I'm hooked on this series. This was the best so far. I can't wait for my next credit to get book 4!
I always turn to Lisa Gardner when I want what I consider a classical page-turner. I know she's going to spin a good yarn with a lot of suspense. This story was interesting. On a literary level, I thought the story had a symmetry and symbology that was intriguing. I won't expand upon that because it would give the plot away. As a story, it stretches plausibility pretty far - but hey - most likely you are looking for an entertaining who-dunnit and on that level, it's a winner.
I hesitated about giving this a 3 star or a 4 star review. It is an engaging story and definitely held my interest. I thought her descriptions of her children and animals to have rich details that brought them to life. I've held back the 4th star because even though this is an enjoyable story, I thought the storyline and plot development could have been a little stronger. It sometimes meanders and is a bit weak on developing a believable magical world. Even in fantasy, it seems to me there should be "rules" about the magic in it. This kind of seemed to meander around and pull ideas out at random.
Still, for an entertaining story it's worth a listen.
Kate Morton's books are delightfully written with wonderful characters and interesting social and historical views. She always weaves together characters and plots that span decades.
I have to say though that I can usually figure out the endings pretty early on in her stories. I figured out the "surprise" ending about 9 hours before the end of the book. Even with that, though I couldn't stop listening. I ended up spending the entire day in bed! I suppose that this shows how strong her characters and story is that I don't mind that the mystery part isn't the most important part of the story.
Caroline Lee's narration is excellent as usual.
Glad I followed the reviews and picked this up. I needed a lightweight mystery to entertain me while I do some mindless photo retouching. This fit the bill. A good romp with a burglar / mystery writer anti-hero.
I really enjoyed The first book in this series and this was just as satisfying. The detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott are characters that really come to life.
The writing is good, the narration is excellent. I was sad when this came to an end and can't wait for the next installment. One of the best reads on Audible. Highly recommend.
One tiny thing I didn't like. Each chapter begins with a quote from another book. I found them annoying. If I were reading the book, I could choose to read them or not and to possibly peek back at the end of the chapter to see how they were pertinent. In an audio book, they take on too much weight and didn't make a lot of sense to me. Minor annoyance.
I almost didn't listen to this past the first hour. I just couldn't get into it at first. I think it was mostly due to the rather cryptic, confusing (first) prologue. I listened to it over and over again and kept thinking? Huh? I have to admit in the very beginning, I thought it was too much of a Sci Fi story to get into. I needed a story to listen to though while I edited photos on the computer (mindless retouching - not creative.) so I stuck it out.
I'm glad I did because the story becomes very compelling. I couldn't pry myself away from it and I immediately bought the 2nd book - I couldn't wait a week for my next credit to come up! I actually spent one entire weekend in bed listening because I couldn't pry myself away. This rarely happens to me.
The narration is excellent and I'm glad they have the two narrators.
I will give a few warnings about the story. (No Spoilers, though.)
In it's essence, this book is about a handful of characters and that story is very absorbing and easy to follow. However, as a whole, there are a lot of characters and places and the names are all made-up, so I found it hard to follow along sometimes. He also has opening sentences to each chapter as well as interludes with characters you only see once and I sometimes found myself feeling a bit lost. I kept wishing I had a study guide of character and place names I could refer to. If I can fault the story at all, it's maybe details and levels of the story get spooned out so incrementally that it can be confusing.
Hmm. Thinking about it, this might be a good candidate for the Whisper-syc feature if it exists so you could go back and forth. I'm a very visual person and when names get complicated and numerous, I do better seeing them written, but the narration is good enough that I enjoy hearing it.
I plan on listening to this again while doing chores so I can fill in areas I didn't quite follow the first time through.
I heartily recommend this.
I really love this series and think this is one you want to listen to rather than read. Definitely start at the beginning of the series for full enjoyment.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an astounding narrator who brings the main character to life and also does an amazing job with a very large range of characters of different ages, genders, classes, and ethnicities. He can go from a gay, Filipino guy from San Francisco to an African matron, to an upper crust, elderly British man in a heartbeat.
I have to agree with other reviewers that the story often has so many different story threads and characters that it can get confusing at times. My advice is to pay attention to names or you may find yourself half way through and wondering - "Wait, who the heck is that again?" I also agree with another reviewer that the story is so delightful anyway, just enjoy the ride.
As far as the surprise twist at the end: it's a believable outcome, but at the same time, am I the only one thinking "Wait a minute, does this really make sense in the story? Why would they have done x, y and z if that was the case? (Don't want to give you any spoilers!)
Yes, I'm a "Marshmallow"!
I was a big fan of the series. I discovered it on iTunes long after it finished airing. I was really excited when the movie finally came out and although I had heard that there would be books coming along, I hadn't realized it would be so soon, so I was really happy to see this on Audible.
So happy that Kristen Bell narrated this. Wouldn't have been quite the same with someone else. She's actually a very good narrator. If there's one little observation, it felt like it didn't have quite the same sassy banter of the series/movie, but it's a minor observation.
The story is a satisfying mystery. I don't think you actually need to have followed the series / movie to enjoy it, but you'll definitely get more out of it knowing the full arc of the characters and relationships. If you are a fan, you will be happy to see the continuation of characters and an interesting reappearance of her mother.
I'll definitely look forward to more Veronica Mars books.
OK. I have to admit that this novel is very hot. The sex is very hot. The story is actually not too bad for a typical paranormal erotic romance novel. (I don't like formula novels - it's a love-hate thing for me. I am a romantic, but I don't agree with most of the formula story lines and long for stories that are more original.)
No comment, really. It's pretty easy to predict what an ending will be in this kind of novel.
I don't think I've heard her before. The narration was very good.
Um, well. I don't think I'll discuss it in public!
I was bothered by the possession / dominance of the story. This seems to be typical in most romance novels. Personally, I don't get it and I'm disturbed by the encouragement of painting women as being strong ---but in the end want to find a man to submit to and even if they verbally say they don't want something in the end they really do. This one really pushed that far with the whole Alpha Wolf male. I often found myself feeling a bit creeped out.
I enjoyed the dialogue and characters. Nicks brother Jeremy is great. Of course the growing, hot intimacy and love between the main characters is the most compelling.
This does follow the basic romance novel formula and had most of the typical story lines of woman meets man, there's some reason they don't get together at first - or some reason that would keep them apart. It has a bit of the possessive "you are mine" type storyline - but this one differs in that the formula is there, but it's much more palatable than most. (I like romance novels, but wish - oh how I wish most weren't an insult to being an intelligent, independent woman who is also a romantic. I tire of reading formula novels. I think most of these authors all attended the same seminar on how to write romance novels.
In Hard As It Gets, I found the characters to be likeable and the romantic situations to be more believable than most. She does a good job of building characters.
Her performance was excellent. She really gave the characters life. I like the way she took her time narrating Becka so you got the feel of her being fresh and honest, but also fun. She was good at changing the pace of the story to suit what was happening.
Well, to be honest, It made me steamy! It's very, very hot and sexual. The dialogue did make me grin sometimes.
I wonder how she will handle the second book in the series. If it will continue the story between Becka and Nick or if she will use this world, but concentrate on a different couple as many romance series do. After all, you only Fall in love once — usually! I hope she continues with Becka and Nick. I liked them. I've started listening to it again.
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