn't so. The book is convoluted and the sex is so-so. The narrator was pretty good, too bad she outperformed the plot and storyline.
I always like to see what's free, and I found the teaser of this book to be one that intrigued me. I bought the book immediately. The author challenges the view of pundits who, during the time of "George Dub's" presidency, touted that if you do not support his him, you are disloyal to the country. Imagine that Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft all came together as one company and systematically removes free will, gets rid of politicians who challenge it, and sells things in a way that everyone can pressure you to do it too. Eventually, everyone has to register and must vote.
Imagine that every public official had to go wear a camera every day to show their constituents that they were honest? Imagine that every child has a tag embedded in their body so they could never be stolen again? Much of this seems great, but the key factor is that at some point their is no privacy and everyone must become transparent. In fact, PRIVACY IS THEFT and SECRETS ARE LIES."
Do you remember the Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures? If not, please search for it because throughout the story, If you are smart, you can see where this is going. 1984--George Orwell or The Traveler--John Twelve Hawks(Highly recommend).
A woman named Mae, is the main heroine. Mae is a buddy of one of the top people in the company "Circle", and is grateful to have a job that her friend obtained for Mae. The Circle even pays for the treatment of Mae's father, which gains her loyalty. Mae starts out with two computer screens at her desk. Mae has many opportunities to exercise her moral fiber and falls short every time. I rooted for Mae, but found her to be unsympathetic, consistently foolish, and swayed too much by what others thought of her. Eventually she turned into a vain, selfish, superficial person. The only time I really liked her was when she was a criminal for a night( Read the book if you want to know). She rejects the teachings of her parents for those of a company. Mae is a foolish woman who gives up her identity, privacy, and happiness for a larger dream that never quite fills the void. She continually has relations with a man who not only does not suit her, but also fails to make love to her properly or "finish" with her. I found myself frustrated with her because at 24, I was not that stupid or simple. My mom would have told me to dump him and dump him quick! By the end of the book, she has seven monitors, a camera and headphones so that people can see everything she does.
I think Edgers wanted this to be a satirical story steered by the questions "When does free will of a Utopia cross the line? Is it worth it to give up our rights and freedoms for the appearance of security? "Should their be a limit?" It's supposed to be satire, but I am not sure it meets that billing. The Circle is not Mr. Eggers' best novels. However, the questions it raise should make this novel a must read for teens and young adults.
If you buy the book, you will understand the "Meh" in my title. If you don't, you saved a credit. I have tried to a good review of a new novel so I hope this helps you decide whether or not to purchace. However, you have free will to decide on your own....don't you? ;)
I really believe that Hugh Lofting is ONE of the most gifted writers of children's literature. However, I could not, in good modern conscience finish this book. Around chapter 7, Dr. Dolittle finds himself in Africa. While curing the monkeys in this book, he asks the lions for help and the King Lion refuses. The Lion returns home to find his cub sick and after he relays the story of Dr. Dolittle to his wife, she says, "You need to have everyone work like niggers to help the monkeys and have the Dr. come look at our cub." I kept listening but at chapter 12, Dr. Dolittle's adventure leads him to have to help the African Prince who wants to turn himself white to get a white woman to love him. Dr. D's bird, Petunia, says to Dr. Dolittle, "You have to help this 'coon' if we want to get back home." I couldn't stomach the story anymore. While I want to know what happens, I just got sick to my stomach after hearing the speakers talk of the Africans the way they did. I can hear one slight and be wary but if the story is great, or used the way Mark Twain did, I can well understand. While I am aware this is written in the 1920's and I find the story engaging, I really just can't stomach the use of these words--especially in a children's book and used by the protagonists. I can't help but wonder what Mr. Lofting's racial views were and if this was meant as a slight. However, I will never know, because I do not plan on reading any of his books.
I bought this book on a whim and resisted listening to it for a while. I am kicking myself for procrastinating. I now understand why this book was one of the top rated books last year. The characters development was very well done. The plot of the book was engaging--how to foil the plans of a cult to end the world using a key that is a building. Veek and Nate, two of the main characters, tease each other and give each other the nicknames of Shaggy and Velma from Scooby Doo. If anything, the villain, Andrew, I would akin to Scrappy Doo (The annoying nephew of Scooby that needs to be killed off). I found myself laughing and was completely engaged. Once I started reading, I could not stop. The characters of Nate and Veek were a great dynamic duo. I love the narrator and how he made the characters come to life. The only thing that did not make any sense to me was the nature of the cult was not really explained. Mr. Clines mentions that the cult members' bodies were wrong in some way--legs were bending the wrong way. So I was wondering--what were the cult members? A cross between the humans and the people in the "other" place. Mr. Clines mentions that some members of the cult were similar, in a small way, to the people in the other land, but I think it was meant to be a throwaway point. It was significant enough that I still thought on it. I recommend the book--excellent read.
I bought this book on sale. I am so glad I did. I love my romances steamy with hot intimacy and a story with non-stop interest. This book had it ALL! Not only did the heroine and hero interact well, they heated up the sheets right on time. I loved the plot and I loved the fact that the heroine would still investigate the love of her life if she thought he was hurting others. What a strong woman. The twist of getting caught at the end of the book was able to be seen from the first page. It just seemed preconceived by the the author in her original outline and even though the characters clearly did not want to go this way, the author made them do it anyway. The other thing I found a little conceived is that the heroine still was able to write her story for the paper even though she became part of the story. Any reporter reading this story will know what I mean. However, I do want to give this book a thumbs up and tell you it is worth the credit. I plan to read the entire series.
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