This is my favorite audible book so far. Ruth Reichl's descriptions of everything around her, and not just food, is a treat to listen to. The narrator, Bernadette Dunne, inhabits the charecter so well, that I had to look back to make sure that it wasn't the author reading her own book.
There wasn't anything that I liked the best about this. I did intensely hate Queenie though and Belinda wasn't much better. What selfish and entitled characters. Queenie in particular needs to be gotten rid of. Maybe she can be killed off in the next story? This was a farce at it's most annoying. For long time readers of the series, tho doesn't move ANYTHING forward. So it's no loss if you want to skip this.
Yes, I hope this is just an anomaly.
The text was so melodramatic and the conversation from the secondary characters was so clichéd (if I never read or hear he's "Little Lady' again I'd be thrilled) that the reading was over the top.
It's been a good series and the early books are good.
Someone else giving the lecture.
Throughout the book she told illustrative stories. She didn't use names but through her words and intonation alternatively berated people, talked about people as if they were beneath her and generally came across as mean spirited.
I liked the core of her message. I just didn't like her.
Yeah. Decent content. Maybe I'd pick up a book by her but I will never buy an lecture by her again. She put on voices for people. Demeaning voices. She told a story about a long time "friend" who would have to recognize herself in the book who she trashed. I just don't need to take spiritual lessons from someone who is so condescending and rude.
Yes. The 24 hours of abuse rape and complete degradation.
I would have had the author stop getting off on pain and degradation.
Berman brings the story to life.
I would not see this book if it were made into a movie.
This is worth it for the last eight hours if you are a fan of the series. Listening to the first 24 hours isn't enjoyable and it doesn't add anything to the story that couldn't have been accomplished in an hour. I want to know the story of Styxx. It adds to the body of work and he is a likable charecer.
But seriously. Don't put yourself through the pain of listening to the first 24 hours.
I thought it was a new book by Wrede, but it is not. I made sure to check the date of publication before buying. But it was a book I have read before. I thought it was new.
I loved the book the first time I read it. I am unhappy with the purchase because it is a book I read (with my eyes and not my ears) before.
It's a great story and reader. I go back and forth between reading print and listening to audio versions of the Royal Spyness books. But I always enjoy the the audio versions. I liked the idea of the 12 clues of Christmas and didn't get it until the writer made the discovery, though I did get one of the murder's which is always loved that the long arch of the story was moved forward.
Besides the main character's I loved the dowager countess. She's such an old salt.
It made me laugh out loud several times.
I liked this book better than the last two combined.
Great story, Jim Butcher does it again, one of the best on-going characters out there today with some fantastic fully fleshed supporting characters. I love the growth, the world, just about everything about "The Dresden Files" as a whole, but for @@CK@s sake Jim, actually all authors of long running serious who take a year or two to bring out the next book. STOP WITH THE BIG CLIFF HANGERS! I know, all caps is obnoxious, but this is book 13. BOOK 13 and the second book in a row he shafted his readers like that.
He doesn't need to leave us with so many unanswered questions to get us to keep buying his books. With that many questions left unanswered it didn't really feel like a complete book anyway and just ticked me off. One more book in a row like that and I could just drop the series. I’m feeling played.
Rant over. It is worth the listen/or read.
As far as the narrator goes, I know lots of people complained about the new narrator. I wish he'd used the old one for continuity. Audiobooks can be made or broken by a good narrator - and those of us who listen to books associate the reader with the character, obviously. So having a new reader come in so late in the game is weird. Even with all that, I liked John Glover and think he did a great job. It was different; he had his own take on it, but still a solid performance.
First of all this is not a stand alone book. But that is okay, as long as you know this is not where you start. If you think of this book as a political fantasy, urban fantasy - with a LOT of sex, it's fine. The reason I mention that it is somewhere between a political and urban fantasy is because it is much more involved and complex than a romance/erotica book. Which with all of the sex, erotica, you might mistake it for.
This is a great addition to the series and a good book, but it does not stand alone.
The audio editing is choppy in several places. It takes you out of the moment, but does not (as far as I know) edit out any important moments.
A previous reviewer already addressed the technical and reader issues with the book, so I won't re-hash that. While I enjoyed it and actually finished listening to it over two days (I've been laid off so I need something to keep my mind easily occupied while playing with my two year old.) what made this a three rather than a four star book for me was that, well it became tedious in parts, just going on and on, and on when I wanted it to get to the point. This is from someone who will only buy unabridged and greatly enjoys fantasy novels, which have a certain style that, if not edited well become, well, boring.
This was a great audiobook. The writing and the narration were both of wonderful. It's a magical and engaging story throughout that I highly reccomend.
It took me a few hours to get into this, and if I didn't need something to listen to while working out, I'm unsure if I would have finished it. But I am glad I did. It quickly became un-put-a-down-able and I'm looking forward to listening to the next reader. Speaking of which I like the reader.
Someone below remarked that this was a good light romance, and while there are romantic elements, it is more a fantasy (which generally has romantic elements) than a romance. I read both genres, and there is a distinction.
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