Kentwood, MI, United States | Member Since 2006
The overall story was good and kept me interested and wanting to know what was going to happen. The characters are developed and make me care what happens in their lives. The writing is somewhat uneven, sometimes well done and other times rather bland and clichéd. The narration seems to match the writing often times trying to sound noir but not really pulling it off. Other times it really brings out the emotion of the story or the feelings of the character. I'd be interested in hearing something else by Dina Pearlman to see what she's able to do with stronger material. In the end I'm still looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.
The book seems like more of a "one last story to tell" than a spectacular ending to the series. There is no great mystery, though there is some. There is no great suspense, though there is some. There is no great romance, though there is some. In general the story is nothing special compared to many of the others in the series but it's still a satisfying Sookie story with most of the characters you've come to love or hate. Much has been made about the ending. All I will say on that account is if you have a preconceived notion on how the series should end you should just skip the book and imagine your own ending. Johanna Parker gives one last amazing performance for the series and will always be for me the voice of Sookie Stackhouse.
I listened to and enjoyed all of the "Last Stand" books so I had high hopes when I started this book. Unfortunately it is nothing like the others. The "Last Stand" books are an even mix of romance and suspense with the suspense leading out and gathering throughout the book. This book had little to no suspense until the final 3 hours when the story finally got to the story that was in the description. Before that point what little suspense there was to the story was so spread out that that it might as well not be called suspense. Unfortunately the romance that dominates the book is of the sort that I don't care for where the heroine is inexplicably and continually drawn to a man who repeatedly pushes her away and treats her like dirt.
Ms Dawe's performance unfortunately did not help the book. Though you could distinguish between characters her male and female characters sounded much alike. Even worse, there was little to no emotion portrayed whether the emotion was passion, anger or even fear. It seemed for most of the book that she was as uninterested as I was quickly becoming.
If you're a fan of "The Last Stand" series be warned that's not what this is. If you are a fan of the sort of romance I described you may enjoy this book. I've already purchased all three of the books in the "Bulletproof" series when they were on sale based on my experience with Ms Novak's other series. Hopefully the others are more like her previous work.
Like the others here I've been waiting for these books on Audible for a long time. I've read all the books in the series many times and have gotten more people to read these books than any another other series I've recommended. They're just plain FUN! Even if you don't normally read fantasy don't let that put you off. Many of those I've gotten to read these books also aren't fantasy fans yet love these. At heart they're stories about a goodhearted young man who brings out the best in those around him all while getting himself into (and out of) trouble. The fact that they are at times hilarious is an added bonus. Like others who have read the books before they may find that the voices Mr. Levine gives the characters don't match what you imagined but you soon adjust. For those experiencing these books for the first time he does a fine job so simply sit back and prepare to enjoy. Now I'm off to introduce my grandchildren to the wonderful world of Skeeve and Aahz.
Having just finished an intense read I was looking for something light. Amanda Ronconi is an amazing reader and so on a whim I clicked on her name to see what else she performed. When I spotted this one I remembered the reviews saying how funny it was. Even better it was already in my library so I started it immediately. Am I glad I did. I found myself laughing out loud more times than not. If you want something fun this is your book.
I didn't think Rachel Vincent would be able to top "If I Should Die" yet somehow she does. "With All My Soul" contains some of the best one liners of the series and (for me at least) the most heart wrenching moments. Best of all the ending leaves you satisfied. Amanda Ronconi is an amazing performer definitely making this series one of those I recommend to my "audio book skeptic" friends as even better to listen to than to read. If you usually avoid young adult series (as do I) be forewarned that the series starts out with some of the "teen angst" that makes the genre difficult for me to listen to. The teaser novella "My Soul to Lose" nearly turned me off on the series but the premise at the end got me to try the first full book. Thankfully Ms Vincent does not continue in that vein far into "My Soul to Take" and I was quickly engrossed in the world she created.
I was somewhat disappointed in "No One Left to Tell" (the previous book in this series). It wasn't that it was a bad book but there was a stretch where I just kept waiting for the story to get moving. I thought it would have been a better book had it been shorter. So it was with some trepidation that I started this book since it is even longer. I needn't have worried. Karen Rose once again weaves an intricate story filled with suspense and a lot of back story. The pacing is perfect. Information about the past is given in tantalizing bits keeping you wanting more while at the same time you want to keep listening to find out what's happening in the present. The book went fast and was over all too soon. Marguerite Gavin's performance was excellent as always. The only reason I marked down the performance was because the production didn't seem up to the high quality of most of the books she has performed. There were many places where they had obviously done editing with multiple takes. This happens in other books too but in this book it seems the producers made no attempt to match the character voices so it almost seemed someone else was speaking in the middle of a sentence. It was somewhat distracting to have to figure out from context that the speaker hadn't changed. Overall though, still a great listen.
I was quite surprised by Tahereh Mafi's amazing prose. It is beautiful to listen to. Add in exceptional depth of characters and it's not what I normally expect from a young adult listen. Kate Simses' performance is wonderful adding even more beauty and her character voices are all quite distinct so it is always easy to know just who is speaking. If you've seen the book or used Amazon's look inside feature you know that the book has an unusual style. The audio book is produced in a away to truly bring that style to life. This is one of those rare books that I was ready to give five stars 2 hours into it and that opinion never changed. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
I'm a fan of Megan Hart and was looking forward to listening to this book, especially after reading so many glowing reviews. Unfortunately I was greatly disappointed. The premise had a lot of promise and the method of telling the story in both the past and present made it even more interesting. But I kept waiting to find out why she was so taken by Nick who seemed childish and selfish and spent 20 years with a man who seemed to treat her badly even before they were married. Despite waiting for the entire book I never saw the redeeming side of either of these men. I'm left to believe their "good" side was always "offstage" or the great quantities of sex was the extent of their attraction. Usually Ms Hart creates well rounded believable characters but this time I simply couldn't believe this woman who seemed to be an intelligent, rational person would put up with being treated with contempt by both of them yet still claim to love the one and stay with the other for 20 years. Savannah Richards did a good job of narration, yet I couldn't help but wonder at times if she was emphasizing the hurtful way they spoke to each other when at times it should have been more neutral thus reinforcing my dislike for all of the characters. In the end I simply didn't care about any of them. If this had been my first Megan Hart book it would probably have been my last. As it is I'm still a fan because I know most of her books are much better written. So now I'm looking forward to listening to the next one.
I've listened to several of the audiobooks by Megan Hart on Audible and this is still my favorite. The erotica is some of the best and she spends as much time or more developing the characters beyond mere superficiality. She creates believable characters with believable motivations and believable strengths and weaknesses. I ended up caring about these people and would like to know what happened in their lives after this. This makes the intimate scenes all the more erotic.
Many reviewers have commented on the weakness of Elenna Stauffer's male voices. I care more about the capturing of the correct emotion of the characters more than whether a woman can realistically create a male voice. I thought Elenna does a good job of this and she's one of my favorite narrators, but your tastes may be different.
Seems like I've been waiting forever for the next book in this series. I was somewhat hesitant when I saw that Barrett Whitener was not the narrator for this book but Johnny Heller does a respectable job. The book itself caught my interest right away and kept it for the entire book. I was afraid it had been so long since I'd listened to the others that I wouldn't remember what was going on but the book did a good job of refreshing my memory without overdoing it. I hope Audible is going to release the rest of the books in the series now that they've done this one and that the wait for the next will be much shorter!
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