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I recommend this book esp to families with preteens. It shows a young person starting road to development. His hesitation, then decisions are made logically with emotions and doubt coloring decisions.
He read the narrated the story excellently. It was easy to follow the story. He added the tension at the right spots.
I did not plan on listening at one sitting but....John Keatings voice kept me listening.
This is book 2 of series. I got it first then was motivated to get books 1 & 3 which led to me getting entire series.
The story and characters are interesting and good. The character development is good. The problem is with the narrator. Coleen Marlo's voice is not consistent. Her voice varies from good to flat. The flat portions vary in lengths of time. This makes some portions hard to get past. The story is good enough where I am interested in sequels. I will hesitate in their purchases if they have same narrator.
It is a fun to watch a mediocre supervillian find himself in the role of a hero. Watching how he deals with a world class crisis and mature along the way is interesting. It is hard to give more of a review without revealing parts of it. This is a book where it is advisable to read/listen to 'Origins of a D-List Supervillian' first. That book lays the foundation for much of what happens in this one. I enjoyed how Jeffery Kafer narrated the story. Talmadge Ragan reading of the epilogue was a surprise and the right touch. I recommend this book to those wanting a different viewpoint of a world with super heroes and super villains.
This In Death story starts with interesting beginning that includes the introduction of a new character. Then it became progressively predictable and boring. The entire story could have been told in less then half the time. I kept waiting for excitement that never came. The story was just flat.
The story would have made a better novella or even a short story. The current length seemed to stress it being boring and predictable.
Susan Ericksen does an excellent job reading this series. I really can't think of what she could have done different.
I would have edited the story to novella length. This would have helped keep the story fresh.
In the time line of the story about 30 months has passed. This is In Death 38. It seems like J. D. Robb is either running out of ideas or becoming bored with the series.
This is written in the first person. The story jumps around a bit. I had to re-listen to parts of the story in order to keep things straight. I did enjoy the story. It was interesting to have a science fiction story with emphasis on the characters. This is first story I have listened to by Philip Palmer. I have added him to my list of authors. I enjoyed Heather O'Neill's narration. Robert Ian Mackenzie does a good job too. At first I thought his inserts were actually from the editor.
This is a fun story. Evil has written a book to teach Dark Lords how to defeat Good. The story starts with the current Dark Lord defeated. Evil finds the book and gets a minion to take it. The currently picked Dark Lord doesn't put his heart into it. He gets into a situation where he seems to be a good guy. Orcs who are presented as bad guys in 99.9% of stories are an oppressed race in this one. This Dark Lord decides to free them from oppression. In the meantime there is a group who is looking for a Hero in an apparent attempt to free the world from these same oppressors. When the Hero is found, he seems to be an apparent homicidal maniac. The group of supposed freedom fighters is actually trying to start a war to get rid of all organized government. A truly evil Dark Lord shows up and usurps the Dark Lord in training. Things become really fun when the Dark Lord in training is an illegitimate son of a human female and black dragon. His father shows up trying to help him out of trouble. His father's mate is in fact the head of the supposed freedom fighters and tries to kill him. Confusing? Yes, but the story holds its form and develops well. Gildart Jackson does a great job with his narration. He brings the different types of creatures and their voices to life.
Nevada Baylor's world is set in a slightly different reality. An agent to stimulate magic in people was given in the past. This agent caused a genetic mutation in their future descendants. Children, grandchildren become able to use magic in different ways. Individual families, clans, countries start to breed for magic use. Nevada has a small family detective agency. She is given an apparent suicide mission of bringing in a rogue prime (highest ranked) alive and unharmed. Nevada's agency has no police contacts and the prime is a strong suspect in killing an off duty cop. This prime specializes in fire. Nevada must decide how to find and convince into surrender. She doesn't have the magic on her own to do the job. In the meantime the story starts out with the mother of the co-defendant a 16 year old boy trying to enlist the aid of a family member. He is known by the name of 'Mad' Rogan. Mr Rogan is a retired military grade prime. He isn't known by any good name. Since retirement he is a supposed hermit. 'Mad' Rogan is presented as a dis-likable character. His first action in the book is to kidnap Nevada and use magic on her in an attempt to locate the main suspect and young boy. The story has lots of action. It was fun to try and figure out what was going on. 'Mad' Rogan and Nevada must form a reluctant team. The ending has a surprise. It makes me anxious to see if there will be a book 2 and when it will be out. Renee Raudman does a great job reading this story.
This is a story that presents serious topics in a way that enhances a fun story. Young girl lives in what she thinks is a perfect family. Is turned into a vampire, parents go missing. She is placed into a dungeon by mean vampire queen. Vampire queen throws away key and forgets about her. Girl tries to come to gripes with her new life, bullies etc. Slowly young vampire works her way though these things and makes friends in book 1. At start of book 2 she is escaping from the dungeon during castle attacked. Our young vampire then has a series of adventures. Learns the meaning of love, family, sacrifice and growing up. The book is fast paced. Lots of jokes, funny events, circumstances, and play on words. This is story is for the young and young at heart. I enjoyed how the matter of love and loss is handled. Reader Katherine Kellgren does a great job. I hope there is more and that Beckett can continue what he has begun.
A vampire story geared for the young and the young at heart. I wondered about this story a try after reading about the author. I became certain after listening to the sample. A vampire story in an alternate world. A vampire story about a vampire who is turned at 9 years old trying to grow up. This is a story with the emphasis on the good in our young vampire as she copes with her environment. Katherine Kellgren does a great job reading.
I was looking for a new author. I have no aversion to young adult fiction. I loved Harry Potter after discovering it by accident. I gave this one a try. I enjoyed it. It gets a little long in parts. The beginning is a little confusing. I had to re-listen to the first 3 chapters a couple of times to get the characters straight. After that I had no problem listening to the entire book at one sitting. I will say this. I am glad that I got this book after completion of the series. I hate waiting for the 'next' one in line. I liked this concept of 'living' stone and the creatures affected by it. Jim Dale does a great job narration. His accent is just British enough to remind you the setting is in London, England and makes the story that much more enjoyable.
Our evil Emperor Mollusk is an individual who likes to invent things; space guns, robots, various ray guns, to name just a few. He leaves his home world and successfully conquerors earth. Emperor Mollusk decides after a time that he doesn't want to be a world ruler. He had more fun in the conquering then in the ruling. In the meantime he does things to keep the people of earth under control as he works to improve their life. He puts his intellect into solving problems. On his path to becoming a good guy, he becomes Number 1 enemy of the other planets in earth's solar system. He has a Venusian body guard that is also his keeper and a very difficult to kill, genetically engineered pet. Our evil Emperor Mollusk works to turn over a new leaf but... Enemies past, present and future show up to interfere with his plans. It is a funny story. Scott Aiello does a good job reading this novel.
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