This was my first listen of a Hamish Macbeth book, and I'm glad to see that there are many more out there. I love the characters in this book, especially that of Hamish. I completely understand his obsessive need to make sure his dog and cat are all right. The story was excellent and the characters unusual. It was a delightful experience. The narrator has the requisite Scottish brogue, and I found myself speaking with that lilt after listening to the book for a couple of hours. My only criticism is that there wasn't much voice variation among the characters, and his Russian inspector didn't sound Russian. But I highly recommend this book. No F-bombs! Good clean mischievous fun.
Bujold is far and away my favorite sci-fi author simply because of her ability to create believable characters that I would like to meet in person. I never get tired of new plots for Miles or any of his family. I highly recommend the series. Grover Gardner is now the voice of the Vorkosigans in my head. He does a fabulous job.
Finally, someone writes about weres and vampires as alien to humans. I do get tired of reading about them as though they are just humans with modifications. I loved this story about Meg, who is human but isn't prey, and how she learns to adapt to the Others. And the Others stay Other and don't change into odd humans! There is some bad language in the book, and I wouldn't recommend it for teens, but Bishop did a great job with world-building and character development, and I have gotten the sequel to this and the first book of another series she has written. Harris does a great job narrating and keeping the characters separate.
I wasn't expecting this book to be YA after having read other books by David Weber. This is obviously written for 10-14 year olds though, and I found the plot and characters oversimplified and very predictable.
This is one of Dick Francis' earlier works, and I can always tell the difference. I think this may be the first novel I ever read (years ago now) where the main character is clinically depressed. I was instantly hooked and cheering for Gene, who was trying to find a reason to keep living. He is one tough dude, too! The plot line is a bit convoluted, but the character development was good. Gene is a prototype of Sid Halley, Francis' best character.
Heyer rarely makes a misstep in her writing. No matter how many times I read her books, she can still make me laugh out loud. This was not her best work, but it still has some good characters. Heyer is the absolute queen of Regency romance in my opinion, and all her books are worth your time.
The story starts out well. You are inside the head of the narrator but still getting an interesting view of the rest of his family. But as the narrator's character is developed, I began wanting to be anywhere except inside his head. There was "Too Much Information" as far as I'm concerned. His thoughts were disgusting. I didn't want to know any of them. I had to quit about an hour into the book because it just got gross. Bad language, vile thoughts. I didn't care enough about the story to keep going.
I am not one who can handle vulgar language and graphic sex, so i dont even know what the story was about. I only listened about 20 minutes. I wish the books had a rating system. That would sure save time.
I truly love this series about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Even though I don't necessarily agree with the author's world view, her characters are people I would like to meet. The plot is excellent. The narrator does a fair job. He didn't have many accents, but his reading is clear and the voices are easy to distinguish and follow. I highly recommend this book and the series.
I was initially captivated by the story line--poor orphan makes good--but as the story progressed, the characters remained static and became more and more incomprehensible. I don't think the author really knew who her characters were. I got very tired of Kaylin not knowing why she did things and saying so frequently. I couldn't find any rhyme or reason for the actions of many the characters, and I frankly gave up on the story before the end because I didn't care about any of her people. The narrator does a creditable job with poor material.
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