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Well written historic fiction with wonderfully highly developed characters and a world-class narrator. Courtenay does not shy away from the baser side of the criminal world, but depicts it accurately. I chanced upon this novel while looking for a good read and reading the reviews of others. This book is not for everyone and some do not like it. It is not bright and shiny feel good novel. It is a dark tale depicting human misery and a side of humanity that was prevalent in the early 1900s. The naive and poorly traveled would like to think that such aspects of the human character no longer exist in the world, or that they did not exist within the history of the United States. In the face of evil, the indomitable spirit of a few who struggle to retain their dignity and survive, provides for an outstanding tale.
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.
The best indication that a series is well done is when the reader/audible listener approaches the end with regret, knowing that they story is coming to an end. Kim Harrison provided many hours of enjoyment and I thought she did a great job wrapping things up. I felt the series provided a good balance between romance and action and I really enjoyed the sarcastic humor Kim weaved into her characters. I will miss Racheal, Jenks, Al and Biz. Marguerite Gavin did an outstanding job throughout the series bringing voice to Kim's work. I look forward to seeing where Kim goes next.
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