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Oscar; Lily’s familiar. He is the most unusual of characters. He is always entertaining and intriguing. Lily does not know much about him, or even if he is HER familiar, or sent to spy on her. Each book she gets to know a bit more about him. In this book, she inquires about his age and instead of telling her, he just tells her that is a rude question.
I have only listened to Xe Sands's performances in Blackwell's books. I find her pace and characterization to be very easy to listen to and entertaining.
Mystery in a Mirror.
There are many friends who would love this audiobook. Katherine Kellgren's narration, who's accent for Georgiana , bring to mind of Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins, and her roll in Thoroughly Modern Millie. This is a fun romp, of a penniless cousin of the King of England, who attempts to find employment, and ends up trying to prove her half brother innocent of a murder.
I loved the characters and it is a real who dun-it mystery. You didn't know if she would fall in love and lose her virginity, or be murdered. I just loved it. As the last chapters sped to an end, you were not positive who the murder was, but you knew she would either catch him or die trying.
Her different accents, speech patterns of the upper and lower class of the English and Americans, were so spot on. She created and performed each character with such joy and abandonment. One could hardly put down the book.
Once I started this audiobook, I had to try and listen to it without any breaks. This book kept me wanting more of the Royal Spryness's adventures.
I've always loved the idea of time travel, I've read many sci/fi and romance novels which have time travel is the main vehicle of the story line. I find this book Timebound, an interesting approach to the time travel genre. Even though this is a Teen or Youth novel, I still enjoyed. It isn't up there with Outlander, but it isn't half bad either. Rysa Walker does her homework when it comes to the setting of Chicago during the worlds fair. I think she has at least watched a few episodes on the History Channel to get most of her historical information down. But her work still is interesting enough for me to want to explore her next book in this series.
There are many Teen or Young Adult Paranormal of Sci/Fi books out there where you could find similar brave heroins. These heroins are mature beyond their years. These fifteen to seventeen year old's have the wear with all to stand up to anything thrown at them. I don't know of any real girls of this age who could fight off serial killers, or find true love from spending a few days with a boy. But that is the attraction for this genre isn't it? But for me it is the puzzlement of time travel.
The scene where she is looking for her Grandmother in the crowds of the Chicago's Worlds fair. How it might have felt being there was well done by Rysa Walker.
Your existence has just been erased.
I do enjoy Amanda Ronconi's narration. Her cadence and pace are perfect for a love story, paranormal romance. Although there isn't much of a big difference between characters who have no accents, she is still enjoyable to listen to. If I had a choice between an audio book and a print version, I have to take the audio edition every time.
Molly Harper's take on the werewolf lore as being more to do with DNA rather than a paranormal curse, is refreshing. This spin make a love story involving the "paranormal", light rather than dark. The slight playful wolf like nuzzlings nips and love making, are well done and not offensive as they quickly could be. I love that the heroin was a daughter of hippies, and how she longed for a normal life. She finds herself settling into a life, which is not normal, the irony is not lost by the character.
I still love Amanda Ronconi's narrations and have listen to other books she has narrated. Is is a fun reader. I couldn't see her reading a book by Stephen King, she is more suited to a Molly Harper type book.
Keep your eyes on his eyes, no matter the temptation.
I haven't read the print version of Chilled, but for me listening to a audio book is always more enjoyable. Audible has the best selection of titles available. I find it more relaxing to listen to various books, especially when they are performed by talented narrators. Listening allows me to do other things, like driving to work, or cook in my kitchen. You can't do that by reading a book.
Chilled's tale of a search and rescue team, trekking into the snow covered Cascade Mountains, after a downed plane, is exciting enough. But to throw in a escaped psychopath and a vengeance seeking ex-federal agent is icing on the cake. The characters of the S.A.R.s team were interesting and human. I enjoyed listening to the build up of each of their characterization and back stories. There is a romance with in this story, and that was okay. The only part which didn't seem necessary to the book, was the graphic sex scene near the end of the book.
Emily's performance was fine and well paced. There wasn't any need for different accents to make much of a radiance in her performance. I would listen to her perform another book.
Chilled. You just never know what you will find, in the cold Cascade Mountains.
I did like the premise of the teenager escaping and later teaching others how to service an abduction.
I think if she had told the story from beginning to end, without all the jumping back and forth in the story line, I would have enjoyed it much more. As it was, it made the heroine sound whinny and the villein sound like a joke. I know Ragan, wanted to create more suspense, having her heroine remember bits and pieces of the escape. But to me it was tedious and it has been done over and over in other stories.
Kate Rudd's voice at times sounds a bit busy, and she doesn't do characters very well. All the women and girls sounded the same. The only change in the male characters voices was the voice of the villein using a voice changing machine. Rudd's characterization of the heroine was odd too. She gave her two different voices, one for the thoughts and the other when speaking.
I was thinking this would make a typical Life Time or LMN movie. Just weird enough to be made into a TV movie, and still predictable to be able to make the transition from book to TV.
Because of my poor eye sight, I need to listen to audio books. I have been reading books since the age of 5. They give me pure joy. After listening to all of the Harry Potter books, I never went back to reading print again. Having a good narrator perform accented characters can really bring a book to life. So few writers can bring this out in print.
I haven't been listening to mysteries placed in the early 1900's, so I can't think of another book that might be compared to Murphy's Law.
Nicola Barber's pace was perfect. I didn't notice any pauses were she took a break between paragraphs.
I loved the idea of a scrappy Irish immigrant solving a murder before the cops could. I found the story a bit short, but it also makes me want to continue reading the next book in this series.
Once I was able to sort out all the many different characters, I fell in love again with this story. It wasn't bad having all of these characters, it is just been a while since I read the last book. My mind isn't as young as it once was. I just love the interesting story line, so much different then the typical paranormal fiction out there. Harkness really knows her history and brings a realistic element to her books. The bad guys are really wicked and her good guys are scary, fun and sexy. Who could ask for more. Harkness is able to through everything into her books, excluding a kitchen sink, and make it a true adventure.
The Book of Life is a combination of Charlaine Harris, meets Dan Brown. You have interesting and charismatic characters in the story, plus historical details. The Book of Life brings you on an adventurous ride like a Dan Brown novel too.
It's a tie between Glasgow and Fernando. Ikeda can really accents, and I find a Scott's and Spanish accent very sexy.
Weaver, because this book and series of books introduces a new type of which, a Weaver. The Book of Life shows you in colorful detail just what a Weaver is.
I would want to listen to Past Midnight again, to refresh my memory, before reading the next in Purnhagen's series.
Charlotte Silver, who is the main character in this book. I find her the most fully fleshed out in this book. Perhaps a bit more mature for her age though. But most books with the star of the book is a teen or child, the star is often more mature.
If there was a character that stood out for me by the performance of Sands, I didn't notice.
Since I'm not a teenager, I mostly was moved of the ending, where everything comes into place.
I found this book to be time well spent. Because, this book offers a more personal side of the enigmatic FBI agent Pendergast. He is set off on a quest to find out who and why his beloved wife was killed. Her death, was presumed to be a gruesome attack by a rouge lion. He years later finds that her death was planned..
My favorite character is agent Pendergast. He is as cool and unflappable as James Bond. But Bond is often driven by his emotions, while Pendergast is driven by his intellect. He has a persuasive personality, which can get even the a strong minded person, to join him in the most bizarre and often illegal investigations.
Rene Auberjonois's southern accent adds to the flair of Pendergast personality. Auberjonois is a interesting actor, most remembered from his role on Deep Space 9.
If this was made into a movie, I would go to see it. Mostly to see how well the cast the different roles.
The characters were 2 dimensional We knew they were gods, goddess, demi-gods, etc., and they all had names. Other than this there wasn't any substance. I didn't believe the heroin was tough, smart, or a fury. She sounded more like a self centered rich bitch from Beverly hills. "I'm hot, sexy, I can fly, I think I'm better than everyone else and I can play Texas Holdem". "Oh look at my eyes flame.", are we really going to be scared or intimidated by this? Not at all, especially if all the male characters are looking at her breasts. Only saving grace I found was in the playful hell hound and the setting of Las Vegas.
Something really worth my monthly credit, like a Steven King novel, the newest Evonovich novel or a recommended new series, such as March Violets by Phillip Kerr. I have over 300 books on my wish list, so there has to be something in there worth my credit. I have a few biographies on my wish list and I'd wager those people have much more depth than those in this book.
Christina Traister did a better job than the author did. Her pace, tone and individual character voice were fair. Traister didn't have much to draw from the novel, so I really can't suggest what she could have done to improve her performance.
Best redeeming qualities for me was that it helped me with my insomnia, and it was relatively short. I kept listening in hope it would get better. It was also my first paranormal novel involving gods and other mythological creatures. I won't hold this review as to not read another from another author.
I believe Barbra Traister,s sequel of this book, will do better than her first.
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