★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Wonderfully narrated by Robert Petkoff. How does this man have so many different male characters in his rep...more★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Wonderfully narrated by Robert Petkoff. How does this man have so many different male characters in his repertoire that are all sooooooo sexy?(less)
Could this be Mercy’s new gold sheep necklace? The original one can be found at www.maxandchloe.com - however, not with the emerald for the sheep’s ey...moreCould this be Mercy’s new gold sheep necklace? The original one can be found at www.maxandchloe.com - however, not with the emerald for the sheep’s eye; I added that. ☺
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Lorelei King delivers her best narration yet in the seventh installment of the Mercy Thompson series. It is like she’s right there with all of us adoring fans of these novels, and is just as enthusiastic to find out what happens next to our little coyote - and her world - as we are. This makes for great pacing in her reading.
There are many returning characters this time around and, therefore, many voices. (As Sara in GoodReads’ Who’s Your Author? group said, it is like a Reunion Special!) Ms. King keeps them all straight and seems to kick them up a notch, too. Werewolves, vamps, ghosts, feys, humans, whatever. Or maybe that is just because the book is so great! I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I love her Italian accent for Stefan (a vampire); it has kind of an “I want to drink your blood…” cadence to it, but Ms. King totally gets away with it.
I’ve also said in the past that Ms. Biggs writing is simple, but that doesn’t really convey her talent. I don’t mean bland, as she is far removed from that boring fare. I mean she doesn’t have a lot of superfluous words in her books. Some authors sound like they are writing with at thesaurus open beside them at all times. She’s all about the story - and she knows how to deliver an excellent one. Plus, she loves to slip in a vital little tidbit of information when you least expect it, so you’d best pay attention.
Ms. Briggs gets her point – and her plot - across in an economically elegant style. For example, when a certain someone apologies:
“Hell must have been experiencing some climate change.”
See? No fluff or $64 words, but you know it is a momentous occasion because of the characters’ history. Still, she does throw in a high-rent word here and there, like at this point:
“You will eat this and go to sleep, so your pronouns get their antecedents back.”
Nevertheless, there is one scene, which had me cracking up:
“Obstreperous, ‘huh,” said Tad. “I see you’ve been using that Big Word of the Day calendar I got you last Christmas.”
“That is irrefragable,” I told him solemnly.
Of course, there is also a lot happening: Eep! The wolf pack has been kidnapped! Is it just political? A consequence of the cliffhanger at the end of Fair Game - third in the Alpha & Omega series? Or something else entirely? There are several nice twists, which put me on the edge of my seat throughout.
Despite the seriousness of the situation, there seems to be more humor in this one, if I’m not mistaken, and it is pitch-perfect, although some of it I’m afraid the younger generation might not get: In the opening chapter? With the car Mercy is driving (her VW Rabbit), Jesse’s question (don’t want to spoil it for you), and the whole “rabbit died” connotation? That was just too, too clever! LOL!
Yes, Ms. Biggs is so smart. I wasn’t a “Team Adam” member when Mercy had a choice between him and another, but we actually get a couple of chapters with his thought-processes; he has completely won me over. He remains his über-alpha male self, leader of his wolf pack; however, we get the added treat of finding out what is going on in his handsome head and earnest heart. It is neat to discover his thoughts on his brave little coyote mate, his deep love for her, his need to protect.
All in all, I can’t recommend this one enough. Mercy is not only a clever, kick-ass heroine; she is brave, loyal, compassionate, and filled with common sense, plus her own brand of magic.
P.S. If you don’t read Urban Fantasy, this is the series with which to start. Before you know it, you’ll be drawn into Ms. Briggs’ world. Do you need to read Alpha & Omega series along with this one? No. But, you’ll have a deeper, more rewarding reading experience, if that one is read, too. Luckily, http://www.hurog.com/* has a neat visual timeline for the reading order of these two wonderful series.
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Gabriel Aubry as Lord St. Vincent; Amy Adams as Evangeline Jenner. [image error][image error] [image error][im...more★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Gabriel Aubry as Lord St. Vincent; Amy Adams as Evangeline Jenner. [image error][image error] [image error][image error]
1. A favorite book, as narrated by Ms. Landor, is ALWAYS kicked up a notch; it is so worth a re-visit via your ears.
2. She does the American accents, for both Daisy and Lillian Bowman, with authenticity and still manages to distinguish them by infusing the fundamental nature of their characters into their voices.
3. Even better, the multitalented Rosalyn Landor’s Scottish accents for the citizens of Evie and Sebastian’s runaway wedding to Gretna Green, a village in the south of Scotland, are PERFECTION.
4. With each flawlessly enunciated word, she brings the essence of Ms. Kleypas’ wonderful characters to life by knowing how to deliver the author’s incredible prose.
5. Whether you’re listening to this while doing your housecleaning chores, traveling, or escaping the stress of Real Life, Ms. Landor lightens your load with the right amount of humorous – yet cynical - inflection in Sebastian’s aristocrat tone.
6. The arrogant tenor of Sebastian’s voice holds just the right balance of self-importance and self-mockery.
7. Thus, bringing one of Victorian London’s notorious scoundrels - and sexiest of rakes - into a new dimensional existence between your ears, to your brain, and on into your heart, making you easily understand how Ms. Kleypas is one of those authors talented enough to pull off turning a villain into a hero.
8. Yet, when scenes have a different tone, such as the slow evolution of Sebastian falling for Evie, or when he is wounded, vulnerable, and at the mercy of her ultimate medical intervention dilemma, Ms. Landor pulls that off brilliantly, too.
9. The sweetness of her voice for the shy, stuttering, but nevertheless spunky, Evie is spot-on.
10. And the BEST reason: she narrates the sigh-worthy love scenes beautifully, causing you to fall in love with Sebastian over and over again. **sigh**
In fact, I cannot give a high enough recommendation for listening to all of The Wallflowers series - as read by Ms. Landor. They are just too wonderful to miss.
I am trying to pace myself by listening to each during the appropriate season; however, I cannot wait for Daisy’s story, which is up next for Spring.
★★★★½ This is vintage Catherine Anderson and I just loved it! It is a reissue, but definitely holds up and remains worth the r...moreA vintage button wreath.
★★★★½ This is vintage Catherine Anderson and I just loved it! It is a reissue, but definitely holds up and remains worth the read – or re-read – as the case may be. I loved the characters, especially the little girl, Miranda. Ms. Anderson knows how to write a big rough and tough hero interacting with a small child. It was also heartwarming to see this gentle-giant of a neighbor, Zachariah McGovern, fall for the ‘little mite’ as well as the abused, skittish, young widow, Kate Blakely.
This author can take a scene that has been done a million times and make it special:
“What are you doing?”
His voice was tight with laughter. “I’ve never been so fascinated with a woman’s buttons in my entire life.”
The plackets of her bodice fell open. “Zachariah, it’s broad daylight.”
“So it is.”
Not impressed? Well, maybe it is the character-building before that that makes me picture the scene so well, and what takes place before this...and that it is a set-up for (view spoiler)[those three little words! (hide spoiler)].
Is it my favorite Catherine Anderson? No. But I’ll still give it ★★★★½ because Ms. Anderson’s best is beyond five stars. Was it perfect? No. Was Zach a little too patient (view spoiler)[I would have hit the bottle sooner (hide spoiler)], and the ending a little too neatly wrapped up? Yes and yes. Or maybe I just need to find a man like him? Doesn’t matter to me. I know I’ll re-read it again just to enjoy the dialogue between the characters and escape back into their world just to experience them falling in love all over again...and the three of them becoming a family.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Picture of the Columbia River Gorge, by Doug Porter [image error]
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) This sixth installment of Mercy Thompson’s...morePicture of the Columbia River Gorge, by Doug Porter [image error]
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) This sixth installment of Mercy Thompson’s series is very well narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King certainly has cemented her voice as Mercy’s in my brain and she delivers nicely for this first person narrative. Love her Italian accent for Stefan (a vampire), who features in the opening scenes of this volume. It has kind of a “I want to drink your blood…” cadence to it, but Ms. King totally gets away with it.
Nevertheless, without giving away spoilers, this one is mainly about Adam and Mercy. We get to peer into a different, sweet, romantically intimate side of their relationship as they get even closer. They end up camping in the Columbia River Gorge area and eventually battling evil; (view spoiler)[ a creature that lurks beneath the water (hide spoiler)]. Mercy also gets some answers about her Native American Indian father she never knew.
This one is a little different; no mechanic’s shop, very little pack interaction. (Thanks goodness Jesse made a phone call to complain to her father about Darryl.) And the pace seemed slower to me, too, though Ms. Briggs always has a nice way of setting future scenes up without me even knowing it. So, it is a given that it must be read, if you’re planning on continuing this wonderful Urban Fantasy series that has a touch more romance this time around.
Anyone who has researched Patricia Briggs knows that she was strongly influenced by magic and fairy tales. This one is loaded with them, most of them Indian legends, and they are pretty neat.
Update July 29, 2013 I got tired of trying to find an alliterated “LL” title or author for a “double decker” challenge; I just fell back on a re-read o...moreUpdate July 29, 2013 I got tired of trying to find an alliterated “LL” title or author for a “double decker” challenge; I just fell back on a re-read of a wonderful book. Just my cuppa tea. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I listened it the first time!
Original read/review June 1-2, 2013
Alex O'Loughlin as Ty
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Young, old, male, female, Suehyla El Attar does a great job delivering the variety of voices in the fourth installation of this series. She also balances Ms. Shalvis’ unique ability to be light and fluffy and still deal with heavy topics.
I had to return to Lucky Harbor for more of these characters, if only to find out the identity of “Mysterious Cute Guy” – and with whom he connects. In fact, I got it as soon as it became available on audible.com
Turns out the MCG is Ty Garrison, Navy Seal. It is the local nurse’s luck to assist him when a freak storm arises and he is injured. And Mallory Quinn, looking to leave her comfort zone behind her for a night, is lucky. Yum.
Ty, coming in from a swim.
Too bad he can’t remember making that date with her for the hospital auction.
Once Ty acts on his attraction to Mallory, he really takes care of her needs, wherever and whenever they happen to arise. As a nurse myself, I appreciate a man who knows how to take care of a woman who gives of herself all day.
A perfect Summer (or is it late Spring?) listen. Definitely a GoodRead. (less)
★★★✩✩ Why don't I read my GRs friends’ reviews first before I purchase? I just love this author, so grabbed a couple from her back-list when they beca...more★★★✩✩ Why don't I read my GRs friends’ reviews first before I purchase? I just love this author, so grabbed a couple from her back-list when they became available on Kindle; alas, this one was too sad for me. Still, the hero is as advertised. (less)
Images of Friday Harbor, Washington. [image error] [image error] ★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Oh! I’m so relieved. I read a couple of negat...moreImages of Friday Harbor, Washington. [image error] [image error] ★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Oh! I’m so relieved. I read a couple of negative and hesitant reviews (although not about the audiobook) of the latest release in Lisa Kleypas’ Friday Harbor series, Crystal Cove. Let me reassure you; I loved this one also.
Tanya Eby returns to narrating this enchanting series and does a nice job. I realize most women can’t do the sexy baritone I hear in my head for all my heroes; nevertheless, there was something I just did not particularly like about her delivery for gaming millionaire Jason Black. It was as if she was pushing the sound too far back in her throat, making it come out almost “doofus-like,” if that makes sense.
I also think, now that my fears are alleviated, I’d enjoy this one much more on a second listen. I did really like Ms. Eby’s voice for the hexed Justine Hoffman, the lovely proprietor of an inn in Friday Harbor, so kudos to her. I kind of shrugged off the southern accents for some of the characters; I thought TB made them sound a bit too ignorant, but I tolerated them.
This one wasn’t my favorite in this wonderful series; however, I did enjoy it. Justine finds out there was a spell cast on her, so that none of her romantic relationships work out. While not as adorable as her partner, Zoe, she is no less deserving of love. Jason is an intriguing male, but he didn’t hold the devastating allure and power that Ms. Kleypas usually provides in her males. There are certainly more than a few scenes in this book that made me smile, and the BDSM scenario that I worried so much about was fine.
This one is more Paranormal Romance than Magical Realism that the previous books in the Friday Harbor series fall into; however, it was light, not heavy-handed, and flowed easily. It was nice to see Ms. Kleypas stretch her writing prowess into this area. I did have one or two little quibbles with plot points, but nothing major. Still, as I said, I should probable read it again to see if I feel differently about it, now that I know all is alright with Mr. Black’s kinky preferences in my version of Romancelandia.
By the Way: There is an Abridged version, that is only 5 hours and 42 minutes instead of the Unabridged version at 8 hours and 52 minutes, which is the one I heard. (less)
Vanessa Huxtable Dew in her green Regency dress, who is decidedly prettier when she smiles. Artist: Gilbert Stuart, circa 1802-1804*
★★★★½...moreVanessa Huxtable Dew in her green Regency dress, who is decidedly prettier when she smiles. Artist: Gilbert Stuart, circa 1802-1804*
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Again, Anne Flosnik does a nice job of narrating in this, the first of the Huxtable Quintet. She doesn’t sound as stilted as she sometimes did in The Prize, by Julia Garwood. Nevertheless, she isn’t great at differentiating the voices, but more than acceptable in her inflection, pacing, cadence, and enunciation. I love this series by the wonderful Ms. Balogh, the Queen of Regency “marriage-of-convenience”; however, I wouldn’t say that Ms. Flosnik elevates this book with her reading; so, ★★★½✩ for narration.
★★★★☆ I love this author, this series, and these characters; however, this one took a bit of denial on my part to bel...moreApothecary Pestle, Civil War era.
★★★★☆ I love this author, this series, and these characters; however, this one took a bit of denial on my part to believe the plausibility of several plotlines. Some good stuff here, but I had to refrain from eye-rolling on occasion.(less)
★★★½✩This is a review of the audiobook. Well narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I had a hard time with the hero, Rafe Bowman. His sensitivity came just a lit...more★★★½✩This is a review of the audiobook. Well narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I had a hard time with the hero, Rafe Bowman. His sensitivity came just a little too late for me; he played the asshat too long. I don’t like the “you want me/I can make you scream with desire” dialogue too much, but when someone is being a conceited asshat while doing it, it makes it even worse. I did like touching base with the Wallflowers. What a good laugh? Check out Lily Bart’s review about how the four Wallflowers compare to the Fab Four (Beatles). (less)
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) It was pure pleasure to return to the first in Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaways series and the wonde...morePooka at Midnight
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) It was pure pleasure to return to the first in Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaways series and the wonderful Rosalyn Landor, the narrator, brought it to life all over again. She does an excellent job of discerning these unforgettable characters’ voices with their multiple accents and distinct personalities. She helped me remember why this quirky family tugged on my heart strings the first time around. You can hear Cam and Amelia discover a tender, lasting love. **sigh** In addition, Ms. Landor coveys the aching emotions of Leo’s grief for his lost first-love. (I had forgotten she was also Amelia & Win’s best friend!) All this happens while the loving Hathaway family tries to settle into their new home and elevated social standing. I delighted in Merripin, Win, Poppy, and Bea and experienced the family bonds with love, tears, upsets, and laughter as if they were my own.
★★★★★ This is a review of the audiobook that was well narrated by Renee Raudman. It took me a little longer than my usual to get used to Ms. Raudman’s...more★★★★★ This is a review of the audiobook that was well narrated by Renee Raudman. It took me a little longer than my usual to get used to Ms. Raudman’s voice and Texas accent, but once I did, I quite enjoyed it. I think what won me over completely was when (view spoiler)[she did Haven’s voice with an injured jaw, still managing to convey emotion (hide spoiler)]. This second book in the Travises series by the fabulous Ms. Kleypas is one that I’ve read before; however, I got even more out of it by listening to someone else tell me the story.(less)