I like spy novels and I enjoyed the intrigue and writing style of Daniel Silva. I thought the narration was excellent. The novel kept my interest even though I found the plot a bit predictable. I intend to listen to more books by the author.
A wonderful American literary classic told from the perspective of childhood innocence and fears. Set during the depression in Maycomb County Alabama in the face of Southern 1930s prejudices. A priceless story about growing up in the south and the law. Wonderful characters and so well written. Sissy Spacek's narration brings Harper Lee’s book to life. For those who have only seen the movie, you will appreciate the brilliance of the 1963 movie adaptation and understand why it won 3 Academy Awards. Gregory Peck so completely embodied the moral turpitude of Atticus Finch that I will forever see him when I think of Atticus. Each of the characters felt like old friends. This is one of the best audio books I have purchased.
The collection contains 11 short stories. Some are offshoots and back stories to the Hollows series. Some are stand alone. I have read all The Hollow’s books and found that I very much enjoyed spending more time with some of the characters. Most who look into this book will have been drawn to it because they are Hollow fans, but I truly think a reader would enjoy the stories even if you have never read the Hollows series. I would predict that soon after that same reader would be hooked on the series. Marguerite Gavin is a great narrator and makes listening to the books very enjoyable. Kim Harrison embodies her writing with good plots, exciting stories, some romance and great characters. This holds true throughout this anthology.
If you have not read or listened to the first four books in the series, start at the beginning. This is book five. I am a big fan of the Gabriel Allon series. They are great spy novels, with outstanding action and intrigue. While the narrator does not completely ruin the book, I would say that his narration does not add to the story. Mr. Barry reminds me of listening to NPS news cast. Narration is very monotone and boring. Guerin Barry does not compare to the narration of the previous books by John Lee.
Found the writing choppy and disconnected, in need of a strong editor. Never really identified with the characters and while the book centers around the female detective’s memory, in the end, that does not seem to play a significant role in the outcome. Narration was ok. Ending kind of just fizzles out. Not worth a credit.
Translated from Italian, the author provides a great view of Italy’s criminal legal process which is very different than ours. Also, the reader must remember that the story was set in about the year 2000, before the world determined that only DNA offers conclusive proof of a crime. The story is well written and the main character well developed and likable. The narration was very good with just a bit of Italy mixed in so the reader does not forget the story was taking place overseas. If you like legal stories, this one is worth a look. I will likely listen to others in the series.
I found the earlier books just ok earning about 3 stars, enough to keep my interest but not great. The series started frustrated me with the decisions the characters were making. Just enough to keep my interest. As the series has progressed, I have come to enjoy the story line more and more. Rachael’s sarcastic no bullshit rebellious attitude makes her great protagonist. Jenks is just great and his personality is perfect. I have learned to enjoy Al and Trent. This book lets you spend more time with Biz and learn more about gargoyles. Marguerite Gavin has a great voice and her narration is perfect for these stories.
I stumbled onto Storm Front four years ago and was immediately hooked. Since devouring the first dozen books, I have waited with the rest of Butcher’s readers in anticipation of the next book in the series. After the last few books, I was not sure where the series could go, but Jim has done it without losing the feel of the characters or this series.
Skin Game includes some of my favorite characters including Murphy, Michael and Butters. You even get a chance to spend some time with Mouse.
Marsters is an amazing narrator and as always he does a fantastic job capturing the sarcastic nature that makes Harry one of my favorite characters in fiction.
Jim ends this book with some very interesting avenues for Harry’s next adventure. Now all can do is wait, and maybe go back and listen to the last few books again. A must buy If you enjoy Dresden.
LAPD Cop Story with a dog. Maggie is not just any police dog but a former Marine. Both her handler, Officer James and Maggie are haunted by their past and find each other. Good story that will keep your interest especially if you like animals. Macleod Andrews did a excellent job narrating. Story keeps your interest. Hope Robert Crais turns this into a series.
I have enjoyed Kim Harrison’s first 5 Hollows books very much. They are not complex or deep but exciting and fun with a good mix of magic, sex and suspense. Typically solid 3.5 stars. The story retains that rating.
Had Gigi Bermingham narrated the first book, Dead Witch Walking, I would likely not have read the second book. Not sure if it was arrogance or ignorance. Arrogance to choose not to listen to previous books because she wanted to put her own stamp on the series, or ignorance in a belief that what was done before did not matter. I am not sure what other reasons would drive her to mispronounce names of key characters.
Jenks is one of my favorite characters, but her rendition of his voice had me wishing for him to go away. There were points where the narrator even slipped in a fake New York accent. Bottom line, Gigi’s narration ruined the book for me. I am very glad to see that Marguerite Gavin has been retained in the next book.
I found the Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk different, but both outstanding (5 Star) books. The narration continues to be outstanding and although I liked Solomon's Song very much, I did not enjoy it to the same degree as I did the first two novels.
As is his style, Mr. Courtenay did not shy away from the darkness that exists in the actions of man, and he carried that into his descriptions of WWI and Gallipoli. I do not share the sentiment that the author demonstrated any particular anti-war sentiment in the writing of the novel. The history concerning WWI and Gallipoli, the motivations behind the war, and the tactics employed during the execution of the War are simply facts. A career military officer will be among the first to echo the profound waste and stupidity demonstrated by Nations and military leaders during that conflict.
What rang very true to me was the description of the bonds established by those in combat. My one criticism about the end of this series was that it left me dissatisfied. Not so much with what happened, but what the author does not address. Overall, the book is very good (4 Stars) and a worthy listen.
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