I know this is a new series and, as such, will develop over time but I was disappointed on many levels. First of all, it was a hard listen. Scott Brick's delivery seemed flat. There wasn't much change between characters. More of a straight "read" than performance. If the story hadn't been interesting I would have given up. As for the story, because it was such a unique storyline, it kept my interest; however, put all thoughts of Stephanie Plumb and her antics out of your mind. There is no comparison. The out loud laughter factor that I always find with Stephanie is nonexistent and Nick is no Ranger!!!!
All of that said, the book is about cons and is written with creativity. I do give the ending two stars though. It was rushed and very flat. It would be a five star series with a couple of changes. A new narrator and better endings. The narrator should be one who can infuse the characters with personalities and identities. As for the endings? Continue to write with the same imagination and creativity that got us to that spot in the first place.
I love Nora Roberts but I coan not stand this narrator. I will read the book.
Eve, Rourke, and gang just keep getting better and better. I was VERY thrilled to have Mavis back in the mix. I have missed her and it was great to get some back story on her. Did miss Feeney and Peabody's main squeeze though. I've always enjoyed all of the interactions of main cast; however, I suppose, it's just like life that the relationships and envolvements in cases ebb and flow.
The trophy goes to Asprin and Levine. Another excellent addition to this series. Asprin writes a witty story and Levine's delivery is unsurpassed.
Almost all of the gang is back and we meet a few new ones. All come together to play in the championship game to rescue Tanda and keep the trophy that she set out to steal and ended up captured for her efforts. This all takes place on the dimension of Jock that includes the towns of Vegas and Tahoe. It's a rollicking good story full of twists and turns and surprises.
Unfortunately this book in the series didn't grab me like the previous ones. The performance was on par with previous installments; however, the story seemed to drag and, to be honest, I did not enjoy the chapters that took place in the sewers. Yes, the author wrote the chapters in such away as to be tolerable but I just wish he had taken a different direction and kept the story out of the pig excrement. Having lived on a farm, I know exactly how bad pigs can smell..not good!
I will listen to the next book. I have faith that this series will continue survive and continue to give me enjoyment.
What else can I say.....I love this series. The way Craig continues each book where the last left off (kinda) really appeals to me. Each book builds on the last and really fleshs out the characters. I usually finish one and move to the next. Spend your credits on this series and sit back and enjoy. You are in for a treat.
I usually don't like books set in fictional worlds so what a pleasant surprise to find that I really enjoyed this one. I am excited to find another series for me. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the length. Most of my credits are used for 7 plus hours because I want to get the most listen for my credits that I can; however, I will purchase these books no matter the length.
I like the author's writing style and use of humor. Many times I laughed out loud. Skeeve and Oz develop a relationship as the book progresses that is a combination of friend, mentor, and family-like. As for the strange creatures and environments, both the author and narrator deliver in such a way that it is easy to visualize.
I purchased this book during a "first of series" sale based on reviews. I am sure glad that I did.
Craig Johnson and George Guidall deliver a first class story and performance. In this second book, only a couple of weeks have passed since the end of book one and this allows the listener to become immersed in the characters. I am fortunate that this is a new series for me and I can listen to them back-to-back-to-back. (I am listening to book three and have added all released books to my library). I can say, without giving away the storyline, is that each book adds additional layers to Walt and friends. I can't wait to see where Craig takes us.
I bought the first book in preparation for a trip out west. I will now I be looking for Walt, Vic, and Henry as we drive through Wyoming.
As for George, I can't imagine another voice for Walt. As a matter of fact, I discovered that these books have been made into a TV series. While I enjoy the watching the show, I keep waiting for the actors to sound just like they do when I listen....so far, that hasn't happened.
This listen was like returning to a favoite vacation spot where the inhabinants have become friends. Jane, Zeb, Gabriel, Dick, Andrea, Ivy, and Jane's mother and father. We even get to visit with Mr Wainright. How cool is that?
The story was predictable but Molly writes with and Amanda delivers with such humor that we are laughing and finding ways to listen without interruption. I will admit to a few minutes of puzzlement when I first started listening because Amanda's irish accent was a trifle off putting. But within 5 minutes I had acclimated and soon thought she had a great delivery (as usual).
I know I've said this before but I really like this series. All story lines were wrapped up with Katie's usual sense of humor. I even shed a few tears but all turned out right by the final words. This series can continue and I understand that all of the characters in the Guardian series show up in the Silver Dragon series. So I am off to hear Gabriel's story next.
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