Since I read lesbian fiction extensively and I'd never heard of this author, I was skeptical and wonderfully surprised to find a really good story here. The narrator was flat in places, but not really enough to detract from the story. I would definitely recommend this audiobook.
This is my very favorite of Melissa Brayden's books. Her background in theater is obvious in her delightful dialogue and precision pacing. I've liked this author from the beginning, but she continues to improve with each book. Her main characters are well developed and surrounded by a cast of interesting secondary characters. I also thought the narrator did a good job with the reading. Can't recommend this enough. It's an excellent story.
The elements are all there ... magical sword, mysterious society, dragons, trolls, giants, etc. But the story is plagued by weak character development and a somewhat impotent heroine who continually falls short. While you always want your heroine to have some flaws her steadfast best friend or love interest can fix, the heroine in this book continually falls short in an embarrassingly stupid way.
She pisses herself the first time she is confronted by the enemy; she's lesbian and only had sex with one lover, but gets drunk and takes on two men (for the first time) at once (would never happen); the bad guy has beaten and done god-knows-what-else to her girlfriend and is dragging her away toward a helicopter, but the heroine pauses her rescue pursuit to jump into a bunch of other skirmishes on the battlefield to rescue other people before later remembering about -- oh, yeah, Katie, good she's still resisting the bad guy; the big battle is pretty much over and she doesn't even check on her lover before telling some other people that she's going off chase the bad guy; she does pause in the battle to lust over a Valkyrie; after nearly losing her lover and her own life, she declares her love for Katie, but then proceeds to have a very non-sexual relationship even though their relationship was sexual at the beginning of the book.
So, I'm thinking. Don't know who J.A. Pitts is, but this author is definitely a guy. He is so caught up in who stabbed who and the mechanics of the battle, the character development is skimpy and totally unrealistic, especially for a fantasy.
Finally, as long as we talking about battle mechanics, another thing that bothered me were the times that the heroine stood back and watched when she should acting --- stabbing, talking, running, something. It drove me nuts. As much as I wanted to like this book, I don't think I can stand to listen to the next in the series. What I'd love to do is edit the first book instead. It has great potential.
I just can't stop listening to Erik Schubach stories. Love the narrator, love the author's style, love the stories. This is saying a lot, considering I rarely latch onto an author who "fades to black" when it comes to sex scenes...in fact, none that make my fav list do... until Erik. His tales are rich and made to be audible. I'm not sure I'd enjoy them as much if I read them. The narrator really does a great job with his characters, especially the accents in this story. Looking forward to listening to the next in this series.
Disclaimer: I purchased this audio book because one of stories, "The Portrait," is mine and I wanted to hear what my words sounded like when read by someone else.
The big surprise was how the narrator made all of the stories really sing, especially the first story by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This narrator understands the art of story-telling and delivers each story with the finesse that brings it to life. I'm an audio book junkie, so I've listened to some bad, mediocre and good readers. This is one of the best, if not the best I've heard.
I also need to add that while I like Weatherspoon as a novelist, I LOVE her as a short story writer. Her stories have a deep rich texture that make you want to listen again. The first story in this collection, one of two that are hers, is alone worth the price of this audio book.
The only reason I didn't give the rest of the content five stars is that one or two of the stories seemed more fitting for an erotica collection, than romance.
This paranormal series is full of romance, intrigue and a tightly woven plot that just keeps going with the constant introduction of new characters. I can't say enough about the narrator. She's one of the best, and I listen to a lot of audio books. She's got the vampires down perfectly...I love her Francesca and her Michele voices.
Great narrator, great story, really great writer. This one is the most erotic I've read from this author and it translates well into an audio book.
I'd read or listen to any book by Radclyffe.
Don't know if I've listened to this narrator before, because their names don't usually stick with me. This one will, though, because she's great. A bad narrator can ruin a great book. Betsy Zajko is the best I've heard. The sound editor, however, could have done a better job in a place or two where it was easy to hear the splice in the edit. Or, maybe it was just obvious because the narrator was nearly flawless.
This is a "must listen" that should be on everybody's list who likes lesbian fiction.
I would put this in the top 10 of audio books, and I've listened to a lot of them. I like the book when I read it, but it really comes to life as an audio book. The narrator is spot on. Beautifully read.
It's hard to pick between the three main characters -- Morgan the detective or the two elderly couple, Sophie and Lois. Morgan's dealing with her mother's Alzheimer's disease is heart-breaking. Sophie and Lois as contract killers sounds outrageous, but their matter-of-fact approach to it makes it seem perfectly sensible ... like opening a vegetable stand to make extra money.
The most moving moment was when Morgan's new partner - the one she thought was going to be a sexist jerk - stood guard so she could come to terms with her mother's death in private.
This is a book that is meant to be read aloud, and this narrator does an excellent job at it.
Despite the short-comings of the narrator, this is one of Radclyffe's best medical romances. I've read it more than once and listened to it more than once.
The entire story is really great.
The narrator, unfortunately, completely missed the personality of one main character and on occasion ignored written direction, such as a whisper or a tone of voice. Unfortunate for such a great story.
Absolute only thing wrong with this audio book is the fault of the narrator. Even though the author describes one of the surgeons as having a husky voice, the narrator gives her a wimpy little girl voice that never should be used for a grown woman, much less an aggressive lesbian surgeon.
This book, and the incredible delivery, is so full of insights. I've never been so profoundly affected by a book before.
No, I wanted to drag it out and savor it. I only listen to audio books when I'm in the car or on the exercise bike.
This book felt so incredibly personal, read and sang by the author. Being a song writer, I think, gives here an innate sense of timing. She's an excellent writer and reader. I loved it when she said she suddenly realized that "words have color and words have feeling." Her words do.
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