★★★★★ Wow! How does this series just keep getting better and better? I usually listen to the audio, because Susan Ericksen does such an exceptional jo...more★★★★★ Wow! How does this series just keep getting better and better? I usually listen to the audio, because Susan Ericksen does such an exceptional job with the narration, but I found myself “stranded” with only the paperback in hand.
So many memorable scenes with wonderfully developed characters in this one, even the cat, Galahad. (less)
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Very nicely narrated by Charlotte Kane. My first SL book and, while I found the dialogue raunchy at times,...more★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Very nicely narrated by Charlotte Kane. My first SL book and, while I found the dialogue raunchy at times, I was alright with it. And I got the humor, too, although I could see it wouldn't be everyone's cuppa tea.(less)
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Oh, my! Sebastian York is just yummy as the narrator in this hilarious romance. He has a deep, raspy voice...more
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Oh, my! Sebastian York is just yummy as the narrator in this hilarious romance. He has a deep, raspy voice that conveys Drew’s masculine tale of woe. From the moment he starts his story, it is as if you’re there with him, in his high-rise New York apartment, at the side of his “sick bed,” listening to his tale of how tangled his life is now. And you want to hear more and more - as well as jump in there with him. For, you know, hmmm... for comfort.
Emma Chase has written a wonderful book that opens a magic window into the male psyche, with all its crudeness, snarky comments, and matter-of-fact (constant) thoughts of sex - and I can’t imagine anyone better able to deliver Drew’s male Point of View about falling in love for the first time. His pitch, tone, pacing, and articulation were perfect.
Be warned. Did I almost set it aside due to some of Drew’s rawness? Yes. Still, I had to keep listening to that voice. Mr. York definitely kicked this one up a notch.
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Ari Fliakos does a delightful job in narrating this quirky – or should I say QWERTY – mystery just perfect...more
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Ari Fliakos does a delightful job in narrating this quirky – or should I say QWERTY – mystery just perfect for booklovers, puzzle aficionados, computer nerds, and game geeks, a like. A little something for everyone. He does a great job convincing me he is the “everyman” for the new millennium, Clay Jannon, putting him on my prospective Top Ten Narrators I Discovered in 2013 list.
Clay is a young man in the near future who is riding the razor’s edge of eBooks verses the dead tree version of ancient tomes and other reading material. Oh, and audiobooks. ☺ Mr. Fliakos does an excellent job on the voices for the rest of the amazing characters appearing in this novel; from Clay’s boss, Mr. Penumbra; to his best friend, Neel; to the ominous Corvina; and even the clever female, Kat. He gives us wonderful pacing, enunciation, and nuances. I’ll be checking out more of his readings.
Not to worry, it’s not too deep. This is an enjoyable mystery that had me hooked long before the oxymoron “festina lente” or any mention of a mysterious codex vitae makes an appearance. It was a lot of fun to do as a “buddy read’ – though Real Life and other commitments caused me to fall behind – and everyone had a theory of what is happening or going to happen next. I don’t know why some felt this was a great big ad for Google; I thought it had a lot of ‘tongue-in-cheek’ moments.
I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I’ll certainly check him out again.(less)
Philae Island, Egypt, where the Temple of Isis is located. [image error] ★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I was surprised to read some people...morePhilae Island, Egypt, where the Temple of Isis is located. [image error] ★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I was surprised to read some people didn't like the narrator, Renée Raudman, as I thought she did a nice job. Although, I have only listened to the second book by another reader, not both, so that might have something to do with it. (Sometimes we audiobook aficionados get attached to a narrator doing a certain series.)
Ms. Raudman has a gravely, raspy voice that I thought went well with this story. Sort of like she’s speaking following a shot of whiskey on the rocks, after inhaling a bit of smoke in the air. She does get a little "breathy" at times, but for me, that lent an ambiance that fit the story-line.
In this third installment of Larissa Ione’s intriguing Demonica series Wraith has been poisoned by an assassin. In order to heal himself, he needs to find a Marked Sentinel named Serena Kelley, a human virgin who is charmed keeper of a certain necklace that protects her. The thing is, other than him swearing off humans, he’s got to make her give up her virginity, too; but in doing so, she will die.
As callous as this makes him, he has to consider the fate of others. Since he and his brothers have poured their blood, sweat, and tears into Underworld General Hospital, they are strongly tied into the place. Consequently, his health affects the building and its staff. So, he is off to Egypt to seduce Serena. I just love that setting for a romantic adventure, and there is plenty of action in this story.
I liked the world building and will certainly go on with the series that branch off from this one. The characters have a bit more layering this time around. Ms. Ione has a very creative imagination. I wondered if she had painted Wraith into a corner this time, but she manage to have him win me over surprisingly early, considering I didn't like him much in the first two books. Kudos!
P.S. The author has promised a much needed Glossary of Terms on her website, which would be a great help to audiobook listeners. Alas, as of this date it is not there.
Update: March 23, 2013
Woohoo! I got a very nice post from the author, Ms. Larissa Ione. She directed me to the the glossary on her website:
Just wanted to give you the link to the glossary of terms. It's actually the Demonica Compendium and is listed under "Free Reads" on my website. I'll see if I can add something on the site that makes it clearer! http://larissaione.com/blog/books/#fr...
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Well, I waited awhile to pick up the second in the Guild Hunter series and now I remember all...more[image error]
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Well, I waited awhile to pick up the second in the Guild Hunter series and now I remember all the reasons why I did. Ms. Singh has created a brutal world of angels, filled with a little too much blood, violence and cruelty for my tastes. Still, this author is original in her world-building, writes amazing secondary characters, and is talented in her plot twists. Her take on Angels and Vampires is fascinating. I couldn’t help myself; I loved it.
My life is crazy right now and I am extremely thankful for my iPod; it is the only way I’m getting any “reading” done (not to mention keeping me sane!). This one is read by Justine Eyre, who I would say is an acquired taste. I don’t know how to describe her voice other than to say it is ‘different.’ But I would definitely recommend you give her a try. This is the second book I’ve heard her read, and she has certainly grown on me.
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There is a lot going on from the ‘get-go’ in this installment: an invitation to a ball in the Forbidden City; a pendant imprinted with the archangel Lijuan’s seal; the mysterious death of a vampire; talk of an angel war; Elena learning how to continue to kick-ass with her newly acquired (black!) angel wings; Michaela apparently developing a soft spot for children because she lost on; a flood of childhood memories for Elena; Elena wanting to go back to work for the Guild; political intrigue and rules among supernatural tyrants; devolution of angels; not to mention a whole hell of a lot of Guild daggers floating around!
Then there’s Raphael afraid of becoming cruel, emotionless, and power thirsty? Hmm… I thought he already was? I mean, I’ve always been “iffy” about his “good guy” status since the Guild Hunter prequel, Angels' Pawn. He certainly falls into the ‘Dangerous Heroes’ category; he might even be their leader. Nevertheless, through it all, I do believe he cares for Elena. Is it a romance? Well, more like an Urban Fantasy Adventure Dark Romance. Notice the ‘Romance’ comes last.
★★★½☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Hmmm. I’m not sure how I like the narration on this novel. At times Sawyer Allerde, a self-proclaimed “narrator specializing in Gay Fiction,” showed his narrating ability, at others, not so much. (I think I’m getting really spoiled by some of the excellent narrators out there.) While he did varying voices for other characters, I thought Zane and Ty’s voices were quite similar.
Not that I confused them, but I think that was due more to the writing chops of the two authors. In addition, his falsetto voices for the women – fortunately few and far between – were abysmal. He gets a little monotone at some points and I actually fell asleep listening once, something I rarely do. I guess when a character got pissed, I wanted Mr. Allerde to sound more pissed than he was, especially when the situation warranted it. If a character yells, I wanted him to yell.
Interestingly, I do think he did a good job infusing the sound of humor into both men’s voices, and still made their tones sound distinctly different from one another, something I consider tricky to do. I don’t think he elevates the story through-out, but I’d be willing to give him another chance. A good thing, too, because I already bought the second in this series.
I liked this story – the first in the Cut & Run series by authors Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban – of two FBI agents on the trail of a serial killer, but I didn’t love it. Maybe it was hyped too much for me. I guessed who the killer was early on; regardless, I can say parts of the book were still exciting for me. This is yet another sign of the excellent writing present.
Though some of the issues pushed some of my personal buttons, I did like the relationship build between Zane and Ty; the set-up, the tenderness, the realism, the interaction, the dialogue, the dilemma. Not that I know, but I felt that this was a true relationship that two professional men working together would have – affectionate moments, differences of opinion, and all. It was conceivable that these two opposites – well written, distinct, complex personalities – would be attracted to one another. I just wanted them to be smarted than me.
The end was nicely done, as it wasn’t a cliffhanger, but left me wanting to go on with the series, to find out more about these characters.
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★★★★★ & a W.O.W! (This is a review of the audiobook.) I feel like a parrot, because I keep saying this, but t...moreThirty pieces of silver.
★★★★★ & a W.O.W! (This is a review of the audiobook.) I feel like a parrot, because I keep saying this, but this series just keeps getting better and better. This is certainly due, in large part, to Susan Ericksen’s excellent narration. She knows these characters so well and is so versatile with the voices. Love the rugged, poetic Irish lilt of Roarke’s voice; the friendly airiness of Mavis’s; the professional, dependable, but decidedly sassy Detective Delia Peabody’s; and the insightful, intelligence, serene, upper class New England accent of Dr. Charlotte Mira’s.
Still, I have to give Ms. Robb (AKA Nora Roberts) major kudos. It is hard to maintain a series and keep it fresh and interesting – and have the two main characters married! Each book contains a well-developed mystery, plus continues with an evolution of her passionate, powerful protagonists and her amazing secondary characters. It is fun to get to know them all, and neat to see they do something totally in character – yet somehow surprising! It takes a deft hand to do that.
In this one, she concentrates on the relationship between Roarke and Eve and all I can say is “O.M.G!” repeatedly. Ms. Robb pushes the envelope, takes them to a new level, and makes it work – all while entwining them in a compelling mystery that is the catalyst of their evolution. In Death series in correct reading order. *