Independence, MO, United States | Member Since 2005
Oscar; Lily’s familiar. He is the most unusual of characters. He is always entertaining and intriguing. Lily does not know much about him, or even if he is HER familiar, or sent to spy on her. Each book she gets to know a bit more about him. In this book, she inquires about his age and instead of telling her, he just tells her that is a rude question.
I have only listened to Xe Sands's performances in Blackwell's books. I find her pace and characterization to be very easy to listen to and entertaining.
Mystery in a Mirror.
Where do I begin? With the writer or the narration? Really cannot blame Sonja Field for her narration when what she has to read is bad. So it was the writing. Laura Harner's writing in the same class as a college freshman's English essay.
The story sounded interesting from the jacket's description, but it didn't live up to it's hype. The story should have kept to the paranormal and not to the sexual paranormal. I'm not a prude, but when a writer uses the F word and the P word during the sex scenes, she or he has run out of words. I felt those words were use to shock the reader, and for me it just made me ill. I was more interested in the possibility of a three some, but was disappointed it never happened. Almost everything to do with the heroin and her paranormal discovery, was nothing other than sex. Laura scene changes were also abrupt. So much so, I felt this was an abridged version of her book.
I guess she did an okay job. She didn't have much to work with. All the young viral males and sounded the same, all the older women did too. When she had to read the sex scenes, one might ask if she may have not enjoyed reading them.
Anger and disappointment. Anger I was duped into buy this book, and angry with myself for listening to the whole seven hours of it. I really kept hoping it would get better, but trust me, it didn't.
Paranormal fantasy fans save your time & money, this was a waste. Fans of hot sex scenes, ditto.
Hands down, I love a audio book over a print book. The only exception is if the narrator is the author. Sometimes this doesn't work out very well.
We get a closer look at the fae world and their reservation. Her boss's background is slightly reviled. Mercy begins to finally make a choice between Sam and Adam.
I don't really have a favorite performance. She did a good job reading for the darker fae characters, which sent chills down my back.
There were moments of laughter, but in this book I felt chilled and frightened for Mercy.
This book is for those of us who's life hasn't turned out the way we wished it. Liz Moore digs deep into her character's lives and fatalities. Her characters are truly human.
I wouldn't say this book increased my interest in the subject matter, but I will read another book written by Liz Moore.
I can relate to the lead character Opp. Being ashamed about his appearance and not wanting to face the outside world. His character is very passive and gentle. All of his qualities of his character, both good and bad, are realistic. I believe most people will find him to be sweet and miss understood.
Both narrators have a wonderful performance, and they bring each character alive.
I'm always asked "Would you consider the audio edition of (insert book title), to be better than the print version?" Since my eyes are poor, and I can multitask when listening, there is the first answer, Yes I prefer an audio edition. Second, the talent of the narrators always brings that extra excitement and spark to a book. Many of the narrators continue to narrate for the same series of books. Marguerite Gavin does an amazing job of bringing the characters within the Hollows series, and I'm so glad she returned to do this book. I would be put off if someone else narrated the next in the series.
This 7th book in the Hollows series is somewhat more serious than her others, but there is still humor and interesting new characters. You may think paranormal fiction has burnt out and they all have begun to tell the same tale, but you would be wrong. Harrison is able to keep her stories fresh and exciting, and different than other books in paranormal fiction. Yes there is a strong but heroin who is a bit of a misfit, and there are vampires, witches, werewolves, and ghosts. Her Hollows allows a spin on this "paranormal" fiction, that other books haven't come up with or are as good as. I disagree if anyone says this series is burnt out, I find it just the opposite.
It can be somewhat irritating to drag out secrets hinted at. This book does present a few answers to some of them.
Nothing, I'm so glad she returned to perform this book.
Anyone who enjoys modern day mysteries, whose antagonist is slightly flawed and facing a midlife crisis would enjoy this book. Liam Campbell reminds me of Linda Barnes's Carlotta Carlyle mystery series or Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon. Or even Johnathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series has this same feel. Liam Campbell meets interesting characters who are realistic and colorful. Circumstances allow Liam, to almost fall directly upon the right clues and persons, which help him piece the mystery together.
This was a good introduction to the character Liam Campbell. The story set up the scene and characters for further follow up mysteries for Campbell to solve. The mystery was just half of the purpose of the book, so it wasn't that difficult to solve.
Dana Stabenow is an excellent writer. Having read/listened to her other series, Kate Shagak, Stabenow knows first hand about the setting of her books (Alaska) since she grew up there and I believe she still lives there as well. She even grew up on a fishing boat there too. With all this first hand knowledge, she is able to transport her readers to Alaska with her.
Margurerite's performance was well done. Her pace and characterizations were spot on. I know her for her narration of Kim Harrison's audio books The Hollows, and they are one of my favorite audio books.
There are many friends who would love this audiobook. Katherine Kellgren's narration, who's accent for Georgiana , bring to mind of Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins, and her roll in Thoroughly Modern Millie. This is a fun romp, of a penniless cousin of the King of England, who attempts to find employment, and ends up trying to prove her half brother innocent of a murder.
I loved the characters and it is a real who dun-it mystery. You didn't know if she would fall in love and lose her virginity, or be murdered. I just loved it. As the last chapters sped to an end, you were not positive who the murder was, but you knew she would either catch him or die trying.
Her different accents, speech patterns of the upper and lower class of the English and Americans, were so spot on. She created and performed each character with such joy and abandonment. One could hardly put down the book.
Once I started this audiobook, I had to try and listen to it without any breaks. This book kept me wanting more of the Royal Spryness's adventures.
I've always loved the idea of time travel, I've read many sci/fi and romance novels which have time travel is the main vehicle of the story line. I find this book Timebound, an interesting approach to the time travel genre. Even though this is a Teen or Youth novel, I still enjoyed. It isn't up there with Outlander, but it isn't half bad either. Rysa Walker does her homework when it comes to the setting of Chicago during the worlds fair. I think she has at least watched a few episodes on the History Channel to get most of her historical information down. But her work still is interesting enough for me to want to explore her next book in this series.
There are many Teen or Young Adult Paranormal of Sci/Fi books out there where you could find similar brave heroins. These heroins are mature beyond their years. These fifteen to seventeen year old's have the wear with all to stand up to anything thrown at them. I don't know of any real girls of this age who could fight off serial killers, or find true love from spending a few days with a boy. But that is the attraction for this genre isn't it? But for me it is the puzzlement of time travel.
The scene where she is looking for her Grandmother in the crowds of the Chicago's Worlds fair. How it might have felt being there was well done by Rysa Walker.
Your existence has just been erased.
I do enjoy Amanda Ronconi's narration. Her cadence and pace are perfect for a love story, paranormal romance. Although there isn't much of a big difference between characters who have no accents, she is still enjoyable to listen to. If I had a choice between an audio book and a print version, I have to take the audio edition every time.
Molly Harper's take on the werewolf lore as being more to do with DNA rather than a paranormal curse, is refreshing. This spin make a love story involving the "paranormal", light rather than dark. The slight playful wolf like nuzzlings nips and love making, are well done and not offensive as they quickly could be. I love that the heroin was a daughter of hippies, and how she longed for a normal life. She finds herself settling into a life, which is not normal, the irony is not lost by the character.
I still love Amanda Ronconi's narrations and have listen to other books she has narrated. Is is a fun reader. I couldn't see her reading a book by Stephen King, she is more suited to a Molly Harper type book.
Keep your eyes on his eyes, no matter the temptation.
I haven't read the print version of Chilled, but for me listening to a audio book is always more enjoyable. Audible has the best selection of titles available. I find it more relaxing to listen to various books, especially when they are performed by talented narrators. Listening allows me to do other things, like driving to work, or cook in my kitchen. You can't do that by reading a book.
Chilled's tale of a search and rescue team, trekking into the snow covered Cascade Mountains, after a downed plane, is exciting enough. But to throw in a escaped psychopath and a vengeance seeking ex-federal agent is icing on the cake. The characters of the S.A.R.s team were interesting and human. I enjoyed listening to the build up of each of their characterization and back stories. There is a romance with in this story, and that was okay. The only part which didn't seem necessary to the book, was the graphic sex scene near the end of the book.
Emily's performance was fine and well paced. There wasn't any need for different accents to make much of a radiance in her performance. I would listen to her perform another book.
Chilled. You just never know what you will find, in the cold Cascade Mountains.
I did like the premise of the teenager escaping and later teaching others how to service an abduction.
I think if she had told the story from beginning to end, without all the jumping back and forth in the story line, I would have enjoyed it much more. As it was, it made the heroine sound whinny and the villein sound like a joke. I know Ragan, wanted to create more suspense, having her heroine remember bits and pieces of the escape. But to me it was tedious and it has been done over and over in other stories.
Kate Rudd's voice at times sounds a bit busy, and she doesn't do characters very well. All the women and girls sounded the same. The only change in the male characters voices was the voice of the villein using a voice changing machine. Rudd's characterization of the heroine was odd too. She gave her two different voices, one for the thoughts and the other when speaking.
I was thinking this would make a typical Life Time or LMN movie. Just weird enough to be made into a TV movie, and still predictable to be able to make the transition from book to TV.
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