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.
The Rise of Endymion is an outstanding ending to an epic series. This SF series is not a light read. I read Hyperion almost 15 years ago. I remembered I loved the first book but I had to go back and reread it before I could jump into the sequels. A complex landscape, covering many worlds, time travel, philosophy and religion in a struggle for the future of mankind. Victor Bevine does a great job narrating this complex landscape and wonderful characters. In the Rise of Endymion, Dan Simmons does a wonderful job wrapping up this multifaceted series.
The main character Felix Castor is a paranormal investigator and exorcist. He also has a strong tendency to be a wiseass. He can see ghosts along with other paranormal creatures and has some power over them. This is the first book in the series and he has been hired to get rid of a ghost but gets involved in discovering the why behind the haunting. The book is fun and the narration great. If you enjoy urban fantasy genre, give it a try.
Not the typical story of Drizzt. This story concentrates on Wulfgar's struggles to come to terms with his past and his demons. Watching Wulfgar’s decent into depravity, was not enjoyable. I tried but did not enjoy the story of the peasant girl and it was very hard to push through this novel. Victor Bevine is a very good narrator and he made the story tolerable. I hope that the next book picks up.
This is book two of the Yellowrock series and not sure I will listen to the third. Jane is a "skin walker" who shares a body and mind with Beast a.k.a "big cat." Hired by the vampire council as a bounty hunter to find and destroy a vampire who is turning young rogues in the city of New Orleans. The Bloodmaster of the city death vengeance out for her due to events from book one. The book seemed to drag at the start and there were several times I wondered why I had purchased it. The action in the last third of the book made it more enjoyable but still not sure I will ever buy book three unless it is on sale. Sorry, wanted to like it more.
First Grave on the Right is witty, enjoyable with an interesting premise. The main character is sarcastic (which I really like) and I found Ms. King to be a perfect fit as a narrator. A bit too much romance for me but overall, not bad.
Patricia Briggs has added another fast moving fun addition to the Mercy Thompson series. The series are light but full of action. The characters are likable, and sometimes mischievous, but Mercy and her pack hold your attention and loyalty. This book reintroduces Coyote and you get additional insight into the character. This is a quick listen that has almost a short story feel and it will end all too soon. Lorelei King who has narrated the series does a great job.
I liked The Lost Gate. I did not love it, but liked it. It was a solid 3 & ¾ star book. When I read the reviews of The Gate Thief, I was concerned.
Seemed like all the audible reviewers really liked the first book, but disliked the second book, thinking it was a significant departure from book 1. There are lots of discussions on OSC being overly “preachy”. I have read or listened too many of OSCs books, and almost all contain Moral dilemmas and have underlying moral lessons. I wanted to see where Mither Mages was going, so I took a chance.
I really did not find The Gate Thief much of a departure from the Gate Thief. It was a bit slower than book one but I did not find it any more “preachy” than I was accustomed to from OSC. If you liked the Lost Gate, I would recommend listening to the Gate Thief. I intend to purchase book 3 when it comes out.
The Ender series books are great and some of my favorites. I am not that big of a fan of the Maker series. This book falls in between. An interesting tie to ancient mythology in modern day. Limited action, but entertaining. Narration typical of other OSC novels. Still debating if I want to get the 2nd book, reviews seem questionable.
I purchased it before realizing it was a YA book and when I noticed that, I was not expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. The pace is fast, the action believable and the romance isn't over done. Overall it was fun to adventure in a fictionalized first person perspective. I look forward to the sequel.
I was a freshman in High School when I had to read Watership Down for an English class. Typical of a 13 year old boy just arriving in High School, I approached the assignment with dread. A children’s book, about rabbits, please do not let my friends see me reading it. From the moment I picked it up, I could not put it down. I still have that original paperback, worn and tattered, I have read it more times than I can remember. Re-reading the book always seemed like reuniting with old friends. It had been years since I last picked it up. Listening to the audible version added a new dimension to a story I love, and the narration was wonderfully done. If you have never read this book or if it has been a long time, I encourage you to listen to it again. I believe you will enjoy the experience. I look forward to the day when I can share Watership Down with my Grandchildren.
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