It's nicely written and gorgeously read by Amanda Ronconi. In fact, I only downloaded the audio because of Ms. Ronconi. She must have been having a dry spell at the time. Normally, she chooses better.
If you've ever read any modern paperbacks, then you already know this story. It's set in a small town on a small island in Georgia and that was fun - or would have been if there had been any references to island living at all. There were also cupcakes and that was fun too. Who doesn't like cupcakes? (other than that cake guy on TV)
As for the rest - I found myself thinking: come on! how much more can we talk about this relationship? This is not junior high! And I kept hoping for a dead body to enliven the plot.
So - decide for yourselves. It's an excellent example of what it is.
Oh, another thing. I like series listening. On second look though, the island town is all that really seems to string this series of books together.
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. There were great, complete characters and it draws the listener along just as a thriller should. It's beautifully read.
But seriously. It really ought to be one book of two or three parts. If you're looking for any kind of resolution for just the one credit or purchase, you are not going to be a happy camper. If you don't mind that sort of thing, then dive in. It's very reminiscent of later Stephen King.
This is one of my favorite series. Jim Butcher has a gift and it's amazing that he's taken Harry on this 15 part ride and continues to leave us (me) wanting more.
Marsters narrates like a dream. He can nuance a phrase like nobody's business.
No spoilers here, but I will say that this is not the first book in this series and you will be completely lost if you start with Skin Game (the title of which is not describing what you may think it is). Go back and start at the top.
I have read all these books, except maybe some of the newer ones. It goes without saying that I love this series. Unlike many others, I think, I'm in the Melrose Plant camp. His interactions with children is always ridiculous and fun (for example).
I do have a few bones to pick, although I don't know how the problems could be solved. There are a few running gags that, if you don't know the books from the beginning of the series, may fall flat or go unnoticed. The butler's name is Ruthven. The name is pronounced "Rivven". Plant's Aunt Agatha, an American with hilarious delusions of her place in British aristocracy pronounces it incorrectly (as does the narrator, unfortunately). She also speaks with an American or bad English accent.
These things are overlooked by narrators and audio producers for lack of homework. How this kind of issue can be resolved without input from the author (or a fan) is beyond me.
Other than these irritations, I very much enjoyed this production of The Black Cat.
Fedoras, Dames, and Everything! A book for Goldilocks. Not too heavy, not too light. The bantered dialogue was intelligent and didn't try to hard and was carried off beautifully by narrator R.C. Bray.
In fact, Bray did a terrific job with all his characters, ranging from heavies to heroes to hippies to ... okay, I don't know a good 'H' word for little old ladies.
This is a great start to a new series. I'm so glad it came my way.
It is hard to know where to start with this review. I don't like to give too much away, but then again, with this story and its telling, I could tell you everything and you'd still enjoy this audio. The plot itself is simple and straightforwardly told. Emma's inner dialogue, read flawlessly by Rosemary Benson, flows like a river - sometimes still and sometimes crashing down the falls - and is never repetitive or frustrating.
I tend toward light escapist comedies and yet I loved this book. It drew me right in, much as Jodi Picoult can draw me in.
It is a wonderful work, beautifully read.
...if you can imagine St. Mary Mead, fifty years later and plunked down in the middle of the US, that is.
In a small subdivision in Boring, IN, everybody thinks they know everybody else's business, but when the Couch King's wife is found dead, deeply kept secrets begin to surface.
Christy Barritt's cozy mystery is filled with humor and suspense. The characters are finely portrayed by narrator, Christa G. Lewis. I was particularly fond of Laura's snoopy septuagenarian neighbor.
After a slow first chapter, the book rolls on more smoothly and becomes a fun listen.
Angela's mom has just passed away, but she barely has time to mourn before mom's back and driving her nutty again.
This is an adorable and humorous story about a suburban housewife whose psychic abilities manifest (again) after a long sleep. Angela's a reluctant heroine with a loyal and funny BFF sidekick and an amiable and accepting spouse. The characters are all enjoyable, brought vividly to life by narrator Kathy Poelker.
I can only hope this is the first of many Angela Panther stories.
A young widow, a brooding handsome stranger (who likes cats!), big rigs, truck stops.
A race against time through snow covered, twisty mountain roads. And a serial killer.
This book has all the ingredients to make anyone's spine tingle. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. The heroine's waffling over whether or not she can trust the hitch-hiker she's picked up might be exciting to some, but I began to find it a bit repetitive.
What I did like were the main character (when she wasn't waffling), the venue, and the narrator (really spot-on with the daughter's voice, in particular).
If you like romance (and/or trucks), I'd say give this audio a try.
These are just a few of the things Aladdin and his step-son encounter when they decide to get out of the house and so some male bonding.
Aladdin Sins Bad is second in the Rain/Anthony Aladdin Trilogy and it is even better than book one! The story moves very quickly and something either dangerous or ridiculous happens just about every five minutes.
Narrator, Paul Licameli, does a fun job of giving us very different character voices and knows how to ramp up the excitement levels whenever called for.
It's a very humorous fantasy series, told from the point of view of a man who is both smart and simple- (or perhaps single-) minded. I can recommend it for a light and funny listen.
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