This is my 3rd attempt at listening to a Joe Gunther book and I still feel the same about the series:AUDIOBOOK; April 11, 2015 Narrator: Tom Taylorson
This is my 3rd attempt at listening to a Joe Gunther book and I still feel the same about the series: low intensity, cozy-mystery feel, no suspense, sleep-inducing.
I enjoy Taylorson's narration and it is he who kept me listening. The writing, however, put me to sleep several times so I don't know how Joe solved the murder or who the killer was! I was like this with the first 2 books which I had bought from Audible as well. I also bought Book 4 & 5 so I guess I will give this series another try....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; 25% DNF; APRIL 19, 2016 Narrator: Scott Brick
Scott Brick was the only reason I made it this far. There was nothing intriguing abouREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; 25% DNF; APRIL 19, 2016 Narrator: Scott Brick
Scott Brick was the only reason I made it this far. There was nothing intriguing about the plot apart from the initial pondering of what happened to Weston's widow and child. While I wanted to know, the way the plot unfolded was so tedious and uninteresting I gave up. I realized, after nearly 3 hours of listening to repetitions of "who killed Weston?" and "where are his widow and kid?", "are they dead?"
It also took them nearly 2 hours before they arrived at the conclusion that it was unlikely for Weston to kill his family, hide their bodies, then go home and kill himself. I started this book with the impression that Koryta was an experienced (and good) writer so I was very surprised by how amateurish this book is. Perhaps this was his first?...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; AUGUST 13, 2015 Narrator: Will Patton
I'm done with this book. This was my 3rd attempt and while I finished it this time, I found tREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; AUGUST 13, 2015 Narrator: Will Patton
I'm done with this book. This was my 3rd attempt and while I finished it this time, I found the story as stagnant and murky in most places as the bayou. All I could get was that Robicheaux found the dead hooker's body in the lake and he's miffed that no one else cares; I know there's cartels and drugs and spooks undercover who, by necessity, have to act the part but I did not get why the cops (read Cletus) act the way they do as if it were normal for law enforcement officials to assault someone because he won't let the cops into the house!
And the rest of the book just went on and on but went nowhere. I found it very hard to find a main arc, to even figure out what the main theme was. Even in the bayou I can't find one main thing - catfish! Yum. But this book? Couldn't follow anything.
Will Patton, the narrator, was bad. He made things worse because there was no differentiation in the characters' voices at all. Everyone sounded the same and I couldn't tell who was speaking. It was very frustrating....more
UPDATE: December 9, 2015 I relistened to this as I have Book 2 waiting on my phone. I liked this much more this time round and while what I said in myUPDATE: December 9, 2015 I relistened to this as I have Book 2 waiting on my phone. I liked this much more this time round and while what I said in my previous review still stands - that I don't know these two MCs beyond the fact that they work together - it didn't bother me anymore.
That said, I still wish the book hadn't started so abruptly. I would have liked knowing more about Miro and Ian's early days in the force, etc. But aside from that, my enjoyment was actually 5 stars.
Oh, and Sam Kage. Every time his name is mentioned, my gut tightens and I am seized by that terrible desire to listen to A Matter of Time again.
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; SEPT 29 Narrator: Tristan James
I ended up enjoying this but for a long time, it was touch and go. I almost abandoned it and would have, if not for James' narration.
Throughout the story I could not shake off my perception that it felt like a fanfic one writes of two characters we already know and love - like Gibbs and Tony from NCIS, or a fanfic of Ty and Zane from Abigail Roux's Cut & Run series! The only problem is that, in the case of AKoTD, I did not know these guys at all. I was just dropped into their lives at this point where the author has decided this is the day they are going to get it on with each other. There is no plot, per se. All it is, is just two guys who've worked together for 3 years and we now get to hear from one of them (Miro's 1st Person POV)
That's all the story is about. All nine hours of it. But once I decided to treat this like a well-written fanfic, and pretend Miro and Ian were TV cops I know and love, I enjoyed it. ...more
REVIEW OF REREAD; MAY 2, 2014: 5 STARS I reread this as I wanted to refresh my memory before I started on the sequel. I liked it even more the second tREVIEW OF REREAD; MAY 2, 2014: 5 STARS I reread this as I wanted to refresh my memory before I started on the sequel. I liked it even more the second time around:) because the banter between Thomas and Cooper is just grin-inducing:D
I started on the sequel, Clarity of Line, today. The third installment is already in my Kindle, waiting. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW NOVEMBER 5, 2013 : 4 STARS I enjoyed this and as I turned off my Kindle, could see why there is a sequel - and why I will be reading it:)
I had a great time going along on the first part of this, hopefully just a two-part story (I do not see the need for a third) mainly because I love the thrill of the chase, that delicious tension that only a first-time encounter can give (that's why I'm not a fan of established relationships).
Everything was right for me in this little romance except two things but they aren't major: 1) I, too, do not understand why Cooper felt the way he did about their relationship; why he could not have known he was special to Tom. Wanting to hear the Three Little Words is one thing. Taking off and hiding away as Cooper did was not commensurate with the way their romance was going. It was rather angst-free, IMO. 2) there were a couple of weird grammatical errors and phrases, either real typos that weren't caught or the author is great at telling a story but not so good at the technicalities of the language. For example, "Watching him come, feeling him in my hand, brought me undone." I'd say, "Watching him come, feeling him in my hand, made me come undone." would be more apt in the context. I can't remember the others but they were the wrong tenses, not the way something was phrased.
3.5 stars. I was enjoying this until the last quarter and started skimming. Then it got more tedious and I skipped to the last chapter just so I'd kno3.5 stars. I was enjoying this until the last quarter and started skimming. Then it got more tedious and I skipped to the last chapter just so I'd know how the trio ends up. Nothing much to say about this except that the ick factor wasn't there for me since from early on we know that Liam and Kel didn't have much of father-son relationship, hardly saw each other and even if the other reviews hadn't already revealed that Kel isn't Liam's biological son, it's pretty obvious. So from the start I already approached the two guys as unrelated to each other. Up to the last few chapters, I was thinking this was one of the few menages that work for me. What spoilt it for me, in the end, was that it dragged on too long and some parts I couldn't figure out who was speaking even though, being 1st person POV, it shouldn't be difficult. But it was. Maybe my formatting was screwed up but even without that, the story started to get really tedious after the halfway mark....more
Since I'd already suspended reality when I started on Book 1, Book 2 was a Disney ride all the way. Maybe not Disney - UniversalYes, Kate. FIVE stars.
Since I'd already suspended reality when I started on Book 1, Book 2 was a Disney ride all the way. Maybe not Disney - Universal? The XXX-rated version? Whatever. I did skim some but not much.
Five freakin' stars because despite the sex marathon, I found Book 2 entertaining, engaging, romantic and left me - for much of the time - feeling all warm and fuzzy. If, that is, you can set aside the almost non-stop fucking, the fact that it's 5 brothers doing each other, aside from Big Brother's monster cock and the fact that after figuring whose dick is in whose ass and who's sucking whom at any one session, Chronic Carnalli Complex and its prequel, Carnalli Complex, is a love story about a not-so-normal family who do love each other the way regular close-knit Italian families do (I'm assuming they're Italian; not sure if it's stated in the book); who somehow survive their twisted desire for each other and the threat of danger, not just from Mitchell Shearer (Big Bro's enemy numero uno) but from Big Bro himself.
Five stars, also, because everything is so over-the-top and yet it all fit for me. Some books, the authors drop in something so out-of-place and unrealistic that it ruins the story. Here, in the whole Carnalli universe, anyway, everything is unrealistic so everything fit and nothing was unbelievable.
I loved Quentin! He was scary and, until towards the end, unpredictable. Every time he was around, I got nervous and every time he took out his dick, I clenched in apprehension and sympathy for poor Alain! For those who've read Vashtan's and Marquesate's Special Forces, comparisons between the cutting of Vadim's back with the knife and the cutting of Quentin's with a scalpel are inevitable. The former, however, ends with love, the latter because of love. Did I mention 'warm and fuzzy'? Quentin kinda becomes that for me...or maybe I'm sicker than I thought.
The only weak spot in this "fantasy" of a story, is Alain. I can't quite see what's so irresistible about him. For the most part, he came across like a teenage girl with a serious case of sex addiction - for her brothers. I just had to accept that his brothers did lust for him with a desire that drove them quite mad (well, Quentin, anyway) because I couldn't see it myself. Ven, I felt good about him. He loved Alain "normally". Meaning, if they weren't brothers and no one else was involved, he and Alain would have made a sweet couple. I found Con sexy - but that's probably cos he's a cop and there's a scene where he stops Ven and Alain on the road and sex-in-uniform results. Cobryn was the least likeable of the brothers for me. But he loved Alain, too, and as long as you love Alain in this book, you end well.
Because of the suspension of belief for the whole premise, I can easily believe in an HEA for this weird-ass family and that's how the book ends, though it also looks like Passhenette left a huge opening for a sequel.
I certainly hope so because...you know what? These Carnallis are damned addictive. I can easily see myself rereading this one day and I'd likely not even skim!...more