The Beka Cooper series, of which this is the 3rd and final installment, are Tamora Pierce's masterworks. My husband, who doesn't often like the same books I do, spent a day off work to listen to this book with me. He and I have shared the 1st and 2nd books in the series (Terrier and Bloodhound) together as well.
A kick ass main character, fantastic supporting cast, and a truly awesome narrator, make this tense and rich plot the best of the series. I cried several times, moved by characters and situations as if they were real.
Please go buy Beka Cooper: Terrier and start reading from there. Don't be put off by the fact this is a "YA" novel. It has adult themes and is worthy of any adult. If you have kids, this series has violence and some adult themes, so I would put it at 12 and up. Terrier is slanted younger, as the character is only 16. Beka Cooper: Bloodhound has Beka 17. In Bloodhound Beka is 20 and fully adult.
This is a high fantasy novel with very original magic, great action, and a thoroughly fascinating world.
I have listened to this 5 times in the 5 days I have owned it. That sort of says it all.
I loved the setting and the logic of the way the author blends religion and fantasy. Its a rich and full world. Seraphina sucked me in and took me far away to a wonderful world. This book reminds me of Curse of Challion by Lois McMaster Bujold, but for teens.
This is a mature book - well worth the read for adults as well as teens.
I am going to buy copies for all the teens I know.
Sephronia's uncle - he is a very unique character. He reminds me of Spock.
The fact that the music comes alive in this book makes it far richer than just the printed words. I think everyone should listen to this, even if they have read it already in print.
I did cry and laughed as well!
I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Everything. There is so much charm, fun, puns, etiquette, mystery and of course manners! You don't have to have read any other of Gail's books, though it is even more pure fun if you have!
This is a teen book, set in a prequel time period around 30 years before the Soulless series.
This is a new narrator, but she is just as amazing - Gail is one lucky author to have narrators like this one!
Sweet, fun and tart - that is this book!
Sophronia - but the whole cast is awesome.
Yes, and she is always delightful.
I laughed all the way through!
This book, Phoenix Guards, is an homage to The Three Musketeers by Dumas and the romantic writers of that time. I have always loved this book, and the sequel: 500 Years After, because Three Musketeers has been my favorite book since I was a kid.
I had given up hoping that Phoenix Guards would get released on audio, when this came out! Then, I was cautious, because I wasn't sure they would find the right reader.
BEST READER EVER! My husband and I both, spent two days listening to, and laughing out loud in delight at the amazing job that Kevin Stillwell did reading all the different characters! The comedic timing of his pauses - he made a brilliant book BETTER!!!!!
I have already purchased 500 Years After, and can't wait to share it with my husband.
Be aware, that this is written in a very stylized manner = an unusual, non-modern style. I take great delight in it and recommend that you wait and listen to the authors' bios at the end. It will totally make you laugh!
If you aren't familiar with the Vlad Taltos series by Brust, that is OK. Read this if you loved The Three Musketeers. If you are a Brust fan, as I am, you have to buy this now and read it ASAP!
I want to thank Audible Publishing, for doing a brilliant job, and for Kevin Stillwell, who is just a genius!
This is one of my all time favorites - and a book my husband and I share. It is intelligent as well as humorous. I suggest it for anyone as a fascinating and great entertainment.
Part Scifi, part historical novel, totally full of humor and brilliantly narrated, this book truly is a 5 star read.
Why oh why did they find such an awful narrator for my favorite series by Anne McCaffery? The Harper Hall trilogy has been my favorite since I was a teen. I waited for so long to hear it in audio, and was really disappointed.
The reader is plodding, too old for the characters and is not good at changing her voice to suit characters. She makes a wonderful series boring.
My only hope is that somehow, someday, due to Anne McCaffery's popularity will cause all of her books to get new narrators. They deserve them.
I actually bought copies of this book and sent them around the world to men and women - with the agreement that if they didn't like it, they just returned it to me, but if they liked it, they had to send it to more people. Hundreds of people have read this book because of me - and finally I bought the Audible version, because my tapes and CD's of the book wore out. This is my favorite book to share with women or men, no matter what kind of books they like. And everyone has loved it!
I am so happy to have found the books by Donna Andrews. They make me laugh until I cry.
Love love love them!
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