★★★★½ Decided to “re-read” this via my ears, since other GRs friends were doing a “Buddy Read.” I love Harry so much, I couldn’t resist! However, I ca...more★★★★½ Decided to “re-read” this via my ears, since other GRs friends were doing a “Buddy Read.” I love Harry so much, I couldn’t resist! However, I can see why some people say James Marsters’ voice is a little “wet.” I don’t know enough about the technology of the audiobook business, but seems like they could fix that. Some in our group didn’t like his frequent sighing; nevertheless, it didn’t bother me. (Maybe I sigh too much, too? LOL!) But, overall, I liked his narration; he sounded like Harry to me.
My first review of the paperback version is here.(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.) Man-oh-man! I loved Holter Graham’s narration of this novella, the prequel to the Alpha & Omega series...more
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Man-oh-man! I loved Holter Graham’s narration of this novella, the prequel to the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs. He is so good at doing Charles Cornick’s voice; with his discipline, intelligence, protectiveness, and possessiveness all accented in an American Indian intonation. **sigh**
I’ve heard his narration for the other books in this wonderful series, but the prequel had never been recorded before. While the others are good, Mr. Graham’s reading has improved dramatically on this one, especially with his female voices.
I love this story, and I think I’ve read it about three times before this. In fact, this was my first introduction to Ms. Brigg’s world, so I prefer it over the Mercy Thompson series, though the two series intertwine and overlap. I love Charles and Anna together and their story isn’t complete without starting with this introduction before going on to the read of the series; there is magic here. I've seen too many people who have not started with this one and not enjoyed the series as much without it.(less)
★★★½ This is one of those books that I’ll probably re-read in a year or two and LOVE. Right now it has...moreLouisiana Bayou, by artist Bettie Jean Bordelon
★★★½ This is one of those books that I’ll probably re-read in a year or two and LOVE. Right now it hasn’t been fitting my mood, causing me to take forever to read it. Maybe the labyrinthine twists and turns of the Louisiana Bayou are the perfect setting for the Byzantine-like world that is presented in this one, book #2 of The Edge series. I absolutely loved the first, On the Edge, which was a total surprise. I remember trying to pick up all the intricacies of the Edgers’ world and starting over before I was half-way through with pure joy. (I even repeated it a week later by audiobook.) However, in this one, I was just saying to myself, “Come on, already!” with the world building.
I can’t explain why, because I loved the protagonists, tenacious Cerise and socially awkward William, but the first half of this book didn’t grab me, or hook me, or touch me. The good news is it did pick up the second half. I usually like a “road trip” book that pits the hero and heroine against the environment and draws them together. There are certainly tons of things that jump out of the Mire or go bump in the night, but I just sort of check-marked them off with an “okay, they got through that” attitude. (See what I mean about my mood?)
Nevertheless, I’ll continue with the series.
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*Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, with his trademark long black leather duster jacket, blasting rod and staff, and pentacle necklace. Those, alon...more*Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, with his trademark long black leather duster jacket, blasting rod and staff, and pentacle necklace. Those, along with his general disheveled appearance.
★★★★½ I’m in love with a wizard. One cynical, irascible Harry Dresden, resident ‘anti-hero’ of Chicago, Illinois. People tried to tell me how wonderful he was, but I didn’t listen. He story is like reading a fantasy for the new millennium set in 1940’s film noir – but with brilliant moments of lush Technicolor that you can glimpse when the lightning flashes. And lightning flashes often in Storm Front.
Of course, since Harry can be described as almost awkwardly bashful with women, all the sexual motivations that are inherent within film noir come from Bob, a talking ‘spirit of air’ taking up residence in a skull in Harry’s basement lab, and the next best thing to a computer. Which works out well, since electrical gadgetry doesn’t operate smoothly around Harry, him being full of magic and all.
Bob is just one of the many wonderful characters found in this first volume of The Dresden Files. I loved Lieutenant Karrin Murphy, Director of Special Investigations, with her blonde Shirley Temple curls and tough, no-nonsense demeanor, who relies on Harry to inform her about the magical world of the Nevernever.
There are more amazing secondary characters: Toot Toot, the pizza loving faery; Mister, Harry’s enormous grey cat whose father had to be a wildcat or lynx; Mac, the taciturn bartender of McAnally’s; Susan Rodriguez, beautiful reporter for the Chicago Arcane, who flirts with Harry to get a lead on the double murder he’s investigating – or maybe for other reasons; sword wielding Morgan, Warden of the White Council, looking for any sign of Harry’s guilt – past or future; Bianca, madam of the Velvet Room and a vampiress you'll never forget; Gentleman Johnny Marcone, a mob boss who wants to hire Harry not to investigate; and other assorted witnesses, missing-persons, clients, and client-wannabes – all well drawn and fascinating.
Every once in a while you stumble upon an author whose ‘voice’ you just love; the way they write and communicate their vision; where every word is a joy to read. This is the case with me and Mr. Butcher. Something clicked, and I found myself gobbling up the sentences to find out what happened next to Harry. Then I had to go back and read parts of it again, just for the entertainment value.
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ll be honest and say it took me several attempts at this one. After failing three times, I ju...moreAshmole 782?
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ll be honest and say it took me several attempts at this one. After failing three times, I just put the audiobook in the car; I figured there I would be a captive audience. I was really beginning to wonder how this book ever received GoodReads’ Romance of the Year Award. However, I ended up loving it and wanting to go out to do my errands just to listen to the story. Eventually, I had my iPod in my ears while I did my grocery shopping. It is wonderful. Yes, I borrowed the Kindle version from my library to reference certain sections; while there is just one plotline going on, it is complicated.
While the story is spellbinding, Jennifer Ikeda’s fabulous narration is something I didn’t appreciate until the book started introducing so many international characters. Ms. Ikeda does a great job on all the accents: American, English, Indian, Australian, Scottish, French, Italian . . . I lost count of them all in the 24 hours it took for her to read this novel. When there are multiple people from one dialect, she manages to differentiate their voices, which is no small task. Regardless of a character’s mood or tone, she doesn’t slip. She elevates the whole book, IMHO.
I loved Diana and Matthew’s love story! And I loved Diana’s gradual unearthing and acceptance of her heritage after her serendipitous discovery of a palimpsest known as Ashmole 782 among the eleven million rare manuscripts in the Bodleian Library of Oxford University.
Can’t wait for July and the next book in the All Souls Trilogy!
I was trying to decide if I should listen to this one audio or not. Going to the Brick & Mortar Public Library is a pain, now that I've been spoiled by downloadable audiobooks. Plus, I would have to transfer all those CDs (twenty!) to my iPod/Touch. Then Xe sent me the link to this blog review: The Oddiophile. Some people are just so darn clever! LOL! Thanks Xe!
★★★★★ Wow! Adored this book! It grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I am actually reading it for the second time. I mean in a row! Amazing. IA has create...more ★★★★★ Wow! Adored this book! It grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I am actually reading it for the second time. I mean in a row! Amazing. IA has created a captivating world here – well three, actually: The Broken, The Weird, and The Edge – as well as characters that leap off the page and into a delicious plot and back-story. I’ll admit I was confused at first; Urban Fantasy is not my strong suit. However, I have never had this kind of dilemma before: since I wanted some clarification, did I start over at the beginning when I was on Chapter nine and re-read, just pick and choose sections to double check, or continue on because it was getting so delicious? I started completely over and loved every minute of it – picking up nuances about these parallel fantasy worlds and characters’ quirks I loved. Now I’m reading it all over again
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★★★★✩ This is a review of the audiobook, narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King does a wonderful job of reading Native American “Walker”* Mercy’s POV in t...more
★★★★✩ This is a review of the audiobook, narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King does a wonderful job of reading Native American “Walker”* Mercy’s POV in this third installation of the Mercedes Thompson series. She does a nice job on differentiating the voices; but more than that, I can’t help but feel she speaks for Mercy.
Love this series. This was a hard one for me to rate, as I did not like so many things that happened to our headstrong little coyote heroine, Mercy, when she is called upon to repay a favor to the Fae. Yet, they were dealt with a deft and subtle hand. Nevertheless, don’t kid yourself! That won’t make them have any less poignancy on impact.
Ms. Briggs has a gift for telling a story simply, while managing to get a tenacious hold on the reader’s (or listener’s, as the case may be) complex emotions. She imbues her protagonist with compassion, courage, dignity, and a strength that inspires readers. All in all a wonderful storyteller and, though I may step away from the series right now, I know I’ll eventually continue on. Once I get over the shock and anger. (view spoiler)[Yes, actually, I was pissed. Does every urban fantasy I pick up have to have rape in it, eventually? Once I calmed down, I realized how well it was all written. It wasn't until composing this review that I cried. I have every confidence that PB will handle the aftermath as well as she did that horrible incident. (hide spoiler)] Then again, maybe I should jump right into the next adventure to experience more of Mercy’s indomitable spirit. See my rating dilemma?
*A “Walker” is a Native American shapeshifter, who is not influenced by the moon.
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Who knew Barbara Rosenblat had so many funny voices? There is a “Newfie” in...moreEffrijim: AKA Jim [image error]
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Who knew Barbara Rosenblat had so many funny voices? There is a “Newfie” in this book that she anthropomorphizes with a hilarious “woe is me” tone in his voice – oh, excuse me, a Newfoundland, as Jim prefers to be called! This first in the Aisling Grey, Guardian series is a hoot! Ms. Rosenblat sounds completely different than she does in the Amelia Peabody Mysteries.
Still, I enjoyed this book more than I should have and laughed at all the silly set-up scenarios that contribute to all of Abaddon and the Paris Otherworld chasing after Aisling. Of course, maybe this is worth squabbling over: (view spoiler)[ Gold Dragon or. . . “An aquamanile is a form of ewer, usually made of metal, used for the ritual washing of hand by a priest or other liturgical person. They were very common in medieval times.” (hide spoiler)]
I have no idea if Ms. Rosenblat’s French and Hungarian accents are spot-on or not, but I loved listening to them, both male or female. I’ll definitely continue with the series on audiobooks. . . (view spoiler)[if only for more of Jim! LOL! Yes, Drake, the hero, is yummy, but Jim made me laugh. Book #4.5 below is just a short story, featuring him. (hide spoiler)]