MD | Member Since 2008
The collection contains 11 short stories. Some are offshoots and back stories to the Hollows series. Some are stand alone. I have read all The Hollow’s books and found that I very much enjoyed spending more time with some of the characters. Most who look into this book will have been drawn to it because they are Hollow fans, but I truly think a reader would enjoy the stories even if you have never read the Hollows series. I would predict that soon after that same reader would be hooked on the series. Marguerite Gavin is a great narrator and makes listening to the books very enjoyable. Kim Harrison embodies her writing with good plots, exciting stories, some romance and great characters. This holds true throughout this anthology.
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.
I have no doubt that I will listen to this series again someday. It was that good. The final book in the trilogy is by far my favorite. It is very well written and has a really gripping and entertaining story-line with twists, turns and surprises. As with all the books about Riyria, Michael J. Sullivan has masterfully blended humor, sadness and excitement. What a wonderful culmination to a fantastic series. I had never listened to anything narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds before the Riyria books but I really enjoyed his style. Tim keeps you interested throughout the long story. I look forward to other books narrated by him. For those of you who's only visibility into Riyria has been the Revelations Trilogy, there are prequels to the trilogy that are very enjoyable and you get more time to spend with characters that it is hard to not see as old friends. Highly recommended for Fantasy or SciFi fans and well worth the credit.
I am new to the world of Riyria, and am aware that this is the first book of a prequel to another series. I chose to start hear and was not disappointed. I enjoyed Crown Tower very much. Well worth the credit. The narration was outstanding and the book kept my interest from the start. Having never read any of the series before, the author’s intro had me guessing as to where the book was leading. Michael J. Sullivan’s writing style and character development was outstanding. I look forward to enjoying many more hours with the characters. I am starting the Rose and the Thorn right now.
Magic Breaks is book 7 in the Kate Daniels series and this book is worth your credit. You need to start at the beginning, but if you like urban fantasy, I think you will enjoy this series.
My first exposure to the husband and wife team that uses the pseudonym Illona Andrews came when I listened to a collection of short stories. I am a huge Harry Dresden fan and the collection contained one of Jim Butchers works. In that collection I stumbled into another short story that I really enjoyed. The story was by the author Illona Andrews and I liked it so much that I wanted to read more. The story contained magical creatures from fairly tails, combined with some great action. So I went to the library and found Magic Bites and I have been hooked since.
Kate Daniels is a sarcastic, kick ass heroine set in a world where magic returns in waves. The series is an outstanding collection of urban fantasies, well narrated and with lots of action and great supporting characters that you will come to call friends. This series is more than the common romance urban fantasy. In Magic Breaks much will come to a head for Kate and pack, but not to an end. The narration even contains bonus short story about Julie at the end. Fans must now wait impatiently for the next book.
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