With the pacing and action being what they were, it would be easy to miss certain details in the story so it'll definitely be worth another listen at some point in the future.
That the main character was neither a damsel in distress nor a perfectly formed heroine. She had to work at who she was and even then she was still a work-in-progress.
This was my first time listening to Carroll's narration and thought it was wonderful, even if every single male character seemed to have the same kind of gruffness to their voice that, at times, got a bit trying.
Honestly, no it wasn't. I listened to it over the course of several days and thought the story benefited from my taking a break here and there. It allowed me to focus more and kept me excited for what happened next.
If I had any complaint about this novel it would be that the main character's wry humor and constant cynicism, while entertaining for the first half of the book, quickly grew irritating in the second . I'm all for laughing in the face of death and having a heroine be snarky but by the end it felt a little too forced; like the author was afraid of letting the character have a real moment of softness lest it strip away her pre-established bad girl street cred or something.
It would have to be the narrator, Marc Vietor. He infused all the characters with wonderful, distinct voices and made the story come alive in a way I doubt it would have if I would have been reading it myself. That having been said, I really enjoyed his cynically dry take on the main character; it struck just the right chord for me and made me want to root for him more, though he probably wouldn't expect it.
I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Nightside and its various occupants. I found that with every new thing I learned about it and them, I only wanted to know more.
There's quite a few really terrific scenes throughout the book despite it being relatively short so I'd be hard pressed to pick just one.
I can't deny I cringed a few times, especially during that scene with John, Joanna, Razor Eddie and all those creepy crawlies. It's vivid enough that I'm not sure I want to listen to it again any time soon. At least, not without some heavy duty bug spray on hand. Yuck.
Though I'm a bit disappointed that I'm only stumbling onto this series now, I'm thrilled that I did. It was an expected delight and reminded me in some ways of 'The Dresden Files' by Jim Butcher, though absolutely no one should go into this series with expectations for John Taylor to be like Harry Dresden. They're two very different characters that are well worth enjoying on their own.
The narration was absolutely the best part of the entire experience. It made the entire novel and its characters come alive.
While there was plenty of memorable moments for me the one that stood out the most was the very beginning funeral scene. It was striking in its imagery and set the tone for the rest of the novel.
While he was a vile character in the story, Lord Lumpley was by far my favorite character performed by Katherine Kellgren. His voice was distinct and easily stood out among the others.
While devoted Austen fans may quibble about the fact that this novel doesn't echo Jane Austen's signature style, it's still a fun variation that zombie fans will definitely enjoy.
This is definitely a fun and simple listen with each story in the set offering a sometimes over-the-top and mostly dramatic crime that is easily solvable by both Father Brown and the listener. Though relatively short each mystery is complete in and of itself and is wonderfully performed by the entire cast. If you're looking for something light to listen to while doing chores or relaxing, I'd definitely recommend any of the Father Brown Mysteries.
I’m usually quite reluctant to buy romance audibooks that feature a male narrator as they have a tendency to either read in a rush, obviously hoping to be done with it, or read in a monotone, which can ruin an otherwise fun story. Imagine my surprise and delight when Mr. Petkoff not only read at an almost indulgent pace but made the effort to give voice to each character, turning what would have otherwise been an enjoyable listen into a delightful one. He seemed to have fun with the story, which in and of itself was intriguing, entertaining, and well executed, though I admit there were times when I found myself not so much disliking but not fully enjoying Emmaline’s character. She was a bit too timid for my tastes but that hardly detracted from the overall experience. On the whole, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this and am looking forward to listening to the next book by the author and/or the next narration by Mr. Petkoff.
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