I've really enjoyed all the the Monster Hunter books, but this was my favorite. Earl Harbinger is one of my favorite characters in the series and he gets his own book here! Not only a plotline that centers mostly on Earl, but we get to learn about his past also.
In classic Monster Hunter style, Alpha has lots of action, guns, blood, and blowing stuff up. Very fun! But also a very engaging story with an ending that satisfies, but leaves it open for more in the series. I'm looking forward to it!
Who knew listening to a bunch of lectures could be so darn captivating? I learned so much from these lectures, not only about classical mythology, but about Greek culture also. I found especially fascinating the recurring themes in the stories and what they may have represented in Greek society itself. I knew that Greek society in this time period was extremely patriarchal and misogynistic, but the possibility that many aspects of myth reflected a deep seated resentment and fear over the power women had over reproduction and the ability of men to produce sons was very thought provoking. There were many such parallels and it was all so fascinating!
Elizabeth Vandiver is a very talented lecturer and I enjoyed her presentation and narration immensely! I'd definitely recommend these lectures to anyone interested in classical mythology!
Wow. This is one of the most interesting, unique books I've read in a long time! The characters are amazing, even the secondary characters are memorable and unforgettable. The world that the author built was so vivid I had wished a couple times that there had been pictures. Should I be embarrassed to admit that?
Unfortunately, I do have a small criticism. There was way too much angst and self reflection going on. Several times during the book I just wanted them to get on with it already! I don't think it was the writing style because I didn't have any issues with the rest of the book, but I think (for me) it was just the way the author decided to write those sections of the story. I found them a little boring and long winded.
Overall, the book was excellent and the narrator was excellent!
I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. It was an amazing blend of drama, action, mystery, and great characters.
I had a little trouble getting a grasp on the people and culture, so I think the world building could have been a little better. I also had to wonder at Avry's psychology. I think I'd be a little apprehensive at taking on someone else's injuries and suffering not only the physical pain, but she's also left with the scars. She just jumped right into it with not much thought. I did like that she tried to use herbs and medicines when she could in place of using her healing powers.
I also got frustrated at her when she and her friends would be fighting with very bad men and she's worried about not killing the men. Unless you're a pacifist, I tend to think that in a fight for your life you don't worry about not killing the person who's trying to kill you.
These are minor quibbles in an otherwise excellent book! The narrator did a great job!
This is a hard one to review for me because it should have been so much better than it was. It started out wonderfully! The narrators were fabulous and I loved the dramatization. After the first few books they started adding gospel music into the books and I found this quite irritating. Then they started bridging back and forth between narrators for some reason. That may not have been too bad, but the female narrator was horrible!
In the end, I just found this one too frustrating so I won't be getting the old testament version.
This is one of the absoulte best books I've ever read. (Listened to!) Beautiful, haunting, and full of suspense...I'm so glad I took a chance on this book!
I was a good way through before I realized that I didn't know the new Mrs. De Winter's name. Did I miss it? It was such a contrast from Rebecca, who's name was constantly mentioned. I realized later, that the omission was purposeful. The narrator is the new Mrs. De Winter, (who's name we never know) but it's Rebecca that dominates everything.
I was very angry about the ending at first! How could it end like that?! I knew from the first chapter that it was going to end badly, but it was so abrupt and unfinished! What happened to Mrs. Danvers? How did that psycho pull that off?! All the people at Manderly...?!! I had to go back and listen to the first two chapters again just to get a little closure! And I haven't stopped listening. I'm going to listen to this whole damn book again!
I can't even begin to articulte what amazing talent it took to write this book! Brilliant!
Jaime and Claire have to be one of the most amazing fictional couples EVER!! This is the second book in the Outlander series and it's just as good, if not a little better, than the first. I wish I had the ability to convey how beautifully written, rich, and totally epic these books are. I'm curious about the historical accuracy of not only the general events in the story, but also the smaller details that made up life in 18th century France and Scotland. I'm definitely interested in learning more about this period in history!
If you've read Outlander, then you'll know right from the beginning of Dragonfly in Amber that something is wrong because Claire is back in the 20th century. Frank has passed away and she's returned to Scotland with her grown daughter to tell her the truth about her experience traveling back to the past and who her daughters' real father is. When Claire begins her confession, she picks up the story shortly after the end of Outlander. Jaime and Claire have traveled to Paris attempting to stop the second Jacobite uprising. Their adventures take them from Paris, back to Scotland, and (you know it's coming!) the heartbreak of Claire's return to the 20th century.
The narrator is brilliant and she's ruining me for lesser narrators!
I absollutely loved this audiobook! Patrick Rothfuss is an amazing writer and Nick Podehl did an amazing job bringing this book to life!
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