This book started out rather slow for me which was a bit of a disappointment after having just came off the exciteme...moreAudiobook & Paperback Review:
This book started out rather slow for me which was a bit of a disappointment after having just came off the excitement of The Whisperers (Book 9). So I stopped-and-started and it made it seem like this book was a whole lot longer than the 13 hours it was suppose to be.
I've listened to audiobooks with two narrators once before and I was happy with Jenna Lamia and David Ledoux in Shiver. But for some reason, in this case it took a lot of getting used to. A lot. And sometimes the two narrators confused me because they seem to sound almost alike except for the "ish" sound that one of them makes when he gets tired. Or it gets more obvious as he reads along. This distinctly diminished my enjoyment of the book. I practically end up reading the paperback with only intermittent bouts of listening to the audiobook. This obviously brought the rating of the book down a bit.
I like the complex plot though. Unlike The Reapers where the plot is straight forward, this book is not. It's twisty and threw me a surprise or two. Layers of plot over plot. Multiple deception and motives. Evil forces coming from every direction. Lots and lots of kudos for a complex story!
This book might have started slow and even have a bit of a slag time in the middle, but by the end of it, I was looking forward to reading further and diving into The Wrath of Angels!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 5 Character development = 5 Story itself = 4.5 Ending = 4 World building = 4.5 Cover art = 4 Pace = (12 hrs and 58 mins listening time) Plot = 5 Narrators = 2.5
I came into this book high from the ending from the last book. There were events there that seem to be escalating towards the paranormal level...moreReview:
I came into this book high from the ending from the last book. There were events there that seem to be escalating towards the paranormal level and I want to know what happens next. Charlie also experienced setbacks and I want to know how he is going to cope with it in this book. Halfway into the book and there was still no Charlie and I started to worry. The book was all about Louis and Angel. But Charlie finally made an appearance and panic is over and I realized it was designed to manipulate the tension building in the story. Fab!! John Connolly must have been firing on all cylinders when he wrote this book because it is just absolutely fantastic! The humour which I loved so much about this series and had been somewhat lacking in the last few books has come back on full throttle! Halfway through the book also, it is obvious that the events and the stars (so to speak) are re-aligning. New alliances forged and lines drawn. This book did not start off slow (maybe in part because I just came off Book 6). The book was interesting from the get go all the way through and picking up speed as it went along, gathering momentum until it blew up in my face in the end. Ahhh... I don't think that came out right... but yes, it was a bang at the end!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 5 Character development = 5 Story itself = 5 Ending = 4 World building = 5 Cover art = 4 Pace = N/A (11 hrs and 36 mins listening time) Plot = 4.5 Narrator = 5
It took a bit of perseverance at the start. The intro salvo of this book is a long prologue worth a chapter and a half of mishmash of unrelate...moreReview:
It took a bit of perseverance at the start. The intro salvo of this book is a long prologue worth a chapter and a half of mishmash of unrelated events which won't make sense until later on in the book. It didn't make real sense so I couldn't get into it despite having read Book 1 and knowing that this author has a compelling voice... slooow start kinda book....
Being a visual reader, book covers play a significant role in my reading habit. I like the audio cover art as opposed to the paperback cover art. If I wasn't already a John Connolly fan, I would never buy the paperback. But even if I haven't read John Connolly yet, the audio cover art would have triggered my book buying radar. It's the mysticism with the gritty crime that draws me in. Just pure crime is not as much fun for me as the mystical crime that the audibook cover art implies. And the story telling quality IS compelling. To lure me into crime is not easy because I am a die-hard fantasy geek, so that tells you just how good the story telling quality must have been to make me a John Connolly fan. This book also reminded me why I am not a crime fiction fan though. I am a wuss, okey! I don't like gory killings. I am an escapist reader. I don't want to know about the state of the world or anything about the human nature. I want to escape reality. So gory murders is not the way to this reader's heart. And yes, this book is a gory crime fiction... But, if the story telling quality is masterful enough, I can be persuaded....
This book also reminded me why I like angsty heroes. Yeah, they are fun with the right story teller. Charlie makes mistakes. Just like the rest of us. But he is not too stupid to live like Sookie Stackhouse. Just human enough for a reader to make a solid connection with. I would rate the character development a 5 out of 5.
At the end of it, I enjoyed this book despite it being a gory crime fiction and would definitely be reading the next Charlie Parker book.
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 5 Character development = 4.5 Story itself = 4 Ending = 4.5 World building = 5 Cover art = 4 Pace = (14 hrs listening time) Plot = 4 Narrator = 4.5
I picked this book up just because I met John Connolly on his book tour when The Wrath of Angels was released and I was impressed of how nice...moreReview:
I picked this book up just because I met John Connolly on his book tour when The Wrath of Angels was released and I was impressed of how nice and down to earth the man is despite the success of his books and the fame. So I decided to try out his work.
There was a chapter which confused me a little where the narration continually swapped from a "Goldilocks" and an "autopsy". I didn't know whether Charlie was dreaming or going mad or thinking aloud. Or was it suppose to direct the readers' thinking in a certain direction?... This book also reminded me why crime fiction is not my genre, because I am not fond of gore stories, which most crime fiction inevitably is, including this one. Although compared to other crime fiction books, Every Dead Thing, may not be as gory in the gore-rating. Still gory enough for me.
The plot is twisty enough to keep you guessing and the world building is masterful! I also appreciate John Connolly's wry humour. A book which makes me laugh would always get lots and lots of kudos and higher rating from me. Add humour to a compelling author's voice and you get a must-read book!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 5 Character development = 5 Story itself = 4 Ending = 4.5 World building = 5 Cover art = 4 Pace = (15 hrs and 45 mins listening time) Plot = 5 Narrator = 4.5
I'm not sure if it is Alexandra Harris' reading style which made me like this book a little less than I think I ought to. Or Anne Bishop's writing style in this particular book which did not translate well into an audiobook. Or a lack in the audiobook director's part in the skills and talent department. Or maybe it's me as a reader, or a combination of factors... Either way, I find Alexandra Harris' narration hard to follow that I bought a printed copy to read-along with the audiobook format. Don't get me wrong, the words are clear and distinct. The quality of her voice is pleasing to the ears. But Alexandra Harris does not give any indication when the scene changes. No pauses. No change in tone nor diction. Nothing. And that confuses me like hell. It is only after a sentence or two when the story lines no longer make sense that I realised that the people talking has changed. That the scene has changed. And I rewind to see if I missed anything. This made the pace slow that eventually I gave up on the audiobook about three quarters into it and proceeded reading the hardback without the audio. So I would not count the narration into rating this book because I did not really finish listening to the audio format. And I don't think I would be listening to Alexandra Harris again.
I've always been Anne Bishop's fan since I read her book, Sebastian. I like this author's voice! The main reason why this book got bought in the first place. Secondly, I like the cover art. I don't know what Anne Bishop did to please the Cover Art Goddess, but she sure was blessed with this book! Another thing I like about this book is the beautiful world building. But then again, this is Anne Bishop we're talking about here. So of course the world building is masterful! This book was slow going for me at the start mainly due to the audiobook but once I decided to abandon the audio this book just whizzed through and the next thing I knew, I was on the last page... And craving Murder of Crows (Book 2)!! March come around already!!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 5 Character development = 4.5 Story itself = 5 Ending = 4.5 World building = 5 Cover art = 5 Pace = 4.5(18hours & 33minutes listening time) Plot = 4.5 (Narration = 2)
I bought this book simply because it got Carol Berg's name on it. I am an old Carol Berg fan and absolutely love her Lighthouse doulogy. I wan...moreReview:
I bought this book simply because it got Carol Berg's name on it. I am an old Carol Berg fan and absolutely love her Lighthouse doulogy. I wanted to enjoy more of that wonderful reading time the likes which the Lighthouse doulogy gave me... thus the purchase of this series... But, I've had this book in my TBR shelves for the longest time. I tried picking it up a few times, however I just couldn't get into the story. After sometime I finally decided to cheat and download the audio version. I wanted to persevere with this book because based on my previous experience with this author, her beginnings are not always smashing. I had to plod through Book 1 of the Lighthouse doulogy before I could enjoy the wonderful reading time of Book 2! So I decided to cheat... listened to the audiobook.
Right off at the start, the king hired a librarian who is also a failed magician with no investigative experience or knowledge, to investigate the magical assassination to his royal person. At the same time the king paired the librarian to a less-than-useless and bumbling pompous jay. It made me think that the king did not really want the root of the magical assassination discovered. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that, that was just one of the many twists of the plot. Once I got into the story I appreciated the unfolding of the plot and the unexpected turns it took! Kudos for the twisty plot! So our hero is a librarian-turned-investigator. He never claimed to be a trained professional so I forgave his ineptness at times, even as it annoyed me. It was after all, in keeping with his character. I am also looking forward to reading further into this series to find out how the dice would roll with the wild card character who is Master Mage Dante would turn out to be... I sincerely hope he would be one of the good guys instead of one of the bad guys... 'coz, it'll break my heart... Another kudos for the character development! All in all, this book was quite a good start for Carol Berg.
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 4 Character development = 4.5 Story itself = 4 Ending = 4 World building = 4 Cover art = 4.5 Pace = N/A (17 hours & 18 minutes) Plot = 4.5 Narrator = 4.5
Book 32 down the line... what can I say about this book which I haven't already said in reviews of previous books in the In...moreAudiobbok/Hardback Review:
Book 32 down the line... what can I say about this book which I haven't already said in reviews of previous books in the In Death saga... this book carried the same good story telling quality which hooked readers around the world to this series. The same gritty murder suspense. Same kick-ass attitude of the main protagonist.... This book also reminds me of another In Death series installment, Interlude In Death. These two books are not the only ones which tackled the dirty cop issues and it's beginning to feel like the theme is getting recycled a lot. It is starting to worry me because it tends to lean towards giving the series a "same old, same old" feel which makes me abandon a series. I like this series, so I sincerely hope that JD Robb would find a way to avoid that "same old, same old" scenario.
And I just gotta share with you the bestest best scene I love in this book... a scene which remained in my head long after I've finished reading the book... of Bella manipulating a kiss out of Dallas... I could just see those big blue eyes laying low a hard-assed cop for a biscuit... is just so so precious!! I think scenes like this, is one of the reasons that got a sucker like me hooked to this series.
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 4.5 Character development = 4.5 Story itself = 4.5 Ending = 4.5 World building = 5 Cover art = 2 Pace = N/A (13 hrs and 14 mins audiobook) Plot = 4.5 Narrator = 4
In this futuristic world, they have holo games so realistic that if you die in the game, you die in reality. Ultra mag!! So the murd...moreAudiobook Review:
In this futuristic world, they have holo games so realistic that if you die in the game, you die in reality. Ultra mag!! So the murder weapon? A game console! Wow!! But how the heck do you arrest a game villain??! A nice twist in a long running series as the In Death series. It stops it feeling like same old, same old. I count that a real feat in a long-running series, indeed! That is the upside. The downside is that I didn't really like the ending. Somehow it was a bit of a downer for me... Oh, the bad guys were caught and the good guys won... it just didn't feel like an "upper" for me...
On another upside, I really like the way Susan Ericksen reads. The way she changes her voice to suit the character. I especially like the gravely voice she affects for Whitney! The filters she uses to indicate that the sound was supposedly generated by a machine as opposed to a human character talking. Real professional! That I wish that a lot of the narrators reads like she does. Or maybe I am just really used to her by now... And like I said in previous books in this series, the In Death books is like wine, it taste better as it matures. It grows on you. And by now I am a well-entrenched fan!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 4.5 Character development = 4.5 Story itself = 4.5 Ending = 4.5 World building = 5 Cover art = 2 Pace = N/A (12 hrs and 23 mins audiobook) Plot = 4.5 Narrator = 5
This book made me cry buckets! Specially towards the end. So make sure you got a box of kleenex handy, just in case. Rob Thurman brought into this bo...more This book made me cry buckets! Specially towards the end. So make sure you got a box of kleenex handy, just in case. Rob Thurman brought into this book the same fantastic story telling quality that I've come to know of her with the Cal Leandros series. And I think, because of that, this book is very fast-paced indeed! Read the book in one day... I got a few nitpicking issues with the reincarnation subject matter but I am willing to let it slide for now for the wonderful reading time that the book gives! I also like the twists in the plot. Things I never saw coming... That was a true bender! And the bestest best thing about this book? You don't see any TSTL (too stupid to live) characters! The plot does not depend on the characters behaving stupidly in order to create a story! And that is a real gem indeed!! I am not having a dig at Charlaine Harris and other authors like her, because she is a wonderful story teller, just appreciative of books that does not have TSTL people in it. This is a stand-alone which I am kinda hoping would have follow-up books because I really like to read more of this world and of Jack! So am keeping my fingers crossed for more books in this series...
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 5 Character development = 5 Story itself = 5 Ending = 4.5 World building = 4 Cover art = 2.5 Pace = 5 Plot = 5