Great fresh take on Sherlock Holmes. Mind you, the lead character is not Holmes, but a teenage girl befriending him and becoming his (sort of) apprentice. The development of the the characters is spot on. Thoroughly enjoyable story.
The opening scene is great.
Pretty bad production. I use a pair of quality "over the ear" headphones when listening and since they dont let much noise in, some flaws in the production stands out. Most noticeable is a faint analog echo of the readers speech, that gets more and more pronounced as the book progresses. (At first I thought it was outside voices form a poorly soundproofed recording studio). It's a very annoying immersion breaker.
Bowen takes a stab at creating an Agatha Christie-esque manor murder mystery, and does a fairly good job of it. A whodunit with a slow build up and a satisfying albeit abrupt finish. Not the best of the series, but as always Kellgren is a delight to listen to.
Less humour. More gore. The writing is technically good but an endless sense of doom without ever letting up, makes listening not at all enjoyable. And the title is a huge joke. There is no ending to this book (either). Some revelations but even more questions and unresolved storylines. Done with this series.
Sometimes outrageously laugh out loud funny, but the laugh sticks in your throat as often as not. This is at it's heart a gut wrenching family drama. All the more harrowing due to a great cast of actors that know and feel their characters. The emotions really comes across.
I hesitated when buying this. Do I really want to give almost three hours of listening time to a live audience play? Let me say, I did not regret it.
Good voice acting make up for a somewhat thin and confusing story - even by Twilight Zone standards. Good ending though.
If you want to know more about the complexities of growing coffee trees (yes, trees), you're in for a treat. A lot of coffee trivia in this book. So much so that it actually gets in the way of my enjoying the story at times. Good thing that I like reading about coffee then... ;)
The pace of the story sags a little halfway, but picks up speed in the last two hours.
Not the best of the coffeehouse books thus far. Good ending though.
Great second Skinwalker book. Continues more or less where the first one ended. A more complex story, but very satisfying. The vampire lore part in this book is nothing short of amazing. As in the first, lots of blood and gore, but no graphic sex. Liked the first book? You'll love this one!
Kellgren! Her narration makes the characters come alive. Her mastery of accents is unbelievable. The book is worth it just to marvel at her performance, But there's a book here as well... And it's a very good one. A fun Christmas whodunit, without any feeling of predictability. Well done Bowen. But let's face it - the real star of this book is Katherine Kellgren.
Don Johnson is good, Oksana Fedenuschen is very good. The story is surprisingly likeable (for a T Z story). Recommended.
I'm a cat person myself. And I enjoyed this book a lot. Can't think of a higher praise than that.
Great book. Love the way the story flows and the degree of unpredictability (and doom) that Tufo instills. Also some great self derisive gallows humor from the lead character, brilliantly delivered by Sean Runnette.
One thing I did not like though - Minor SPOILER: There is no ending to the book. Nothing is resolved. Absolutely nothing! It isn't even a real cliffhanger. If Tufo does the same thing with the next book (yes I will read it), I may well quit the series. Great book with an annoying ending.
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