It took me a while to warm up to Kitchen's venomous delivery, but he settled down and the brilliance of Dibden's plotting and characterization took over. Dibden communicates a wonderful sense of place and a subtle humor. While the elegance of his style comes through with every sentence and transcends genre, it took me a while to appreciate the economy of the writing. Worth every minute!
This got off to a really slow start due to the long character introductions, and the action in the second half never really compensated for the very slow set up and periodic data dumps. I'll round it up to 4 stars for being inventive, developing characters over the length of the book, and consistent forward moving plot. The frequent mention of characters using their role tags, ie cartoonist, widow, etc., was annoying. It was enhanced by Orlow's fine performance
I liked this book despite a certain annoyance with the main character who seemed to lack good sense much of the time. Sense of place was terrific and I enjoyed the cameos of real historical figures. I was disappointed, however, in Jonathan Davis' narration. I normally enjoy his performances, but this was so deadly slow that I had to speed up my player, making him sound a bit like Donald Duck. I plan to give this series another opportunity to make me love it.
I’ve read a number of epic type fantasy books in the past year or so and just realized that one of the things that has really slowed me down as a reader has been excessive world building. This came strongly home to me as I’ve noticed how skillfully Ryan is achieving it. There’s not a lot of magic, only hints slowly revealed. The world is not a rip off of our earth in any apparent way, but a completely different place, and Ryan starts out only with description of the current environment, adding details as they become necessary for the plot and as the main character experiences new things.
Ryan’s plot technique might seem similar to "The Name of the Wind," by Rothfuss, as it starts with an adult character talking to someone who is writing down his life story in a relatively detailed prologue, but the stories bear little resemblance past that format similarity. Both are powerful character driven fantasies by authors who know how to tell a story. Fortunately Ryan seems to be doing so a little more quickly than Rothfuss because he already has published 2 lengthy episodes, although shorter than those of Rothfuss, in just over a year--probably not as prolific as Sanderson, but this looks promising. I am REALLY enjoying the book--listening to a wonderful new voice, Steven Brand, who instead of performing a lot of very distinctive voices, uses a more subtle distinction between characters. But the story is well suited to a standard narration. I love having him in my ears and hope to hear more from him.
I also appreciate that this book is suitable for listeners from older teen and up--the violence is not excessively gratuitous and content is appropriate for folks who object to overuse of profanity and graphic sex
When romance writer Jessica and her boyfriend Wilson decide to spend their holidays on a romantic getaway--research her next novel on the side, I didn't expect things to go as planned. Before long Jessica's agent Geeze Louise, has invited herself, and Jessica's Mom and Wilson's son Chris join the group. The usual pets stay home, but Beebee the Parrot and spider named Miss Huge and Hairy fill the gap. A murder, a hotel filled with kooky characters, a police detective determined to pin the deed on a tourist, and lots of pink drinks keep things fun, and don't leave much time for playing pool. A fine performance by Caroline Miller keeps things snappy--she does a great job with a book that is already filled with terrific dialog.
Romance writer Jessie is once more using her skill as a pool player, this time to hustle suspects in a murder investigation at the behest of her new squeeze, Captain Rye. Her crazy friends, her ditzy mom, Snowflake the cat, and Puddles the Poodle further enliven the plot. Plenty of humor, snappy realistic dialog and a full cast of appealing characters make this series a fun listen, and even better than the first. My only criticism is that there is a lot to keep up with, particularly with excerpts of Jessie's novel competing with the main tale. Narrator Caroline Miller keeps things moving along with excellent timing, and enhances the humor with a smile in her voice.
When Jessie Hewitt opens the door to her downstairs neighbor's boyfriend, she doesn't expect him to expire on her couch. But sleuthing comes as naturally to Jessie as writing bodice rippers and shooting pool. Before long, she's trying to clear everyone she knows up to and including her ex's new wife, with an attractive policeman trying to hold her back. Short and snappy start to what I expect to be an enjoyable series
Pitched from her LA apartment for being a Wicca, Mara is saved from life on the street when she inherits her Aunt Tillie's cottage in Wisconsin. But is her luck good or bad? Mara's misfortunes meant my good luck for sure, and I didn't want this wonderfully fun listen to end. Miller has a real talent for dialog, and has put terrific characters in an original scary plot. Marie Rose takes a good story and makes it even better, with the perfect voice for Mara,as well the other characters. She brings the humor front and center. Great pacing keeps the story moving quickly. Can't wait for more!
Lots to like about this book--well motivated romance, interesting world building, and horses. Lauren, recovering from the painful failure of her marriage is working on her brother's horse farm when a buyer from an alternate world comes looking for both a horse and rider. Lauren and her brother's prize stallion, Pindar, are just what he wants, and Lauren finds herself and the horse on a quest to find the missing horses and return them to the folks who worship them in a strange and dangerous world. The author is obviously well acquainted with horses and horse people, and her love for them comes through. James' performance is decent with a variety of voices, but her narration voice is soft, breathy, and soporific. All in all, a good start for what is likely to be a good series
Dragons, giant intelligent cats, cyborgs, and more, with humans threading their way through a world filled with mythic hazards. Daniel, snatched from his role as a bright, but bullied, schoolboy and thrust into a magical world where all the rules have changed must adapt or die. Brilliantly performed by Will M Watt, with voices for all of the characters and a flawless sense of timing. Exciting start to an epic series
I get bogged down in the battle scenes, don't care much for William Dufris, sometimes come across a minor anachonism, but cannot stop listening to these adventures or caring about an absolutely crazy cast of characters!
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