Meh. Neither dissatisfied nor ecstatic.
No, but the multiple cast ensemble definitely contributes a great deal to this reading.
I enjoyed the book, and I liked the multiple voices. That being said, the style of the book itself, being multiple "news reports" after the fact covering the experiences of numerous people, left me ... unimpressed. I read zombie books because I want a character-driven story that places a small group of people right on the edge of survival/the apocalypse/a dystopian world. To me, the character development in this kind of story is vital, and that's one thing I found lacking.
I'm a fan of the urban fantasy/paranormal genre but I have to admit to becoming a bit jaded by the formulaic storyline most books seem to follow. I was pleasantly surprised that Written in Red broke that mold, offering sympathetic characters who did not hop into bed for wild wolfie sex after the second chapter. Nothing against wild wolfie sex, but it's nice to be able to read a UF/P novel with an emphasis on the story and characters.
Simon, definitely. He had the perfect combination of growly and vulnerable without being all angsty and teenager-ish. He's definitely NOT your Twilight-style creature of the night.
The reader's inflection and personification is almost perfect. She does a great job with the character voices, especially with the "growly" note in Simon's voice, and doesn't resort to strained-sounding baritones or falsettos to try to differentiate between characters.
Parts of the book were funny and parts were sad, but neither was so extreme as to detract from the overall story.
Engaging, heart-rending, uplifting.
That it details a microcosm of human society, with emphasis on the qualities needed to become an effective leader. At the same time, it's just a simple story about rabbits.
Probably the one involving Hazel's delivery by motorcar.
Not so much. The book was deep enough that there were times I wanted to consider the thoughts presented, or even go back a bit and re-listen. Since I'd read the book as a child, I already knew the ending so I didn't rush through this as much as savor it.
Ralph Cosham was the perfect narrator for this. I'd never listened to him before, but he has a clear, cultured, soothing British accent that reminds the reader that the setting of the story takes place in the English countryside.
While Rot & Ruin is by no means the most memorable of my audiobooks (nor even the most memorable of my zombie/apocalyptic/paranormal collection), it was a lot of fun and a very good listen.
I don't have a specific favorite scene. I did like that there are some new takes on the post-apocalyptic world of the zombie infestation - for example, what happens when all the fuss dies down and people *have* established safe ways of handling the "zoms." Also, what happens when people remember that the reanimated dead are members of their family? This first book in the series is more a rite of passage for Benny, the protagonist, as he matures, but that didn't detract from the action/adventure elements of the story.
Millions of zoms. Two brothers. Feel sorry for the zoms.
This book was written for no other purpose than to scavenge the marketing niche opened by Sons of Anarchy and similar motorcycle-bad-boy shows or books. That is, in fact, why I bought it - I enjoy the show and was ready for something in a similar vein. Listening to this, however, was painful. There was no character development outside of "type" and the plot (what plot?) was thin at best. A few weeks after reading this, the only character's name I even remember is Horse, and yes, that is for as obvious a reason as one would think.I don't mind listening to erotica or even well-written smut. I don't mind listening to exciting action/adventure stories with bad boys and innocent little ingenues as main characters. I usually hate it when I have to listen for no other reason than to see if the ending is as I had predicted. "Reaper's Property" falls into the third category.
Not likely at all.
The performer could have been given material worth reading. She wasn't the problem - it was the book.
Um ... this is really one where the writer needed to go back to the drawing board and start with interesting characters who have a STORY to tell. Instead, the dollar signs involved permitted her to slap out tripe. She has lost at least one future reader because of that.
I would ask for my credit back from Audible except this is a case when I really, REALLY should have known better. Since this was more my fault than Audible's, I'm not asking for the credit. (I have done so in the past and probably will again ... but honestly, I'm the one who bought a book entitled "Reaper's Property." How dumb was that?) While I certainly wasn't expecting first-class erotica or thought-provoking literature, I at least wanted some decently-written smut. No joy.
This book - like all the Kat/Bones books I've read or listened to so far - is just plain FUN! Don't expect Shakespeare or Styron, because that's not what's offered. Take this for the wonderful, witty fluff that it is and you'll have a blast! This narrator is VERY talented with voices - I never had to stop and ask, "Wait. Was that Bones or Ian? Kat or Marie, the Voodoo Queen?"
Bones. Gotta love the attitude - not to mention the cockney.
Tavia Gilbert has an AMAZING ability with voices and accents. I could track forward into the middle of a chapter and immediately know who was speaking even if I arrived mid-sentence.
A lot of laughing, not much crying.
So far, the entire series is worthwhile entertainment.
Shibumi is well-written and the characters are well-developed. Stereotypes are used, but not overused. The plot moves along at a nice clip, occasionally pausing for a breather before taking off in a completely unexpected direction. Considering how long ago this novel was written, the author did an amazing job of predicting future technology.
The character of Nicolai Hel - he's complex, disciplined and very human.
Yes, but it would be a spoiler. It's very, very close to the end of the book and involves Nicolai and his concubine sitting in their garden.
I enjoyed the richly developed characters, the adequate world-building of the dystopian society, and the excellent narration. I'm glad I saw the movie first because I was able to visualize based upon the movie and the book greatly enhanced and deepened what the movie offered.
The moment Katniss took her sister's place.
Overall, yes, it was time well spent. I enjoy the universe Patricia Briggs has created and I'm already invested in Mercy's story, so I'm glad I didn't bypass this one. I am REALLY hoping the next novel in the series is better, though, and the characters are more on track with what I've come to expect.My major complaint is the characterization of Adam, and the development of the relationship between Adam and Mercy. I do understand the author wanted to transition from the unresolved sexual tension between Adam and Mercy to having them in a "mated" relationship; however, that transition seemed almost as forced as the annoying "is-it-Adam-or-Samuel-or-Stefan" dynamic that had been playing out for the first three books. I was able to get past that for the sake of the story, but I had a much more challenging time with the way all of the starch seemed to be wrung out of Adam's character. Having a strong female protagonist is awesome, but a major part of the appeal of these novels has also been the equally-or-even-more strong male protagonist. For an Alpha wolf with "territorial" and "authority" issues, in this 4th novel, Adam played out more like Mercy's b*tch than anything else. Mercy makes a major decision - granted, under duress - that involves giving another male character a significant claim over her, and Adam is as understanding as Dr. Ruth. Mercy makes another major decision, putting her own life at risk and allowing herself to be caged and imprisoned in order to save the lives of characters new to this book, and Adam's reaction is barely registered. This is NOT the strong Alpha male character Patricia Briggs has been portraying in the past 3 novels. Since Adam is such a significant character, that really hurt the overall story.I'm still willing to give book 5 a shot, but if it continues to be the All-About-Mercy show, I doubt I'll finish the series.
Yes, because I'm invested in the story and willing to give her another shot to see if the next book improves.
As always, Lorelei King's performance was excellent, especially given what she had to work with this time around.
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