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A Man with One of Those Faces audiobook cover art

Strong writing, 3-D characters, exciting, funny

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

Reviewed: 08-16-19

I read the prequel first, and that had more laughs spread out evenly. This story is tightly written, with multiple characters to keep track of, but the narration makes that easier to do with a narrator talented enough to do a broad range of unique voices. The laughs are fewer, but there's a part near the end where I kept laughing for several minutes as the story progressed. Not many authors can write good comedic scenes, and that's one thing I really appreciate in a writer. But, this book is not a comedy - it's a story that has everything, a mystery to be solved, human foibles, not too much romance, but there's a slight attraction happening, thank goodness No explicit sex, although the language is appropriately ripe given the characters that use them. But the language is more ribald than foul, and humorous and witty too. The descriptions are deftly woven into the story so there are sensory experiences for the mind's eye.

I'll recommend this series to anyone - because with very good writing, it doesn't matter if your preferred genre is sci-fi, or urban fantasy, or whatever - a well-written story out of one's preferred genre can still be enjoyed. Especially when there's wit and action included. This is not my preferred genre, but the writing is better than what I've found recently in my preferred genre.

The narrator has done a great job making this an enjoyable listen - what talent!

Angels in the Moonlight: A prequel to the Dublin Trilogy audiobook cover art

Witty dialogue, twisty plot, excellent story

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

Reviewed: 08-14-19

After a few months of trying out new-to-me authors and repeatedly getting limp writing, I finally hit the jackpot. After reading the reviews, I've started with this prequel as suggested, and am now about to start book one.

This story was excellent and even though this is not my favorite genre, the clever writing had me rearranging my schedule in order to keep listening.

The author has a perceptive eye for human behavior and a brilliant imagination for creating an interesting story. The writing is fast paced and full of wit and has some amusing situations.

The narrator is talented and can do a multitude of voices and deliver humor with perfect timing. I laughed out loud.

Highly recommend this book!

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Nice Girls Don't Live Forever audiobook cover art

Stopping series at the third book

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

I bought book 2 for the $5 sale. I'm not a fan of romance or detailed sex. But I love books that make me laugh so after checking the "Romance scale" that shows a range of This Story Is: Sweet - Flirty - Seductive - Sexy - Red Hot and pegged book 2 at Seductive, I thought I'd give it a try since, to me, that wouldn't be detailed sex.

Started with book 1. It was very funny and there were a lot of laugh out loud moments. But, the sex was detailed. Very detailed. And it was that trope of where the male and female have a violent physical fight that turns into sex. Which turned out to be the same thing in book 2 and 3. And, too detailed.

Book 2 wasn't as funny as book 1. Book 3 had no laugh out loud moments.

So, I tried out some romance. I am baffled by the romance scale to warn readers of what they are going to be exposed to. If this much detailed sex = Seductive on the scale, then I am left wondering what is left for Sexy and Red Hot which were further on the rating scale. I don't want to find out.

These books aren't my cup of tea. Your mileage may vary.

Year One audiobook cover art

Returning - too little plot, too much talking

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

Reviewed: 07-29-19

8 hours 39 minutes left in this audio book and I cannot continue. In lieu of any interesting plot, world-building, or descriptions the author's focus has been on what is supposed to be the main character's witty or clever observations. Except they aren't. It's cheesy and if it's supposed to be funny, I haven't laughed once.

I've debated stopping, but kept going just a little bit more, but there's just the usual shallow guy stuff - objectification of women, big ego, tough-talking humble hero stereotype. The talk, talk, talk, talk, fills up a lot of time and it's just emptiness. I like books where authors have imagination and twisty plots. Maybe it's just the beginning and the intricate plot is coming later, but there's not the slightest hint of such excellent writing to come. So, I give up.

The narration is okay. Perfect for the cheesy emptiness of a sexist egotistical "action hero" book. Probably a good book for teenage boys.

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The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol. 4 audiobook cover art

New stories well written w/ excellent performances

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

Reviewed: 07-20-19

I didn't experience the duplicate book issue I read about in the only two reviews to date, so that problem must have been fixed.

These new stories are very well written, and the author's radio play writing has really tightened up. He has extracted the essence of the book stories very well and it's like re-visiting the books' quickly. The performances are wonderful and the voice actors have done very well to portray the book characters' personalities.

The only voice actor I had an issue with was the male chosen to portray the boy child. The voice was too mature to be a child's voice, but perhaps it's hard to find an actual child to read the lines.

These stories were excellent and very enjoyable. Sometimes life seems too dystopian these days and I indulge myself by escaping via a binge re-read of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books. With so many books, that can be a long escape. With these "radio" dramatisations I can "escape" with a much quicker revisit to the kinder and gentler world of Alexander McCall Smith's version of Botswana.

I love the singing between stories too. I highly recommend these dramatisations for people who love this book series.

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The Rook audiobook cover art

Slow start to story, staccatto sing-song narration

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

Reviewed: 07-13-19

Returning this as a Did Not Finish. I think I am in the second hour of this book, approaching the third hour and I was listening to this while out and about on errands. If I had been home, this would have been returned much sooner.

It's bleak. It's dragging. It's not interesting. I don't care about the main character. I don't care about anything in the story.

The narrator manages to do two things I don't like in narration at the same time. A clipped staccatto delivery is one. Sing-song delivery is the other. It's distracting.

Zoe's Tale audiobook cover art

Excellent story - enjoyed the other point of view

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

I just binge re-listened to the Old Man's War series and hadn't bought this book in the series due to bad reviews before. However, this time there were more good reviews and I changed my mind and bought this to include in the re-listen.

At first, it was a bit jarring to get a different voice and a teenage perspective, and the story seemed to move slowly in the beginning. But, it took off and got very strong and the information built upon previous action and background was fascinating.

I really enjoyed this book and regret not including it before.

Excellent writing, good narration.

Part-Time Gods audiobook cover art

Returning as a DNF - Did Not Finish

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

This book has a lot of inner talk. Talk, Talk, Talk. Plus a bit of the character being stupid. And too much angst, which is what a lot of the inner talk is used for to fill up a lot of the book. The ratio of this book filler of talk, talk, talk to actual plot moving action is too much for me. I don't want to go back to this book.

This same thing happened toward the end of the Heartstriker series - a lot of wordy filler instead of some creative plot work.

It's wasting my time.

Returning this book - giving up on this author.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Fortune Furlough audiobook cover art

Light and entertaining reading - great narration

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

Enjoyable escape - great comedic writing - always an interesting mystery plot - and good narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Paranormal Nonsense audiobook cover art

Decent mystery plot and writing

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

The beginning was a little rough due to the horrific start and I almost returned the book, but decided to go a bit further to make sure. Which was a good decision because the rest of the book wasn't horror, and the narration smoothed out.

The plot and writing are decent. The story is good, well-told and interesting.

However, this isn't five stars because of the very tiresome sexual objectification of women. And, for some reason, there's a lot of attention paid to the main character's penis. And, the use of a very obese woman to be a bad character. Shallow. Immature. Old and tiresome.

There are plenty of books that don't have to trash women to tell a good story, so in comparison this book just doesn't measure up.

Also, this book is listed in Audible as Comedy: Satire. There are amusing parts, but I never laughed out loud, so is it really comedy? It's not a cozy mystery, due to the horror in the beginning of the story. Maybe it's just a mystery.

The narration. I didn't like the narrator at first - he was just reading the text out loud. But, the narration improved and became more of an inner voice of the main character. The sound quality wasn't good, with a bit of an echo, and awkward long pauses between chapters - and there were other noises that could be heard at times in the background.

At this time i'm not going to continue the series. There's been a spate of books I've read lately written by men and I am getting tired of their sexual fantasies played out in their stories. I'll keep looking for something else interesting, entertaining, or funny. This wasn't it.

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