My first reaction to this book, 10 chapters in was: "This is a waist of my credit" but I decided to keep listening, I am glad I hung in there. DESPITE Kathleen Early's distractingly halting, "headline reading" narration I did begin to develop an interest in the story by the 11th chapter. I prefer Karin's Will Trent series, and am a bit disappointed with this ("It's hard to be a woman") offering. I have to rate this book - " JUST OK"
I recommend it, with reservations due to the slow start, which I believe is directly the fault of the poor narration of KE( which speeding up couldn't even fix).
Robert Jordan did an excellent job of keeping my interest in this one. I highly recommend the whole series. As a side note - Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a "fairly good" job narrating. But, I'd rather hear JOINT NARRATION, rather than DUAL NARRATION. In my opinion Dual Narration is pretty much like "Mommy" and "Daddy" taking turns reading a bedtime story. Besides, Michael Kramer's female voices, sometimes, are positively frightening! I think Joint Narration, (similar to Elliott Mabeuse's Good Student adult series, where the Male Narrator speaks male SPEAKING/THINKING parts, and the Female Narrator speaks female SPEAKING/THINKING parts, and only one of them actually narrates the story parts) is a smoother approach. Other than that, great book, really good series!
This is actually good background information on a few of the main WOT characters, but I found myself becoming distracted from the story repeatedly. I had to keep restarting chapters, because I would realize I didn't know what was going on in the story, and Kate Reading's voice was just noise in my ear. I literally had to force myself to concentrate on listening! For this reason I recommend this book with reservations.
This book makes my 1,170th audio book purchase with Audible. The many good reviews it has led me to believe it was worth my time, but I cannot add myself to it's high praisers. Raymond Todd's "news commentator-ish" reading, and mispronunciations of simple words distract, and spoil the "magic" clearly intended for this tale. To add insult to injury (author to fans) I was baffled to read that at the 4th book of the series, the author decided to sit down with the (new) narrator and explain the proper pronunciations of character names, and things as she originally intended them pronounced. What?! Seems to me that should have been done at Book 1! Reading the reviews of the next books in this series I found that Book 4 led to some real frustrations for the series fans. That further convinced me not to waste my time to invest in this series. I think Lynn Flewelling should have re-recorded the first 3 mistake books, and sent the corrected versions with proper pronunciations and better narration (she declares she was best pleased with) to every Audible purchaser. I do not recommend the purchase of this audio book unless you are getting it for little or nothing as I did. Some narrators of good series who I feel do bring out the author's intent in their renditions are: Edoardo Ballerini, Davina Porter, and Robert Petkoff to name a few. If you haven't already listened to their authors, do a name search and give them a try.
I did a "blind purchase" of this book during an audible sale back in Jan. 2013 and realized that I couldn't tolerate KH's (IMO) "resoundingly overdone southern accent" past a few minutes! LOL By Oct. 2014, I forced myself to stick with listening to it, and was glad that I did! This book actually became a strong topic of conversation with my friends because we liked it, and hated it at the same time! I do recommend the whole series, because both the writing and the narration are developed into an interesting story. By the time I got to book 6 I was counting the Faith Hunter/Khristine Hvam team amongst my favorite paranormal team ups! If you like Kresley Cole/ Robert Petkoff, Diana Galbadon/Davina Porter, Jeanine Frost/Tavia Gilbert, and Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi you will like this team too!
I am so very glad that I got this book on sale!
Monica McCarthy is a new author to me, and I am not impressed.
This story lacks "reason-ability" I found it to be both frustrating and predictable.
I do not recommend this book if you like clever stories, with smart reasonable female characters.
Court Gentry is no Mitch Rapp, or Jack Reacher! He is totally different, like a "meld" of James West, Michael Weston, Goku, and The Dark Knight rolled into one! In the Gray Man, Mark Greaney' brings us over the top action, improbable physical endurance, and nonsensical sequenced escapes. His writing, in my opinion, is a bit sophomoric, with screenplay-ish overtones. Certain scenes made me say out loud "Yeah, Right!" But, all in all the book is good fun! Jay Snyder did a superb job narrating. I place him right up there with a few of my favorites like George Guidell, Davina Porter, and Robert Petkoff. The book chapter synchronization of the narrator and the audible app was off, but not so bad that you couldn't find your place. The music was nice, and non-distracting. I do recommend this book, and plan to listen to the next books in the series.
This is a new author for me, and I am soo happy to have found him. I highly recommend this book.
A Good Student Part II is a continuation of Professor Conner Devlin's training sessions of his ultimate "living sex doll", Emma. This isn't a common BDSM book. Elliot Mabeuse withholds nothing! This book is a honest, arousing, raw, gritty, refreshing love story!
Conner, a mature man in his 40's planned to completely dominate Emma, a youthful 20 something. He planned to be her living dildo, and to be the most dominate, and memorable lover she has ever or will ever have. He finds Emma is a willing student, she totally opens up to him, and gives him everything he asks of her. Conner finds that Emma is THE ultimate submissive, eager to learn everything he needs to teach her. She is the best he has ever had. Conner's mind is blown! His plan to love her, and leave her, is thwarted, and he realizes that he never wants to let her go.
The pivotal moment occurs when he realizes - "In my arms was the girl who was killing me, with my own love".
Emma's introspective commentary on her own personal experience with Conner awards us an insightful look into her complete surrender. We travel her journey with her, we see her figuring out who she is, emotionally, and sexually.
We watch them both burn to be free, and see their need to be captured by each other, both emotionally, and sexually. We see them find that "living is in loving".
Mabeuse's use of the dual points of view makes this an awesome story. The male, female narration of Peter Klein, and Mira Noire makes this one of the best erotically beautiful love stories ever recorded.
I highly recommend it.
The story is okay, but the narrator is not a good fit. I listened to the whole thing, but never got used to his take on the characters.
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