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A classic for all ages worth reading many times

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Note: I listen to books on Audible because I am visually impaired now. I had SO MUCH FUN re-reading this series! I had forgotten just how good they are. This one tells a lot about Bartimaeus's past, especially with Ptolemy, the young Egyptian boy whose guise he adopts when he needs to appear as a human. The revolution against the ruling magicians comes to the climax in this last book, but with a twist the resistance, and Kitty Jones especially, would never have dreamed of.
Bartimaeus, the jinni, is so wonderfully snarky, sarcastic, derisive, insulting, impertinent-- i mean look up this character in a thesaurus and you will find an entire page, and that the whole concept of dry witt derived from this ancient entity! I just love him so much. He is the perfect pair with Nathianel/John Mandrake's whining pretense. If you pay attention (this is for the young people) you learn about excellent and extremely important moral and ethical dilemmas that effect our lives directly. The author does an amazing job through characters, plot and settings, but it is not my place to go into that.
Simon Jones performs the Audible version of this trilogy (and the prequel) and he captures the essence (pun intended) of this character perfectly. I don't think I could do a better job in my imagination than Simon can do, it helps me feel better about not being able to read anymore when a narrator is THIS good. In fact, if you have already read these try them again on audio, you might prefer them over your own characterizations.
I first discovered these books when I was working in the public library as a youth services librarian and it was my sad duty (ha! self appointed duty) to read as many YAs and older young readers as I could since it was my actual job to give suggestions and support to library patrons. At the time, Harry Potter was HUGE so many young people were suddenly reading instead of watching TV etc. so this was my chance to keep them hooked on reading and this was one of my main suggestions for Young Adult and Adult readers in HP withdrawal. They still are! This was my second or maybe third reading this series. This time I was put into the mood by reading "Johannes Cabal, Necromancer," another wonderfully sarcastic character!

a step above a cozie

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Although this book moved along at a very sedate pace I enjoyed it. I did set it aside for a few weeks to read other books, but this is not unusual, it just shows that the book was not riveting enough to keep top priority. The main character, Barker, is an alternate version of Sherlock Holmes, this is apparent by the the author's many allusions and direct paraphrases (enough to not plagiarize) from Sir A.C. Doyle's classic canon. Being a life-long canonical Sherlockian, I believe I can authoritatively state that Barker and Holmes would have had a decent, if constrained and distant, working relationship.
We see through the eyes of Llewellyn, a desperately impoverished man who applies to a post with "some danger involved," working for a Mr. Barker. Llewellyn would fill Dr. Watson's place to Barker's Holmes but Llewellyn is a complex, thoroughly "fleshed out" character, a privileged Watson never enjoyed. Actually, I suppose Llewellyn should be the main character, but since I immediately recognized the Doyle formula I fell into the mind-set of Barker being the protagonist; I'll leave it to you to decide.
As for the plot:The story is centered around the symbolically cruel murder of a Jew in London. Being a literary scholar I know some facts about anti-antisemitism and the research evidenced in this book is excellent. The author is very compassionate while being neither stereotypical nor trying to be instructive, by that I mean, how he thinks people should think about the problem. I am not writing much about the mystery because what stood out to me was Barker's complete disregard for race or religion. With his objectivity he is able to observe everyone for who and what they are as individuals and this is what makes the sudden solution to the mystery so interesting- and surprising.
If you like a character driven, well researched story with less romanticism than the classic Doyle texts more intelligent than cozies, without the gritty realism of modern mysteries then this is for you. There are some fisticuffs if you want some action but no love interest if you're looking for that kind of action. I did not pay a lot of attention to this book, it was fine to listen to as I did other things and I only needed to rewind it a few times. I will listen to the second book, because I am curious to see how Llewellyn, evolves.

awesome

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

adventurous, imaginative, fun

What other book might you compare Hounded to and why?

The Dresden Chronicles because of the use of Urban Fantasy and the witty writing

Which scene was your favorite?

any scene with Oberon

Any additional comments?

I am in LOVE with this series! Excellent writing is perfectly executed by Luke Daniels. I am SO glad that I am listening and not trying to pronounce these Old World words. Fast paced, funny, sound world creation and historical research, deep characters, fun and immersive. IT is hard to put these books down! If you like the Dresden Chronicles by Butcher or C. DeLint you will like these books. I greatly prefer this series t Dresden because they are more fun.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

witty dialogue, fun treasure hunt, excellent narra

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

Reviewed: 09-18-13

Where does It's In His Kiss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love this book because of the author's talent for witty repartee, lively characters and her way of interweaving the characters from the series which is filled with a loving family you feel like are friends. The narrator is excellent! His voice is quite urbane and he reads the story like he is living it, even the sexy parts which he reads.. wow.. I couldn't read those out loud. My favorite Bridgerton novel because of the wit and tension between the hero and heroine, the mystery and treasure hunt, and the excellent writing style that can build so much tension. LISTENER BEWARE of poor narrators! THey can ruin a wonderful story so stick with this one because it will not disappoint.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, the treasure hunt and clues and mysteries about the jewels and Gareth's paternity were fun and intriguing!

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Excellent! I am in wonder of how well he performed the characters and how seriously he committed his talents into the telling

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lady Danbury told Hyacinth that she had been her grandmother for year and she was waiting for Hyacinth to make it official and the very end which I will not give away

Any additional comments?

Please redo the Bridgerton Series with Simon or a different narrator and remove the ones with Kevan as narrator! Kevan's deep gravely voice is not fit for these books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

It's in His Kiss audiobook cover art

narrator makes it unlistenable

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-13

What would have made It's in His Kiss better?

I adore this series but this narrator makes it unendurable to listen. His voice is too deep and too inflexible resulting in all female characters sounding like a mocking farce. I would rather listen to text to speech. This narrator is not right for this genre

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I love the witty banter and interweaving of all the characters across the series

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevan Brighting?

Simon prebble. Barbara Rosenblatt. Davina porter. The man who does Laura kinsale audible.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from It's in His Kiss?

I could not endure listening longer than five minutes so I can not say

Any additional comments?

Please redo with another narrator