So many reveals, excellent twists and turns, just the right amount of tension
Continuously. I may have read this entire (very long) book in a day or two -- practically non-stop.
They're all excellent. She does superb work. Every character is distinct and clear, despite a large cast of characters and many accents. She's absolutely incredible. I do not think I can choose a favorite.
Ramses. I love the addition several books ago of his manuscripts and it is especially useful in this volume. He's hard not to fall for.
This book is really the completion of the book immediately before it and it has many tie-in's to earlier books. If you have not read the prior books, you absolutely should not under any circumstances read this book. I have enjoyed the whole series so far and would not recommend starting anywhere but at the beginning, but especially not this book.
No, I liked both versions very much.
I love the Heather/Cooper dynamic. This particular story was fun and engaging. Of course Heather periodically irritates me, but that's mostly because she's not yet laying a big ol' kiss on Cooper. Oh and she has a talent for putting her life in jeopardy ;)
Good job on the variety of voices. She also brought Heather to life. Having read the book first, I wasn't sure if I'd feel a disconnect to Heather and the characters, but I was pleasantly surprised. I would absolutely listen to a story narrated by her again.
Entertaining, slight mystery, family drama, and a bit of romance (or at least romantic aspirations!)... All in all a fun story!
Only if they were already familiar with the Half Moon Hollow cast of characters. It's a cute follow-up, but not a good choice as an introduction to this world.
More about GiGi's mystery vamp! It left off with nothing resolved.
Amanda Ronconi is very talented. Her performance was not, in any way, bad. However, it's hard at some point to hear all of the different characters in all of Molly Harper's books having the same voice. And with a story like this that combines almost all of the HMH crew, it's hard to distinguish the different characters. It starts to feel a bit monotonous. That said, Ms. Ronconi is one of the best narrators around and I'd be hesitant to switch since I doubt anyone else could bring to life Molly Harper's characters in quite the same wonderful way.
Yes. GiGi's story is not at all complete. Mystery vampire - enough said.
I think it is worth emphasizing that I am very appreciative for a free book and while I have some constructive feedback, I do feel a bit that "beggars can't be choosers." This story absolutely was entertaining and engaging, which is more than I can say for many books I've had to pay for. I thought this was a lovely little story and a very thoughtful and generous gift from the author.
The narration (not the voices as much, but the text) was beyond grating! It felt robotic and made me almost return the book before the first chapter was through.
The story itself was just okay, but felt largely predictable and the romance felt forced and overdramatic to me.
Maybe, if the reviews were incredible and the narrator was different.
Probably not. Her voices for the characters were not bad (she does children especially well), but her actual narration was beyond terrible.
Best: Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi are both very talented and bring great humor to all their stories together.
Least: The narration was really hard to bear. I love Amanda Ronconi, but the accents here were not my favorite. I know that the main character is supposed to have a weird accent anyway, but it was even more awkward trying to figure it all out with Amanda's own accent thrown in the mix.
This story also felt a bit predictable to me, compared to others.
Seriously though, the humor, wit, and sarcasm that is interspersed seamlessly into a creative and engaging concept creates a story that is truly compelling. The main character is so very likeable and the narrator embodies this character so well! It draws you in; despite the sense that this could never really happen, the story somehow feels credible. I'm not a science-y person, but even most of the scientific portions kept my interest!
I truly cannot express how enjoyable this book was ... I've recommended it to basically everyone I know and I am recommending it here as well. SERIOUSLY, you need to read this book.
I don't know that you can really appreciate anyone more than Mark, but I'll give a nod to Martinez as well.
Yes AND I have plans to repeat listen to this (probably several times). I got through it in maybe only 2 days and then was so upset it had ended!
This is not the sort of book I normally "read" through Audible since I like to keep it light and not too serious or "real" (I have enough of that in real life). This story concept could have been done in a way that would make it feel forced, boring, or overly emotional, but the author did such a fantastic job creating a tense enough situation to keep you engaged while also injecting humor and wit to create the perfect balance.
This is easily the best audiobook I've listened to since the Harry Potter series. I am sure that even read, this book would be incredible, but the narrator just brings this to life.
I really don't know how else to say it, A+, a billion stars, if you don't already have this book, you should get it. I trusted the other reviewers here and I am SO glad I did; I absolutely, unequivocally recommend this book! (unless you're really offended by strong language...)
Victorian steampunk fantasy
Set in the late 1800's in England, the author introduces (or expands on, for those who've read her mortal instruments series, which I have not) a vibrant world where there's vampires, demons, angels,and hybrids. I appreciated that this book explained a lot of the rules surrounding these creatures and the shadowhunters so that you don't have to be a MI reader to get what's going on. Very cool world she's created.
I saw that a number of others disliked her performance, but I can't imagine why. I thought her accents (American and British) were great and I had no problems telling voices apart. I did not love every single voice she used, but quite frankly, she's only one person and it seems a bit demanding to expect every voice to be perfect and just the way you'd imagine in your head! Heck, even Jim Dale (who is magnificent) messes up at times! I felt Jennifer Ehle conveyed emotions and tone wonderfully in this book and I'm quite disappointed to see she's not reading any of the others!
I nearly did! I probably finished this book in approximately 2 sittings on 2 consecutive days. Only that I had work stopped me!
I felt this was a creative, engaging, and enjoyable story. It kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen and several of the twists did get me. For those who complain about the supposed love triangle, I didn't find that to be a problem in this book, but I am sure it's going to become more of an issue later. With Will, I do understand the criticisms of his character, but I didn't honestly find it bothersome. Yes, some of the things he says and does are appalling, but I feel that that is meant to give us a surface view and then explore deeper in the other two books.
Also, it may be worth noting for those who are very sensitive that there is killing, blood, torture, and non-explicit sexual references. I never felt these took away from the story or were done in poor taste, but I was a bit surprised with some of them as they seemed a bit darker than my personal idea of YA novels. That said, I would personally let an older teen read these, but I'd recommend caution for younger teens and children.
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