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I purchased this book during the $4.95 sale because I had looked at it in print, and it seemed like something I would like. Well, I'm certainly glad I didn't waste a credit or full price on it because in spite of a good story, the narrator spoils it. I Googled Jessica Almasy just to be sure that she wasn't really a 12 year old before I criticized her for sounding like one. Although the information on her is sparse, she is clearly an adult who is simply cursed with forever sounding like a pre-adolescent.
The main character is a strong, adult woman. I cannot begin to fathom how Almasy, with her little-girl voice, was selected to read these novels. (Unfortunately, she reads the entire series; I will not be listening to any more!) She reads competently enough. Her pacing and phrasing are decent, and she pronounces words correctly, but she cannot handle these characters. If her ability to voice Marla is doubtful, her ability to voice male characters is farcical. All male voices sound alike: vaguely constipated versions of Marla.
As for the story and the writing, I've enjoyed them as much as possible with the handicap of Almasy's reading. I think I will enjoy reading the other novels in the series to myself much more than I have enjoyed listening to this one. If I could divide the star ratings up, I'd give the narration 1 star just because it is SO inappropriate, and the novel itself 4 stars.
A plot that relied on something other than guts and gore. Now to put this in some context, I have read every single other book, story, and novella written by Kelley Armstrong, so this very negative review is from a big fan. I know she does not shy away from violence, but in this book that was all there was. It's like there were just a few scenes between blood and guts to get from one needlessly PROLONGED scene of graphic violence to the next, like porn that tries to have a story line. I could not even finish this one.
It's hard to say because the characters were very unimportant in this book: It was all about the violence. The one bright light was Eve. If Armstrong had been able to get away from her fascination with describing eviscerations in detail to develop characters more, the re-corporalized Eve would have been great.
Just because I have read every other book in the series, I will probably get this one in used paperback so that I can skip through the probable 3/4 of the book that does not involve plot. I seems a shame to end such a fantastic series on such a low note. It's hard to believe Armstrong even wrote this one.
I would not try another book in this series by this author, but I *might* try a different series. The book was reasonably well written, just boring, boring, boring, one fight after another with little to hold my attention. I never felt like I knew the main character, so I just didn't care about him. Another review compared this to the Harry Dresden series: I did not see it. I confess that I could not finish the book, but for the over half I got through, nothing of substance happened.I would listen to something else narrated by Luke Daniels; his performance is what kept me listening as long as I did.
I'm listening to a Mad Max mystery by MJ Trow; then I'm about to try my first Jeremy Robinson novel.
His voicing of each character was very distinct, and his women's voices were well done.
Yes, Hearne obviously can write; this book just wasn't to my taste: I'm certainly not warning everyone off it. But if you're looking for fleshed out characters, you won't find them here... at least not in the first half. I suppose this book might be suffering from a 1st in series problem. I've seen some series start out with wobbly then take off. I won't be finding out about this one, though, because I just never cared at all about the main character.
This book is different from my usual cup of tea, so I hesitated a bit before purchasing it. I was afraid it might be too formulaic to be enjoyable, but this has been one of my favorite audiobooks in some time. First, it is very atmospheric; I was immediately drawn into this world. Harwood created a main character to whom I was immediately drawn. Much of the story is told through flashbacks, but the narrative switches between the present and past so skillfully that transitions are seamless. As I listened, I always had questions that made me find just a few more minutes to listen a little more. The suspense isn't driven by violence and mayhem, but of situations with "something" just a bit off kilter, or the promise of information just around the bend. I don't want to say much about the plot because each new element of the plot reveals something that you've been wondering about. If you read the publisher's summary on the book's page, it gives you a decent enough feel for the book; just know that this story is very well crafted.
If you're considering this book, go ahead, you won't be disappointed. The writer is talented; Rosalyn Landor does her usual outstanding job; and the overall result is an experience that I am very glad I did not miss.
I enjoy sci-fi, and I like detective novels, so this novel was right up my alley. To top it off, I enjoy Robert Sawyer's writing, and this novel did not disappoint. The ideas in this book were very interesting. I don't want to give too much away, but the idea of consciousness transference is really well-explored in this novel. The mystery is also interesting and the suspense kept me listening when I needed to be doing other things.
I would only recommend this book for those who are already dedicated to the series. It was more like catching up with old friends than anything else. Fforde did not let us into the book world this time, and that has always been one of my favorite parts, and Thursday was the only character who really did anything of interest.
As always Emily Gray did a spectacular job on all the characters in this series.
Most Definitely! Even though it is a weak offering in the series (not the weak-est), it would still make a terrifically fun movie!
So many genre novels just seem to be slightly different versions of each other that it is a delight when a truly different novel comes along. While I could certainly detect some influences for this series, Aaronovitch has created a world that does not feel like every other wizard/detective/urban fantasy novel that has come along in recent years. Although I like many of them, I enjoy reading something distinctive, and Midnight Riot is quite different in the characters and the way Aaronovitch has incorporated magic into his world. I especially like the main character Peter Grant. I took one star off story because a few elements seemed forced, and I felt that a few things just came out of nowhere (and not by magic). Overall, however, this book was excellent and kept me looking for excuses to listen.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was a fabulous choice to narrate this series. He made every character stand out, and performed the book more than simply reading it.
I hesitated for quite some time before taking the plunge on this novel because of comparisons to Pratchett's Discworld series, which I have never been able to find a way to care about. Apart from the existence of magic, I saw almost no similarities. It was more like a traditional British police procedural with magic and magical creatures thrown in.
My title is really how I feel: If you read the summary or looked at the cover and thought, "I might like this," then go ahead and buy it. You will NOT regret it. Now, it is just as strange as it sounds, but it is also extremely entertaining. I jumped at the opportunity to listen to this book because I enjoyed John Dies at the End (paper, audio, and movie). As always in cases like this, I feared disappointment, but Wong's second book is even stronger than John because it is more tightly plotted. While I would have been hesitant to recommend John to just anyone, this book is more traditional without losing any of the edge or insanity that made John so fun. I was also concerned that the narrator had changed, but Nick Pedehl does an outstanding job, and I really could not choose which narrator I prefer.
If you like crazy fun, comedy, random insanity, or just hate spiders, I highly recommend this book to you.
Most definitely NOT!
I ordered this book as an import from the UK before it was even available in the US because I enjoy the wit of Hugh Laurie. When I read it, I heard his self-effacing, Bertie Wooster-esque voice as the main character. I realize it was too much to hope for to have him as the narrator, but Simon Prebble was all wrong for this part. Prebble, who is one of my all time favorite narrators, is just too formal, sounded too old and too educated for this character. It didn't ruin the book, but it was definitely a different take on the character than I heard when I read the book for myself.
Well, not exactly... It was just so absurd (intentionally so) that "edge of the seat" suspense was not really realistic, but I was always curious about what was going to happen to the protagonist next.
Stiff... All Wrong
I laughed out loud several times.
Buy the print version and imagine Hugh Laurie reading it. But if you're not a reader, this is certainly better than not enjoying this book at all.
It was so slow. I never thought it was going anywhere. I just never felt any sense of anticipation as I listened, and Hanne was very unlikeable in this book, so even though I had already met and liked her in another novel, I just didn't care about her in this one.
I first read 1222 and was enthralled from the first word, and I think I was expecting the same kind of engagement from this book. Perhaps if I had gone into this book without those expectations, I would have enjoyed it more.
The interrogations were handled nicely.
It's not a case of cutting exactly, just changing pacing. Holt does a FAR better job in 1222.
Skip this Anne Holt book and go for 1222 instead.
It is above average, but not at the very top. i did find excuses to listen to this book, and I generally just listen when I'm driving or doing chores, so it was very good.
At times, the suspense was quite tense, but only because I was willing to be involved with the story and not nit-pick the plot too much.
I have read every book in the series, but this was the first book I have listened to, and Denaker voiced Amanda exactly the way I heard her in my own head. She also made each character very distinct. I will look for more books she has narrated.
Not really, but the discussions of how MacKenzie was coping with his family's misfortunes in the aftermath of the hurricane were very well-written.
I felt that this book ended the series nicely. A few of the later books in the series were a bit weak, but this book was better.
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