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Some non-fiction books can make my head spin with highly technical information, but this book keeps it real. It presents what can be a rather complicated subject, statistics, in a fun and understandable manner. It explains how others can manipulate statistics to their advantage, how repeating statistics often mangles them, and other interesting facts about all those numbers we see every time we pick up a newspaper or hear a plea from a charity or cause. It warns the reader not to take statistics at face value and teaches us how to untangle the "good" statistics from the bad.
While it deals mainly with statistics, it also deals with the psychology surrounding statistics. We are much more likely to accept a statistic that seems to verify an aspect of our own world view, for instance, and more likely to question statistics (or even discard them completely) if they don't correspond to what we ourselves believe. The author presents the material in a balanced way, without bias, and points out that social statistics are never exactly measurable given the fluid nature of society.
The author starts this book out with a humorous and outlandish example of a mangled statistic that hooks you right in. Unlike many nonfiction books, this book flows right along and keeps you listening for the entertainment value alone.
Patrick Lawlor does a wonderful job with the narration, adding vitality to the subject, understanding and portraying the authors wit flawlessly.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who doesn't want to go around accepting ever number presented to them. If you are an independent thinker, then this book is for you.
I've been following the Dragonfury Series from the beginning, and I would suggest you do the same. Given I know the history, it's hard to judge if this book would stand alone or not, but I'm guessing not. The books in this series have a very heavy story line arc that continues from book to book.
Wick is a loose cannon, and I have a "thing" for the loose cannon heroes. Badder than bad boys, this type is truly on the edge. Think Zadist from JR Ward's Brotherhood series, Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series. Every paranormal series seems to have a loose cannon in the mix, and they're always my favorite. Not sure what that says about me, but it gave me rather high expectations for this book, and Coreene almost delivered a home run. Almost, but not quite.
In the previous book, we learned of JJ's existence when her sister hooked up with Mac, another of the Nightfury dragon pack. In this book, we learn Wick's back story, his inability to stand another's touch and why he and Venom are so tight. The pairing of JJ and Wick brings two damaged souls together for a big old helping of loving and healing.
My only complaint is that I felt this book didn't dedicate as much time to Wick and JJ's relationship as the other books did to their main pairing. Or maybe I just wanted more. At any rate, that brought an otherwise 5 star read down to a 4 star one.
Mr Darcie is a very good narrator, but some of his male voices are a bit soft for me, including Wicks. Again, 4 rather than 5.
Those are only minor quibbles. These books are truly fantastic, and well worth your time if you are a paranormal/fantasy romance lover. It's a series I'd highly recommend to lovers of this genre.
I love romance, specifically paranormal or fantasy romance. Sci fi romance rides the cusp of what I like, and this one looked like it had all the elements I enjoy, so I gave it a whirl. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't overjoyed either.
First, what I liked about the book. For a short book, the character development was remarkably good, and for at least the first 80% of the story, the plot didn't seem rushed. I enjoyed the heroine's character. She was not a doormat, but she wasn't a tough as nails girl either. The action scenes in the book seemed to properly cover what was happening without droning on and on with a blow by blow account of details that wouldn't interest me in the first place. Being the first book in a series, it set the stage and explained well the basis for future books.
I'm not offended by erotic love scenes, but frankly, I can take them or leave them. This book is full of them, so be aware of that before you purchase. For those of you who do like books on the spicier side, the sex scenes were well written and managed not to sound repetitive or "corny".
Now for what I didn't particularly like about the book. While the plot did move well during the majority of the book, the "resolution" towards the end seemed rushed and unimaginative. It was as if I could see the author going in a direction that would lead to an interesting conflict and resolution, but then just dropping that angle and settling for a quick and tidy wrap up. Consequently, even though it did have a "happily ever after", it left me feeling a bit let down at the end. The romance itself could be presented as "everything a woman could possibly want in a relationship." In other words, a bit too perfect.
The narrator wasn't terrible, but I wasn't all that impressed either. Her narrative was good, her female voices were adequate, but she really dropped the ball with the male voices. In particular, I thought her voice for the hero, Ral, was rather robotic. It was very stilted, and stilted isn't sexy. Yes, Ral is an alien, but so are all of the characters in the book besides the heroine, and yet he's the one she gave the robot voice to. I just didn't find it pleasing.
Having said all that, this audiobook was a pleasant way to spend a quiet afternoon, and I'm not sorry I purchased it. I love the premise of the series, and somewhere down the track I'm sure I'll give the next book a try.
I actually googled the author to see where she's from. She is from the South, though not the deep South. I read to me more like "southern boys written to appeal to northern ladies".
Three brothers are rebuilding their town 10 years after a tornado. Now right here, I went "huh?". Ten years? I've seen demolished towns rebuilt mostly by volunteers (and some FEMA money) in a matter of months, and towns much bigger than the one mentioned here. So right there it threw me. And they are rebuilding it to be a model of environmental efficiency. Then there's one scene with a deer that made me cringe for it's total lack of "southerness". So yeah, if you're reading this to find out what "real" southern men are like, maybe look somewhere else. This book isn't it.
However, if you just want a nice easy romantic read, with charming characters and a fun story, this is an excellent choice. After I decided to just pretend this town was located in Maine or somewhere, it was a pretty cute book. Nothing heavy, just a nice pleasant contemporary love story that was very well narrated by Cassandra Campbell.
First of all, I feel compelled, again, to offer the actual correct reading order of these books. According to the author's website, the correct order is:
The Others Series (in chronological storyline order)
1) One Bite With a Stranger
2) Big Bad Wolf
3) Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here
4) Black Magic Woman
5) Not Your Ordinary Fairy Tale
6) On the Prowl
7) Drive Me Wild
8) Hungry Like a Wolf
9) Wolf at the Door
10) She's No Faerie Princess
11) The Demon You Know
12) Howl at the Moon
13) Walk on the Wild Side
14) You're So Vein
15) Born to Be Wild
Being a fan of this series, I also know (again from the author's website) that this book was originally a short story called "Fur Play", which she rewrote to make it longer and re-released as a novel. Writers who include short stories in a series generally tend to make the story about at least one character that we know from previous books, but they realize that not all readers will buy the anthology or short story, so generally don't include real developments in any story arc they might have going on in the series. Even though Christine Warren did increase the word count here, series readers aren't going to learn anything new from this book, except for what directly relates to the two main characters.
As for the story, Honor is her father's "Beta" and when he passes away, she becomes alpha. Logan, Beta for the powerful Silverback pack, is sent to assess her. She's going into mating heat and Logan more or less immediately realizes that she's his mate.
She's torn between her obligations and her desires. Meanwhile, several males in her pack hatch a scheme to "dethrone" her from her position. Honor is verbally very defensive, but we do get a peek at what's going on in her head, which is very different from the tough exterior she displays.
I only gave the story 3 stars because it really lacked depth. Perhaps this is because it's a rewrite of a short story. I'm not sure really. Even though it was a respectable 8 hours long, I just didn't seem to get to know the characters or become invested in them. The plot wasn't bad, but then, there were no surprises there either. If you are a die hard reader of this series, you'll buy the book anyway. If you're not a die hard reader of this series, then I would suggest you go back and start with book 1, which is superb.
Kate Reading did a wonderful job with her narration. I think a so-so book was made much better than it would have been had I read it from print.
The 3rd installment in JD Tyler's Alpha Pack Series is a non stop roller coaster ride that will keep you tuned in and invested in the outcome. It includes characters we've met and gotten to know in earlier books, and in my opinion, it's best to read this series in order to get the full effect.
Black Moon is the story of Kalen and MacKenzie. Kalen is the newest member of the Alpha Pack, a very troubled sorcerer and panther shifter. MacKenzie is a psychologist and functions as part of the medical team that sees to the pack. Their relationship began prior to this book, but apparently Kalen backed away from the relationship. Now they are back together, but faced with an old enemy who wants to lure Kalen over to his side. Most of the story is about Kalen waffling between his "dark side" and his "light side" as he struggles with his demons from his past. The big question is: Will he choose good or evil in the end?
On the positive side, this book kept me on my toes, and I couldn't seem to put it down. Kirstin Potter's narration was superb, but then, I find her a narrator I can rely on for a solid performance. The action was fast paced, and the story was original. I thought the two main characters were well matched, for all their individual faults. I also loved revisiting the other members of the Alpha Pack.
On the negative side, I must admit our troubled hero seemed to wallow a bit too much in his misery, and his self pity at times came off as being a bit, well, "whiney", for lack of a better word. Yes, he had a horrible life, and in this book the bad guy plays to that weakness, but after a few times, the "no one loves me so who cares what I do" thing starts sounding like a rather weak excuse. He uses his past experiences with others to excuse his bad actions in the present, and while I pitied him, I just didn't find all the "woe is me" stuff sexy. I love a tortured hero, but I love the ones that overcome what life throws at them without resorting to self pity or blaming others.
Then there's my pet peeve, which is a small thing and I'm sure many wouldn't notice. I hate when an author doesn't do his or her homework, particularly when it comes to the military. MacKenzie's father is the Alpha Packs government contact. He has reached the lofty rank of General in the Navy. This wouldn't be a problem if there actually were Generals in the Navy. Unfortunately for JD Tyler, there is no such Navy rank. The Navy has Admirals, not Generals.
I don't want to mislead anyone. This is still a very good read. These two problems (one fairly big, the other pretty small) brought an otherwise 5 star listen down to a 4 star one. I still consider this book worth a credit. It's an integral and necessary installment in the series, and this is definitely a series to read if you are a paranormal romance fan.
If you're not a fan of the series, this probably isn't the book to start with. It is, however, a wonderful series, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who loves smart paranormal romance. Nalini Singh has created a complex paranormal world, each featuring a romantic couple, but with an ongoing back story and a world of such complexity that to understand it properly one needs to follow the series in order. Start with Slave to Sensation. You won't be disappointed.
I read book related blogs and book websites often, This book has been possibly the most highly anticipated book so far this year among paranormal fans. The identity of the main characters were kept secret until the release, only adding to the suspense. The lead male character is someone Psy-changling readers have been following with interest for quite a few books now, but his motives always seemed a bit opaque. Now we find out his motives and what drove him in past actions. Nalini Singh's genius really shows here, as she ties together a story line arc that has been ongoing through the eleven previous books. She pulls the threads together in a intricate weave and she does it with a fluidity that suggests she's been planning this story for a very long time.
Now, the big question is, did it live up to the hype? For me, it most certainly did. It was not an easy read. I admit to having to rewind quite a few times to listen again to a section where I didn't quite get the gist of what was happening, but that was a small price to pay. In the end, it was a glorious read, and a huge story line arc was tied up neatly.
Angela Dawe, if I'm not mistaken, has read all of the Psy-changling series, and she is amazing. The consistent narration definitely helped the series thrive, particularly since she's one of the best narrators out there, and I can't imagine anyone doing it better. She's a true professional, and it shows.
I've been reading this series in order (and it helps, I'm sure). This book was the best of the lot so far. The author creates a fantastic hero for this book. Aiden is tortured and a bit clueless and entirely male. The tension between hero and heroine hit that perfect note and I really bought the attraction.
The reader, Lola Holiday, had a pleasant voice and I could find little fault with her work. Yes, I admit I've heard better, but I've also heard far worse. I barely noticed she was there, to be honest, and for me, that's the sign of a good narrator.
This book is the 10th in Maggie Shayne's Wing's of the Night series. Audible, unfortunately, doesn't even list the series, but it is indeed part of a series. Audible only has books 7 and books 10 through 16 and books 1 and 2 of the followup series, Children of Twilight.
I mention the series element because there are a lot of characters in this book from previous books. In fact, the heroes and heroines from almost all the previous books are in this book at some point. This fact can get overwhelming for the listener who isn't familiar with the series. I, however, have read this series in print (as well as listened to book 7 on audio) up to this point, so I was familiar with the back story and the characters from previous novels. So while I suppose this book could stand alone, I don't think it would be nearly so go. The heroine, in particular, featured largely in previous books. She's very unique in the vampire world Shayne has created, so honestly, I can only hope that the rest of the series gets added to audible at some point.
Amber Lily is a unique young woman. She's the first child ever born to two vampires, and as such, she is hunted by their arch nemesis and fiercely protected by her vampire aquaintences. She isn't a vampire, but she does have special abilities that are similar. She can walk in the sun, and she doesn't need blood to survive, and is in constant danger from a villain named Frank Stiles, who hunts her ceaselessly.
Edge (short for Edger...hows that for making a boring name cool?) was a street thug. He was turned vampire and then left by his sire to fend for himself. The very same Frank Stiles murdered his young friends, and he's out for revenge. Knowing Stiles will be hunting for Amber Lily, he decides to find her first and be there when Stiles catches up so he can have his revenge.
They meet, and things take off from there. The love story between the two is rocky, but it worked for me. If you are following the series, much more about the nature of Amber Lily and the changes happening in the vampire world is revealed, and that is really the books strength.
Consequently, I loved this book, since I've read the previous stories in the series, and would highly recommend it to those who love vampire tales. However, as a starting point, this book probably isn't your best bed. I'd suggest reading the first few books with your eyes (or waiting for them to come out on audible), before buying this one.
There is also a bonus hour or so, a prequel to a later book in the series, and I was very surprised and pleased to find it tagged onto the end of this recording. For me: win/win!
And by "marriage made in heaven", I'm not talking about anything that happens in the story, I'm talking about the audio marriage between Robyn Carr and Therese Plummer. Sometimes, they get it so right, and this is one of those times. I like Therese Plummer no matter what she reads, but I will always associate her with Robyn Carr's books, because when she reads them, it's as close to a perfect audio experience as it gets.
I approached this book as a dedicated Virgin River fan. I have listened to every single Virgin River book on Audible, and I get sucked right in to each and every one. While some were, admittedly, better than others, I can't think of a single one I didn't like. The town of Grace Valley is mentioned often in the VR books, as were some of the characters, and I was looking forward to visiting there myself.
That's what you do in a Robyn Carr book. You visit the places. You meet the people. You become invested in their lives. Her books are extremely character driven. In Deep in the Valley, you meet many of the Grace Valley residents, for better or worse, warts and all. They are a eclectic bunch of small town characters, and that is what Carr does best.
For those who've read the VR series, as I have, she keeps to her style of flashing back and forth between characters and sub plots. As usual, she sucks you right into the goings on and takes you along for the ride. This story's main character is Dr. June Hudson. As the book begins, she is welcoming Dr. Stone to town. He seems a good family man and the perfect fit for Grace Valley's medical needs, but is he? Then there's the mountain family led by a PTSD suffering father and hideously scarred mother, the town's drunken wife beater and his battered family, the lascivious Presbyterian minister and his jealous wife, the Native American sheriff, the old "no nonsense" judge, June's aging father and her eccentric novelist aunt, her chain smoking nurse and her goth receptionist. The list of characters is a mile long. I've only brushed the surface here.
Oh, and then there's the hero. A bit of an afterthought really. Which is why I rated this book 4 stars instead of 5. In a ten and a half hour book, I'd be surprised if an hour of it had anything to do with the central romance. Perhaps, as a trilogy, Carr decided to focus on building the setting and getting us all acquainted with the characters in this book. Still, this book was billed as a romance, and there's a certain expectation of that based on the VR books, but this book is barely a romance. While it didn't really take away from my enjoyment of the book itself, I felt almost cheated in hindsight. I can't complain much, since I loved the book, but I couldn't quite rate it a 5 star either.
One other minor problem was the huge (and I mean huge) number of characters. I would advise readers to grab a notebook and jot down names and relevant information from the start, because otherwise, the book can become very confusing. I've read other reviews on Goodreads from people who read it in print who felt the same. The sheer number of different characters gets a bit overwhelming rather quickly, and you start trying to sort out who is who.
Would I recommend this book? You bet I would. My small criticisms aside, it's a wonderful novel. Find a time to listen when you're not likely to be disturbed, because you won't ever want to hit the pause button.
I was so very happy that this release came as a novella and a book as the next installments in the Shadowdweller series. So often we are forced to buy a separate anthology just to hear one novella in a series we are following, and that irks me. In Pleasure, we are given a novella first (appx 3 hours long) and then a book.
In the novella: Sagan, a penance priest for the Shadowdwellers disappeared after an altercation with the evil villianess Acadian in the last book in this series, Rapture. He was presumed dead, but on the way to whatever torture Acadian had planned for him, he's rescued by Valera, a human magic user. Magic users are usually the arch enemy of all the Nightwalker races, including the Shadowdwellers. This novella is short, and I will admit the deep affection did seem a trifle rushed, but overall, I bought it.
In the longer story (at over 8 hours, I'd call it a book in itself), the queen Malaya and her bodyguard Guin are the focus. We've had hints of this relationship going beyond the professional, at least on Guin's side, in the previous books. This was a well told and action packed love story. Again, the villain Acadian is still at large and up to her old tricks. Guin and Malaya are torn between their feelings and their duties. I found it a satisfying and well told love story, with plenty twists and turn on the way to their happily ever after. Acadian if finally revealed, and at least a part of the story arc is tied up.
Kirsten Potter did a great job with the narration. Well worth my credit!
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