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the Mystery Woman is a story in typical JAK/Amanda Quick style. (not super original, but still in a style I do so enjoy)... a feisty heroine, a misunderstood hero, a pocket pistil and a murderer to catch.
this is book 2 in the ladies of lantern street series. it has a para normal flavor, and the narration was great. (Justine eyre narrated this and the previous AQ book...her accent is definitely different however she might be a good change of pace from Anne Flossnick... give her a shot and you'll like her)
this is one book that you should read hard copy...
If I were to critique the performance I would say, the narrator does ok ( not great but ok) for the male voices, is mildly annoying for the female (except when he does an excited female ...then it bumps up several notches to painful) but its the children's voices that make you think of nails on a chalk board and other equally pleasant sounds.
the story itself seems ok... kind of an updated version of the Macade brothers series with its own flare.
but the story is eclipsed by the super bad quality of the narration... like I said the children's voices in particular... its a scary mix of whinny, screeching, with a distinct lisp and a touch of drunken slurring...
how the narrator was able to get all that into one character type (children and females) is beyond me but it made my ears want to bleed
skip the audio version of this book!... its less convenient but go for the hard copy
Wow... the entire series is great... I listened to this new book and then had to re-listen to all of them again
I highly recommend the whole series
I was already disappointed by the first book of the trilogy.... bad narrator, slow plot, unimaginative storyline, Etc.... but i sucked it up and gave book 2 a try
in this they go from bad to worse... awful narration, slow unimaginative plot, and no true character development ( but at least the narrator didn't yell to infuse a little drama like the last... but maybe it would've made it a bit more interesting...who knows?)
my real problem was two fold... the narrator did very little to define the individual characters which made following any dialog exchange too much work to want to bother, and i felt no tug by the storyline or characters.
all in all not a shining example... definitely a disappointment
this is a typical Nora Roberts trilogy... with yes the same characters wearing different names, different faces, and in different circumstances.
this is not a big problem for me as I always liked those characters but i know it can be a huge issue for those who are always wanting something different.
the main girl from this book Iona, is very much like Nell, (from ms Roberts three sisters island trilogy.) bright sunny, pathetically eager to please, just coming into her own powers...
Iona comes to ireland to find the dark witch. (her heritage).... joins with her cousins to fight ancient evil, meets the man of her dreams, decides she no-ones floor mat, and goes out and kicks some butt.
I could draw lots more character and plot parallels to other books Witten by Ms Roberts (keys trilogy, three sisters island, the pagan stone, Galhager- Irish jewels trilogy, etc.) but i wont
like i say if this is a problem don't try this series, instead try her vampire trilogy... that was unique for Nora Roberts (if a bit gory... but well they were vampires after all)... the first one was called Moragan's Cross
oh, i guess i should also mention that the beginning of the book was kind of slow and long... but good background for the present day story plot, and I didn't particularly care for the narrator (cant quite put my finger on why... but there it is)
I must say I had fun making the parallels to her other stories and finding the subtle turns in the plot... then i would say, "well thats a little different anyway", and i am making some predictions for the next 2 books... (I bet Im right... mostly anyways)
I love anything Terry Pratchett that includes Sam Vimes.
Sam Vimes, Mr Vimes, Commander Vimes, the Duke of Ank, and Blackboard Monitor Vimes = the best copper in any time (past or present)
not to spoil any thing but this book falls in between the life of the old Sam ( the drunk washed up old copper) and the new sam (husband and father, lord, and commander of the city watch)
while chasing a really nasty bad guy, Sam falls through a magical field and into his own troubled past.
with the help of the time monks Sam must teach himself (past sam) what it means to be a copper, catch the bad guy, straighten out history, and get home to his wife and soon to be born child... no problem, all he has to do is be himself... if only he could get a hard boiled egg too
great book...good narration.... fun series
Not what I was expecting when I purchased this book...
1-this is a book geared towards a black (African american) audience... would I have gotten it anyway, had I known this? probably... still I didn't know
2- most of the characters where truly awful people (including the main 2 featured in the story summery)
3- there was way too much gratuities sex... the frequency, and similarity of each sex scene, became a static blur... making me want to say " and they kissed... skip to the end"
4- I suffered thru the first half of the book ...taking long breaks in between... because I needed closure... no such luck! out of my many wishes thru out the book including the main girl (Tamia) would be found out and have someone shout "Liar, liar, pants on fire"and/or get horribly disfigured somehow and lose all her man appeal... that Dominique would contract some horrible disease, lose all his money and his wife, and become totally impotent, and Brandon could find someone else and move on ... (3 out of 7 was what I got)
the second part of the book was much better (but only in comparison to the hard to read of the first half)... the last few chapters were actually pretty good , but end so abruptly that it leaves you shocked ( not to mention the bombshell that Tamia's sister drops on her in the very end)
in summery I would not reccomend this book to anyone I know...it was not only a waste of my time, but I now need to find a way to get rid of the bad taste it left in my mouth and mind
as a cautionary tale there are two points this book makes (in Tamia's words) " You always have a choice... and...Karma Sucks"
lauren goes online to buy groceries only to get sucked into an online witch chat room.
lauren says she's not a witch ... but is she and doesn't know it? nell, the witch who accidentally pulled her into the online chat room sends her brother to check lauren out. he comes and starts to mentor lauren, meets her best friend and zing, they fall in love.
lauren gets into trouble and the group fly out to Berkley california to help lauren learn how to be a modern witch.
ok... but not my normal read, there was very minimal romance, but some funny and entertaining moments, this would be a good book for my innocent teenage sister (or daughter)
your typical story of girl getting pressure from an overbearing parent to find a NICE guy.
our heroine choses her boss thinking that her mother would like him only she ends up in bed with is bad boy brother.
sparks fly, she likes him, he likes her, but she's afraid of her own bad judgment and what her mother will say.
like I said a typical read, but an ok listen... buy when on sale... don't waste a whole credit
I choose this book as part of a promo special/package deal, and was glad I made the choice. I have since downloaded and listened to several of miss harpers books and really appreciate her creativity and wit.
I think it says a lot about a writer if a reader can enter into the middle of a series, and can not only follow the thread of the story... but than has to to get the previous books that she has already missed.
try a Molly Harper book and enjoy
3 fun stories that can be stand alone or can enhance your previous knowledge of the series they relate too.
they are in the undead (sexy vampire) genre, and are worth a second listen
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