I listened to these before I listened to any of the books by Child, Eisler or Berry and enjoyed them. Now I am more familiar with John Rain and Jack Reacher I am going to have to go back and listen again. I love to see my favorite characters in different situations and interacting with other favorite characters. So this was a fun quick listen. Of course Dick Hill did a great job with the narration!
I have become quite addicted to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series but this book was difficult to get through. Compared to the other brothers, I feel Phury's story was given far less attention and development. This book included a great deal on additional story lines which can be fine but they often eclipsed the main story. So here is what I liked and didn't like.
- John Matthew starting to come into his own, along with Blay and Quinn
- The final resolution with the Chosen is ultimately satisfying
- Ending between Phury and Zhadist
- Too much time spent on other storyline development. Lash, Quinn's situation, John Matthew, Bella and the baby, and Tor and Lassiter...the last in particular could have waited to the next book.
- Phury's story is not really a love story...frankly Cormea did nothing for me at all and I really don't see her as an agent of change for Phury....this is really about him overcoming his addiction
- In regards to Phury's drug addiction, I think this was really overplayed and over-reacted by the Brotherhood. As another reviewer commented, all the Brothers are really broken and frankly Zhadists self-destruction before Bella was as bad as Phury's and they did not kick him out...and what about Tor just up and taking off after Wellesly. No one really tried to help Phury other than yell at him and Zhadist was really hypocritical in cutting him off after all he did himsef
- I felt that this was more a rant on JR's part against drug addiction and Phury's self-loathing just made me want to smack him
- We got gipped with the birth of Nala...after all the lead in and worry about Bella we get a line..."Oh by the way, the baby was born fine...let's celebrate"..Hello! This is the first Brotherhood baby, tons of storyline about Zhadist worrying and Bella being in danger and we don't even get to see what happened. I thought she was not even due yet.
So...I enjoyed this book reasonably but would not listen again and found it a weak but necessary contribution to the series.
Yes, this was my first James Patterson book. I've heard all the hype about him but was not sure what to expect. Along Came a Spider was a real thriller. Serial killer Sineji is diabolical and you really don't know until the end is he for real or not. The ending also has another unexpected twist.
The plot was intricate and took some effort to keep straight at times. I had a little difficulty getting into it at first but then got hooked.
I liked the courtroom hypnosis scene and the MacDonalds shooting scene was downright terrifying.
I really liked Alex Cross. He is a delightful, caring family man who is intelligent and a great detective. Nana-Momma is the solid foundation of the family. I look forward to seeing the children's personalities develop as they get older.
In this book the relationship between Alex and Jesse is interesting. This book was written in the late 90's and inter-racial relationships were less tolerated then. I think things would be quite different today.
Charles Turner was an excellent narrator. His voice fit my impression of Alex Cross to a T. I am disappointed he is not doing future books.
Yes...Bella Andre has developed a wonderful family with the Sullivan's. Who wouldn't love six hunky men! The story is somewhat light and predictable but is an enjoyable and light-hearted romance with enough steamy scenes to keep your attention. In this book, the second of the series, eldest brother Marcus meets up with younger pop star Nicola. Initially he cannot get past the age difference between them but also cannot deny his ever-growing attraction for Nicola. Marcus is rather controlling and uptight but Nicola brings out his best for the ultimate happy ending.
Marcus I guess. He tries to be so in control but he's really a softee underneath and really loves his family. He would do anything for them.
Eva does a great job with all the characters and is consistent across the audiobooks.
Age does't matter.
I really enjoy how Andre sets up the next book in each book in the series and typically ties up an end from the previous book. I have all the Sullivan books either in e-reader or audio formats. Also gotta love the $1.99 audiobook after purchasing the Kindle fomat. Those wispersync deals are going to break me!
First, let me say I am not big dragon book fan. I prefer vampires, shifters, and the occasional werewolf. But Fury of Fire has me hooked. I was surprisingly engaged with the story and it's characters. I loved the NightFuries and Bastien is just tooo yummy. The whole dragon culture was believable and the premise interesting.
The author has clearly set up the first book to lead into a series. She drops clues as to what may come. Obviously we have something in the works with Ryker and the lady cop, Forge carries a secret to be unraveled. The main character, Myst's, realtor best friend is set up to also be a high energy female. The story has the usual elements of "big bad" against "big good" and the added plot of needing to find a why to prevent the dragon-bearing females from dying in childbirth. There is also the yummy McCord, Irish cop partner in the wings...hmmm wonder how he will fit in as there are no female dragons. Perhaps he will joing the group. I have a feeling he has a secret.Benjamin Darcie was a great narrator. I have not listened to him before but he did a great job with the voices and accents. It is hard for men to do female voices well but he carried off. He also put great emotion into his narration which carried the excitement and tension of the story.
I liked the scenes with the house elf. He was great comic relief. The fight scenes were excellent and you could see the action happening.
My greatest extreme reaction to the book was that I ABSOLUTELY wanted to strangle Myst Monroe. She constantly just brought out the worst in me. She is put up as being a "strong woman" when all she ever did was run away. I mean come on, she has this great night of passion and is building trust with Bastion when she finds out about her pregnancy and the fact it may be fatal. What is her reaction? She runs away! Naked! Pleeeeze! all this woman ever did was panic, not be able to breathe and run away. She obviously never heard of trying to talk things out. Nope she just 'Had to GET OUT OF HERE". I just about could not stand her. I hope future heroines are not so stupid.The only other thing that drove me crazy was the fact that she COULD drive away. They make such a point of going through the waterfall and the magic door and Bastien makes it clear there is "one way in and one way out" which is why the Black Diamond is so safe. And then she just drives away???? Huge plot hole! All the baddies have to do is drive up the lane.
Last comments, a number of people have compared/ criticized this series as being a ripoff of Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yes, there are definite similarities but these give this series a bit of familiarity to those who like BDB. Otherwise, this series stands on it's own merits. The author clearly does not try to emulate the BDB. She builds a unique and interesting world and culture of her own.
I have been a avid fan of Molly Harper's Jane Jameson books so was eager to see a new series by her. The premise is hilarious to start. Mo is a southern girl who has been raised by uber 60's hippies and has a mother who is overly involved with her life..ok I mean REALLY involved, like coming in to her house and throwing out food because it is not organic. In her desire to escape her parents influence and to try and find the real her, Mo rents a cabin in Grundy, Alaska for a year. There she meets a town full of unique and interesting characters including, Cooper, who turns out to be a werewolf.
Harper's funny wit is seen throughout the book. There are many, many hilarious moments. Her descriptions of Alaska and the folk of Grundy are details and you can really see the beautiful landscape. The action in the book is rather slow for Harper...Mo does not even meet Cooper as a werewolf until three hours into the book. After that event things move a bit faster, but in keeping with the slower pace of life in Alaska, this is a slower paced book. I loved the town characters and was sorry to see what happened to dear old Abner. Cooper did drive me a little crazy with his pitty party throughout the book. He comes across as pretty surly most of the time. I did not care for him anywhere near the way I did Jane Jameson's beau.
Amanda Ranconi was a great narrator for this. She had just a bit of the southern twang for Mo. I was less thrilled with Coopers voice but she got the townfolks dead on, including Mo's voice. Some reviewers have found her voice irritating. I did not find this to be so but her voice is a higher soprano which took a little getting used to. I prefer lower pitch voices. She did a great job with the tempo and feel of the book as well as the character voices.
I have the second book in the series and am looking forward to it. So far Harper's werewolf books are a great fun read but don't meet up to her Jane Jamison books. Oh, and in regards to reviewers who carried on about the sex...there is really not that much in this book. Maybe three or four scenes total and nothing happens between Mo and Cooper until well past the middle of the book. Come on folks, it's not a YA book. If you want to complain about sex scenes try Laurel K Hamilton and then you'll see what sex scenes really are. Harpers are tame in comparison and, really, raunchy??, NOT!
I will definitely recommend this book to a friend. It is a funny, enjoyable listen and I look forward to the next!
Yes, this was a classic halloween story with the understated "Gottcha" at the end. Just right for ghost stories around the campfire.
When the man and the boy reach the top of the stairs and they hear the gentle clacking sounds.
Neil aptly portrayed the innocence of the little boy right up to the end.
Don't go up the stairs!
Rollercoaster of fun
The ending. I was actually surprised by the villan. I thought it was someone else.
Ms Kellgren captures the sound and feel of 1930's England with her voices. I enjoyed her portrayal of the Countess particularly.
I felt bad when the first chap when over the balcony. This book did not really lend itself to "moving" moments.
A Royal Pain was a fun and enjoyable listen. The plot kept me interested throughout the book. I was disappointed that Darcy did not have a large role. He sort of popped in and out of the story but there was not alot of development of the relationship between him and Georgiana, although there is a teaser at the end. I loved getting to know Georgiana's grandfather better. Overall, in keeping with the previous Royal Spyness books.
Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. Blood Oath crosses genres in a unique and interesting way. Fans of the vampire genre will enjoy the unique character of Nathaniel Cade. He is otherwordly in ways that are not reflected in most current vampire fiction these days. The supernatural themes require some obvious suspension of disbelief but that is expected with "fantasy" fiction. Those who like the more standard chick-lit vampire fare will be disappointed. Nathaniel is handsome but he is not of the loveable, sexy type. Christopher Farnsworth does an excellent job presenting an engaging and fast-paced adventure. Fans of adventure and action books will enjoy the ride. Cade's blood oath to the President of the US is a unique and clever plot device.
Blood Oath is unique. Perhaps closest to Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan as a vampire chasing Frankenstein.
Bronson Pinchot amazed and surprised me. Knowing him mostly from the screen fron the 80's Bosom Buddies I was delighted by his rich voice and the nuances he brought to the characters. Which character was my favorite? It is hard to decide. I liked so many. His portrayal of Cade was dead on. I loved Zack Barrows and look forward to seeing him grow and develop in future books.
Zack was very funny and provided alot of humor in what could have been very serious situations. Pinchot's portrayals were great.
This was a very enjoyable listen. I was eager to get through the book and sorry when it ended. The big bad character is set up to reappear again. Great start to a new and exciting series.
What can I say about "NIght" that has not already been said? Impressive first hand account of the Nazi holocaust. Wiesel spins a story that leaves you alternately breathless and appalled. You wonder how any survived such treatment. Definitely not a light read. The only criticism is I did not realize until after finishing the book that it is actually a novel that is based on Wiesel's and others experiences. That actually lessened the impact for me. The audio version I listened to had a interview with Wiesel where he discussed the book that this was the case. I think he would have been better off writing it as a true autobiography instead of fictionalizing his experiences.
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