United States | Member Since 2010
Probably not. Not because it's a bad book, but because there's too many other stories that I'd like to listen to.
It's a double edged sword, I like the Australian history and fables, but it doesn't really add too much to the story. It pads the length of the book out, but it's not critical for the story telling. Harry Hole is going to be an interesting character in his future stories, as this book give us a good bit of what makes him tick.
I really like his Australian accents, he gave a great voice to the setting and characters. I can't compare him to Robin Sachs, but Mr. Lee does a good job bringing the story to life.
If you like the Millennium trilogy, this is a great series to get involved with.
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.
This book was quite a bit better than Fearless, the second book in the series. There are more consequences for Geary's actions, and not everything is met with the great success that it was in book 2. This made for a much more interesting book. There was always something happening and you can really start to see the toll it begins to take on the Captain. Book 4 should be pretty exciting to see how he deals with a fleet a bit shaken and as usual issues with resources.
Christian Rummel provides solid narration for the good cast of characters. His narration has been solid all series, but it isn't going to cause anyone to rethink the series.
The Magicians isn't a bad book, in fact it's got the makings of a pretty good book if it weren't for the fact that this book is boring.
Quinten and his friends aren't the best of people, but they are characters with flaws and that's pretty neat to see. However, I can see why lots of reviews say they're bad characters. Granted I don't think they're bad, but I do think they can only be taken in small doses. Powering through this book isn't the best way to listen. At least for me, I could only take so much wallowing in self-pity before I wanted to throw myself out of the car.
Some people say that this is a Harry Potter for adults, but it's not. There's an aspect of it, but it's not even half the book. I thought there were some interesting things that happened there, but it's not the end all be all. The story draws upon some similarities to some popular childhood fiction. For better or worse, I didn't find an issue with it. It did make me chuckle at times, but again, it's not the big part of the story.
I think the story is about growing up and accepting responsibility for your actions and their consequences. I think it also serves as a way for the author to break down popular fantasy and put his own spin on both popular fantasy fiction and say look at some of the tropes here's my take on them. I won't say they all work, but it's a good attempt and it didn't feel lazy.
As I mentioned, it's a boring book. There are events that happen, but it's so few and far between, that it was hard to hold my interest. We're still trying to figure out if we're going to listen to books 2 and 3 in the series. I think we will, but it's not on the top of the list.
There's some really good aspects in this book. It starts off looking for a secret and has some really neat planning and theft of a precious book, and well done scenes set on the water with sailing. Some treasure hunting and Gideon has a pretty well written female lead in Amy. There's some great chemistry early between Gideon and Amy. Then it falls off the rails hard when they reach land. Without spoiling the story, there's some big revelations that just made me roll my eyes. Characters fall apart and it's just laughable. This happens just hover halfway through and lasts through the end. That's not to say there aren't some cool and interesting things that happen after the book goes bad. I like some fantasy in my adventure novels, but takes some things to literal and it doesn't work. I'm a fan of Preston and Child and Gideon Crew stories, but this one didn't work.
The second entry in the Lost Fleet series fits the mold with book 1. It's got some good twists and turns, but it largely follows book 1 in terms of the journey. I don't know if there's enough substance to keep the series going for 6 books as they journey home. I know the battles are good and well written, but 1 large scale battle per book becomes very formulaic. I think there's some good likable characters, and I'd like to see the other fleet captains get more plots. I'm interested in book 3, but after that, there needs to be more in terms of plot, not a just new star system and a fleet battle.
This is a great novel Jason Matthews weaves together a great story of intrigue. Great characters on both sides of the US/Russian line. The main cast all get a good bit of screen time, but Dominika and Nathaniel are both good characters. Marble is another great character. The CIA players are all on their game and so are the SVR, though they are clearly the villains in this story and can come off a bit cartoonish. A lot of this reminds me of "The Americans" TV show. Both sides have a lot to play for and have spies everywhere. This is stellar spy thriller and the best book I've read or listened to this year. Matthews will be an author to watch.
Another series from Molly Harper narrated by the great Amanda Ronconi, sounds great! This has the makings of a great series, but my biggest turn-off was that this story was rushed. The first third was pretty fun with some good flirting and dialog. Then the story was in a hurry to get to the end.
The mysteries in these books aren't particularly deep and this was no exception, but it gets the job done. I wasn't surprised by who the villain was, but it wasn't telegraphed from the start either.
The romance between Mo and Cooper was cute and sweet, but it just didn't click in the same way as the Jane Jameson series. I think the characters would have been better served if the story was another 2 hours longer. It would have given more time for character development without the story getting dragged down.
Book two promises a new story with some different characters being featured. We'll give it a listen, but it's not at the top of the must listen list.
Report Inappropriate Content