I'd really give this a 3.75 stars. Although this is the first in a series it can stand alone if you don't want to continue, unlike book 2 which will drive you up a wall. I got this in a special and I wasn't disappointed. I like the concept of a group of people fighting against a global cabal that wants to kill off 99% of the population. Giving humanity a do-over of sorts. I liked the main story line of the father, Captain Ashe. I thought the narration was good. He did children okay, and women okay but not as good as the male characters. But that's to be expected it seems with male performers, they tend to make women sound whiny. I've gone on to Book 2 which I decided to spend a credit on. So I guess I fell into the trap with the discounted book...
This one book out of the whole series is narrated by a different person, which is good and bad. She does a better job of performing and actually pronouces the name Siobhan correctly, but now Merry sounds English and not mid-western.
This is probably my favorite book in the series. Merry comes into her goddess given power and we see that the goddess isn't all love and light and fertility. She's also vengence and fury, and protects what is hers. There's an awesome battle scene.
This is the last book in the series to be narrated by Laural Merlington (thankfully). It's a shorter novel more a transition between the longer books 5 and 7. I think the best part is learning more about Frost and how he came into being. For some reason they didn't whispersync this one book out of the series. Re-reading this series is the first time I've truly used the whispersync feature to go back and forth with my kindle and I really missed it.
This is one of those times when a good book is almost ruined by a terrible narrator. LKH needs to fire her agent. Between the goddess awful narrator on this and the Anita Blake series she is being taken advantage of. I think if she had a good narrator (Angela Dawe comes to mind), then she'd get much better reviews. I'm pagan so I appreciate the Goddess/Consort and such in the series. Probably makes me like it more than others would. But I'd appreciate it if she could decide how to pronounce names. In the last book she got Samhain wrong (big holiday, the new year and the day we remember our dead). She pronouced it as it's spelled but it should be SOW-in. Gotta love those Gaelic words. :o) But if others can get it right she should too.
I have to say when I read this series I liked this book better than the first even. We learn more about the fey and Merry's men and there's a really neat twist for the "bad guy". So, thankfully the story is the same so that's why the 4 stars. The narrator is not so great. She doesn't take the time to learn how to pronouce things properly and that's a really annoying habit in a narrator. Her inflection and voices improved though so I'm hoping by the end of the series she'll be able to do a decent job. Thank goodenss this was whisperlink and only $3.99. Not a credit worthy performance otherwise.
I've got to wonder why they choose these mediocre narrators for the Laurell K Hamilton books. The one for the Anita Blake series is so bad I returned them and I love that series. This narrator, Laural Merlington is okay really it's a 2.5 star in my book. The men sound kinda funny and 1st person narration is kinda flat. The queen's voice is really good though. It's a good story, a better series, and for 3.99 with whisperlink worth the extra for something to keep me entertained in traffic. Read it on kindle or paper though if you can.
I've never read Laura Landon before and I don't think I will again. The characters are annoying. Jessica is ashamed of her deafness. Okay I get it. She's been sheltered. But come on! I've never read a book with such a whiny heroine before.
There are also several glaringly obvious historical mistakes. This is supposed to be mid 19th century right? Well why do they keep referring to the US as the American Colonies? Moreover, the source of her father's money is about 100 years late. There wouldn’t have been that kind of money to be made by 1850. This is stuff you learn in 8th grade history. Aparently the author doesn't think historical research is important in an historical novel. Finally, if Simon spends 10 years in India, why is he still poor? Or is he not doing anything there? A titled man, even a poor titled man, with a brain could make a fortune in India in the 19th century.
Then there is a constant repetition in the narrative. In less than 10 minutes, Simon thinks to himself, "she really has no sense for fashion" at least 5 times. Okay we get it. We know she's the ton's secret designer and he doesn't. But it wasn't that funny the first time, and by the 5th it was time to give up already.
And then when it came to them making love for the first time, it was glossed over so quickly, I actually thought I had skipped forward by accident. I backed it up and realized that in 2 paragraphs they go from dancing to waking up after making love and her losing her virginity. Wow, that was so not exciting. Glad I didn't waste a credit on this one. I got it on the $4.95 sale. Which was really too much...
Only redeeming quality, the narrator. She was pretty good. Not great but good. If she had a better book maybe she'd shine more.
Wow! That was one of the best performances I've listened to period. The demon voice is so scary that I couldn't listen to it at night. Voices were so varied and skillfully done that I was certain there was more than one narrator at one point. The production value was really good too, using effect on the voices to convey distance, etc.
The story itself is very much like Michael Crichton with lots of science explained but not dumbed down. Led to a few theological discussions on the nature and exisitance of evil.
Highly Recommend. Totally Credit Worthy!
From the author of the Rizzoli & Isles books that are now a TV show as well, this is an older book reissued and updated. It has a nice intro and post book interview with Tess Gerritsen. Like Maura Isles, Cat Novak is a Medical Examiner in the northeast. Although that's about as much as they have in common. I really liked this herione and wish there were more Cat Novak book out there. This book has a little science, a little police action, and a little romance. A delightful afternoon read.
So I loved the story from the beginning to about an hour a half before the end. The narrator was really quite good. Adding her to my list of good narrators. Without spoiling the story, I'll say that it's not quite what you think you're getting. I loved the story of a girl going back home after having come out of her shell and getting the attention of the man she had a huge crush on as a teen but he ends up not living up to the fantasy. Then she finds real love in what I would have called her second chance. It's STEAMY and Sweet. But apparently the author wants to come up with as many second chance opportunites as possible. Whatever happened to HEA. The ending (last 90 min) is rushed and PAINFUL. And just yesterday I was loving the story so much I barely even noticed the god awful traffic had doubled my commute home. So yes, I would recommend this story but don't be somewhere you can't get upset when you get close to the end.
Sarah Coomes is going on my awesome narrators list. Every character is distinct, both male and female characters. I'd definately listen to one of hers.
A duke with a broken heart who buried two wives, ends up with a "on the shelf" neglected daughter of an earl. Good conflict but nothing to over the top. And a good HEA.
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