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Sherri Murphy-Jacobs

CLEMSON, SC, United States
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Wow, a dark tale leaving me hungry for more!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-17

first of a trilogy I am hungry to devour! grim, dark, painful, but with a glimmer of hope bathed in blood

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

redemption in the end

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

I almost gave up Prof Croft this time. His infuriating obstinance, inability to see the obvious, and immaturity lasting so far into the third book reduced him to a most unlikable protagonist. However, once he finally sees the truth, acknowledges his mistakes, and gains the wisdom to accept what he can't change, he shows potential. the elimination of prior adversaries frees him to tackle bigger things in future novels... I hope his apparent growth and maturation proves to be lasting... a backside in the future would be very disappointing

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-16

I always go into a book wanting to like it. I've given this one 5 hours of my life (more than halfway through) and I just don't want to give it any more. I don't want to insult the narrator or the author, and obviously many people enjoyed the book. I just couldn't, for a list of reasons I won't detail here.

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Good for rainy days or sleepless nights

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-15

I picked this book up because Audible was having one of their sales and it was cheap. The description sounded interesting -- I've long enjoyed stories from 'the other side' of traditional pairings or dichotomies.

Now, what was it about this book that made me spend the two days before Christmas listening to it? I'm trying to pin that down.

I did like it. I didn't love it. So let me take it apart a bit.

http://formyselfandstrangers.blogspot.com/2015/12/review-mr-mann.html

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Hang on tight!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-15

I thoroughly enjoy Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles. I've read them all in print and listened to them (repeatedly) as audio books. They are fun, fast, and full of interesting twists and turns. It has a bit of everything that makes a book good. Trapped carries on the story after a 12 year (6 year if you count the novella Two Crows and One Raven) break for the characters, moving everyone into the future and to the beginning of new obstacles and the re-emergence of old problems.

The only thing I've not enjoyed so much is the change in reading style from the Brilliance Audio productions (Hounded, Hexed, Hammered) and these. It started in Tricked, continued in Two Ravens and One Crow, and here it is set -- Luke Daniels is still a great reader, but I suspect he's been directed to read differently.

Atticus's voice is deeper (possibly done through digital means) and the reading is more pointed and snarky, underlining the emotional and humorous parts of the text just in case the reader can't figure it out. The voicing puts me in mind of many a cynical private eye story, a sort of vocal stereotype, which gets annoying in these stories. The original voicing of Atticus-- lighter, friendlier, more even, less exaggerated, and certainly less cynical -- seemed more appropriate to the tone of the writing. By the time we get to this novel, Atticus has his snark on, Oberon has become a Scooby Do caricature, Leif has abandoned his cool, calm control for out-and-out drawling douche, all werewolves gargle gravel, and the Morrigan has a permanent sore throat. Even Granuaile loses some of her lightness.

Daniels didn't start out like this and was pretty consistent through the first three books, so I'm putting the blame on the producer/director. The change hasn't stopped me from listening to the series, but it does draw my attention away from the story and toward the voicing, whereas the original reading style felt proper and natural and didn't get in the way.

For Austen Lovers Who Want To Know More

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-14

This book is an excellent glimpse into some of the "between the lines" aspect of Austen's novels. While the narration is a bit dry (to be expected in a non-fiction book, I suppose), it is still easy to listen to it and the information is enjoyable.

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An Acceptable Substitute

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-13

Abridgements are never my first choice because so much of what makes Hayer such fun are the details, the side plots, the back stories, and the secondary characters -- all of which are trimmed or omitted entirely when chopped down. However, the story still has some charm to it, even if, with all the cuts, certain things don't quite make sense. The narration is competent, too.

Still, if an unabridged audio version is made available, I'll go for it.

Good -- for an abridgement

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-11

I dislike abridgments, especially of books I've read before, and I knew after listening that "something" was missing, but it still carried me happily along with comedy and romance. If an unabridged version comes to Audible, though, I'll get it, and I'm avoiding the other abridged Heyer books, despite Richard Armitage's excellent narration.