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First, the good: Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford are outstanding as narrators. I was already a fan of Emma Galvin, but Aaron Standord particularly impressed me. Well done.
Now, the rest: I pre-ordered Allegiant back in February. I loved the previous two books in the series, and to say that I eagerly awaited the conclusion to the trilogy is an understatement. So, now that I have finally finished listening to Allegiant, I am left feeling dissatisfied.
Veronica Roth showed such promise with Divergent and Insurgent that my expectations for Allegiant were high. She is a good writer but, at times, it seemed like new plot lines introduced in Allegiant weren't fully fleshed out, leaving me frustrated, and some of them seemed wholly unnecessary. I don't see what the Nita subplot added to the story, other than introduce an unlikable character who didn't advance the plot. The more I listened to the book, the more I wondered why Veronica Roth took such care to build her world in Divergent and Insurgent, only to completely change direction in Allegiant in such a rushed fashion. Underdeveloped is the word that kept coming to mind.
It's also really hard to write this review without revealing The Big Spoiler, so I'll just keep referring to it as The Big Spoiler. And it did spoil the book for me. Some of my favourite books end in a similar manner, so it's not the actual event that upset me. What upset me is the way it was delivered. It was rushed. It seemed out of place. It wasn't justified at that point in the story. I saw it coming a few chapters before it happened, but I kept listening, hoping I was wrong or, at the very least, that Veronica Roth would knock it out of the ballpark and redeem its occurrence. But that didn't happen and it was the tipping point for me.
Overall, I think this story would have been better handled spread out over two books. Two books would have given the author the time to develop the new ideas and plots she introduced in Allegiant, and The Big Spoiler wouldn't have seemed so out of place. She could have worked with it and made us understand why it was necessary to the story. As it is, I finished the book, deleted it from my iPod, and I doubt I'll ever listen to it again.
Yes, inevitably, I will listen to it again at some point, but I'm not in a rush to listen to it again any time soon. This is not my favourite book in the Outlander series and it took me much longer to get through it than the earlier books in the series.
Davina Porter is great--she is one of my favourite narrators--but this was not one of her best performances. She mispronounced several words familiar to listeners of the previous Outlander books (and which she pronounced correctly in those books!). This is a minor nitpick, however. She is still one of the best narrators out there, in my opinion.
I really wish I could have given the story four or five stars. I'd been waiting for this book for so long and I am a huge fan of the series. I love the detail and history that Diana Gabaldon works into her books (that's one of my favourite things about the Outlander series...it's so rich in detail), but this could have been a trimmer story.
Yes! Robert Petkoff does an outstanding job, once again, and his narration makes the book even more enjoyable. He plays each character with a unique voice and accent that carries over from book to book.
All of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark books take on a similar formula, but each couple is unique and that's what makes the books so much fun. An earlier IAD instalment, Demon from the Dark, also spends a significant amount of time on a demon plane.
Yes, and he does a great job, once again.
IAD fans will be happy with this instalment! I really like how the books are all tying together now, and I went back and listened to a couple earlier books to pick up on little plot points mentioned in this book that I may have missed the first time around in the other books.
Yes, if you haven't listened to the original version of City of Bones, narrated by Ari Graynor. If you're like me and have the Ari Graynor version, don't bother. When I say "six of one, half-dozen of the other", I mean both versions are mediocre, as far as narration goes. The story is worth it though, so if you haven't read or listened to City of Bones, go for it! It's worth the credit. If you're just looking for a different version with better narration, don't waste your credit.
City of Bones opens a captivating young adult series, The Mortal Instruments. Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter world is cleverly-built and the stories exciting. Keeping up with Clary as she learns about her heritage and discovers the world around her kept me hooked through all six books.
Maybe? She wasn't terrible as a narrator, but her accents were. It would have been a much better listen without the questionable English accents.
Ugh...I wish I hadn't. The movie was terrible and it was one of the worst book-to-screen adaptations I've ever seen (but this isn't a movie review). I blame the movie for the bad English accents. The City of Bones movie decided that the Shadowhunters would have English accents and this is the result of that decision. In all of the other audiobooks (except for City of Heavenly Fire, which also came out after the movie), the Shadowhunters have American accents.
I wrote this review for listeners who have the Ari Graynor version of City of Bones and are wondering if this version is an improvement. It isn't.
The final Mortal Instruments book...ahh, bittersweet. I'm a grown woman and I really liked this series, so I was both excited and sad to finish this audiobook.
As a finale to the series, City of Heavenly Fire was very good. It wasn't as good as Clockwork Princess (the final book in Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices trilogy), but it ticked all the boxes and closed the series properly. If I have a minor complaint about the story itself, it would be that the author spent too much time setting up her next series, The Dark Artifices (the Los Angeles/Emma/Jules story line), which dragged this book out longer than it needed to be. Other than that, I was pleased with the story and the way it wrapped up.
The narration, on the other hand, could have used some direction. I don't know what it is about this series as a whole, but nearly every book had mediocre (at best) or terrible (at worst) narration.
Sophie Turner had the potential to be very good, but she spoke much too fast at times. I would rate her 3 stars (3.5 or 4, had she spoken a little slower). Jason Dohring was just wrong for this book, completely. His monotone voice was nearly expressionless and it was clear that he is a story-READER rather than a story-TELLER. I would rate his performance 2 stars, although he did improve towards the end (or maybe I just became accustomed to his voice). I don't think that having dual narrators added anything to this book.
Fans of the series should also be aware that the narration is obviously based on the performances from the (terrible) City of Bones movie, as every Shadowhunter now has an English accent, despite the fact that they had American accents in all of the other audiobooks, which is annoying at first, but easy to overlook.
Now it seems as if I didn't like the book, but I did...I really did! It was a credit well spent and I will definitely listen to the audiobook again, less-than-perfect narration notwithstanding. Guest appearances by Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices were an extra-special treat. Cassandra Clare writes great books for young adults (and grown women, like me, who like to pretend we're still young adults), and I can't wait for her next series to start.
Already have! I know I'm in the minority, but I loved Beth and Wrath's story from way back in the first BDB book (Dark Lover). I was really looking forward to this book and I wasn't disappointed. I wish there was less of the Layla/Xcor story line though. There was A LOT going on in this book and I really don't like that story line.
Sometimes I have to laugh at his deadpan delivery of some especially cheesy dialogue (J.R. Ward fans know what I'm talking about, true?). He's great.
There are times that J.R. Ward's writing irritates the crap out of me, with all the faux gansta talk, label and name dropping (how many times was Miley Cyrus mentioned?) and weird abbreviations (abso?), but if you've made it to book 12 in the series, you're probably already a fan and you can look past that to get to the meat of the story: hot vampire sex. My guilty pleasure....
Yes. I was looking to start a new series to kill my commute, and it was a relatively quick and easy listen. I just finished George R. R. Martin's Clash of Kings (a heavy listen at more than 37 hours), so this was a nice, light treat.
I liked the narrator, with a couple exceptions. I really didn't like her accent for Bones. It was a little too "Eliza Doolittle" and not masculine enough for my taste. It certainly wasn't the worst English accent that I've heard, but the over-the-top, fake Cockney accent took some getting used to. Likewise for the majority of her male characterizations. I rolled my eyes the first few times I heard her portray pretty much any male character, but I got used to it. It didn't stop me from enjoying the story though, and she was very good otherwise, especially with Cat.
I liked this story for the most part. The writing started off well but slipped a bit at the end. I have to admit that the author lost me once she brought the human conspirators and the government into the picture. I still want to find out what happens with Cat and Bones, though, and I'm already downloading the next book. I'm a sucker for a sexy vampire romance.
I read all three parts in ebook format before listening to Part 2 and enjoyed the overall story, but I would only recommend The Professional to fans of erotica. Reading some of these reviews, I get the feeling that it wasn't clear that The Professional is an erotica book, rather than straight-up romance (think X-rated vs. R-rated). It probably doesn't help that Audible categorized Part 1 as "Fiction > Contemporary" rather than "Romance > Erotica".
I would have released all three parts as one audiobook. Part 2 covers chapters 18-33 of the story, but it doesn't hold up as a stand-alone story (which I don't believe it was meant to, anyway).
Yes, I would. She did a great job as Natalie and with American accents. Her Russian accent is decent as well, but I would have enjoyed it more if she dialed back on her Russian accents a bit. I didn't find them very sexy and it distracted from the story. She did a good job overall though.
If Fifty Shades of Grey can be made into a movie, why not The Professional? It's a much better story than Fifty Shades, anyway. (All three parts, that is...not just Part 2 on its own.)
Even though I've read Part 3 in ebook format already, I'm still looking forward to Part 3 in audiobook format, and I'm definitely looking forward to other books in this new series (The Game Maker) in the future. Fans of Kresley Cole, keep in mind that Part 2 covers chapters 18-33 of the book (Part 1 covers chapters 1-17 and Part 3 covers chapters 34-44 and epilogue), AND this is _erotica_ with lots of BDSM and other XXX-rated naughtiness. Not for the faint of heart!
Yes. I loved this book so much that I had to listen to again immediately after I finished it. Wil Wheaton was a fantastic narrator and the story was fascinating. I had to listen to it again to pick up on all the little nuances that I might have missed the first time around.
Wade and Aech finally meeting for the first time. Brilliant! And what a satisfying ending.
I loved everything about Wil Wheaton's performance. He was perfect for this book. I loved the reference to Wil Wheaton in the book, too. It made Wil Wheaton's performance of the book particularly fitting.
I don't think I would be able to listen to it in one sitting, even if I had the time. My brain would be on overload. This book is so richly detailed and there is so much to take in that I honestly believe my brain couldn't handle it.
I am not, and never have been, a gamer. I've never played Dungeons and Dragons. I've never watched a full episode of any of the various Star Trek series. I think the last Star Wars movie I saw was Return of the Jedi, back in 1983 when I was a small child. I wasn't sure if I would like this book but I am so glad that I gave it a try. Not only was it a fascinating and exciting listen, but I recognized about 90% of the pop culture references mentioned, despite my lack of "geek" credibility. Anyone who came of age in the 80s should give this a listen. In fact, my daughter, born in the 21st century, listened to most of this with me and she loved it too.
Absolutely, yes. When my kid is in bed. Or away for the weekend. Or wearing headphones and my bedroom door is locked.... Wow, it's spicy. It's a naughty/nice break from all the YA I listen to with my pre-teen. I probably wouldn't listen to it again until all three parts are out, though. I hate, hate, hate it when stories are left hanging like this.
The obvious comparison is Fifty Shades of Grey (virginal college student, dom/sub forbidden relationship) but The Professional is so much better (so far, anyway). The cringe factor is way down compared to Fifty Shades. Plus, it helps that Kresley Cole can actually write.
Yes, I would. I really, really liked her for Natalie's parts. I wasn't so crazy about her Russian accent though. It wasn't bad (truly, it wasn't), but there was something about it that didn't do it for me. I can't put my finger on it, but I found her Russian accent distracting. Maybe it wasn't "sexy" enough. She was fantastic as Natalie though!
Yes, and I did! I stayed up late into the night listening to it and then just about died when it ended. I want the rest of the story!
I think if I ever listen to a serial or multi-part story again, I will wait until all parts are available before I begin listening. The suspense is killing me! I need me some Sevastyan!
I would recommend this book only to existing fans of the Beautiful Creatures series. You would have to know the history of the series to understand what's going on. For fans of Beautiful Creatures, it will be interesting to see where Ridley and Link end up as the new series progresses.
Yes. I enjoyed the Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles) series for the most part. I will probably continue with the new Dangerous Creatures series.
I love Kevin T. Collins's narration. He has a wonderful voice. He did a great job as Ethan in the Beautiful Creatures series and I was happy to hear him again.
No. Aside from the fact that this is a very short story (not even a novella, really), the Beautiful Creatures movie was a stinker and I doubt they'll go down that road again.
I don't mind cliffhangers, but this was left unfinished. I realize it's meant to be a bridge between Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles) series and the new, upcoming Dangerous Creatures series, but the ending was abrupt.
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