It took a couple of tries to get into this one, and I really didn't get absorbed into the story until well into the second-half of the book. The gothic aura of the book is very well done, and the pervasive sense of impending doom does pervade the story in undercurrents, but it was tedious at times. The underlying question of her sanity is well balanced to make me wonder at times which way it was going to go. The narration was good.
By chapter 2, I bought this audiobook for my own Dom. Even though I'm experienced and have been active in the BDSM lifestyle, this book was a great broad-brush overview that helped me to understand the drivers for kinksters who differ from me, as well as giving some great food for thought and some great conversation topics that have helped us to grow as a D/s couple. Listening to this book is like hanging out with someone who's "been there, done that" and normalizes an alternative lifestyle in a clear, positive manner, gratifyingly without the posturing that's all too common. My Dom and I have had some truly amazing and revealing conversations as a result of this book, and I'm so very glad I've had the opportunity to listen. Oh, and great narration too. :)
This was a compelling story, well-narrated. The depth and complexity of the human condition is stunningly portrayed through the eyes of Carey, the teenage protagonist. This story brought a sheen to my eyes more often than any other book that I've listened to.
It's a hard listen at times, but gripping. It's not my usual choice, but I truly found it one of the most memorable stories.
I struggled to wade through this book. I kept thinking that for hour upon hour... Nothing happened! But the story is very subtle really, and focuses almost exclusively on character development and relationships to tell the tale. For me, this was interminably boring. Thank heavens for the narrator! With an incredibly accurate emotive voice the subtleties of the story were brought to life. Barbara's elocution was worth the credit just to listen to, her smoky voice all that kept me going for this one. I listened to it only to hear her. Stellar performance.
The character of Kitty is one that I immediately liked and this had me hooked into the story right away. The narration is great - good pace, beautiful enunciation, and the voice is perfect for the spunky radio host - deep and smooth, but beautifully clear.
This book has a strong plot and is written with a simple, clear language that is a perfect foil to the characters. Definitely worth picking up, and a perfect summer listen!
This series is a great listen, and I quickly picked up the rest after finishing this one. A great plot, fun characters and narration that portrays each well, and sets off the storyline without overpowering it, as some narrations can. Evie's evolution into something new and unique is wonderful to follow along with. I think the only complaint I can make about the series is that her own personality and character doesn't seem to evolve with her changes. I don't get a strong sense of why she is such a riveting character, outside of the simple "rule" that angels are drawn to her - and not all are. So it's a strange dichotomy.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys young adult-style fiction with a definite supernatural twist. I'd listen to this again.
This enjoyable collection of 4 intertwined stories stand alone brilliantly, yet flow into each other just enough to immediately draw you into the next. The characters are realistically rendered and led me to want more - this is a great series to whet the appetite of zombie fans! I also found the short-story very convenient for busy lives! (just had to throw that in there!)
CC Hunter takes her brilliant Shadow Falls series and focuses this time on Della, the vampire. After listening to the others and Katie's excellent narration of them, this followed int he same great path. The character of Della comes shining through and is so consistent with the past stories that it is easy to slip into her tale. She is abrasive and sometimes rude, yet her prickliness doesn't prevent one from liking her. A very enjoyable book!
Jacky Faber comes to life once again with a whole new saga! Jacky and her school mates are trapped in the belly of a ship, and the zany adventures continue, despite most of them being confined to one room! It is a testament to the author's creativity that she can craft such a gripping tale with such limited scenery. The characters are all too human and very realistically portrayed. The story of course, isn't plausible, but that's what a great story is all about - making the impossible happen and pull you along in the tale! And well, with Jacky, anything could - and does - happen. A great continuation of a fantastic series. Don't miss it!
I love it when the rest of the series holds up to the standards set by the first. The crazy antics of Jacky continue, and her ability to land in possible situations - and make them seem actually plausible - makes this a captivating novel! I was dubious on getting this one as the main description is so brief it seemed a cop-out, but don't be fooled - this book is so fantastic it doesn't need an elaborate introduction. Katherine rocks it like no one else can, and brings a vivid and entertaining story to messy, zany, heartwarming life!
Start at the beginning of this series! This book is brilliant all by itself, but I really encourage readers to start with Kushiel's Dart. Jacqueline Carey has a brilliance that to me, is unparalleled in modern times. She crafts each sentence with an evocative mastery that is breathtaking. And out of her mind comes a parallel world that draws together elements of common cultures in a fantasy that is truly uncommon. Set aside prejudices and perceptions, and this book will pull you into a tale of political intrigue, impossible love, sacrifice, and the best villainess ever conceived (IMHO!).
And Anne Flosknik nails it. I wasn't sure about her as a narrator for my favourite book series, but her performance was exceptional!
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