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.
A light and entertaining romp as usual by Bowen. The story and the mystery part is good. If you are this far into the series you know what to expect. And you get it - no disappointment there.
Kellgren does a fabulous job as usual, with one exception. She reads the bumbling french policeman Inspector Lafite with an overly heavy accent, rivaling Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies.
Also, I wish Bowen would have the courage to write Queenie (the maid, not the actual queen) out of the series. The comedy relief character is not fun any more - just annoying. Kellgren does her voice marvelously though.
Interesting story idea almost ruined by thin (almost nonexistent) character development and a huge need for suspension of disbelief. Really stupid decisions and oversights by the lead characters for dramatic effect (think B-movie script and you get the idea). Some very good action sequences. OK narration.
Not bad, just passable entertainment without substance. Story gets an extra star for some originality. All in all entirely forgettable.
Stellar story combined with VERY good voice acting. If you want to sample radio drama at it's best this is what you need...
This is for the most part a series of long flashbacks about the rise a mob hitman in particular and about mob history in general. Sounds boring and done to death before? Not at all! It's a fun and interesting backdrop for a very well written story. The characters feels like real people, not like mob cliches or caricatures. Story sags a little in the middle but picks up big time the last two hours. Great ending.
Surprisingly well written freebie. A sort of a long epilogue to Steelheart with a new fun epic thrown in. I just hope Sanderson does away with the overuse of his invented expletives and bad metaphor "jokes" for his next book. Gets old pretty fast. Still, highly recommended at the price... Just remember NOT to read this before you read Steelheart.
Great fun and inventive use of "evil superphero powers" terrorizing the world. Top notch narration. But i simply have to deduct a point for the incessant use of the three invented expletives (you'll know them, trust me), as well as the overuse of the "bad metaphor" gimmicky joke. Overall though, a well spent credit. And the end is, ah well...epic.
Light reading indeed. But pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable. Top marks (as always) for narrator Kellgren.
Ericksen doing a good job narrating as usual. Sorry I can't say the same about Robert's writing. It feels like half the book is about the upcoming wedding. And the story? The crime story I mean. Well, there is one, but it's weak and sketchy. Pretty sloppy writing as far as Robert's normal standards go. Typical "series writing". Characters are good though. Book as a whole - disappointing!
The first book was fresh and funny (if still a bit of a fluff read). This one is not as good. The story is thin, almost nonexistent at first and doesn't pick up until the end. About the ending though (No spoiler) - It's not a bad ending but to say that it's rushed is an understatement. Characters are still enjoyable to listen to thanks to Kellgren's excellent performance. If not for Kellgren I'd say, give this one a miss.
Roberts clearly did some research in smoke jumping, but what she did with it left me wanting. It just wasn't as exciting as it should/could have been given the setting. The narrator did a good job though. A lesser performance might have made me quit the book before finishing it since it is way too long. The story (and main romance) just rambled on and on. Not recommended I'm sorry to say.
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