Not as dark as the Black Jewels novels, nor as bitter as Tir Alain, Ephemera retains the awareness of humanity's flaws, but approaches them with gentle humor.
The Shaman in Sanctuary. He is what everyone's favorite priest should be -- earthy, humorous,yet etherial.
Holter Graham has a pleasing baritone that sometimes has slightly nasal overtones that remind one of northern native American's when speaking English.
Ephemera sometimes made me laugh, sometimes I cried. Mostly, it made me feel safe, like being at home.
Use of reliable study citations.
The narrator was ok. Hard to do much with the material at hand.
I think the good doctor swallowed a copy of Dr. Spock, and tried to fancy it up. The coup de gras for me was when I looked up crib tents and found that they had been recalled as unsafe.
The subject matter.
I quit reading after the graphic clitorectomy.
the interpretive reading is excellent. You experience the dust, the pain, the rejection. The performance is well done, but I want to escape problems, not wallow in them.
It is probably a good book for someone else to read.
Academe's Fury ranks pretty high among the books I've listened to so far. Kate Reading does a masterful job of creating distinct voices for all the characters, and is an excellent narrator/story teller. The story is written in high fantasy style, which isn't my favorite. However, the plot moves right along, and there is plenty of political intrigue.
One of the most memorable moments in Academe's Fury is the fight on the stairs.
Kate Reading's interpretation brings out the pathos of the aunt's love for the boy who is now growing into a man.
No, I didn't have an extreme reaction. It is well written, has a good plot line and has a chuckle or two as well as some pathos. But it did not move me strongly.
It doesn't have the grit of Dresden Files. Which should come as no surprise. It is essentially a regency romance with fantasy elements. It is still several cuts above the general run of similar fiction.
Mystical, magical, practical
The opening scene when the girl tells off her brother.
Vocal quality, and delivery.
Not yet...but I loved reading it in print.
This is a book I loved in print, and I'm sure I will like as an audio book. I keep falling asleep before I get very far, which is indicative of good reader quality. :)
I loved the story. Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite writers of new fantasy. I had a hard time listening to this reader.
Part one of Shadowfever kicks off with an emotional scene masterfully narrated by Natalie Ross. I can't really say more than that about it because if you have not yet read books 1-4, that would be a major spoiler. The quality of the narration only gets better as Mac searches through the Silvers for clues to her past, her sisters demise, and hope for saving her world. Phil Gigante fills in the masculine voices, giving a bone-melting interpretation of Barrons. The timing between the two artists is snappy, including the "childish" arguments between Barrons and Mac. It was so good, I hated to emerge from their world to do ordinary things.
Faefever is the third book in the Fever quintilogy by Moning. The reader, Joyce Bean does a good job of developing voices for the various characters. MacKayla, the main character, is developing away from her "pink" Southern Belle debutant self. Although little is resolved in this book, it sets up the action for the next two books and establishes important clues and facets of the plot that are not finalized till book five. It is so rich in detail, I also downloaded an ebook so that I would not miss any of the finer points. It is an excellently crafted work.
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