I've been waffling between three and four stars but because the characters are strong and I think the series has a lot of potential, I ended up giving 4 stars. I listened to most of it on audio but did end up reading some of it in print and that may have played a part in my mixed feelings. While there was nothing specifically bad about the reader of the audio, for some reason it left me feeling lukewarm about the book. I found myself enjoying it much more when I was reading it in print.
Maeve is a strong, intelligent, likeable character. She works with an interesting mix of men, some good to work with, others not so much. Interestingly enough, despite the book's title, the "Burning Man" case is not the focus of the book. Early on, an apparent fifth victim is discovered but Maeve believes she may be the victim of a copycat. The bulk of the book is spent investigating that victim and solving her murder. I figured it out (which I think many readers will do, whether intentionally or not, I am not sure), but it was enjoyable to watch Maeve figure it out. The reader is privvy to much more insight and information than Maeve is because we get the benefit of chapters narrated by the victim's best friend. Those chapters add an interesting dimension to the book that would have been missing without them.
The Burning Man case itself was wrapped up a little too easily but it provided action and a bit of excitement to the book which is otherwise slower paced (but still utterly readable).
I look forward to giving Maeve another try but I will read it in print instead of listening to it on audio.
This book was a totally fun blend of paranormal and chick lit. I switched back and forth between audio and kindle and enjoyed both tremendously. While I wouldn't say the narrator, Eva Wilhelm, was one of the best I've ever heard, she was well suited for this book. There was something about her voice and narrative style that made me want to listen more than read it in print. She really did become Katie to me and her's was the voice I heard when I picked up my kindle to read. Looking forward to the next in the series.
This is a wonderful sequel to the equally wonderful "600 Hours of Edward". I wouuld not recommend you read this book if you haven't already read the first one. Too much depends on all that you learned of Edward in that book and how he grew as a person. I definitely think listening to this book made it even stronger. I read a few chapters in print and it was good but Luke Daniels really makes Edward come alive. As with the first book, this one is heartwarming and made me smile. A few times it broke my heart, but not nearly as much as the first one did. Overall, a feel good book. Well worth the credit!
This audio performance consists of 4 different monologues. Only the first is about Ben Franklin but the other 3 were also very enjoyable. I was surprised to learn something about Ben Franklin as I had expected it to be solely comedic. While it was comedic, I also found it informative (though it was mostly comedic). There is something about Josh Kornbluth (in his content, his delivery and in his voice itself) that I find absolutely delightful. He is both funny and insightful. Before listening to this, I had been unfamiliar with Josh Kornbluth. I am so glad I took the chance on this audio performance as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Josh added a short commentary to the end of the audio (which I found hilarious) and in it he asked the listeners to let him know if he converted his monologues (which he normally does in front of an audience) well enough to fit the audiobook format. So Josh, if you are reading this, you did an excellent job translating your monologues to an audio only format. While I am sure your facial expressions, body movements and gestures enhance your live performances, you did a great job getting the mood across using sound effects and your voice. I would love to listen to another audio performance from youl
Zara Ramm does a brilliant job narrating Jodi Taylor's fantastic series. I cannot thank my Goodreads friend Linzi enough for recommending the first book. Each one is a delight to listen to (and read).
This one was tough for me to rate. I really wanted to give it 4 stars because it was interesting, exciting and fabulously narrated. However, I downgraded it a star for a few reasons. The biggest reason was the fact that it didn't really end. I wouldn't say it was a cliffhanger exactly, but the story did not wrap up; nothing came to a conclusion and I felt cheated. I knew there was another book in the series, but for some reason I didn't think it was one of those series where you HAD to read the 2nd book in order to get the complete story. I thought the next book was going to be a "related story" with some of the same characters in a different situation. When I started this book I really thought it was going to be a complete book. I am not used to thriller series being a continuing saga, so I was surprised when that's what it turned out to be. Grrr... If I had know ahead of time that I was signing up for a 2 book deal, I probably would have skipped it (or at least prepared myself for having to read about 900 pages to get the full story). Another negative, in my opinion, were the detailed descriptions of violence. I'm OK with violence, I just don't feel a need to read all the gory details...and there was more than I cared for in this book. There is also quite a bit of technical "mumbo jumbo" for us lay-people. Sometimes it was too much and I zoned out a bit. There were also a few other plot things that irritated me but I don't want to mention those as they would be spoilers. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book and was very impressed by the narrator, but I'm not sure it's worth having to commit to 2 books to get the whole story. Not sure if I'm going to read the next one or not. If I do, I won't do it right away.
I really liked the first book in the series and was looking forward to this one. I was sadly very disappointed. I found it incredibly boring and had to force myself to keep listening. Even Amanda Ronconi couldn't save it. Normally I enjoy Amanda's narration but I did not like her English accent at all so all the parts with Desmond were terrible. Add to that the fact that the story did nothing for me and it was a huge disappointment all around.
This book (and the previous one in the series) was delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed it but the reader drove me nuts. I listened to the first one on audio and she didn't seem to bother me quite so much then but with this one I just couldn't bear it. I had the speed turned up to 1.5 and it helped somewhat but the whole cadence of her speech was still off. Read it on your e-reader instead. It was very enjoyable that way.
Let me start off by saying that I loved the first two books in the series. So, I was a little disappointed that this book didn't thrill me as much as the others. It started off very slow for me and I actually got a bit bored with all the details about Troy (but then, I'm not a history buff). This book just had a different feel to it and I missed the feel of the first two. The second half of the book picked up considerably for me (hence 4 stars instead of 3). I don't like some of the choices Ms. Taylor made and given the end am not sure why she made them in the first place. It was all a bit too heart-wrenching for me and then totally shocking come the final chapters. Regardless, I am still looking forward to reading the next book to see where the storyline goes. I adore these characters and the audio narration by Zara Ramm. I hope book 4 comes out in audio sooner rather than later.
Just a note- be sure to read the series in order and don't start from the middle. It really won't do the books justice.
Not that Kevin Anderson doesn't deserve credit for the excellent material, but Phil Gigante takes it to the next level. It's like he was made to be Dan Shamble and company. This series is one case where I can honestly say I don't think I would enjoy it nearly as much in print.
This installment in the series was particularly funny which is good because the humor is one of the things I love most about these books. It follows pretty much the same pattern as the previous books- Dan (with the help of Sheyenne, Robin and McGoo) works on several cases at once with some of them ultimately being interconnected. Lots of fun new clients. An absolutely delightful listen. Well worth the audible credit!!
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. I particularly enjoyed the rapport between Kovac and Liska and their sense of humor (as well as that of several of their fellow cops). It added much needed moments of levity into a rather dark investigation. While this is book 4 in a series, I have not read the other books in the series but did not feel as if I was missing anything. I would say this is a strong standalone book.
It took me a while to get used to the narrator but once I did, I enjoyed him very much. He does a great job with the male voices. This one is definitely worth your time and money or credit.
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