I very much enjoyed Sandra Brown's "Envy". It seems like she has written quite a few books and received many good reviews so I figured I would Give "Fat Tuesday" a try. It is way over dramatized, predictable and the language is weird. I think this book is suppose to be a steamy/thriller mystery but with sentences like "men that are ravenous don't eat neatly" it is far from it. Seriously I can not imagine anyone talking like that. To me the book was so bad that I thought it was kind of funny. I ended up listening to it in 2X the speed and I think it would be better if I could have listened to it in speed 3 or 4. I did finish the book on the other reviewers recommendation but all in all not so good and it's a definite thumbs down from me
I can not tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It is really several stories in one starting with Pasquel a small hotel owner in a very small Italian coastal village to present day Hollywood with Chair a young disillusioned development assistant.
Jess Walter is very good at descriptions and has a real feel for the locations described and life.
I got this book because of an NPR review rated it as the best new novel of the year. I agree
One other thing I think Edoardo Ballerini was fabulous as the narrator
A breath of Snow and Ashes is so much better then Fiery Cross. Originally my plan was to listen to this book in installments because 50+ hours is a lot of time to invest in one book. This book grabbed me enough that it was a good listen. I love Davina Porters voice for the most part but I think she could do better with her children's voices in this book. All in all I liked it and I will defiantly listen to this book again.
I read the hard copy of the other Outlander books before the Fiery Cross They were very big books as well but it is so different to listen to a big 55 hour book. Slow starting but it is a really good book and I would not change a thing. I have no idea how accurate the history is in the Outlander series but it is such a fun way to get a feel for the time just before the American revolution. I loved the narration but I think for the next book I will limit my listening to one part at a time and listen to other books in between.
First off I am a huge fan of the other Sookie Stachouse books.I have been waiting for this book to come out for a long time so that may be the source of part of my disappointment. I feel like Charlaine Harris should have spent another year working on "Deadlocked" because it seems like at least 85% of the book is a recap of everything that went on in all the other books. This book is almost like a very short story with all the other books wrapped around it. ..doesn't feel like the author put much thought in it at all. Not much plot, Sookie is not as spunky as she is in the other books and there is not very much action in it all. Most of the favorite characters are out of town for a good deal of the book as well.
I think the saving feature in Deadlocked is the narrator Johanna Parker. She has such a charming voice and she really does a wonderful job at making all the characters different. I think I would like to see how she does at other non-Sookie books.
Shiver is a different kind of werewolf story. In this story young werewolves get to be human during the warmer months of the year and are werewolves for the winter. It is primarily a story of Sam the werewolf and Grace the teenager that was bitten bitten by wolves when she was a very young child but never turned into a wolf. She is very attached to watching the wolves that live near her home....most of all one beautiful wolf with amber eyes...Sam. I do not want to give the story away but Grace and Sam get to know each other when he is forced into his human form during the colder part of the year. I think this is a very well done YA story
One really small thing I really loved in the book is at one point Sam is reciting part of a poem by Rilke. The scene only lasts for a few minutes but I liked Sams reading of the poem so much that I searched on Audible for readings of Rilke but the narrators of Rilke poems on Audible are not as good as David LeDoux.
I enjoyed the brief interview with Maggie Steivater after the book and I wish more authors would share their own thoughts on the books they write.
I believe I will read the other books in this series but I will wait a while before I start book 2
I think one time is enough
I do feel as if many of the ideas in the nice Girl books were borrowed from Charlene Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books. I don't know who is borrowing from who. The
I found myself not wanting to listen to this in one setting.
I am not at all sure that I would want to listen to another book from the Jane Jameson books.It is kind of entertaining and I do not think it is bad. I just feel like I am listening to a sit com about a newly made vampire, her sire, her best friend ext. the thing is I find myself waiting for a laugh track. there are some funny moments but there are lots of times I feel the author is trying too hard and is missing the mark. I seriously could see this as a TV series and some people would like it a lot. I am very picky about sit- coms I would compare "Nice Girls Don't have fangs" to "New Girl" as a vampire
I read the hard copy of this book years ago when it came out and was curious if I would like it as much in the Audible format. The beginning of the book was a bit slow for me. I did not care about the characters so much but I think some of that was due to the narration. The other thing I find funny is in some of these older books one doesn't see cell phones or computers like you would see in more contemporary books and there is a heck of a lot more cigarette smoking It is not a big deal at all but makes me think about the time of the book . By the time I got to part 2 I could not put it down. Part 2 is very fast and good. The main character Mitch is brilliant Lots of twists and turns.
I listened to Scott Brick narrate Atlas Shrugged and enjoyed his narration. Not so much with the Firm. I think he took away from the Audible version. I did not find enough distinction between characters.I also thought at times it was a little too dramatic.
It was made into a movie and I liked it but maybe liked the book more
I had doubts about buying The Stand because I read it when it came out and thought it might not hold my interest because i know the story. I am very glad to have listened to the Audible version of The Stand. I was very sorry when it was over because it will be hard to find a book I like as much as this one. When I finish a book like the Stand it is almost like saying good bye to an old friend. I think Stephen King has a marvelous writing style it is very down to earth and he knows how to spice it up with just enough fright to keep the reader hanging on wanting more.
The only thing I can see that might be a problem for some one that is new to The Stand is that the Killer flu that started the book was suppose to have happened in 1990.Some people might find it a little dated with references to music and entertainment that was out way back in 1990.
I highly recommend The Stand
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