Fun story, the low rating is due to the fact that I got a bit annoyed with the unending hero worshipping. I do like Kris Longknife, but it would be more enjoyable if I was allowed to make up my own mind about that... why do I constantly need to be told how singularly fantastic she is? Still, I did enjoy the story.
A whodunnit with needlecraft information ;-) Nothing too thrilling, easy to listen to with half an ear, although I suspect that I must have missed a few clues early on, not paying sufficient attention. It's a bit slow, which had my mind wandering, but still interesting enough to deserve a positive rating (maybe 4 stars are generous, but as I wouldn't pick up a 3 star book, it'll have to be a 4).
Susan Boyce does an OK job narrating, and although I didn't like it much (emphasis and pauses at odd spots, the voices sligtly different but not to the point where you could actually pick out who might be speaking), it doesn't put me off getting a couple more of the series.
I like the story itself, except it got very tedious at times with repetitive details about how life was for female members of the police way back when. What annoyed me the most, however, was the narrator; for much of the book, she sounded like a school teacher attempting to get her 3rd graders to share what they'd done over spring break, when in fact she was e.g. describing a gruesome murder. At other times she appeared bored, just sort of plodding along.
Looking back now, I think I may have been doing the story itself an injustice and have changed the rating from 3 to 4 stars.
First - I'm not into romance novels, so I cannot compare it to other romances. What I can say is that there's about a 10 minute action passage, the other n hours it's all about Jane getting used to being a vampire and interacting with other vampires in her home town. She is being framed for murder - twice - but apart from explaining that she was innocent no attempt is made to find out who's the culprit. Eventually, said culprit appears and clears everything up nicely.
Long story short, it's not very good either as an action novel, whodunnit, or (IMHO) as a vampire story. Like I said, it's possible that it's a good romance, but I'm the wrong person to judge.
I got "Side Jobs" to tide me over the long time between Changes and number 14 (yet to be released) which hopefully will be read by James Marsters again.
Although Jim Butcher states that, in his opinion, some of these stories are not up to scratch, I immensely enjoyed every single one of them. Each story comes with information about its place in the series' timeline, the latest one being placed just after "Changes".
For anyone new to the series: I'd suggest to get a full length book as this collection of short stories works best if you already know the characters.
For anyone already stuck into the Dresden files: definitely spend a credit on this one. I'd originally intended to get the paper version as I like to go back and read specific stories again, but I like these so much that there's no need... I'm quite happy to simply listen to the whole thing again ;-)
Love the story, and the narrator is among the best I've heard. Just downloading book #2, can't wait!
I've rewritten this review a couple of times because I find it hard to come up with a way to explain what annoyed me (i.e. why I've only put 3 stars for the story) without giving too much away.
It is a bit like an Agatha Christie novel where things resolve late in the story, everything that was previously just not quite right, dropping into place cleanly. It also has a lot of romance in it, which bored me to the point of uttering "oh get on with it" under my breath, to surprised looks of fellow travellers (but then, I don't think I've got a romantic bone in my body).
I generally like J.A. Jance, but this specific novel simply wasn't quite my cup of tea.
I like to get Dick Francis novels for when I need some easy reading / listening with likeable characters, an interesting plot, some action without complete bloodbaths... This one fits the bill, even if I felt that the ending was a bit sudden (although it did have all the checkboxes filled, it was simply delivered in about a dozen sentences).
I liked the story, and Tony Britton's narration is very good.
I'd been getting a bit bored (if such a thing is possible) with the Dresden files and side stepped to other books (BTW, if you like fantasy have a look at the Codex Alera series, also by Jim Butcher), but got back to book 11 and the only problem I have is that there aren't many left to look forward to. Turn Coat is a brilliant book in itself, but also picks up where several of the earlier books left things open. I couldn't stop listening, and am now downloading the next one. Can't wait...
The publisher's description summarizes the story well, there isn't much more added in the book other than a re-discovery of immunization and some of the cast dying at the end for no reason I could ascertain. Maybe it solved the problem that otherwise, another chapter would have been needed to neatly wrap up what few loose threads were left.
All in all I kept waiting for something more interesting to happen, and as much as I like other Dragonrider novels, this one felt like wasted effort.
I went through this series in no time, absolutely love it.
Codex Alera is a fantasy series set in a world with a bunch of different races, the human one being descended from a Roman legion that was dropped on it some 1,000 years before. Since then, Alerans have gained fury craft, while pretty much forgetting about non-fury-based technology. Each book describes a period in the life of Tavi, who starts out as a 15-year old "freak" as he has no fury craft whatsoever, and develops into a smart young man, becoming more and more a central figure in changes happening in Alera and an all-out war against the Vord who threaten to destroy Alera.
Check out the wiki about Codex Alera for more details, or start with the first book to see if you like it :-)
Kate Reading does a fantastic job narrating, I'll be looking for books read by her.
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