This book was a chore to get through. Luckily for me, I had just come off a streak of a few good books, and had another lined up to look forward to.
Let's start with the narrator. Her voice is fine for a school teacher reading to her kids, but a professional she is not. Aside from the annoying tone of her voice, she often reads sentences as if it were her first time coming across it. This leads to her getting tone and inflection all wrong. In fact, SEVERAL times through the story you'll hear her "end" a sentence with tone, only to add more words:
"He then turned around and dropped his plate. On the ground."
That should be one sentence, but she reads it as if it ended at plate, and on the ground is another sentence (this is just an example, and not a line from the story). Coupled with her voice, the narrator got to be very distracting.
On to the story. It's an odd one as it tries hard to be different, yet ends up being more cliched for it. We have our usual suspects, only slightly different, however they end up more like caricatures:
-- Big strong, hero, who has no faults, and then he does.
-- Hero's love interest, who doesn't just want to be a damsel in distress, she now wants to be empowered.
-- Sheriff, who wants to handle things because this is his town, but then can't and wishes he hadn't.
I could go on, but it might ruin some of the "surprise". Yes, there are surprises, but they aren't really a surprise. You can see where the story is going a mile away and the plodding exposition is often tedious.
The author does do a good job of mixing up the plot though. We should try this. No this! Now this! Will this work? In the end, I don't think I even cared. I just wanted it over.
I will give the author this: he created some creepy scenes. If you can get past the annoying narrator and actually picture the situations as described, you may be slightly disturbed. In fact, coupled with the plot and characters, this book would have made a better movie. That way, we could focus more on the scares and visual creepiness.
it was free and short
the sole fight scene
The style of this book just wasn't my cup of tea. There's your typical zombie hoard attacks moment(s), but for the most part, the author just tried to shove comedy down your throat with silly banter that made me want to punch my speakers.
It's a decent listen to pass the time, but there's nothing really earth-shattering here.
Yes. I like the series, and it seems to be progressing toward something very interesting, but it's doing so slowly with a lot of the mundane and annoying as filler.
Amanda is the perfect voice for Allisen. She has the exasperated and snarky tone down perfectly. Unfortunately, she can also come across a bit whiny as well.
We get a few peeks into more of the dynamics of the ghost world in this book, and Paul seems to be progressing along nicely.
Unfortunately, outside of that we have the typical formula. A case is reluctantly taken on by our "heroin", she stumbles through it, and constantly missing obvious clues to her case and to the side story that is going on. The author is also very lazy in how she allows this to drag on as well ("I was about to make the phone call that would end all this silly, drawn-out drama, but oh something else came up... for the third time), which makes it even more frustrating.
I wish Allisen were a smarter, less annoying character, but I do love the supernatural aspect of the series.
Finished the Grimnoir Chronicles and needed more, so naturally I picked this up.
The story follows Jake and Origami's child 20 years in the future, and while short, does much to catch us up on what our favorite characters have been up to in that time. It's rather forced, but we do get insight into what many of the Grimnoir has been up to in one way or another. For me, that was the best part of the book. The rest?
As mentioned, the focus of the book is on Jake's cocky, arrogant and annoying son (perhaps Larry didn't mean him to come off this way, but he does) as he lends a hand to Toru, who is now general of the imperial army. From there, the book basically becomes Pacific Rim with a bit of magic mixed in. Not a bad tale, but not terribly interesting either (especially since it felt rushed).
This is a good listen for anyone who has finished the Chronicles, if for nothing else than the glimpses we get into the lives of the series' characters -- beyond that, it's a short, but fun little adventure with heavy action.
Our British wizard -- nay, apprentice -- is back and picks right up where he left off. Sadly, that means making many questionable decisions (both for a police officer and a human being with sense), which lead to a fairly-predictable, yet still surprising results.
Two cases become one in this book, then spin off again to become two, which neatly set us up for future entries in the series.
We also get to catch up with Leslie whose face was damaged in the first book and is struggling to recover.
Overall, it's a fairly enjoyable listen, and though the author goes off on history lessons somewhat frequently, it's sometimes important, so keep alert!
A confusing journey
This book has the same "pull" as most of King's other books -- that is to say that you don't want to put it down. It's easy to listen to, and the various scenes are very interesting. As a whole though, I think the story's concept and execution fell a bit flat.
Excellent narrator. He's able to properly handle male and female voices and none were annoying.
Yes, the first time the Antagonist entered the cabin at the top of the mountain with his special someone. I feel like that was his crowning moment. It was a perfect segue from his early to late life.
This book wraps up the trilogy neatly, and while it is very satisfying, I feel it was rushed in the last half.
The book exposes some new truths which are quickly assimilated as fact and pushes on past them to meet its deadline (the end of the series). Much of what was revealed could have made for more interesting development if the book had room to breathe. With it, the series could have easily been 4 books long.
That said, it does the characters I have come to love justice, and we are treated to some pretty epic battles along the way. There were few moments where I felt OK putting the book down. Good listen.
If you've listened to the first 2 books in this series, then you won't be too surprised by this one.
As usual, the story plods along, with remarkable scenes littered amongst the pretty mundane. Oddly though, it's enjoyable. You never feel like you're rushing anywhere; you're just along for the ride, taking in Eff's daily life as we meander to the end game. It's a bit similar to some of the earlier Harry Potter books in that way.
The downside of this type of story telling (aside from it being slow, which can be a pain if you're not enjoying taking it all in), is that there is much discussed and revealed during the story (indeed, the entire series) that never gets resolved.
In most stories, most of what you hear about is fairly important. In these types of stories though, you hear about so much that it can be hard to figure out just what's important and what is just a tidbit. Sadly, many of those tidbits that seem to be going somewhere never do, and you're left to fill in the blanks in your mind. A shame for such a wonderfully-crafted universe.
Overall however, I enjoyed it. For the shippers, Eff finally "settles down" in this book, and thankfully those parts of the story aren't mushy or annoying. In fact, it doesn't interfere with the story at all; it adds to it.
I'd hoped this wasn't the end, but given that there's an epilogue, I guess it is. Great series.
This book is written by two people. The intro makes that clear, and then listening to the first half makes that somewhat clear as well.
The first half of the book seems intent on establishing Frieda as a (n uninteresting) character. We are treated to several interactions and threads that have zero bearing on the main plot. They aren't even small side things either, they take up large parts of the tale, are often annoying (the niece) and go absolutely no where later on.
What makes the above worse, is that in the first half of the book, the scenes are often abruptly ended with little resolution and we move on to something completely unrelated. It's not only jarring, but also leads you to wonder just what is actually important in what you hear. That would be great if things were cleverly written to incorporate bits and pieces of all the little situations you're forced to endure, but, as mentioned, they have pretty much zero bearing on the main story.
The narrator is pretty good, though she does all male voices in an annoying nasal tone which can be distracting at first.
As for the actual plot of the story: I doubt you'll be surprised by the revelations, but it's an interesting ride in any case -- especially once the book starts to maintain focus in the second half.
If this book were edited down to, perhaps not remove, but streamline some of the random bits from Frieda's life, then I'd give it more stars. As it stands, it's sadly the first book I've ever played at greater than 1x speed.
Not interested in enduring the rest of the series.
A few of the tales in this book were in the last collection, and some others appeared elsewhere. That threw me off at first since I started skipping through stories and ended up missing half of one I hadn't heard.
That said, they're all top-notch as usual. I especially enjoyed changeling, which added some more mysteries to the overall Joe Ledger universe.
I also enjoyed the last story in the collection, which starts off years ago and actually follows Mr Church before the DMS was formed before catching up to the present with Joe. It was good to hear a bit more of St. Germaine
This entry in the series is told from the perspective of Allisen's mother. It's a sort of "look back" tale that covers what went on during previous novels, but is done very well.
The mystery this time around was fairly interesting and opened up a bit more of the ghost world for followers of the series.
Unlike the other alternate-perspective entry in this series (from Paul's POV), this entry was read by the usual narrator and so characters actually kept their usual voices. That was a relief as I didn't enjoy the differences in the book read by a male.
Overall, a short and enjoyable listen.
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