Found the writing choppy and disconnected, in need of a strong editor. Never really identified with the characters and while the book centers around the female detective’s memory, in the end, that does not seem to play a significant role in the outcome. Narration was ok. Ending kind of just fizzles out. Not worth a credit.
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.
An exotic world forms the backdrop for continuing a fantastic adventure by Martha Wells. This is book 2 of an outstanding SCIFI/Fantasy Series. You really need to read/listen to the first book, The Cloud Roads before starting this one. If you enjoyed the first, you will not be disappointed here. Moon, the stories hero continues to learn about his people and their customs, as he sets out on a quest to save their new home.
Just as in the first book, the world continues to introduce imaginative landscapes, characters and races, the likes of which I have not seen in other works. The narration is again excellent, and the second book in the series was not a letdown. I am on to the third book now, but already know I will be disappointed to see the story end. I hope the author considers exploring this world further.
As a long time SciFi reader, I agree with other reviews that characterized the story Martha Wells has authored and the species that inhabit this world as original and fascinating. The author introduces the three worlds of Cloud Roads as Air, Earth and Sea and they make a wonderful background for a great story about a young hero. The characters are well developed, likable and the story exciting. The narration fits the books and I was hooked within minutes of the start. If you are looking for something new, try this one. Worth the credit.
A wonderful American literary classic told from the perspective of childhood innocence and fears. Set during the depression in Maycomb County Alabama in the face of Southern 1930s prejudices. A priceless story about growing up in the south and the law. Wonderful characters and so well written. Sissy Spacek's narration brings Harper Lee’s book to life. For those who have only seen the movie, you will appreciate the brilliance of the 1963 movie adaptation and understand why it won 3 Academy Awards. Gregory Peck so completely embodied the moral turpitude of Atticus Finch that I will forever see him when I think of Atticus. Each of the characters felt like old friends. This is one of the best audio books I have purchased.
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.
If you have not read or listened to the first four books in the series, start at the beginning. This is book five. I am a big fan of the Gabriel Allon series. They are great spy novels, with outstanding action and intrigue. While the narrator does not completely ruin the book, I would say that his narration does not add to the story. Mr. Barry reminds me of listening to NPS news cast. Narration is very monotone and boring. Guerin Barry does not compare to the narration of the previous books by John Lee.
Translated from Italian, the author provides a great view of Italy’s criminal legal process which is very different than ours. Also, the reader must remember that the story was set in about the year 2000, before the world determined that only DNA offers conclusive proof of a crime. The story is well written and the main character well developed and likable. The narration was very good with just a bit of Italy mixed in so the reader does not forget the story was taking place overseas. If you like legal stories, this one is worth a look. I will likely listen to others in the series.
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