Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration took a lot of getting used to. A lot! And it has been a while since the last book. A year, in fact. So I was...moreReview:
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration took a lot of getting used to. A lot! And it has been a while since the last book. A year, in fact. So I was trying to get used to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith all over again. And it took a good part of three quarters of the book before I finally did. And I had to borrow the hardcopy from the library while I was getting used to the narration. But I really do like Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's accent impersonations! They sound very authentic! But the thing I like best about this book is the humour between the pages! Awesome sauce!! My sides hurt!! Plus the plot building is solid and substantial with nice twists. However, having said that, this is probably the book which garnered the lowest rating yet in the whole series. This is mainly because of the ending. It bordered on being a cliffhanger. And I don't like cliffhangers! It left so many threads in the story hanging! And I also like seeing justice done. This is a police story, for goodness sake! A fictional one. So I was expecting the murders to get justice! I was indignant!! But I'm still kinda hoping that it'll get some answers in the next book. But having said that, my interest in this series is seriously waning... I might borrow this book from the library if ever I decide to continue reading this series rather than buying it.
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 4.5 Character development = 4.5 Story itself = 4 Ending = 3 World building = 5 Cover art = 2 Pace = (10 hrs and 17 mins listening time) Plot = 4 Narrator = 4
The book has this insignia or coat of arms in the title page and I presume that this has something to do with the secret fellowship of human wizards...more The book has this insignia or coat of arms in the title page and I presume that this has something to do with the secret fellowship of human wizards in which Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale is now the sole surviving full member and is headquartered at the Folly in Russell Square, London. However, this secret organization was not even named in the book. It was just a "secret fellowship", never mind the symbol being explained. I wonder if this would get explained in book 2... It's loose ends like that which contributed to bringing the entertainment value of this book down a bit. Plus there are little holes in the world building. Don't get me wrong, the overall picture is beautiful! But there are holes in the tapestry which detracted from it's beauty. Despite that, I probably would still read on with this series because I really like the premise. A police Harry Dresden?!! That is just too irristible for the urban fantasy geek in me to resist. Probably why I like the Grimm TV series so much even if some parts of it is not good, if not downright annoying. But this is only Book 1 and I am optimistic and hope that Ben Aaronovitch would get better as he writes along and that the second book would be better... Plus I like the humour with which Ben Aaronovitch writes. A book which makes me laugh or smile would always get brownie points with me!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 3.5 Character development = 4 Story itself = 3.5 Ending = 4 World building = 3.5 Cover art = 1 Pace = (9 hous & 58 minutes listening time) Plot = 4 Narrator = 4 Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5(less)
The last book, The Reapers, was about Angel and Louis. This book is all about Charlie. Here we delve deep...moreReview (paperback & audiobook editions):
The last book, The Reapers, was about Angel and Louis. This book is all about Charlie. Here we delve deeper into Charlie's history and psyche. And we learn what makes him tick and why. It added depth to the series seeing that this series is about Charlie. The character development has always been very good with John Connolly but my appreciation of Connolly's skills has been made even keener with this book's presentation of Charlie. Also new players are revealed and new twists to the over-arc-ing plot of the series is being presented. I like it that more "angels" and "demons" are being brought to the forefront of the story! Dials up the interest factor up several notches! In fact, it was so interesting that this is my favouritest book in the series!! [THE LOVERS: Semjaza & Anmael] The world building was already beautiful to begin with but with this book it suddenly bloomed and morphed into an even more beautiful landscape. Looking forward to reading the next book!!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 5 Character development = 5 Story itself = 5 Ending = 4.5 World building = 5 Cover art = 4.5 Pace = N/A (11 hrs and 50 mins listening time) Plot = 4.5 Narrator = 5
George Guidall (audiobook narrator) has a slurring or "-ish" quality to his words. I find that this is not to my liking. Don't get me wrong, t...moreReview:
George Guidall (audiobook narrator) has a slurring or "-ish" quality to his words. I find that this is not to my liking. Don't get me wrong, the words are clear and distinct, they just have that slurring or "-ish" added sound to it. It took a lot of getting used to which I think contributed to my diminished enjoyment of this book.
I enjoyed the last book, The Black Angel, a lot but I've read neutral to negative reviews about this one so I was kinda dreading going into this book. Maybe it was my dread or maybe the expectation bar were set too high that this book is not a 5 out of 5 for me. Or it could also be due to a bit of confusion I encountered with this book. As in, in book 1 Every Dead Thing, I complained that the author has the tendency to go off tangent and confuse me. Then that feature sort of went away with subsequent books. However it came back with a vengeance in this book! John Connolly introduced a new character about three quarters into the book which left me wondering... "where did that one came from??!"....
The last book was all about the symbolism with human remains, i.e., bones. This book involved symbolism of dolls. Of course both books do involved the paranormal elements of the angels versus demons theme, or what other literary academics call as the "War In Heaven" theme. And it seems that things are moving along quicker now on that front (the paranormal element). Key players are being brought to the forefront and new developments seems to be happening. And me being a fantasy geek more than a crime fiction girl, is hooked and most likely would be reading this series quicker!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 4 Character development = 4 Story itself = 3.5 Ending = 4.5 World building = 4 Cover art = 4 Pace = N/A (14 hrs and 45 mins listening time) Plot = 4 Narrator = 4
I obviously like Johanna Parker so the narrator rating is of course a 5 out of 5. And I think the narration is the...moreAudiobook/Paperback Omnibus Review:
I obviously like Johanna Parker so the narrator rating is of course a 5 out of 5. And I think the narration is the best part of this book. In book 1, Love You To Death, Susannah (the main protagonist) made mistakes but she hadn't been out and out stupid. For somebody who'd survived "mediating" and dealing with all kinds of souls including powerful vengeful ones, for years, she sure does not display an ounce of self preservation. Never mind sense. So Jesse tells her to run because these angry ghosts will kill her and she LAUGHS and dares the ghosts to "bring it on". When said ghosts beats the shit out of her, she whines. WTF! At which point not only do I want the ghosts to beat Susannah to a pulp but kill her as well because not only is she just too stupid to live and survived only by sheer dumb luck, but she was just asking for it! Would I recommend this book/series to anybody? No. The world building and story telling quality are not bad but the heroine is just too unbelievably moronic.
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 3 Character development = 1.5 Story itself = 2.5 Ending = 1.5 World building = 3 Cover art = 2 Pace = N/A (6 hours and 15 mins listening time) Plot = 1.5 Narration = 5