I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well written, early 90's, romances. This is an excellent example of Jayne Krentz romantic suspense; ... probably not anyone's choice as the best book she has ever written, but definitely a very good one. Characters are well defined and the behaviors are plausible if you accept "impulsive", but imperfect, heroines.
The first audio version of A-P did a disservice to the book. This Richard Ferrone version lifts it back into my personal "audiobooks I enjoy listening to again" list. (I do have all of the Krentz audiobooks except the 4 recent Stephanie James releases, so I have some basis for the assessment.)
This is not a book of memorable moments or can't put it down suspense. It is a light quirky tale of the adventures of a likable "wanna be a detective" young woman and of the family company CEO that the family wants her to marry. It serves as a setting for some fun characters. Ferrone gives us those characters clearly and in the spirit it that Krentz apparently wrote them rather than turning this into the sound track of a movie.
Ferrone has a fairly distinctive style. It's an enjoyable style, but it can overpower the story in a rapid succession of books that you do not expect to be similar. I suspect it works well with series books where you expect the characters to sound like they did in the last one you listened to, but it can be wearing after too many unrelated titles.
I have the three Krentz novels that he has done and I would rank them as:
Trust Me - six stars, the book is perfect for his strengths and he hits a grand slam home run with it.
Absolutely, Positively - a 3.9 star text performed extremely well to boost the book toward 5 stars.
Grand Passion - a 4 star text with a good but not great reading.
The central characters hooked me within 10 minutes of listening. The narrator is very solid and paces the book. Well. The author brings the world of making a living in pro sports to life very convincingly. I have this series on must buy list.
This book turns the classic romance upside down. The protagonist is a delightful character who traditionally would simply be a support character to a handsome, young, perhaps dis-inherited nobleman in search of (or fleeing from) a desirable marriage. Instead, Mr. Brumby sets out to win the prize. The author has painted him so clearly, strengths and flaws, that you cannot help rooting for him all the way. One of the most charming books that I have listen to on Audible and, despite its brevity, it absolutely is worth a credit.
I am bewildered why Audible let this narrator do all three of the books in this excellent spin off from the Honorverse series. I have print copies of all the books, and they are a fun read.
This story is well developed and the text is written by a seasoned pro, so a solid 4 stars and 5 if you are a generous fan ... Eric Flint breathes new life into this new little branch of an aging series. You can look forward to listening to parts of this performance several times BECAUSE THE NARRATOR IS OFTEN UNINTELLIGIBLE.
I didn't find anyone taking credit as the director. That would have to be counted as a wise career move. But I am disappointed that the Audible technicians didn't tweak their equipment to compensate for Larkin's inability to speak sentences at a uniform volume. Regardless of content, the prevailing pattern is rising volume until the fourth word and then his voice slowly dies into soft mumbling. Perhaps he constantly turns away from the mic.
BTW - If you read the reviews of other books he has ruined, you get the same message from many of the posts. (And remember that Audible doesn't let you rate a book if you try it and then ask to return it, so the posted reviews have a bias toward "I liked it".)
This book (Cast in Peril - Bk 8) is a good place to enter a well developed series. If you are looking for an excellent and absorbing fantasy adventure, it is worth a credit.
Sagara's story is well written within a complex and conflicted world that is populated with layered characters you enjoy discovering. The occasional magic seems credible, novel and consistent. But be warned, if this is your first book in the series, you may need to listen to the first 45 minutes a couple of times in order to get enough back story references to follow the tale in context.
Another quick way to get up to speed is to purchase Sagara's 4.5 hour $3.46 novella titled: Cast In Moonlight, which is labeled Bk # 6.5, but really could be called Bk. Zero. It introduces the world and brings most of the central characters together as they encounter the heroine as a tough unpolished teenager. (Bk 1 apparently is not the best of the 9 books to date, but sets the stage for book 2 which often gets 5s across the board.). Either approach will let you enjoy Cast in Peril and by the middle, you will be in complete sympathy with the adventurous heroine. At the conclusion of Cast in Peril, you will be agonizing over whether to just buy the whole lot and listen to 120+ hours, or to snag the complete set of books slowly over time via Audible promotions. But either way, you probably will be intrigued and want more time with these characters.
I wish we could give 4.5 scores to convey my feeling that the writing this time was very close to as good as fantasy stories can get. In addition, the stories in this series have been blessed with a narrator who seems perfectly tuned to the author's intent: she brings the characters to life with distinctive voices while infusing the entirety with a pace and mood that makes her invisible as the story advances. In this case, the combination comes together so well, the package deserves 5 stars.
This book is a light hearted romp that is tangential to the story arc in Bujold's Vor books. The engaging central character has been a minor player in the series to date. There are passing references to the events and people that figured in the other Vor stories, but the dialog and plot in this book will amuse you regardless of your degree of familiarity with the other books. Warning: there is little profound character development or thought provoking world building in this book. It is just a fun read, well performed and worth the credit.
This was the first of a three book series set in a fascinating universe that you hate to leave. The characters are well developed. The universe is coherent, consistent and intriguing. And the plot is well constructed. Others can summarize the latter.
The book marked a major change in Bujold???s work (which is widely regarded as some of the best writing in the SF/Fantasy genre.) CoC was released late in the year and received honorable mentions in 'Best of" competitions, but I suspect it was such a shift that readers were a little startled ... it wasn't the usual Bujold. The second book in the series, Paladin of Souls, swept the major honors the year it was released, but I have always felt CoC was the better of the two. It really should be read first, although PoS can stand alone.
The reader is competent. However, for me, the story evokes a sort of early-Renaissance Italy feel that is slightly at odds with the reader's contemporary metro-Texas accent. But once I got used to it, the distraction faded and the story is completely gripping. Be prepared for an ???all-nighter.???
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