I had a really hard time getting into this. I kept getting lost and having to rewind to figure out what was going on. I almost gave up on it - but I'm glad I stuck it out as it got better and I ended up quite liking it.
I think the reason I had such a hard time getting into it is that the narrator rushes into the next scene without taking a breath.
This was the first time I "read" a Gamache novel, so I had no idea who the characters were. The author switches frequently between different characters and scenes. In the books, I'm imagining the switch might be signaled by a small diamond between paragraphs or something to indicate a switch. The narrator doesn't even take a half a second breath between switching to a different character. Once I got used to this and who the characters were it was easier to follow. The narrator was decent except for this one thing that I got used to.
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.
This novella will be a must for fans of the Walt Longmire series. As one person commented, it's not terribly suspenseful, but as always it's well written and performed. There's a bit of history as well. I had never heard of the horse named Steamboat. The story is very nicely balanced and concluded.
I have really enjoyed some of Molly Harper's novels. The Naked Werewolf series was my favorite, "And One More Thing" was enjoyable. Then I read one of her vampire books and did not enjoy it. I decided to give this one a try even though I was on the fence about it.
Here's the thing:
Molly Harper can definitely come up with fun, snappy dialogue, and Amanda Ronconi is the perfect narrator for her books, but the story itself is a light-weight formula romance. I found myself wondering if the fun dialogue was enough to balance the absolutely predictable, transparent, formula plot-line. It would be nice if Molly Harper could use her gift for snarky, plus quirky characters AND dig deeper into a real story. THAT would be a great listen.
Still, if you just want something really, really light weight to fill the time while you are on the treadmill (etc.) this may fit the bill.
This was also a really short book. I recommend not wasting your credit on it. Buy it on sale or on a month where you've used your credits, since this is relatively inexpensive.
This reminds me of a bit of a traditional hard-boiled PI movie. You'd expect it to be a 1940's B&W movie - although in modern times. The main character isn't as slick as a Humphrey Bogart. In fact, his life is a bit of a mess. Come to think of it though, isn't that usually a characteristic of a traditional PI?
The characters feel very real. One of those books that you miss when you finish it and look forward to the next in the series. (I hope it's going to be a series?)
If I have one criticism, the book sometimes became a long series of interviews with suspects. While it didn't really drag, it would be nice to bring a little more action to the writing.
The writing is very good and the narration is excellent. Well-worth your credit!
I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of urban fantasy. I'm not sure why, but it generally just doesn't grab me. I was a little on the fence about this one at the beginning. If this was just an urban fantasy, I would probably just stop at this novel and not continue with the rest of the series, but there were several elements that have won me over.
Very clever story. Reminds me of a hipper, Londoner, Dan Brown. Full of history of London, references to history, literature, etc. but not in a way that drags down the story.(Which btw, I though Dan Brown's Inferno was often derailed by too much travelogue.)
Very well-defined main character. I suppose it's because I'm not a writer, I'm always surprised that people can write so convincingly about something they haven't lived. I was conviced this author must be an ex-policeman and half ethnic. He's so good at writing in details that - at least I - can't imagine he would have come up with otherwise.
Excellent writing and dialogue. Delightful.
Excellent narration. Wow did this narrator do a great job. I hope they never get a different narrator for this series. He could get very fast though and for someone who isn't British, I sometimes had to stop and re-listen to sections. This might not be the best choice of story to listen to if you are busy doing something else.
A refreshingly good novel.
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!
Dog Lover's Must
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.
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