No, this isn't the best book ever. It's pretty standard for the Stephanie Plum series...not a spectacular storyline, but there was enough action and humor to keep me listening. I really enjoy Lorelei King's narration of Stephanie and the other characters. I've read and/or listened to all the other books in the series, and this one wasn't one of my absolute favorites. Still, diving into a Stephanie Plum story always gets me laughing, and sometimes that's just what I need. If you're looking for a complicated, realistic story, look elsewhere. If you're just looking for a good time, give it a try.
This is one of my favorite books. It's very rich with complicated characters and interactions. The story that the author weaves is twisted and sometimes quite dark, but it never fails to be interesting and to hold your attention. The narration is also very good...each character has a distinct voice and temperament. The combination of a great story and beautiful narration make for a book that you shouldn't miss. I'll be listening again soon, I'm sure. This is one that I always come back to.
I've been an Audible member for many years and have listened to hundreds of books, and this is definitely one of my favorites. It was one of the few that made me look forward to my commute just so I could find out what would happen next. I'm sure that's partly due to the fact that I was a kid in the 80s and I'm somewhat of a geek today. So this was the perfect fit for me. The references to 80s pop culture had me repeatedly saying, "Hey, I remember that!" or guessing ahead if I knew an answer to one of the clues. The storyline moves along well, the characters are well-developed and I think Wil Wheaton was the perfect choice for narrator. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for something entertaining. I'm sure I'll be listening to it again before long, and I think it will be just as enjoyable the second time through.
There doesn't seem to be much middle ground with this book. The same goes for the narration...I think you either generally love Scott Brick as narrator (he's one of my favorites), or you can't stand him.
I didn't read a lot of the hype before listening to the book, so I didn't know what to expect. I like to try out different books from time to time, and I saw that it was long and only one credit, so I got it for my long commute to work. Glad I did.
First of all, this is not a cheerful book. It is at times uplifting, and at others very depressing. It is about vampires, but not the "traditional" vampires we're usually hearing about. And no one "sparkles" in this story, trust me. I thought the character development was good. Sometimes things moved slowly, but I never found myself wanting to skip sections. There was always enough going on to keep my interest. It's also like two stories in one. There is a bit about the world before, and then the story about what happens after. Not immediately after, as in the Stand, but a few generations later. I found that to be very interesting.
It is VERY long. That in itself doesn't work for some people. I myself enjoy long, rich stories, and that's what I feel I got with this one. There's a lot of description, which I enjoy but others may find dull. I was a bit annoyed with the ending, but I understand that this is to be part of a larger work (trilogy, I think) so it's more understandable.
Overall, if you can handle a long, depressing but sometimes uplifting story that is rich in detail but sometimes a bit on the slow side, give this a try. You might love it...or you might hate it.
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