Yes. A fun story that kept my attention and maybe catch a few things I might've missed the first time through.
I wanted to see where Dane and Bones would end up next.
Good pace with clear wording. Dialogue sounded like a conversation or discussion should.
Not an extreme reaction other than I enjoyed it.
Bones's sister (Angelica) added an additional dimension to the story. combined with Jade's participation added fun banter, and tension that allowed for a better mystery to be built up and resolved.
It ranks in the solid middle. That may be because romance elements are not my thing.
Liked: I think the narrator had good pacing and appropriate voice.
Disliked: There were several instances where there were voice overlays, or a second or two where two voices were speaking. Also a few places where there were overly long pauses.
A cross between stories being told and mythical lessons, giving some of the history and background for the Land of Erana.
I enjoyed the descriptions and language (word choice) used by the author.
I found this book to be interesting, but it was one that I had to pay close attention or I'd have to skip back, as the author builds upon his ideas discussed.
Not a good book for listening to while multi-tasking.
I enjoyed Hank and how he dealt with the variety of characters. Hank knows he's tough but not totally indestructible and not the sharpest tool in the shed. But he gets things done, his way, in his own time. I enjoyed Hank's commentary and remarks. They made me smile and a few made me laugh out loud.
At first the voice didn't seem to fit Hank as depicted on the cover. But once I got into the story, I didn't notice and it worked pretty well for me.
I laughed a few times.
Although the storyline 'appears' to meander a bit, what happens gets woven into the plot as it advances. In any case, the characters and situations Hank has to deal with are entertaining from beginning to end.
Of the Novels and Novellas, this is the weakest.
While there is plenty that is done right, good action, and the bringing of Owen Kennedy into the storyline, the story sections told from Granuaile's perspective, in her voice isn't really necessary. Not that 'important' things don't occur, but it doesn't merit the emphasis it seems. Rather it slows things down and sidetracks much. Then, putting it in present tense, as opposed to Atticus's past, while maybe done for an artistic/storytelling reason, just adds to the jarring of the story. Her POV worked very well in Hunted and seemed necessary. Here, it does not.
Owen Kennedy's perspective is done that way as well, but as he's now in the present, 2000 years lost, it makes more sense. And his perspective seems to add to the story, add to the main character, Atticus, and is just far more interesting compared to Granuaile.
Also, I enjoy Oberon and his observations a lot. But it's becoming too much of a good thing. Where is was heroic and added pertinent observations, that has faded to the background in favor of sidekick humor and over the top sausage theory stuff.
Finally, it seems that tearing down Atticus and his competence is a route to allow other characters to step forward and come into their own. He gets some buildups, but more in the opposite direction.
Although some of the voices seem to have drifted, it's understandable as there are so many, and keeping them distinct. Which he does well.
No extreme reactions. I did laugh at some of Oberon's commentary.
I think the addition of Owen Kennedy to the story is the best part of the novel.
For plot reasons, the author had to separate Granuaile and Atticus communication, and the cellphone made this hard. Letting them run out of battery power...then when they get to a plug, for example, not making a call, seemed odd.
This is a really good novel, and excellent narration, I think that it just slips from what I've come to expect.
I think it is a novel that while moving things forward, and has some major revelations, is also focused on setting the pieces in place for the anticipated final two novels in the series.
The signing by the three women (magical/echoing) stood in stark contrast to the radio communication of the three pilots, which added to the contrast of objectives.
I'd heard this Atlanta Radio Theater Company performance years ago and it stuck with me, and when I came across it, getting a copy was a no-brainer. It's a compact story, imaginative with a bit of mystery and suspense as to how it'll end.
I do not own a print version.
Yes. There were turns in the story that kept me interested and guessing where things were going. The bad guys were crafty in the ways they worked to achieve their goals, and I didn't know for sure how things might end.
He gets the voices and inflected attitudes of Bones and Maddock just right.
I really enjoyed the wise cracks made by Bones.
Yes, especially if they had an interest in WW II.
His voice varied enough to make the soldiers being discussed or 'talking/telling their story' stand apart.
Well worth the listen. Although I suspect each listener will come away with specific remembered parts, overall the gritty nature of war and the struggles faced by soldiers on both sides is well portrayed.
Yes. It is a solid action-packed novel, without with a minimal dose of sexual content, especially compared to works as the series continued.
The interaction between Anita and Edward.
This is my favorite of the Anita Blake novels. I stopped reading/listening after the 7th, as the content moved away from action and far more toward sexual content that I have no interest for. What can be easily skipped over in text is far more difficult in the audio format. Just not for me.
I enjoyed the broad variety of topics covered, especially the historical discussions.
No. The content was such that it inspired you to think and ponder what the author said or asserted.
A worthwhile read for those of strong faith, those who are questioning their faith and even those who are not of any faith but are curious and would listen with an open mind, to be convinced or not convinced--not through Scripture, but through logic and what noted atheists have to say on the various topics discussed.
The novel is written almost as a "How to" survive a collapse, with frequent instances of narrative on how to do something, what equipment or firearms were selected and why, etc. While informative, it slowed down the story. But I guess inclusion was part of the author's purpose. So a blend of non-fiction and fictional application.
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