I will want to listen to this story again before I move on to the next Odd novel. (Yes, I am assuming there will be another one)
I am always delighted with Koontz's use of monologue to get the exposition out. Odd has a wonderful voice as does Jolie. I'm also a fan of Ed. I hope we get to meet Jolie and Ed again soon.
He's a wonderful Odd. Young and self-depreciating and funny and sorrowful in the perfect mix. I do wish he had given us a bit more differentiation between Odd and Jolie's voices though.
I chuckled a good bit. Although there were some very emotional (horrible) bits, I didn't cry.
It would have been nice to have a little more backstory on Odd's companion. She didn't really do much in this story, but references back to previous adventures had me scratching my head. (I really should have listened to Odd Apocalypse again before attempting this story). Overall, it was a fun and satisfying listen for me.
This book moves so well, the chapters fly by. The characters are so beautifully drawn - I just can't say enough. And I don't want to say much more. Nobody likes spoilers.
Nature, danger, hunger, the bad guys are *really* bad - AND there's a dog. What more could you want?
Barbara Rosenblat has only served to make this book even more gorgeous. Her voice is lighter and more energetic than it has been lately.
Completely worth your time.
Years ago, I read as many of these cute cozy mysteries as I could find. Imagine my delight when I found that they were here on audible.
I have listened to the first 20 minutes of this book and can go no further. I won't go into greater detail, but will say that a reader can make or break a book or a series.
This is a real shame.
If you've read any of my other reviews, you already know I like a fun listen. And these Blackwell books are that. They are fun. Xe Sands is very playful with the characters, but I'm fussy about readers and hear more vocal fry in every single character than I'd really like to hear from just one or two. It can sometimes be difficult to tell who is speaking.
The heroine seems to be pretty down to earth, if you don't count the wacky way she dresses. I could have lived without that character quirk - it seems a little forced, but it doesn't get in the way of the stories so I choose to wink at it.
The books themselves have romance and fun twists and it isn't easy to figure out who the bad guys are - always a plus. Blackwell isn't King or Koontz, but sometimes it's a relief not to have your socks scared off. And, really, who doesn't like a humorous ghost story?
I swear Lawrence Block has revived and written more material since his 'retirement' than ever before. And don't think that, just because I've been a Bernie fan for years, I gave this book an automatic 5. There's always that chance of disappointment.
I'm glad to say that Bern and Carolyn are as fresh (and apparently young) and up to mischief as ever. Plenty of twists and ***s and pretty upbeat, considering it's Bernie and Carolyn. Also, I learned some stuff that I'll never need to know, but don't mind knowing anyway.
Richard Ferrone does a fine job of handing a handful of characters and is very easy to listen to.
This was a real gift from Mr. Block.
If you're tired of trying to keep all your vampire 'universes' straight, this book will be a refreshing change. It's a reverse Mary Sue, which is also refreshing.
The reader is very likeable, although she doesn't do a lot of character voice differentiation. Fortunately, the book doesn't seem to really need it and her voice is charming and a little offbeat.
I plan to continue with this series.
I probably would a few years down the line, particularly if I can accumulate all of the books in the series and listen to them in order.
I didn't find this an edge of your seat kind of book, but I did choose to continue to listen when I could have opened a book or switched on the TV.
Chet, of course. There were a few times when he really did make me laugh out loud.
I don't see how this book could be made into a film without changing the entire tone of it.
This book was perfect for my escape listen mood. I've already recommended it to a few friends.
Probably nothing. It's dark in a way that I find unappealing.
I have done in the past.
I didn't find any of them likeable.
The narrator. Also, I like a little more depth and a little less lip-gloss color detail.
She is extremely nasal and her overuse of vocal fry for every single character (I could see using it on purpose for one or two characters) was so irritating, I may not be able to finish the book at all.
I would not go to a theatre to see this. It's really more in the Lifetime Movie genre anyway.
For me, listening to a book is always a different experience of the story than reading it. If I like a book exceedingly well, I'll both read and listen to it - just to get all the nuances from it. Having said that, I also think a great narrator can take a so-so story and give it life and humor and a naturalness that the actual story doesn't really have. And, of course, the reverse is true as well. Fairstein's books are complicated enough that it might be easier to keep track of all the characters and story turns on the page rather than by earbud.
I'm not quite finished with it, but I'm pretty sure I've guessed whodunit. More red herrings might have been good. :)
The scene in Jed's club must be the confrontation fantasy of most people at one time or another.
Beware the fried clam stand.
It was surprising to me to see so many comments about the annoying aspect of narrator's (the brilliant Barbara Rosenblat) mouth noise. I have listened to dozens of BR's performances and, yes, I've heard her swallow. I've heard her carrying on with what sounded like the end of a head cold. I've heard her voice deepen as time went by.
I purposely listened out for these noises and can only remember hearing one swallow and virtually no 'sparkles' or 'clicks'. I'd also like to point out that an over abundance of this kind of noise should be at least partly attributed to the sound engineer. It certainly is easy enough to edit noise out of a reading.
If I have any complaint, it's with the voice BR chose to do for Mike. I keep seeing him as an overweight middle-aged guy, rather than the tall, dark, handsome (if crude) guy he is supposed to be. But maybe that's because it's been too long since I've been to NY.
Frankly, it's my opinion that it would take an awful lot more (purely natural) mouth noise to offset the fact that Ms. Rosenblat can do any gender, any accent, any genre with complete believability. (I have a terrible crush on her rendition of Emerson in the Amelia Peabody series.)
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