SOA Listening Challenge 2011- Give a narrator a second chance. Susan Ericksen. I didn't care for her narration of High Noon, but she gets great reviewSOA Listening Challenge 2011- Give a narrator a second chance. Susan Ericksen. I didn't care for her narration of High Noon, but she gets great reviews for the In Death series.
SFR Reading Challenge 2011
I can now understand all the excitement over Susan Erisksen's narration of JD Robb's In Death series. For as much as Ericksen's reading of High Noon frustrated me, her reading of Naked in Death pleased me. In High Noon Ericksen tended to pitch her voice up at the end of sentences in dialogs, making all the characters sound like teenagers. (High Noon is one of my favorite Nora Roberts' books.) Not only didn't she do that here, but she also has great accents for several of the primary ad secondary characters.
This book has a great plot, wonderful characters, and solid writing by Robb, aka Nora Roberts. Ericksen's excellent narration rounds this out to a guaranteed winner in audio, as well as print. I already have book 2 of the In Death series on audio, and plan to listen soon.
I just finished reading Phenomenal Girl 5 by A. J. Menden, and it is the most fun I've had reading a book in a long time. It's a relatively short4.5*
I just finished reading Phenomenal Girl 5 by A. J. Menden, and it is the most fun I've had reading a book in a long time. It's a relatively short (300 pages), easy read. The pacing of the story is top-notch, the dialog believable, the characters well-drawn and interesting, and the world-building fun and fresh, even though it's not a totally original concept. The author mixed action with humor and romance and balanced it all extremely well. ...more
4* for the first half of the book, 2* for the second half. I'll lead off by saying I usually love the way Deidre Knight writes. Her first two Midnight4* for the first half of the book, 2* for the second half. I'll lead off by saying I usually love the way Deidre Knight writes. Her first two Midnight Warriors books have been some of my favorite sci-fi romance, rating close to Linnea Sinclair's works. Butterfly Tattoo, a contemporary book of Ms. Knight's, is one of the most powerful and beautifully written books I've come across in the past few years. That said, I am left wondering who actually wrote the last half of this book, Parallel Seduction. The overall premise is good, and Ms. Knight weaves a complex and interesting story throughout the book. (Her complex, multi-tiered plots are one of her strong points). Her characterizations, however, were sorely lacking in this novel. Hope was 2-dimensional, sounding more like the image of what a budding adolescent writer may think a feisty heroine should be. Hope recited stupid lines and stuck her stubborn little chin up a few too many times to be tolerated. In one scene she actually tells the "bad guy" (yes, they are actually called the "bad guys" in the book) that she's never let anything intimidate her all her life, not her diabetes, her short stature, yada, yada. Shes at the mercy of a madman, but we're suppose to be impressed with her impassioned speech? Are we really suppose to think she's not intimidated? The scene gets more melodrama as we are told Scott has never loved her more than at this moment. Hmmm. Hope's lines, and actions, never seemed to quite fit throughout the book.
Then there is the big "bad guy," Veckus. He's cardboard and feels like the product of an amateur writer. The dialog and scenes in the warehouse are poorly done. Finally, the explanations for both the virus that infected the Antousains and the reasons for Scott's attraction to human women were weak and unsatisfying.
I did enjoy getting to see Jared and Kelsey again, and even the relatively brief look at Thea and Marco. And, since I previously enjoyed all the books I'd read by Deidre Knight, I will consider the weak spots in this one an aberration, and will definitely pick up the next in the series, Parallel Desire.
Last note: These books aren't going to make sense if they aren't read in order. ...more