Kate Daniels is a fantastic urban fantasy heroine. Unlike many heroines, Kate isn't a bumbling amateur and doesn't swoon when she sees a cute guy. Like Dresden (and that I'm making the comparison shouldn't at all suggest that Kate is any lesser than Dresden - I just got familiar with him first) she's a tough loner though with some friendly and/or professional affiliations. Also like Dresden, she's funny, dry and sarcastic. There are passing threads of love interests, but it's not a big part of the story - nothing wrong with mixing in romance, but it's refreshing for a female lead to not be that interested. I highly recommend this and am super bummed that there are only 4 on audible.
There are a LOT of books about women who happen to stumble on mysteries with a fair few of them having a paranormal twist - This one stands out, because the main character is really, really funny and likeable - she's very Stephanie Plum without being a clear knockoff. I also think that the narrator (who also voices Stephanie) is much better suited to this character. Totally worth the credit.
What's more frustrating, the narrator or the story? The narrator is excellent at caricatures, like your embarrassing great uncle after a few drinks. Her Scottish accent mostly sounds like the Simpsons' Groundskeeper Willie, except when it slips into Lucky Charms Irish. The one gay character lisps and sounds like Big Gay Al on South Park. It is really, really grating. The story has gigantic holes you just have to look past, like the slowness with which news travels in a small Scottish village. A crew of ghost hunters with a camera crew show up in a village, anywhere, and I am certain the entire village will be aware pretty quickly. Deaths start occurring around them, people will immediately know and be suspicious of them. But not in this village. There is an embedded love story, of course. It is painfully cliche. And then there are the little details of the story - things like the narrator's phone working in both the US and UK.
I listen to audiobooks while I walk to work, run errands and do chores - so I go through a lot of them. I generally prefer mysteries and urban fantasy. Without trying, this author should have been able to get at least a 3 star from me, but the terrible accents, the silly plot, the sillier love story and the sloppy details - this is pretty awful.
There are many good things about this book, not the least of which being the lush writing that puts the reader in the middle of a magical circus. Unfortunately, though, the love story is totally unconvincing. The scenes between the lovers read like a portion of Twilight - the characters fall in love before you know it and say really, really painfully hokey things. The characters' motivations are swept into "because they're so totally in love and dedicated to each other," which isn't compelling at all. Still, a good story; a solid 3.
When did Vimes become all-knowing? In many ways, this is classic Pratchett: taking on a serious social issue in an amusing, intelligent and amusing amusing amusing way. However, Vimes has somehow become an uber-cop. Just as Vetinari always knows what's going on and who's doing what, somehow Vimes has become so as well, but really, does the Disc need more than one omniscient being? I liked Vimes originally, because of his humanity, because he was a flawed man trying to do right. In this book, I found him a little cardboard. That being said, it's still Pratchett, so still a great book. And it's not like anything I say would deter a Pratchett fan, anyway. ;)
The new narrator - He's different from James Marsters, of course, but he does a fine job. There is something very suitable about the narration changing after Harry dies, after a book called Changes. The story is different than the usual Dresden story, necessarily, but the character remains consistent. The narrator does a really good job - I particularly like his rendition of Mort. Don't fear change!
A solid 3.5 stars (if that were an option) - There isn't a lot new in this book, but it's entertaining and well read. Like with X-Men, the pivotal question is whether those with super-powers should fight with or against those without. The characters are archetypal - the tough guy/gal with a tender heart, the bad guy who hates weakness, etc - so although they are not as thoroughly fleshed out as one might hope, between the strong narration and the fact that they are familiar, it's not really a problem. Over all, I enjoyed it and recommend it as an easy listen for when you can't think of anything you're really dying to hear.
This was one of the most interesting books I've listened to in awhile. As another reviewer noted, the narration is perfect for the story and the character. Also perfect is the portrayal of New Orleans as a place where mysticism and logic, despair, decay and beauty all co-exist without any particular concern for the others. I very very much recommend this title.
This is not urban fantasy, which I love. This is just a romance novel. I listened to the first two books, and they were kind of meh, but this third one - ugh. The main character has been, throughout, a bit of a pollyanna even without considering that she is a 2000 year old demon. In this last book, she has also evolved into being self-absorbed and full of angst. I stopped listening, because I just don't care about her or her world. For example, one of the characters decided to start taking risks and signed up for a self-defense class because it was the 'craziest' class she could think of. Really?? And the main character dreams of having a child and living in a house with a porch. Mixed with the bland sex scenes and the passive aggressive relationship, I felt like I might as well go watch the Real Housewives.
I really enjoyed this, despite it really capturing the difficulties of being a teenager. The author crams a lot into the story - broken families, drugs, sex, that special attachment to music that teenagers have - without the story getting jumbled. The author also manages to keep the story from being cliche, although, to be sure, coming of age tales are nothing new. The characters are so well developed that as they move through the well-worn path of trying to fit in, while being yourself, while figuring out who you are, I never once got bored.
Like a lumbering zombie, this plot moves sloooooooowly. The main character whines a LOT - admittedly, he has reason to complain. Zombiedom in the world of the book is certainly unfortunate and all the "breathers" are jerks. However, listening to someone complain about the same stuff for a few hours is pretty boring. While some of the episodes in the book have the potential to be amusing, buried under the self-pity of the narrator, they don't really make it. Seriously, give it a pass.
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