I love this entire series and this one in particular. It has a great mix of romance (including steamy sex scenes) and action, just as all the books in the series do. The narrator does a really good job with this one. My only complaint about Nalini Singh is that she has the weirdest chapter breaks. Rather than stopping the chapter at the end of a scene, she does it right in the middle, for no reason I can discern. But that's minor.
I did enjoy this book but I did not love it. It kept me interested, but, as much as I love Virgil, I think Sandford gives his best stories to Lucas. I love Lucas also, but he's not quite as interesting since he got married.
I think the story itself was not quite as interesting. Like others, I'd rather the story be a mystery involving Minnesotans, not foreigners.
As for Erlc Conger, I like his voice but he makes no real effort to distinguish different voices, not even making female voices be a bit lighter or something to make you know you are hearing a woman. All in all, it was a pretty good book and I remain a firm Lucas and Virgil fan.
I do enjoy a book about Highlanders and this one had an interesting premise. The female lead hung on a bit too long to "I can never be myself or with a man", but finally gave in. The male was just what I like - handsome, tough, big, warrior, etc. My biggest complaint is the narrator, though for a woman she made a decent attempt at male voices. When you have a book, or series of books, where the main characters you are following are male, they need to be read by a male narrator, like Robert Petkoff, who reads Kresley Cole's Immortals after Dark series. I have every one of those that are out. I won't get the rest of these on audio. Maybe at the library.
Note that I say "reader". There was no narration. Every character had the same voice. Even when the 2 main characters, one male and one female, were having a conversation, there was NO difference in her voice. She made no effort to make males and females sound different from one another. This was such a huge disappointment after Hilary Huber narrated the first 2 books so well. Bennett's voice was so bland that I would find myself with wandering mind. She will be added to my "never listen to again" list. I just bought the 4th book in the series at Target for $5.99.
The story, on the other hand, was very good, with lots of action and sexual tension, as well as some pretty steamy sex scenes. Now, I'm going to go READ the 4th book because Erin Bennett narrates it also. I really prefer when books whose major protagonist is male is read by a man. I love the guy that does the Kresley Cole books.
Also, it's Halley's Comet, pronounced Hal-lee, not Hailey (hay-lee).
I liked this one better than the last couple of Virgil Flowers book, though they were good. I thought this one had a better story. I always like when there is at least a bit of Lucas Davenport in it also. I also like when Virgil has a bit of a fling, though Sandford cannot write a sex scene. But the characters have that "true" flavor with conversations that sound like real people. And while there is no mystery, since you know from the start "who-dun-it", there's still the figuring out how to catch them. Eric Conger doesn't do a great range of voices, but you expect him to read the Virgil books, so it's all good.
I was so disappointed in this addition to the series. I liked Rune so much in the previous 2 books that I was very disappointed that his book was so boring. I actually would find my mind wandering, which never happened with the first two books. There was little action and lots of internalizing. Like I said, boring. There were some pretty good sex scenes. I was also unhappy with the way Rune just seemed to turn against Dragos and the other Sentinels. Poor Dragos has now lost 2 of his sentinels. If this keeps up, how is he going to run his domain? As for Carling, I liked her OK. Better than Tricks from book 2, much less than Pia from book 1.
This book had the same narrator as the first 2, but she did a much weaker jobs. Often when Rune and Carling were conversing, you could not tell who was talking because she just seemed to give up on making the males voice somewhat different than the females. I also could not tell whether they were thinking or speaking. I don't remember that occurring in the first 2 books. In fact, she just seemed to be reading this book. Toward the end of the book, however, when they were with the oracle in Kentucky, she suddenly came to life with the oracle's voice, and it was HORRIBLE! I won't be able to listen to book 4 if she uses that voice for an entire book. I was hoping to see one of the other sentinels star in the next book. Just because a sentinel finds his or her mate, does not mean they need to leave the Wyrs. I'm afraid the oracle and the jinn are not of much interest to me.
I have to say I loved the hero, Tiago. But I didn't care much for the heroine. Actually, one of my least favorite kinds of females are the ones where the author keeps talking about how tiny they are, their tiny feet and hands, etc. (Shades of Feehan's Dark series) I also have little patience with so much emphasis on pink nail polish and 4-inch heels, etc. That's a lot of why I loved Pia in the first book. She was so real and no nonsense. Otherwise, the story itself was pretty good and had a goodly amount of action and steamy romance. The narrator again did a pretty good job.
I love the characters in this book and the world she created. The secondary characters were also intriguing and obviously setting up future books. There was a lot of action as well as some steamy romance. I listened obsessively to this book, not like my usual habit of just listening when doing boring chores or driving. The narrator did a pretty good job, lowering her voice a bit so that you could distinguish the male voice from the female. All in all, darn good.
Not a whole lot to say. This is a very light, occasionally amusing, story. The narrator does a good job. My main complaint is that the author uses "phase" continually for the changing of form for the werewolves. I felt like it was a Star Trek episode. It would be nice if she'd used "change" or "shift" sometimes. On the other hand, I liked that their clothes did not shift with them. I also felt like their shift was too easy, but that's just my opinion.
I loved this story. I loved Lothaire. Obviously, some of his actions would be unacceptable if he was human, but he's not. He's thousands of years old and a product of harsh conditions and centuries of living in the lore. Expecting him to act like a man would be foolish. Mild SPOILER ahead! And yet, our heroine, after she had gotten over her fear of him, did just that. But I still loved the book.
The biggest problem, and one I have to attribute equally to KC and the narrator, is her accent. More mild SPOILERS ahead. Even though Elizabeth spent 5 years in prison where most of the folks she probably encountered were not backwoods mountain folks and she earned a college degree, she continued to talk like she'd just walked off her mountain. This was compounded by the fact that the narrator made her sound like a 14 year old boy. I cringed at her voice through the entire story. But the narrator did an excellent job on all the other voices and I loved his voice for Lothaire. I noticed another reviewer said she had to quit listening the voice was so bad. I almost did a few times, but I'm glad I persisted because later the accent eased sometimes and I still loved the book. I doubt I will ever listen to it again, as I do other books.
I hope Audible get more of KC's books in this series.
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