I would have gone another 5 stars, but the absent ending and the lose ends everywhere, kinda got my hackles up. The first novel seems to have an end, so if you would not like to continue, it's ended for that episode. This book just stops at a point, that really needs to proceed. A new character, that could be a real problem is brought in, and what happens to an old character is left a mystery.
That being said, I did enjoy the book. The first part seemed slow, with catch up from "Pines", but did pick up with plenty of background on the making of the town being filled in. Ethan figures things out, and believes he has a solution for the townspeople who just exist, in this planned life. His plan is a dangerous one and could put everyone in jeopardy. It's suspenseful and nerve wracking...the makings for a good thriller.
Maybe, wait for book 3 before listening to this, if cliffhangers drive you crazy.
This is the third of the series, and Sandman is back in Hell trying to rescue his old girlfriend and be done with Mason. The full cast is there from the previous books, so read these in order to get the full effect. I really enjoy all the anti-hero, hero stuff, with the gruff attitude and colorful characters. MacLeod Andrews seems to grow on you from book to book. The harsh edgy voice seems to suit Sandman along with the rest of the cast.
The second of the series that has skipped forward a couple of years finding Brynn on a search and rescue team in the snow covered mountains, unknown to them they are walking into a rescue of a notorious serial killer. On that mission is Alex, supposedly a US Marshall. He has his own agenda for being on the team, however his priorities change when he sees Brynn. Lies unfold as things progress and the situation worsens when sickness and injury plague the search. The book is pretty predictable but remained enjoyable.
This second installment continues with Sandman Slim contracted to kill a vampire, leading him in to another mysterious quest. He ends up with a talisman unknowing it's purpose, but finds it could have major consequences for the city. Lucifer comes to Hollywood to make a movie, hiring Sandman as his bodyguard, leaving Sandman suspicious of his motives. The narrator does an excellent job portraying Lucifer, as well as the rest of the cast. Doc and Candy are on the run, another mystery for Slim to figure out, along with zombies showing up with a chomping agenda. Nonstop story, never boring.
This is a somewhat bittersweet vampire story. It introduces you to a lot of characters that all seem to be in separate circumstances then get woven into this emotionally entangled little horror story with a young bully victim and his equally young vampire friend in the middle of it. One by one they become victims in one way or another, until you don't know what your feelings toward this young vampire should be, as Eli is also a victim. My only complaint is that the story was too drawn out for my tastes and I found myself wanting it to end. When the end did draw near however, the suspense was relentless as Oscar's fate drew closer.
What a great story. I've read or listened to all this series in order, and have yet to be disappointed. The story opens up with a shocker for Pendergast, creating the mystery of the story. Solving this murder mystery leads him on a deadly trail, that could cost his life. Constance Green is the undisputed heroine, acquiring the help of Margo Green both putting their lives on the line for the beloved Pendergast. The novel peels away another layer of the Pendergast mystique, as we learn more about the darker side of his family tree. Like all the rest of the books, it draws you in with clue after clue unfolding through the melodious voice of Rene Auberjonois perfectly capturing the emotions and voices of the characters.
If you are in the mood to listen to something light hearted, funny, with no surprises then this duo fits the bill. Harper puts the romantic comedy to paper, and Ronconi brings the characters to life as only she can do. I love these books for a quick listen that keeps you chuckling. The story is predictable, but who cares when it lifts the spirits and puts a smile on the face.
Don't let the length of this story dissuade you, you won't want it to end. It starts out with a world where the demons come out at night to kill any human they can find. The humans live in warded villages, where only messengers travel from one place to another delivering goods and news from afar. It tells a story of three separate people coming together in a fight against these said creatures. Each has a hard road in life to travel that molds them into the people they become, each possessing a special talent to use against the demons in the battle to bring the world back to the humans. This is one of the best fantasy novels I've heard in a long time, the characters get a grip on you and don't let go and it doesn't end here.
I was in the mood for a good love story, but with that, some times you get a story that frustrates you because the main characters don't communicate the one thing that is keeping them apart. This story certainly fit that bill. Ronan has loved Arienh for 10 years without her knowing it, and she has waited for his return for 10 years. When he does come back, she doesn't recognize him and even if she did, she won't get her HEA, because of a secret she is guarding and the fact he is a Viking. (He keeps insisting he's not a Viking, but a Northman, and there is a difference) It gets frustrating at times, but I listened on and did enjoy the book, knowing that this was one of those typical love stories and all would end well.
I almost gave up on this book. Alex, goes to great lengths explaining the world of magic, every different kind of mage there is and what powers they possess. It bordered on boredom for the first part of the book, but managed to get better once all the background was gathered. The story then developed into a quest of life and death to retrieve a powerful relic that only Alex could open it's secrets. Alex has a nice group of friends to help and an equal amount of enemies out to stop him. The first of a series, but I think I'll stick with Dresden.
The author and the narrator do an excellent job of bringing these unique and intriguing characters to life. The story is scary and revolting as it brings to light the torture of children and adults alike in Thailand. The children can break your heart, as their stories are told, but most importantly you can understand the victims becoming the murderers, in an effort to deal with the horrors that they have had to suffer. Poke is an ordinary guy that finds himself loving two victims of this culture, trying to understand their way of coping with the past, while protecting them from the evil that has shown it's face at their door.
The book gets pretty gritty toward the end, with the suspense keeping you on the edge of your seat. Well worth the listen.
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