Wow…I liked this one as much as the first, and this is a hard one to review without giving anything away.…
Jace is HOT and while a bit broken he finally gets it (what he has, what he has missed seeing the last couple of years) at the end….what was really cool with this one was getting to see him come into his own and let the wall down a little bit at a time….Aggie was AWESOME and oh so patient…while generally in my reading I’m not a fan of Dominatrix’s, and the infliction of pain to the extent that some of her clients wanted it…it was not as “in your face” as it is in some books so it did not bother me. There were a couple of heart stopping moments when the bad luck that started with book 2 seemed to continue…there did seem to be a loose end or two but hopefully we should get those addressed in the next books
The side stories with the rest of the band members was great, it was fun to see how things were going with Brian & Myrna and Sed & Jessica and I can’t wait for Eric’s and Trey’s books.
Title: Dreamer’s Pool: Blackthorn & Grim, Book 1
Author: Juliet Marillier
Narrators: Scott Aiello, Natalie Gold, Nick Sullivan
Publisher/Date: Audible Studios, 11/04/14
Length: 17 hours 44 minutes
Copy Provided by Audiobook Jukebox
I have to start with the narration, usually one of my pet peeves is the alternating narration from POV’s (mostly with dual narration), I've ranted about it before, but this time with three narrators and maybe because it is three points of view’s instead of just two…it worked for me. All three narrators did a fabulous job, even though we had to recall three sets of voices for each of the characters they were still very distinct and you knew which character was speaking regardless of who was narrating. At the moment, the best thing about this book is the narration, and even that is not enough, I may DNF this with only about 4 hours left…….argh, very frustrating
I made it another hour and am just disgusted with Blackthorn…..I had figured out early on the problem with Lady Flidais. While initially the story pulled me in I found myself getting board before I was 50% through. The book is well written but for me just way to wordy. There were a lot of details and descriptions that I could have done without and I found it quite frustrating to have so much foreshadowing to get to the freaking point….I listened for almost 13 hours before Blackthorn and Grim were asked to investigate. If the rest of the story had been more engaging it would have helped, I kept waiting for something to happen. I listened to 14 ½ hours and while the issue that made me hit “pause” on the play most likely resolves itself, all I can say is that Blackthorn’s reaction at this point just did me in, she should really know better….it has been over a week since I hit pause and I just can’t bring myself to hit the play button again…..I may finish those final three hours someday….but not today.
So for me the best thing about this book is the narration, as I said above, all three did a fabulous job. Narration is a full 5 stars. The Book for me is really only about 1½ to 2 Stars.
This book was provided by the Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox for an honest review
3.5 Stars - Audio provided by author for an honest review
This one is not easy to review. Initially I did not care for the narration but the voice grew on me. I really liked the take on “immortals” and I thought the story was well told. I think what makes this difficult for me to review is while it was a well told story, it took me over two weeks to finish the audio. For me the story was a bit slow, it was not an “I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens” listen.. I really liked Risa and Wally….Ring had his moments but I did not really care for him as a character.
So all in all not bad, but it will be a bit before I try the next book in the series.
Okay, so here are the technical details & Blurb
Written by: June Stevens, DJ Westerfield
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
Series: Oak Hollow, Book 1
Publisher: DJ Westerfield
Ellie loves her hometown, job, and best friend Jake. But Jake is a ladies man that will never settle down. Ellie can’t stand to see him with other women anymore, so she is packing up and leaving Oak Hollow and everything she loves to start over.
A night of unexpected passion makes her start to think maybe things can work out between them, until she happens upon a secret Jake has been keeping for more than a year. Will their friendship be forever torn apart? Or will Ellie find A Reason to Stay
The rating on this one is hard for me, do I rate based on how the story was with narration or do I rate on the story itself…the hard part is, as an audio book the narration has a big impact on the telling of the story and while the narrator was not bad….there was something missing. I thought she did great with the actual dialogue, however on the narration between dialogue (not sure what to call it) it was almost to fast. I kept thinking take a breath and slow down. I think the other hard part for me was I did not feel the narrators connection to the story…..she did not become the characters for me. To me, the best audio books are the ones where the narrators really become the characters, they are not just reading you the story, they bring the story to life…..I’m not sure how else to explain it….but that is what was missing from the narration for me.
The story itself, a friends to lovers, was very sweet. I think this is one that I would have enjoyed more reading instead of listening. My one complaint would be that they waited so long to actually talk to each other about feelings….but then I guess we would not have the story…anyways that is just one of my “pet peeves” in romance books, I usually just look at my kindle or car stereo and think (or in some cases talk out loud) “Dude, just freaking talk to each other and quite wasting time”.
So, I think all in all a 3.5 that I’ll round up to 4 stars and would rate the story as written 4 Stars but the narration would be 3 stars
The Gamble is one of my favorites, and after the narration on the Dream Man series I was kinda worried if the audio was going to be any good on this. As it turns out, they found someone who could pull off Nina's "slight" English accent and switch to non accented voices without a hitch....Max's voice seemed a bit awkward to me at first but in the end I was happy with it.
I can't wait for Sweet Dreams, there is a roughly 45 min excerpt for Sweet Dreams at the end that just leaves you wanting more. Now we just need the Ghosts and Reincarnation series to be released in audio.
I think this would have made a much better short story, it just kind of limped along, after the intro with Morgan in Whales and spotting Rhys as the "Grimm" and then seeing him again when she returns home, the beginning was good and engaging but then it just kind of limps along...there was a bit of action with the slaying of a monster.....then Morgan being and idiot.....then a bit more with the introduction of Ranyon...more of Morgan being a closed minded idiot and more of same, and the only "big event" to happen was at the end.
I know it sounds like I did not like it, I did enjoy it but I spent the entire time listening just waiting for something to happen. I think a lot of Morgan's disbelief and some of the "every day" type stuff could have been minimized and with a shorter story it would have flowed better.
So I think I would actually give this 3.5 stars but not the kind of 1/2 that I would round up to four.
Really happy the novellas are finally starting to come out in audio.
This collection is the first two novellas in the Elder Races series True Colors (Elder Races #3.5) and Natural Evil (Elder Races, #4.5)
Both are good stories and the narration is excellent
I love this series...yes it is a bit silly and you have to suspend belief a lot but the humor and snark make it all worth while. The narrator was good and am keeping fingers crossed that the rest of the seires will soon follow in auido
I'm undecided on this book, I'm not sure if it was the story or the narration that has me undecided...
Alice Chapman did a very good job in reading the story, maybe it was the southern accent...I am no expert but it seemed off....maybe harder when it should be softer....I used to work with a woman from Tennessee and I remember the drawl being a bit softer....
While I did like this one, I had actually read the 3rd book first and enjoyed it more than this one. There was great chemistry with Derrick and Ginger and I really liked both characters, until the end where Ginger momentarily turned into the TSTL girl....if I could give 1/2 stars this would be a solid 3.5 star listen
This was good, an interesting take on vampires and werewolves. I think what kept this from a solid 4 stars is that Zoe while likable bugged me a bit, I can't quite pinpoint if it was how she was written or how she sounded with the narration, this is not a complaint about the narration Kate Rudd did a wonderful job.
I liked the mythology and archaeology in this one, I found this part of it very interesting. While this did not have a "cliffhanger" ending, it does leave a lot of unanswered questions and no book two available to answer those questions...which is a bit frustrating cause book 2 is not out until March....
I really liked this one, did a re-read with the audio cause I realized I had the second book but could not quite remember everything from this one....and I had a feeling I was combining other book plots/stories to my recollections of this one.
The narration was well done, lots of action, chemistry and a bit of suspense which makes for an excellent read...or listen.
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