People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.
I have had a couple of CM novels in my wish list for 2 years. I finally took the plunge when ADJ went on sale. OMG, what a disappointment. I couldn't get through the whole thing, and just kept fast forwarding. I also turned it up to 1.25x speed.
I am in the minority, and there are avid Moore fans that will love it. But his writing is crass, disjointed and just to freaking bizarre. Yep - that's his trademark and he does it well.
In Molly Harper's newest paranormal romantic comedy, Ben, Gigi's old boyfriend, must find a way to save his new love after a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident. But will she want to live after she finds out how Ben had to save her?
Welcome back everyone! This is a fun reunion of all our favorite wacky vamps, 'weres' and various others from all of the past books. Super fun because you keep thinking, "ha! I remember that one," and very 'Molly Harper.' There were a few laugh out loud moments, but not as many as a couple of her better stories. Maybe I am just getting a little jaded, but I agree with Ms. Lunney's review (2017, Canada) in that Ms Harper seems to have run out of steam with the HMH storyline.
The 2 newest vamps (Ben and girlfriend) are cute and have a special gift that is trying to be exploited, but by whom...? As usual, a totally bizarre set of circumstances and secret villains to tantalize and tickle the funny bone. It was somewhat formulaic that Ben and Meghan start off with tension, and dislike and distrust between them, because you can just guess what might be coming. Also it seemed to me that Jane is too uptight and a total mother hen toward the two children. She has gone corporate with her position in the Council. She is still hilarious though. I wish there has been a little more romance and sexual tension that she built up in her other books because I think she does it admirably well.
In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.
I was expecting the book to be much similar to the movie, but it was written decades earlier (1954 and again 1982) and the movie takes many liberties with the storyline. The Audible summary is very true to the book, FYI. That said and trying to evaluate it without unfair comparisons, I still think the book was just ok.
1. The vampires are more believable. They don't have the extraordinary speed, strength and intelligence that is portrayed so often in current work. They are more "zombie-like" in this story. That works since one man surely wouldn't be able to stave off scores of super-powered vampires every night. Especially if he is 'the last man on earth.'
2. The lead character, Robert, is portrayed as a little whacky which seems reasonable given the solitude and danger he has lived with for so long. In the movie, he already has an amazing dog, but in this story, the dog is brought in later and just used as a device IMHO.
3. Some of his survival techniques are clever, but the hot house and fresh food were not 'fleshed' out very well. :-)
4. The first hour or so is terrific, fast moving and action packed with the vampires and his daily challenges and burdens. Unfortunately it starts to drag a little at the end.
5. The narrative of the past, leading up to the current, post virus time is barely enough to carry the story, but it definitely needed more exploration.
1. He has this kind of sick carnal attraction to the women vampires, for no obvious reason stemming from his past or what I might perceive to be any sort of natural male craving given the circumstances. When a "real human" women enters the scene, the interaction is awkward. There is however a pretty good twist at the end.
2. I found Robert's behavior inconsistent. At one point he is brilliant, able to vampire-proof his home, study the virus and learn a tremendous amount about science. At the next point, he is staying out after dark, and thinks he can fight off a crowd of vampires with a pistol.
3. The narrator had a gravelly and rough voice that grated on my ears. Even though most of the book is depicted through his thoughts and actions, I think a different reader may have made the story better.
Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.
This is one of two books from audible that I will not finish. The first three chapters were excruciating because they were violent, think torture, and just a mess. There’s no introduction. The Story just starts in the middle and as yet hasn’t revealed anything that clues the reader in. Trying to figure out the plot and the characters’ motivation is too difficult to keep this reader’s attention.
Mr Pacey was a very fine narrator.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
Beautiful and heartwarming with gentle lovable characters. I will gladly read again and assuredly take away a new nugget of learning from this meaningful novel.
This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.
Epic fantasy?? Not. Mainly, I felt the author could not figure out where he was going with the characters. Strong, but wimpy. Courageous then whiney. Implausible even though it was in the fantasy genre. Spider Queen, dark elves, black panthers. All had potential but the story did not hold my attention, or encourage me to get invested and care what happened to the characters.
The reader was adequate but a bit over the top acting out the battle scenes and the angst of the main character.
This is a trilogy but I am stopping with this one which I mainly skipped through. Give me Sanderson or Sullivan and spare me from any more eye rolling...
Kate Sedgwick's life has been anything but typical. She's endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there's a reason her best friend, Gus, calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She's also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.
Incredibly real. Extraordinarily passionate. Unbearably heartbreaking. This story just has to be read. .. slowly and with an open heart. It will resonate with you for a long time afterward and keep you honest. As Nike said: just do it. You will be so incredibly glad you did.
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.
I am so sorry I wasted 8+ hours of my life on this drivel. If you are looking for an interesting, exciting, hot vampire tale, skip it. Sorry, Ms Frost, but this story is just dumb; there is no heat and the romance is trite and...yuck! You will roll your eyes so many times...they'll get stuck. Bypass this one and keep looking.
Ethan, a digital sound engineer in Los Angeles, becomes aware that his life is unraveling when an audiobook reveals his deepest, darkest secrets, escalating until the narrator addresses him directly, threatening to destroy him from within. Vivian, a single mother running an antique store in San Francisco, listens to her audiobook to distract herself from missing her young daughter but is shaken when the narrative is interrupted by her daughter's voice, faintly calling for help.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
This is a book that young boys and maybe girls will enjoy. It is such a loony attempt at capturing the brilliance and excitement of "War of the Worlds," that the reader feels gipped after reading the short teaser to entice you in to buy. I could barely make it through.
What three words best describe Eric Luke’s performance?
He was quite passionate voicing his own work
Any additional comments?
The ending is so bad. It is too far fetched based on the world the author built, the constraints of reality which he did not give us permission to alter. Just did not work itself into a believable story.
It's a story you think you know: the age-old tale of "star-cross'd lovers"; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. It's a story so thoroughly embedded in our culture, and so frequently retold. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare's work quite like this....
Would you listen to Romeo and Juliet: A Novel again? Why?
Romeo and Juliet is a classic, will always be a favorite, even if this author writes his own rendition. He makes it absolutely understandable using the language of the present and provides clever interpretations of the love story. It does not stray far enough from the classic to warrant disdain, or frustration. I love his take on things and appreciated his advancing the ages of the characters to 16 - 18 y.o.Unfortunately, I cannot bring myself to listen again, because (gulp), Armitage just butchers so many of the characters' voices. Ugh, I got that off my chest. Kills me, since he is one of my all time favorite performers - ever. Period.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Romeo and Juliet: A Novel?
Certainly the twist toward the end - the literary license that Hewson allows himself, to create his own unique story, an added moral to the story. The reader thinks he knows what's coming and is ready to wrap things up, and bingo --- not so fast. The story continues...
Did Richard Armitage do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
The H & H are voiced well, thank goodness, along with the general narrative. Unfortunately, each one of the parents, the Nurse and elders voices are like painful gravel underfoot. I just don't get what he was trying to do with them.
If you could take any character from Romeo and Juliet: A Novel out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Friar John - he is real, thoughtful, loyal and far from perfect. The life he lived all over the world and in all stations of life - so interesting. I loved his knowledge of healing, his spirituality and his occasional sense of bittersweet humor.
Any additional comments?
There is an author's note at the end that must be listened to!
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