Kentwood, MI, United States
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.
Seems so many urban fantasies come from the same mold. Anne Bishop has managed to create a unique world unlike anything else I've read or listened to. The story ranges from charming to horrifying, gradually gaining momentum to a stunning climax. Alexandra Harris gives a fine performance while not quite matching the best I've heard. I would give it a 4.5.
I liked this book a lot. I wanted to give it 5 stars but in the end I couldn't quite do it. The story is very original, the characters well developed, and I found the performance added to the book even more (though people who have issues with women doing men's voices may disagree). Unfortunately it is a difficult story to pull off. The rules of the world seem to always be changing making it difficult to keep up. By the end I had to just listen and see how it ended. So while it kept me engrossed in the story it left me feeling a little frustrated so I had to drop it to 4 stars.
The story itself is good. It's above average for YA; above average for urban fantasy; above average for a love story. The characters are well developed. The setting is well developed. The story is well told. Its one fault is it goes on a bit long. But it's the performance that makes this audiobook stand out. That's saying something because it includes the things that usually make me cringe: music, sound effects and multiple readers. But Kevin Collins does an amazing job as Ethan as well as nearly every other character. The one exception is that of Lena. He does a marvelous job of portraying her but unfortunately the voice he uses is nearly the same as Ethan without the accent. Since a lot of time is spent with the two talking to each other you need to pay attention or risk having to figure out who's talking. Normally this isn't too difficult based on the context but occasionally I had to rewind. The music is a song written specifically for this production from the song in the story and adds greatly to the atmosphere. My biggest complaint with sound effects are that they can drown out the narrator but that is never the case with this book. They also add to the ambiance without trying to take over for a lacking performance. Even the section where it switches to another reader is done perfectly. Normally switching readers, especially when switching from a man to a woman as in this case, I find jarring. The reader they chose to compliment Kevin does exactly that; compliment him. Her voice and style are very similar to what he used so it flowed smoothly. This is one of those rare books that I highly recommend as better to listen to than to read.
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.
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