One of the biggest flaws in First Person narration is the lack of perspective. The reader is locked into the thoughts and sights of the primary character. We have no clue what fits and what does not fit unless the leading character figures it out for us.
In Firewalker, the author tries to weave many story lines together. But, she flounders around and fails to pick a primary line which the reader can lock onto. Personally, I have no problem following five or six story lines at a time as long as the author follows a logical progression from time to time. This offering fails to do so in any meaningful way. The result, for me at least, was a total let down at the conclusion. Put another way, the means did not justify the ending.
Hillary Huber is, as always, Hillary Huber. Everyone sounds the same and each character carries the same vocal inflection regardless of the authors intent. I put up with it - but I don't enjoy it very much.
This story has already been done, and done well by Nora Roberts in the trilogy Three Sisters Island. The book is Dance Upon the Air. With very minor differences it's the same story and follows the same lines and logic. I liked the Nora Roberts version better.
The Narration in this version of the story was less than stellar and the Irish accent was poorly done.
Zero Day was probably a decent story. I never made it past the music. One of the things that destroys an audio book for me, is the addition of music or sound effects.
If the story actually needs those elements to be affective, then the author more than likely needs to go back to the drawing board and rethink his creation. If the story is very good on the written page, then it does NOT need the addition of music or sound effects. Since I am rating this as a Audio Book, I can't give it more that two stars in any area. The studio destroyed the listening experience for me.
What to say about, "A Nomadic Witch?" I suppose there's one story that every author just has to write; if for no other reason than to clean up the soul and give wings to a loose end which refuses not stay tied. Perhaps this is one of those tales for Deborah Geary. I honestly have no clue. As for me, this is a story which I absolutely did NOT need to hear, see, or read. I was perfectly content with the existing loose ends - They gave the series a bit of mystery and a little extra class. Up to this point, I have loved every book in the "Modern Witch" series. This one I could have done without. You, on the other hand, might like it. Enough said.
I'm not sure what went wrong with this story. It might have been the deliberate lies or deceit among the main characters. It might have been the years of totally unnecessary secrets between mother and child. What ever is was, I felt absolutely nothing for any of the folks involved in the book. Even the ending left me cold. Needless to say, I have no desire to read another book in this series.
Burning Lamp is a fine story and a welcome addition to the Arcane Society series. Unfortunately, this audio book is the beginning of the end for narrator Anne Flosnik.
Somewhere along the line Ms. Flosnik decided that her performances were Shakespeare plays and that she must over pronounce her words by dragging out the endings of words in an overly dramatic stage voice. Nearly every one of her works after April of 2010 suffer from the same problem. Simply put, she destroyed herself with that process. I do believe that's one of the main reasons that Recorded Books picked up the Amanda Quick books. Of course, Barbara Rosenblat isn't that much of an improvement.
As usual, The Ladies of Lantern Street Series is excellent. The Mystery Woman story is well constructed and follows the standard Jayne Ann Krentz formula. The only problems I ever have with her books is her need to explain every mystery down to the last detail by having her villains confess to each criminal action or her by having her leading characters lay down every single fact. It gets very, very annoying. The other flaw in her otherwise great stories is her aversion to firearms of any kind. You will not find a single story by the author where guns are used to an advantage by any of her leading ladies or gentleman. She just flat won't allow it. Of course, in real life guns are used daily to both save lives and take them. It's an aspect of life that will never go away; except in Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, or Jayne Castle stories. If you didn't already know, they are all the same person.
With these exceptions in mind, I highly recommend this paranormal series. They are outstanding stories!
I keep listening to this series to see if any of the characters wise up. Unfortunately, none of them do. They keep secrets from each other even if the knowledge will save a life. I have no clue why this is. When my friends and I were that age, we did NOT keep secrets when someone was in danger, and we certainly did not allow others to distract us when passing on critical information that another needed for decision making purposes.
I like this series, but I think Kelly Armstrong needs to take a closer look at today's teens. They seldom act the way she is depicting them in this series, and they certainly aren't as paranoid about life.
By the end of chapter 7 I was fairly well insulted by the author. Making her leading lady appear to be Brain Dead was bad enough but, adding insult to injury, she also had Janet totally IGNORE every screaming sign thrust in front of her nose that things were very, very wrong with Nick.
No, folks, this was a badly written story. Allyson James should be ashamed of herself for submitting us to this sham of a story. I am done with this series.
Quite a bit of explicate sex followed by a fairly predictable story line. I was less than impressed by either. I would have had no problems with the sex if it wasn't the only vehicle the author used to present the story or, if the story was unique in any way. Unfortunately neither applied. Suggest Christine Warrens "Others" series or the "Psy Changeling" series for a proper mix of sex and unique story lines.
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