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This story is an enjoyable twist on Fairy Godmothers helping "living happily ever after" endings.
I revisited the Hans Christian Anderson & Brothers Grimm fairy tales. I paid more attention to the Fairy Godmothers. It was fun comparing them.
I can't think of just three words. Gabra Zackman seemed a little hesitant the first few chapters.
I enjoyed this audiobook. It has a series theme to deal with.There were a few parts that got a little long. Pamela Garelick does a good job with her narration and characters. She should not have tried to sing the songs. Doing that totally detracted from my overall rating. Perhaps playing a soft background musical theme while reciting the songs or just reading them would have been better.
I read Around the World in Eighty Days a very long time ago. I meantime, I have seen movies adapted & anime based on the story. I found that listening to the story brought it back to true. It was fun rediscovering the original. Fredrick Davidson does a great job reading. A definite must listen.
I saw the movie way back when. I had no idea it was based on a book. I was too young to bother with this fact. I saw this and got it in part because I remember how that movie scared my younger self. I was not disappointed. It is very well done. Kristoffer Tabori does a great job reading it. By his voice, I could picture myself running huffing and puffing through the woods in an attempt to get away. The frustration as our main characters try to get away is riveting. So nice to have a STORY surrounding a little sex instead of having SEX surrounding a little story. I really enjoyed this book glad to have discovered it.
WARNING; this is a series that has to be read/heard in order. In old days one had to get used to pauses at beginning and end of audio cassettes. These had background noises. Those sounds indicated tape playing was in progress. The length of pauses in this audiobook rivals tapes. I found myself reaching to check play status when they occurred. Pauses vary in duration making them difficult to anticipate. This is why I gave performance 2 stars. The story is very predictable. It is saved because the supporting characters so good in previous books get larger roles. I hope they get their own book or short story. The book is enjoyable, especially if you enjoyed previous books. Emily Gray does a good job narrating, the pauses interfere with performance.
This book is as good as book 1. Emily Gray does a great job with her reading. Some of the supporting characters are strong enough to get a say in future books and stories. I gave this a 3 instead of a 4 due to the following. A few more details should be given or hinted at. These will aid in understanding the society and world being presented to us. Near death experience becomes an issue with the ending. Werewolves consider themselves nearly dead. Why is this negative? The world presented is advanced enough to know about other types of near death experiences. Do they even exist in this world? These could not result in the person becoming a werewolf. Something should be said about these persons. Do they come back changed? If so then what? Something hinted at will do. The general consensus of vampires is accepted. The person dies completely due to vampire bite(s). If they return, it is as a vampire. Ghosts come back after the body dies completely. In this and other books set in this world it is said repeatedly; werewolves have to survive being bitten. SURVIVE is the key word here. Not explaining or hinting at world and werewolf reasoning for this makes the ending unacceptable. Something should be hinted at indicating all near death experiences are negative. Lack of this information or hints makes the ending weird and the story become fragmented. The book's duration is short enough that a little more hints of this and werewolf reasoning could be inserted.
I enjoyed the story line and plot of this story. It moves along quickly. A little on the predictable side but done in a fun, entertaining and interesting way. I enjoyed all the characters. Many of the supporting characters are delightful. I hope these get bigger parts in other stories and books. I enjoyed reading of Emily Gray. Her reading gives character depth.
This is a fun story that has action from first to last. There is an under cover education system. It is most unusual. Want to attend a school for evil geniuses? Their goal is inventions and ignoring any authority. Or want to attend a school for seductresses, prospective wives and spies? Their goal is support of Queen and Empire. Then there are those of both groups who have outside goals, agendas and questionable ethics. The characters are fun and interesting. Moira Quirk does a great job on the whole with her reading. The only problem is she read in such a way as to cause some parts to be difficult to understand with headphones. The reading is clearer with speakers.
The story is good. Hidden within an excellent story are a lot of life issues, love, hate, loss, decision making, living with the outcome of those decisions. I listened to it twice in one sitting. The first time was due to wanting to find out what was going to happen next. The second time was to listen to details missed and appreciate it better. Amy McFadden does an excellent job reading this story. I am placing her on my list of readers to listen to.
I purchased this audiobook based on the reviews. Well the book isn't that good. The storyline is good and it sounds interesting. But...it is 100% predictable from the start. I wish there was a way to rate the characters. They are 125% predictable. The narrator Jayne Entwistle does a good job with Stoker, Adler and most of the supporting voices. Holmes is another matter. Jayne Entwistle's voice becomes bland to the point of making the story boring and forgettable. I found my attention wandering. The story is told from alternating viewpoints of Stoker and Holmes. I became confused due to my mind wandering during Holmes then Stoker would be talking. I had to listen again to keep track of what was going on. I finally gave up and turned the story off. I do not recommend this book.
Don't let the beginning fool you. It repeats a short story from book one. It is necessary to make this novel a stand alone story. Otherwise you'd have to get book one to get the foundation for book two. Down on his luck Lord Yamada Monogatari is back. This time he has to save the capitol city, his friends, emperor, princes. The enemy is one he thought permanently out of the way. This enemy has returned to a position of power. He does this by convincing everyone except our hero he has turned over a new leaf. Our villain then insidiously continues his plan to overthrow the emperor, his heirs. He wants Lord Yamada. to bear witness to his plans before killing him. Yamada makes this discovery while investigating a series of mysterious deaths trying to rule out demon involvement. He discovers the villain's facade and plans. But no one will believe him. Alone Lord Yamada tries to understand and stop the plan. The insight in to another cultures outlook on demons is interesting. There is less sword play, more thinking compared to the majority of demon stories. Brian Nishii does an excellent job narrating. His pronunciation of Japanese and Chinese words adds depth to the reading.
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