I get that it's about werewolves, but I prefer my female leads to be stronger and not the repeated object of dominance and abuse and prone to bad judgement. Also, the story plot is weak, with some big leaps in plausibility that made me wonder if I had skipped some chapters. Couldn't bring myself to finish it, because it actually made doing chores more painful. Narrator did the best she could.
I have loved this series and characters for a long time and was thrilled to see them finally made into audiobooks. The narrator is fantastic and really captures the range of quirky characters. I have a feeling that all my credits will go toward getting them all.
I enjoy the characters, the relationships, the concepts, the mythology, and the humor in these books. He's always in peril and makes some poor choices, but it's more balanced than in some of this genre. The series is meant to read in order and they wouldn't stand alone well. The narrator does a nice job with inflection, emotion, and voicing the characters.
While I enjoy the premise of these books, they've been like book candy - good for half-listening while doing chores. That being said, I still want to at least like the characters. I cannot stand the contrived relationship between Gin and "Detective Donovan Kane." It's forced and the drama is excessive. And while I accept that these types of books have a general plot line that involves getting into bad situations and barely getting out of them, I wish the heroine had a few more brain cells. I'm not liking her so much lately either. I had to quit listening because they were all irritating me. No more wasted credits.
Not great, not bad. Enough to keep me lightly engaged while doing other things. Some weakness in plot and skips in storyline suggesting bad editing. Will consider the other books, but not a top choice. Will look at public library instead of using a credit.
History lesson was valuable but excessively detailed. Time travel concept had too many flaws and the panicky fretting of the characters was tiresome. Alf & Binnie were distracting characters and far too annoying to tolerate for the disproportionate time they took up. All in all, the book was far too long and rambling, and I skipped over a huge chunk at the end, because I couldn't tolerate it anymore. To top it off, it's only half a book, as it was too long to publish as is, and it ends in mid-scene. Next book is All Clear. I won't be reading it. Narration was quite good.
Unbearable for me. The smug voice of the narrator, the gun orgasma... Feels like an adolescent war game wetdream. The plot gets lost. Unfortunate. Still seeking another Dresden. This is not it.
Too "Me Tarzan, You Jane" for me. It has a very Hardboiled private eye meets supernatural style. Tough, stoic manly man to be feared and respected due to his strong ethics and need to protect the weak. I love the Dresden Files (even though it has similar leanings), and also enjoyed the Iron Druid books, but this was not as enjoyable as I had hoped. In addition, the repeated phrase 'in the NIGHTside"' was maddening after a while (e.g., that's how it is, in the Nightside. Things are different here, in the Nightside. It's spooky here, in the Nightside.) I get it, it takes place in an alternate world. You don't need to say it every other paragraph. Disappointing.
Love Nora Roberts, but her past two books have been a little painful. Excessive and unnecessary detail. Very repetitive. I listened to this on audiobook, and it was like she cut and pasted the main character's retelling over and over. (Although the Narrator did the best she could with the material.) I feel like she's resting on her laurels a bit and just cranking out books with little editing. There's a fine line between fleshing out a scene and killing the reader with details. I also was a bit weary of the rambling internal monologue of the characters. It's okay to have them ruminate or think through a decision or their feelings, but don't make me listen to all of it. She spent tons of time on teeny details then, Wham!, it's resolved in a short chapter. Was a deadline looming? And we're done.
My 8yo son loved this and wanted me to listen with him. Very enjoyable. We now have another reason to visit Chicago so we can explore the Thorne rooms. He has requested the sequel.
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