Kentwood, MI, United States | Member Since 2006
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.
A solid book with a well paced story, strong characters, good suspense, and a heated romance. My only real complaint was that I struggled a bit with the motivation for the villain. It just seemed like he kept at it to the point that he was calling attention to himself, which was the exact thing he was trying to stop. Finally decided to just go with it but don't usually have that problem with Ms Rose's books. I'm a huge fan of Marguerite Gavin so if you've enjoyed her performances in the past you won't be disappointed with this one. If you don't care for her style you probably won't care for this either.
I'm going to go ahead and disagree with the reviews with the most "helpful" votes and say that I thought this was the best book in the trilogy. If you've read my reviews of the first two you already know that I had a hard time making sense of the world. This book goes a long way in explaining the Divergent world. It also explores hard topics like prejudice, discrimination, violence as a means for change, the role of genetics in behavior and the meaning of sacrifice. Both Tris and Tobias grow and mature. My biggest complaint is that I wish we had gotten to these themes earlier in the series so they could have been addressed more thoroughly. Both Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford did a great job as Tris and Tobias respectively. I normally don't like books with multiple narrators, particularly not when one is male and the other female. I'm not sure if this book could have been done any other way and they managed to merge well enough. If they were better able to differentiate between the voices of the different characters I would have rated them higher.
The first book by Lucy March, "A Little Night Magic", was entertaining and I really enjoyed it, but it never reached the point where I was looking for excuses to keep listening. This second book in the Nodaway Falls series exceeds the first in every respect: character development, relationships, excitement and humor. The narration was spot on. If you're a fan of Amanda Ronconi you won't be disappointed. This is arguably her best performance of the books I've listened to.
A lot of back story about Lucian and Walt's relationship to him is given, all wrapped up in a good story about the two of them helping a young girl. Some have commented that there's too much technical detail about the plane. While there is some I never found this to be intrusive and it's the interaction of the people on the plane not the plane itself that form the focus. George Guidall does a fantastic job as always. It's a bit short but if you're a fan of the Longmire books you are going to want to listen to this. If you find it on sale as I did, even better.
Each book I think can't get any better and yet the next one proves me wrong. This one is no exception. If you've been listening to the series you'll be pleased with this installment. If you haven't started the series yet you owe it to yourself to get "Dead Witch Walking" and start listening now. Marguerite Gavin is an amazing performer. I love all of her work but especially the Rachel Morgan books. It is with both great expectation and much sadness that I await the final installment.
I loved "Shatter Me" which started this trilogy. The writing was great. The characters were interesting. The story was well developed. The pacing was good. While the writing, characters and story were still great in "Unravel Me" the pacing was a bit slow for much of the book in comparison to the first so it didn't keep me wanting to listen instead of doing other things. "Ignite Me" definitely does not have that problem. Juliette has gone from a scared girl in the first book to a confident young woman in this one. The listener's entire view of the world changes as hers does. As you try with her to catch up with this changing viewpoint the story sweeps you along to its climactic conclusion. All in all a satisfying ending to a great series.
I'd rank this as my second favorite series ending and my favorite of the Night Huntress books. The story is not just a gratuitous wrap up session as some series endings have been. It is filled with action and surprises, laughs and tears. Everything that has made this series great to listen to you'll find here. While it's sad to say goodbye to our beloved Kat and Bones I look forward to finding out what other stories Ms Frost has in store for us.
but I can't seem to believe the world Ms Roth has created. It constantly feels more like the world a 16 year old would imagine than a world that could actually exist. I kept trying to set that aside. It was easier to do in the first book which focused on the initiates, their training and the outbreak of war. Even then I couldn't help thinking that in a world that was being described war was a long time coming. This book focuses more on the factions. I can buy that these sorts of factions would exist within a larger society. But describe a world where the vast majority not only belong to one of them but even have a proclivity to a certain one and they no longer seem like people. It also doesn't help that Tris continually acts like a 16 year old and none of the adults around her point out to her the flaws in her logic or even tell her she's acting like a child. It's like the whole world is populated with adults no more mature than a 16 year old. The politics and the situations end up feeling far too contrived. This is far from the worst young adult fiction I've listened to but it doesn't rank with the best. But like I said, maybe it's just me.
This is just the sort of romance I'm interested in: light hearted with plenty of humor, strong characters, a bit of mystery and suspense, some heated moments, and a happy ending. I'd give it 5 stars but the main premise of the book is on the verge of unbelievable and, while part of the humor, begins to wear a bit thin towards the end Christina Traister did an acceptable job of narrating the story, never making me want to turn it off or wish I'd read it instead. Her performance lacks the polish of other narrators and many of the voices sounded the same. Worse they tended to slip into and out of accents so very few of them other than Meadow were consistent. A quick search of Audible shows this is the first book she did (at least at Audible). Her effort was good enough that I'd be willing to listen to some of her later work to see if she's improved. All in all 8 enjoyable hours spent listening
Rating the story was easy. It's arguably the best so far in the Bloodlines series. It furthers the development of the characters, their relationships, their background and the world of which they are a part. The final criteria for me to give it 5 stars is that I don't want to stop listening and look for excuses to turn it back on. It definitely met that criteria. I only wish the performance was as easily rated. Emily Shaffer has been doing a great job with her performances, first on the Vampire Academy series and then on Bloodlines. Sadly the person they chose (who Audible does not list) to perform the parts from Adrian's point of view is not nearly of her caliber. The various voices of the characters are virtually indistinguishable. The dialog is done fairly well other than that but the narration, while not completely flat it often lacks the full emotion for which the story seems to call. Moreover Emily has been portraying Adrian with a vaguely English/European accent for the entire time she has been performing him yet this reader is definitely all American and makes no attempt to match the tone or style previously set. If anything, Ms Shaffer seems to attempt to match his non-accented, flat rendition of Adrian which brings her performance down a notch both for deviating from the previous books and also for the fact that she sometimes manages it and sometimes falls back to the old, accented version. Final score? The story is simply too good and half the book is performed by Emily. Every time it switches to Adrian's point of view it required a readjustment but it never fell to the level where I wanted to stop listening and read it instead. A 3.5 would be fair but since I had to choose between 3 and 4 I felt 3 was too low. Final score: 4.
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