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Ghostly Start audiobook cover art

Great Premise, Fun Characters

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

Reviewed: 08-22-19

The premise is entertaining and the characters are interesting. Maybe it was the narration, maybe the dialog itself, but the constant bickering in the first two books was a bit annoying. All three had good plots. The mysteries in the first two were perhaps a bit stronger than the third, but the overall story in the third was better. That may just be because there was less bickering between the main characters.

The narrator was okay. She did a good job with the female character's voices, and even Zander's. I didn't care for her interpretation of Jared or Mel. Jared sounded kind of dopey and Mel was too shrill. She also sometimes got Zander's and Jared's voices mixed up. Still, overall she was effective at conveying mood and disposition and didn't get in the way of the story. Some of my criticism probably stems from the excessive bickering, which made the character voices a bit irritating. The voice work seemed better in the third book, which had less shrillness, less bickering.

Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues audiobook cover art

Not my fav Harper series, but still worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

In general, I am not a fan of the style of narration that has a female voice actor performing chapters told from the female character's point of view & a male voice actor performing those told from the male character's point of view. This audio book is in that format. That said, both narrators did a good job with their parts. I just hate character voices changing chapter to chapter.

The story is pretty good, and the characters are interesting. I do think there seems to be as much backstory and summary of action as actual action and interaction between characters in this story, unlike Harper's other series. Maybe it's because this is not the first story in this series, I don't know. I just know that for me, narration is boring. Character interactions aren't, whether I'm reading or listening to a book.

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Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-19

Finally a male narrator who doesn't make female characters sound ridiculous! This is a terrific story that kept me enthralled.

Lucky Suit audiobook cover art

Terrific short listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This is a fun story, not too sappy or too sexy. Just right. Natration was very good. I generally find male narrator's performances of women character voices range from a bit annoying to unlistenable. This guy wasn't too bad. She was very good.

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Slow start, but strong finish

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This book took a little while to get going. It seemed like the first several chapters were just the main character telling me a story. There was no action, and very little interaction between yhe protagonist and anyone. Happily, it did eventually pick up with the introduction of additional characters. Over all, the story was good, and the narrator's performance was excellent.

Carbs and Cadavers audiobook cover art

Slow Start & A Little Insulting

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

The story was slow to get started, but did pick up by the end of the very long 1st chapter. Once it got going, the mystery was engaging. The biggest issue this book has is the writer's characterization of overweight people as out-of-control eaters. Those who struggle with their weight may binge on junk food sometimes, but I've never met anyone who struggles to control themself every time there's a cookie in the room. It was a bit off-putting.

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This series just gets better and better!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

I love this series. I first found it when I came across White Witch Black Curse in a book store. Since that's the middle of the series, I had to go back to the beginning, to Dead Witch Walking. That's when I found them on Audible. This series is a terrific read, but with Margarite Gavin's interpretations, they are even better as audio books. Pale Demon is no exception. It an epic tale well told...the story of major turning points in the lives of several characters. These events shift the Hollows world, but they also bring a sense of satisfaction to the reader/listener. These shifts feel like a payoff of the best kind because you know the story isn't over.

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Great Story, Bad Geography

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

This is a good story, with believable, likeable characters. The plot is plausible, with just enough twists to keep us guessing. Amanda Ronconi is a terrific narrator. She really gives each character their own unique voice. I was engaged for the whole ride.

The only hitches came when I hit one of the author's several geographical mistakes about St. Louis. St. Louis sits on the west side of the Mississippi River. So the setting sun my cast the shadows of downtown skyscrapers on the river, but the setting sun would not appear to sparkle on the water unless you were standing in Illinois. Also, it's impossible for the wind to come from the east (rare enough in St. Louis) and then the storm to move off into Illinois. (Illinois is east of St. Louis.)

Another big hitch: no one staying in the heart of the city would travel all the way to the UMSL campus in the suburbs (Normandy, MO) just to use the library. The St. Louis Public Library main branch has exceptional resources, especially regarding city history. If they really needed a university library, St. Louis University and Washington University are bigger and much closer to the neighborhood where the characters were staying.

All through the book, it felt like the author had never been to St. Louis. That would be okay, if she'd done a little more research, and knew east from west.

I will probably buy the next book in this series, provided it's set in the author's fictitious west Missouri town and not a real city.

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The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent audiobook cover art

A fun, quirky adventure almost spoiled by politics

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

This was a fun story that clearly didn't take itself seriously. It would have been better had the author refrained from interjecting his strong political viewpoint. Liberal bashing is only funny when it isn't abused. In this case, it nearly spoiled what was otherwise a very funny story.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Nicely Paced, Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

This was a different sort of story for me, since I'm not usually interested in magical creatures, but the narrator is a favorite from the Rhys Bowen Royal Spyness series, so I thought I'd take a chance. The story and performance both made this audio book a good listen. I will buy the next one in the series.