As I've seen in other comments on this book, I wasn't sure I wanted to get into a heavy book on the drug wars, but it had such good reviews I decided to check it out.
This is a very, very good novel! Well written, great dialogue, thought-provoking political insights, personal dramas. It is sometimes quite heavy, but worth it. There are a lot of characters and a lot of details, so can be a little hard to follow if you aren't paying attention, but the story flows quite well, so for the most part, it isn't a problem.
The narration is absolutely the top. Amazing how this narrator switches effortlessly between Italian Mafia to Mexican to Anglo accents. Perfect delivery and timing on the dialogue and story.
One of the best novels I've listened to!
I started the book a little unsure. I didn't like the main character at first- or rather her role as an alien taking over a human, but I think this is intended. She becomes very likable.
I became very engrossed in the story. There are interesting moral dilemmas that come up and it's not always clear who the "bad guys" are. I'm longing for a 2nd book!
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When Maggie the dog explores her new home. We experience it from her point of view as a dog.
I believe this is the first thing I've listened to narrated by him. The narration is excellent. This book deserves to be listened to.
The scene in Afghanistan with the dog, Maggie. My eyes teared up!
This would make a fantastic movie! I hope it gets made someday.
I don't think this is much of a spoiler, but warning that I do describe vaguely a scene of the story.
In the first book in this series, there was a scene where he is in a snow storm on a mountain and I thought it was handled perfectly. Not too heavy-handed and still quite believable. This book takes that idea and stretches it into nearly the entire book. Although from a writing experiment perspective it had some interesting ideas, as a story it felt too drawn out. Even so, I love this series and if you're a fan, you'll want to read it.
Narration as always is excellent.
I chose this from the reviews that said they loved this series. I tend to like the paranormal/romance genre, but this one didn't do anything for me. It may be mostly due to the narration.
The English accent used for "Bones" the vampire was unbearable. I almost couldn't finish the book. Tavia Gilbert's voice for him sounded more like a middle aged fish wife than a sexy vampire. This character has been ruined for me. Be sure to listen to the sample to see if you can tolerate it. Aside from that character, the narration was fine. I suppose it is difficult for an American woman to do male cockney accent, but this just didn't work.
I've loved all the previous books in the series, so I eagerly awaited book 5. I'm not completely sure what it was, but I wasn't as thrilled with book 5. I found myself getting bored with the story. I like the story of Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon, but I find Hearne goes off into so many tangents and sub-plots that at some points I no longer know (or care) what the main plot of the novel is. I think he needs to think about his story development and pacing. Oberon was in this novel probably more than all the others, which was fun.
I hope book 6 is able to re-capture my interest in this series. I'll listen to this one again and see if it might have been my mood at the time? This wasn't bad, just wasn't the same experience for me as the others.
The characters in this series are so real. The dialogue is very good. Well written. I like the main character. I can't wait until next month for my credit. Going to get the 3rd in the series right away.
This story from start to finish was a pleasure. Well-written story and excellent performance. The narration of this is so good, it deserves to be listened to. I've had a few disappointing downloads lately so it was so nice to find this book. The characters are very real and while it does get slightly woo woo (Indian spirits) in one place, it's done in a believable way. Everything else is so believable.
So hard to pin point! The drunk at the lake was a hoot. Overall the dialogue between people while not exactly comedic or snarky was just so real that it made me smile. There were times I laughed out loud.
I'd say the main character. You really feel like you know him and his performance of a Wyoming sheriff is so down-to-earth.
A real western.
I did figure out "who done it" by mid-book, but it didn't matter I still enjoyed the book and I'm not sure everyone will figure it out. So many books go too far. This one was just right.
No. I could hardly wait for it to end. I almost couldn't finish it. While the allegory of the Civil War / slavery being a product of evil that Abe Lincoln fought is interesting in theory, I don't feel the author pulled it off. As an historical novel it was dry and the vampire bits thrown in was just weird — and I like vampire stories. Mixing in what I suppose are real writings from Lincoln with passages about vampires and turning some real characters into vampires just makes you a bit confused about what is real. I mean beyond the obvious. I don't think he actually slew vampires! but if part of a journal entry is fake, what else is fake?
At first I thought it a clever way to get some history about one of our most famous presidents, but in the end, I felt that I'd rather read a biography that gives the history the respect and depth that it deserves.
He also just leaves the intro character that receives the diary in the dust. We never hear about him again. I suppose one could argue he served his purpose in the story, but I felt is was a mistake to treat it this way.
This concept may have worked, but I don't think the author worked it out. This feels more like early drafts where you write down the bones of the story and then develop it further.
Lincoln's various speeches.
Where we hear Martin Luther King giving his speech. Tears came to my eyes to think of the accomplishments that started with Lincoln.
The narration was fine. No complaints there.
This started out very good. Good character development, I was very intrigued by the mystery. I fully expected to be writing a great recommendation at the end.
Unfortunately, half way through the book when the mystery started to become clear it just got too ridiculously sci fi for me. I went days without listening to the book. Not a good sign when you forget to listen to the end of a story. I ended up listening to the end, but I didn't care anymore what happened.
It's too bad. I think he went too far. I think it would have been a better story if he had kept it a little less ridiculous. (Don't know how else to say that without giving spoilers.) The overall idea of the story was interesting.
No complaints on the narration. Top notch.
This was OK, but it's basically a formula romance. The narration, while certainly skilled was a bit flowery for my tastes. I kept imagining being in a library room being read a "once upon a time" story. I won't be getting any more novels by this author.
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