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Lars Keplar no because his characters are very adolecent, i.e. the main character calling people to say "I told you so" is really childish, and not something I'd expect from a police detective. Even the supporting cast was bland and very childish and not very smart. I would preview Mark Bramhall's reading before getting another novel from him to see how he reads. If his accent becomes annoying then I would not listen to him read another novel.
No, I still enjoy the Nordic Noire/ crime fiction novels a la the Millenium Trilogy, Preston and Child's Pendergast series, and I'm looking forward to trying the Jo Nesb0 books.
The fake Swedish accent drove me up the wall, and the way he pronounced Benjamin as Ben ya mean grated on my nerves.
Anger, mostly because the characters are dumb. Dr. Bark is asked one time if anyone hates him, and he says no, but then later he's like OH yeah there's this whole group of patients that probably hate me. How could you not remember that, since they were the basis of your research for years.
There's a good mystery here, but the narration is poor and the characters are poor that the good mystery with some solid red herrings to throw you off, do not make up for the shoddiness of the storytelling.
I also think there might be some issues with the translation where things weren't fully fleshed out and were mistranslated, or translated word for word and not put into English context. For example, everyone shakes their head for either YES or NO, no one nods etc.
The journey to Alliance Space continues to takes its physical and mental toll on fabled hero Black Jack Geary. This book is solid entry into the series, and we're beginning to see the toll it's taking on the leaders of the Fleet from the different starship captains as well as John Geary. We get to see more of the same in terms of the flow of the way the books go. Travel to new system, battle, resupply and move on. There's more of that, but there's also a shift in the way the Syndic forces appear to the Alliance. Geary's actions have begun to affect the psyche of the Syndicate worlds citizens. There are also new threats that the crew must contend with, some within the Alliance and some outside.
Book 4 was a much better book than book 3 in the series. Valiant gives us the opportunity to build upon what the first few books only hinted at in terms of crew relations, the Syndics and the mounting tolls on our hero.
Christian Rummel's performance was solid as usual and he remained engaged to delivering a solid performance without becoming bored with such a long series. If book 3 was a letdown for you, book 4 does much of the same, but there was enough here to make me want to see finish the journey home.
Vlad and Leila have had their ups and downs. This book is no exception. This book follows the formula of the other books in the series, with kidnapping, escapes, near death experiences betrayal and more. Things heat up very quickly with Szialgyi launching an attack and capturing Leila again. Things go from bad to worse for Leila, but eventually some allies arrive to aid in the rescue.
There's a lot of good things in this book that Ms. Frost does well, from cameo appearances, to a primer on marriage and relationships to heartbreak and an ending that'll make you smile.
The book isn't perfect, having Leila be kidnapped yet again isn't really new or exciting, but it does serve to move the plot forward. Tavia Gilbert delivers one of her best performances. She was spot on with everything from the heartache, to the love and comedic scenes throughout the book. Bound by Flames doesn't tread a not of new ground for our couple, but it does leave the door open for the opportunities for our couple to experience new and exciting adventures.
We did NOT finish this book, it was too painful. We did finish the first half of the book however. It's not that we're against smut, sex or kink, but the novel needs to have a cohesive plot, and not just a series of scenes that lead into sex. I'm picking my pants up from your dojo, let's have sex. I'm having a party and you showed up uninvited, let's have sex. I mean really, the characters were just thrown together in a series of random events. The sex felt more vulgar than hot and steamy. Nothing worked for us, and we were glad to stop.
From a narration standpoint, it was bad. The characters weren't brought to life and it sounded as if Amery was Asian one minute and not the next. The same went for Ronin. She tried to give Amery's parents a North Dakotan accent and it sounded nothing like any standard accent from the plains. I can't in good conscience recommend this to anyone.
The Company is an epic undertaking both for the listener and the author. It covers all the major events in the cold war. From the events in the fifties in Budapest, to the rise of Boris Yeltsin, Littell weaves a tale that manages to engage the audience. Every flash-point in the book is exciting from the build-up through the successes and failures for both the US and the Soviet team. Characters on both sides are likable and despicable. It's a well balanced novel and the different events are also supported by an overarching mystery with characters who grow and age throughout.
Scott Brick does an amazing job and this may be one of the best books I've ever listened to. He does a great job with both bringing the characters to life and giving them an accent that fits. He uses different dialects for each region the story takes place and it fits.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in either the Cold War or the CIA. It's long, but it keeps the plot moving and is definitely worth the price of admission.
Being a fan of Molly's Jane Jameson and Naked Werewolf series, my wife and I were pretty excited with the prospects of a stand-alone novel. It wasn't a great experience.
There's some great positives in the book. The protagonists are one of them. From Nina the Landscape architect, Deacon the rich homeowner, to Cindy the cleaner etc. They are pretty fun and likeable characters. They all get some different points of view for us to follow, while Nina and Deacon are the biggest focus, the rest do get their own time to shine.
The setting is pretty cool. It's a private island with a mansion known as the Crane's Nest. Deacon's great great grandparents built the home, and his great great grandmother was killed there. There's a bit of a mystery around the murder, and there are some general assumptions made about who did it. There are some great descriptions of both the mansion and the hauntings.
The biggest issue we found was with the hauntings themselves. They felt out of place, and didn't work. The initial visions and events are ok and entertaining, the later events. It takes the fun out of the book. Sure it's kind of creepy, but it breaks the immersion. The other villians dont' work either. Rick seems like an afterthought. He's there at first, then he disappears for most of the book. He doesn't pose a real threat with anyone until the end, which makes sense, but he still feels like an afterthought.
Amanda Ronconi provides her usual high level narration and brings the characters to life.
Overall this is an OK book, but it just doesn't have the same feel as the Jane Jameson and Naked Werewolf books. I hesitate to highly recommend it, but Harper fans will enjoy. It's got some snark, it's still sweet, but the haunting aspect is the biggest weakness in the story and didn't work for us.
Touch the Dark is an OK start in the crowded genre of Paranormal Romance. There's some real interesting elements with her circles of magi and vampires, were's, and Ms. Palmer the clairvoyant. She does a great job of building the world and some of the characters, but the plotting of the story needs some work. She tells the story well enough, but the story doesn't end with the book. The book ends like it's the end of a chapter. It's not that it's a cliffhanger, it's an incomplete story and the editors didn't make her finish the story. That's just unacceptable. There's some good romance and the author starts turning the heat up and teases the audience throughout.
From a narration standpoint, Ms. Holloway is pretty good in the Chicagoland Vampires series, but she is very hit or miss in this book. Her accents for the European characters are bad, and Cassandra's voice goes from OK to what happened throughout the story. I think she does the best with Billy's voice, but that's not saying much in this case.
Overall, it's got some good hooks, and if you can get past M.s Holloway's performance, there's enough meat in the story for us to want book 2, it's just a shame that she didn't tell a complete story in this book.
This is a pretty boring book. It's an urban fantasy title, with vampires. It's not particularly good, nor is it bad. It just is. Anna is a bounty hunter who works bringing in people trying to skip out on bail with her partner David. Things go bad one night and then she wakes up a vampire. The way she becomes a vampire is similar to how other stories convert their character. Bitten and drink vampire blood and now you're a vampire. However one note that can definitely turn people off is the rape scene. Rape is a serious subject no matter how you try to swing it, and Ms. Stein uses it as a plot coupon/rape fantasy for Anna. She gets turned on and kind of likes it. I'm not commenting socially on this because this isn't the place, but if that turns you off, don't read the book.
Sex is used for feeding purposes to make the mate enjoy being bitten and fed upon. There's nothing graphic in the story with sex, or violence. Not a bad thing, but it doesn't do anything to make the story better. Her "serious boyfriend" Max has maybe 100 words with him in it, most of which Anna talks about cheating on him.
The story is self-contained. Anna saves the day and solves the mystery. Nothing bad really happens to any of the protagonists. The mystery is pretty cut and dry. The story is short, and Dina Pearlman does an OK job of narrating, using subtle differences for the character voices, but again it's a little lifeless and boring. I don't know if it was the subject matter or her style, but my wife and I decided we'll probably skip the rest of the series and listen to some other urban fantasy with better hooks.
This is a solid first book in the Mercy Thompson series. My wife and I really enjoyed it. The characters were good, the world was interesting and it kept moving. The book never slowed to a point where it got boring.
Mercy is just an auto mechanic specializing in older European cars VW, Audi, Porsche etc. She's also got the ability to turn into a coyote. She's friends with werewolves, some of the lesser fey and acquaintances with some vampires. She gets wrapped up in a mystery when a stray werewolf appears at her garage looking for work. Once the story gets going, it moves rather quickly.
Mercy's a pretty tough character, but Ms. Briggs doesn't turn her into a god. None of the characters are perfect and they all make mistakes. Mercy isn't swooning over every guys in the story and there's not much romance in this book. It's a solid urban fiction story not quite as good as the Dresden Files, but it's good nonetheless.
Lorelei King's narration is pretty solid, she doesn't knock it out of the park, but she doesn't hinder the story in any way either. It's a solid reading and I'd listen to her narrate other stories.
Overall, if you're looking for an Urban fantasy series that isn't the Dresden Files, then Mercy Thompson is a great place to go.
No, but that's because there's always new books to listen to and other media to consume, so I try to not replay any books
It's on par with "Can you Keep a Secret?" I think I like this book a little bit more, though it's not quite as laugh out loud funny, I think the characters are better.
She uses her voice and accents to bring the characters to life and makes them feel alive and more likable than just reading the words on a page
This is a great title, but since it's not Sam's number Poppy has, it's his assistant's. It's more of a "I've got your Mobile", since it involves more than phone calls.
This book was a lot of fun to listen to. It's got some good characters and they're not completely one dimensional. The plot doesn't slow down, the pacing is good and the book never feels like it drags.
This was a difficult review to write. I have mixed feelings on the book. It's not that the book is bad or the narrator was boring, it's more fluff than anything. I like the characters, and I think there's chemistry between the group, but the book feels very juvenile. There's at least one penis joke or mention of penis or vagina every minute or so it feels. I don't mind the raunchiness, but there's more ways to describe things and organs than repeated used of penis and vagina, some vulgar and some not.
This is the first book in a trilogy, but it holds its own as a completely stand alone novel. With that being said, I don't know if we'll continue with the rest of the series. This was sweet, but it's also a little empty. The humor was good, but it's raunchy, so if that's not your thing, stay away.
From a plot standpoint, the chemistry between Claire and Carter is spot on, and Gavin is great comic relief, There's some good embarrassing situations for Claire throughout the book and they work well for the most part, but if you're looking for some deeper romantic plot, this isn't it. It's fun and shallow and great for laughs. It's short and sweet which is great because it doesn't get the chance to stall and drag the plot along.
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