Cal Carver is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can't possibly get any worse. He is wrong. It's not until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is abducted by aliens that his day really starts to go downhill. Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is thrown into a team of some of the sector's most notorious villains and scumbags.
It took a while to warm up to Cal Carver, con man who can’t keep his mouth shut even to save his life. He was so annoying that I almost gave up and just returned the book. Still, Cal grows on you, like a fungus aaand you stay to listen to the next installment of his particular brand of “hoof in mouth” disease. The other characters grow on you as well, (these are probably misspelled as this is an audible book!), Lauren, the uptight pilot, Miz, the hormonal “werewolf”, and Mech, the somewhat schizophrenic cyborg, oh and Splurt, unidentifiable alien shapeshifter who is green and slimy. Did I laugh out loud, well not so much. Did I wince at the words coming out of Cal’s mouth, yes, absolutely. Was I amused, yes, that too. Will I listen to the next book....hmmm, I think so. The characters are all so...likeable....in their own special ways.
Kudos to reader Phil Tron, he made each character so distinct and believable. His particular rendition of Cal was so believable you just wanted to haul off and slap him upside the head (Cal, you want to slap Cal, not the reader Phil). Excellent job Mr Tron.
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As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.
What was most disappointing about Deanna Raybourn’s story?
Too much suspension of belief required. A supposedly freethinking, intelligent woman who comes across as a misogynistic in skirts. Found the characters became only more annoying, unlikeable and unrealistic as the story progressed. Not even remotely curious anymore about this series. Returning this book.
After 10 years of cleaning up the dirt on Atlanta's streets, Callahan Garrity is trading in her badge for a broom and a staff of house cleaners. But, though the uniform is a little different, Callahan soon finds herself right back in the middle of a mystery when a client's pretty, pious 19-year-old nanny is gone...along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents. Before she knows it, the meticulous Callahan is up to her elbows in a case involving illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, and a dead body.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Found myself increasingly bored with this story. The reader did a fine job but the material just couldn't hold my attention. It's rather dated for one thing. The characters behave in annoying and increasingly stupid ways. I found myself skipping pages just to get to the end. Nope, not keeping this book, needs returning.
It was a dark and stormy knight, and nine dark defenders embarked upon a most perilous quest. They're the ultimate defenders of humanity, modern day knights who do dark deeds for all the right reasons. In this all-star collection, nine of today's hottest paranormal authors bring us thrilling, all-new stories of supernatural knights that are brimming with magic mystery and mayhem.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Disappointing selection of short stories. I found myself not caring much about any of the characters or the story lines. Also found most of them to be grim and depressing and completely devoid of any humor. Returning this book.
England, 1914. Joanna Blalock's keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely tuned brain. But when she and her 10-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic skills, they invite her to become the third member of their investigative team.
What disappointed you about The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes?
Silly pretentious characters, cliche dialog, improbable plot, illogical behavior, boring. Couldn't stand to finish this book, returning it.
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When the road forks, how do you know which path is the right one? Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn't the only reason she's hiding from the law. Half vampire, half mage, she's spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp.
Would you try another book from Dannika Dark and/or Nicole Poole?
Would you ever listen to anything by Dannika Dark again?
Not sure if I'd try another book from this author. It seemed like an interesting premise and setting but the logic and personalities became tedious and I became less and less vested in the story. The premise of a half vampire, half mage, a half breed if you will, had promise but stalled as the story continued. The main character Raven Black, at first comes across as strong and self reliant but down on her luck. She becomes less and less admirable and more and more insufferable as she bemoans all the bad stuff she's had to endure (we never learn quite what that is). Raven finds and kills bad people, is a secret vigilante who supposedly has become some kind of a legend, (unbeknownst to herself) in her city. She is eventually tracked down by the Keystone group for possible inclusion into their organization. Keystone, a small group of supernatural members, aren't quite vigilantes as they are authorized by the mysterious higher authorities. Why the higher authorites would have this kind of influence and power is never really explained. Keystone is the brainchild of Victor, old, venerable, wealthy and able to bring together this elite band of supernaturals. How or why he should do this is never explained. After Raven is brought to Keystone for consideration and testing things become more bogged down. Raven constantly harps on her dark, mysterious past, has a lot of self pitying musings, and is conflicted by interactions with Christian, a rather repulsive vampire to whom she is obviously attracted. She makes a lot of really stupid decisions yet can't seem to understand why there are consequences for her own ridiculous actions. There are a couple of tawdry sex scenes, and a lot of tedious sex talk between Raven and Christian. After a while the urge to start skipping pages became a compelling form of self defense to escape. I'm returning this book.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Keystone?
Sigh, too many to mention....
Any additional comments?
I actually liked Nicole Poole's performance and found her different voices and speech patterns for the each character to be believable and compelling enough to push me through the story....for a while. I would listen to her again but not to another book by Dannika Dark.
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Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires - especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she's a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she's next in line for a huge promotion.
This was so bad I couldn't force myself more than halfway through...
What was wrong?
-leaps of logic that made no sense
-characters making incredibly stupid choices that no thinking adult would make
-adults behaving like juveniles
-a story line and world building that were so full of holes that the whole thing didn't have any coherence
-plot lines that didn't appear to further the story, they were thrown in like random thoughts
This is being returned. I don't plan on reading anything else by this author.
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A gentleman professional killer with a bad case of OCD and zero tolerance for unsorted laundry, March isn't there to kill her...yet. He wants the diamond her late mother stole for a sinister criminal organization. Island agrees to help him find it, facing the kind of adversaries who dismember first and ask questions later. Good thing she's got March to show her the ropes. And the guns. And the knives.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Couldn't understand the great reviews. Found the characters to be so insipid, and/or amazingly dumb and thoroughly unlikeable.
Amy McFadden is a great reader but she couldn't make this nonsensical farce something I could endure.
What could Camilla Monk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Create sympathetic characters who have more to recommend than their own self centered whining about what is or isn't going on in their lives.
Any additional comments?
Returning this book.
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Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.
Would you try another book from Nick Harkaway and/or Daniel Weyman?
I don't know, this one was difficult for me to plow through it. I just found it difficult to care about the characters and the story was by turns, slow and boring, somewhat horrific, and slow to reveal.
What three words best describe Daniel Weyman’s performance?
The reader was good but perhaps not the best fit. His characterizations of each member of the story seemed off. In my mind the voice inflections didn't seem to meesh with how I could "hear" the different characters.
Any additional comments?
Well, I just couldn't recommend this so I'm afraid I'll be returning it.
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.
If you read or listen to the story, you'll get that...
Just goes to show that a book shouldn't be judged by its cover. And the character of Ove shouldn't be judged by our first introduction to him. Cranky, opinionated, stubborn, a bit OCD, unfriendly to all and sundry. Why then to stick with him? Because the author, Fredrik Backman, unfolds facets of Ove, chapter by chapter, in such a gentle, unassuming way, that catches you by surprise and by the heart. If you stick with Ove you'll find yourself with a wonderful story worth the listen.
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