I purchased this book during a recent sale of books first in a series. I am a big fan of the supernatural genre and I really enjoy a good series so I usually purchase a few sale books each year to see if there are any that I have been missing. The reviews of this book weren't great but it had an interesting story line so I decided to go for it.
Unfortunately, what really ruined this book for me was the reader. She has an odd way of annunciating her words, sort of clipped like she's almost swallowing them, and she was over the top on the drama. I might of liked the main character better if the reader hadn't made her sound so whiney.
That being said, the book wasn't great either. It started out slowly and just never really got off the ground. The action scenes were predictable, none of the characters are very likeable, the supernatural world is way over the top, and the ending was really a lead in to the next book. On the plus side it wasn't heavy on sex and the main character did seem to grow as the book progressed.
If you are a fan of the supernatural genre with action I would highly recommend the Monster Hunter International or Iron Druid series. Both have excellent readers and are fun, exciting, and entertaining. If you are into the supernatural strong heroine type of series try out the Jane Yellowrock series.
I have loved this series for years. I originally picked up one of the books on tape (I know, how bad were books on tape?) when I was travelling a lot for work and I was hooked immediately. Over the years I listened to several more as I found them available in the local library. Recently I decided to begin this series at the beginning and listen to it all the way through and I am so happy that I did.
To address a couple of complaints, yes, this book was written out of order, and there have been a couple of "lost years" books that were. Obviously the series is complete as the author passed away in 2013 so all you have to do is look at the date of the Winter Season the book covers and you can read them in order. This one actually pre-dates WWI. Secondly, for those of you who don't like Barbara Rosenblatt - don't listen, and quit complaining. Barbara Rosenblatt makes this series. Her command of voices is outstanding, and I always know who is speaking without being told. It is true that I too have wanted to hand her a glass of water from time to time, but she makes this series.
So on to the books. Honestly they might not be for everyone but if you like a good caper series you should give them a try. Go into it knowing that they are based in Victorian England/ Egypt and the main character is a rich aristocrat so there is some pomposity and plenty of servants. That however, in my opinion is part of what lends charm to these books. The vocabulary is outstanding and I love the propriety and chivalry.
The characters are so well developed that they feel like old friends to me. I know that every time I start one of these books I automatically smile at the opening words because I am visiting a place I know and love with people I adore. The author draws you in to every aspect of the story with rich descriptions of the surrounding scenery, crime scenes, and impossible scenarios. I find myself laughing out loud at the humor and cringing over dead body descriptions. I also like the style of the writing, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who the bad guy is but that doesn't matter, the author isn't making it hard for us to figure out. She's leading us to how Amelia and her extraordinary family figured it out.
These books are a delight. If you need a good distraction, love a classic caper, awesome narration, and some history, romance, and humor, read this series. Start at the beginning (Crocodile on the Sandbank), and I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Elizabeth Peters - you will be missed. Thank you for your many contributions to literature and for giving us such an awesome series. I can't wait until I decide to begin the series again and listen all the way through. :-)
Ok, I can not tell you how much I love Luke Daniel's performances. I think he has taken over the slot of my favorite reader! If you have not listened to the Iron Druid Chronicles start now. That is a fantastically fun series!
Audible - where is the rest of this series? There appear to be three more books available. Please add them ASAP!!!
So far this series is priced less than a full credit. If you haven't tried it - do! It's fun, with a lot of humor, action, and a great plot line. I am going to be really disappointed if I have to read the rest of the series myself!
I am so thrilled that I found this series - I really enjoy it and it just keeps getting better with each book. The demon world is so well described I almost feel like I am there, and the story line is fast paced and fun.
I found the first book of the series during a special sale and decided to give it a shot even though some of the reviews weren't great. I personally do not mind the swearing, or the fact that each book ends with sort of cliff hanger. The main character is strong, rarely whiney, and the sex scenes are not too often or too long.
The narrator also does a wonderful job. She is clear, has a really nice voice, and terrific annunciation.
If you haven't already, give this series a shot, but be sure to start with the first book. This is a series you must read in order.
This was one of the books I picked up during the recent First in a Series sale and I am thrilled that I did. The heroine is not whiney or afraid of who she is and the other characters are well fleshed out. I am certain that we will get a bit more back story on each of them as the series moves along based on the writing style exhibited in this book. The plot was good too. It had some fun little twists and turns and a decent mystery. The supernatural world is also well thought out and interesting, and I like the twist of a Null.
Amy McFadden's performance was spot on and I really enjoyed listening to her.
Nicely done! I am looking forward to the next installment!
I have had this book in my library for nearly a year and had not listened to it until now because of all the horrible reviews it received. I was content to like Sookie and the rest of the characters just the way I remembered them. Then one day I was looking at my unread books and I felt bad that this one had been sitting for so long so I hit play. So here's the thing, I didn't hate this book. Maybe that's because I was expecting to be super disappointed and so anything above my expectation was an improvement but it was ok.
I was pretty disappointed that many of the characters acted way differently in this book than they did in the past and that the ending was rushed. It seamed like the author just wasn't into it and wanted to tie up the loose ends so she could stop writing.
I'm glad I listened but I am also relieved that it's over.
Okay, so I like the original Night Huntress series. It's the kind of entertaining listen that you can do while gardening or laying on the beach. The characters are decent, the plot lines are fun, and there's enough gratuitous violence to keep it entertaining. Sure, there's some sex and over the top displays of testosterone driven stupidity but the heroine (Cat) is strong and likeable so it can be overlooked.
None of that is true with this book. Denise (our heroine) is the most pathetic, whiney, stupid, self loathing, weak, and unlikeable character I have come across in a long time. As for our master vampire hero, Spade, he inexplicably drops everything he is doing to help this damsel in distress, becomes besotted with her in about two minutes, and changes his entire persona. The worst part is that both of these characters appeared in the first series and I really don't remember them being this annoying.
Regardless of what the plot line is supposed to be about it's secondary to the disgustingly sappy sex/ love tension going on between Denise and Spade. The "I shouldn't", "He can't really love me", "I will never let her go" made me want to throw my phone at a wall. I can't fathom why I listened as long as I did. I guess I just kept hoping we would get past it and then the plot would emerge. So did not happen!
The final disappointment was the reader, Tavia Gilbert. She usually does a pretty good job and I like her use of accents but in this particular book she perpetuated the whininess of Denise and it really grated on my ears.
This is an awesome series. I loved the BBC TV show named after this book and I love the books even more. They are really dark and the violence is a bit over the top but they leave you a bit breathless in your race to find out what's going to happen next.
Unfortunately, I just looked for the next book in the series only to find that the next TWO are unabridged.
Audible - please, please get these books reproduced in their entirety!
Based on all the great reviews I had really high hopes for this book but I just did something I have never done before. I turned this book off and there is no way I am finishing it. After nearly 5 hours it has gone no where, and accomplished nothing!
In addition to the painfully slow plot line, the narrator is so monotonous I want to stick red hot pokers in my ears.
I know that a lot of people liked this book and that my one sour review is not likely to sway anyone from listening to it but don't say I didn't tell you so if you decide to embark on this perilous journey through tedium.
I was an avid viewer of Wire In the Blood which was the BBC television series based on these books but I had no idea at the time that there was a written series. This book was awesome! A bit violent but what a story, dark, devious, lots of sexual tension and as far as police procedurals go - top notch. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Graham Roberts does a great job of narrating. He brought all of the characters to life and you can tell which one is speaking just from his voice. I can't believe I missed this series from the start.
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