★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) So very glad that Ashford McNab is back to reading this series. (They had someoneSweetest Scoundrel stepback
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) So very glad that Ashford McNab is back to reading this series. (They had someone else do a few occasionally, and one was a disaster!) This book has fully developed characters from different class echelons, expressing a wide range of emotions, and she handles them all wonderfully. Her vocal differentiation of characters brings them all alive. And the love scenes? **LK fans self over the carriage scene** She gives these earthy sizzlers the narration they deserve.
Eve Dinwoody and Asa Makepeace are a devilishly wonderful, flawed couple. Talk about opposites attracting! Whoa. I’m pleased that Eve is a bastard daughter of a Duke, as these persons are often overlooked in Historical Romances. She’s plain, shy, and lives a quite life, but is by no means a push-over. And - finally, finally - we get Ash’s story! Masculine, loud, brash, foul mouthed, overwhelmingly virile, and extremely focused on rebuilding Harte’s Foley, his preeminent pleasure garden in London. He turns his attentions on Eve, to grovel (after first being rude) when she threatens to cut her brother’s purse strings, only to eventually see her inner allure, help her overcome her fears, and inevitably fall in love.
I adore the way Ms. Hoyt writes her Maiden Lane series. Not a lot of HRs are set in the Georgian era, but her setting comes alive in these books. This was a time of harsh social unrest, from which this author hasn’t shied away. However, with Ash’s rebuilding of his gardens, we now get to see the beauty of this period. I also delight in her always making me have to look up the definition of a word or two, but by contrast, not having me stumble over these words; they just flow. Love, Henry, the dog in the story, too. But most of all, I love the way there is no doubt of a HEA for these two deserving characters....more
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audio book.) What can I say about hearing one of my favorite installments of Kresley Cole’s wonderful Immortals After D
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audio book.) What can I say about hearing one of my favorite installments of Kresley Cole’s wonderful Immortals After Dark series brought to life on audio book? Terrific? Wonderful? Awesome?
They all seem woefully inadequate.
I’ve read this book several times, and I loved listening to it. Robert Petkoff continues his breathtaking narration, kicking it up a notch this time to tell us of Néomi Laress and Conrad Wroth’s love story. His voice is dreamy and he does the international cast of characters wonderfully, maintaining differentiation. His French Quarter accent for Néomi and Estonian accent for Conrad are great...nevertheless, I loved his Nïx the best! She, the “Ever-Knowing” soothsayer, is perplexed in this one and Mr. Petkoff has her inflection – with just the right touch of arrogant attitude thrown in – down perfect.
At the beginning one is inclined to wonder how Ms. Cole will ever get these two together. Néomi is not just a former femme fatale and burlesque dancer who rose above her roots to become a prima ballerina of the jazz era, she is a ghost! Worse yet, Conrad is not just a vampire, but one of the “Fallen vampires” and a master assassin. …Oh…and his is just on the edge of insane.
Talk about obstacles!
Not to mention, Conrad’s brothers have imprisoned him in Elancourt, Néomi’s abandoned New Orleans manor, in order to rid him of his insanity and bloodlust. They can’t see Néomi, so they believe he is not improving, but really losing it.
Still, despite the rage and madness, Conrad, the youngest of the Wroth brothers, manages to come across on the pages as… ** whew…fans self**…H.O.T.! I had forgotten how overpowering, demanding, possessive, and relentless he is in his desire for Néomi. I'm not as much of an alpha-hero lover as some of my GoodReads friends, but this one definitely works for me. The love scenes are sizzling. Yet so much of it is – at least in the beginning – cerebral.
I don’t want to give the whole story away; however, there are parts of this account that are just plain poignant. Ms. Cole has taken traditional things that we know about and written a wonderful Paranormal-Romance that is truly original. All the while continuing to interweave other characters’ story-lines without the reader getting frustrated by too little or too much information. Fabulous!...more
In truth, I fell into the category of one of those devoted readers who said a big “WTH?!” in the middle o★★★★½ James Marsters’ narration was fantastic!
In truth, I fell into the category of one of those devoted readers who said a big “WTH?!” in the middle of this story. The whole thing threw me for a loop and I thought Butcher had gone off the deep end. Way, way off. Like, into the swampland around the loony-bin. Seriously, man?
However, I took a break and then I re-read the story (or should I say I redid my combo of “listening & reading,” even though it isn’t available in Whispersync, yet) and I had to marvel at his **coughevilcough** genius and raise my rating. (view spoiler)[Even if he left Thomas out of all the “fun” of the heist. (hide spoiler)]
There is a great story here, and JB’s writing is excellent, as is his world – as usual. He brought back a villain who I didn’t think was possible to loath more than I did previously. He answered some questions, made me worried about the direction he is taking with a couple of the characters, and devilishly left me pondering a whole new set of questions and qualms. Butcher made me gasp more than once and was cruel at times – to Harry & me! – and had me yelling the word out loud to him over one scene in particular.
But most of all, he gave me a lot of surprises and left me with a strong desire to find out what happens next.
Thanks to the ladies of our “buddy read” in RlftCI who came up with Discussion Questions and Answers to make me think: ShoSho, Joann, Lauren, & Gisela! As in the past, you all made it more enjoyable....more
★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ve never read a book by M.M. Kaye, but I’m doing a “Lifetime in Books” challenge as well as a “Double-Deck ★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ve never read a book by M.M. Kaye, but I’m doing a “Lifetime in Books” challenge as well as a “Double-Decker” (double letters in title, etc.) challenge and wanted to kill two birds with the same stone before the end of the year. The results of my searches have been hit or miss. This one, luckily, was a home run. Not out of the ballpark, but very well played.
I’ve not heard Bahni Turpin narrate before, nor am I familiar with her acting on the large or small screen. Nevertheless, I thought she elevated this story, kicking it up at least a half a star or more. Great voice differentiation, deliver of international accents from a large cast of characters, and inflection for characters’ tones and moods.
While dated, especially as far as male chauvinism goes, I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Great sense of time and place, with a nice little mystery that kept me guessing, but didn’t make me feel too stupid as I started catching on near the end....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 rep★★★★★ (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?...more
★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) You know a narrator is good when a secondary character starts speaking and you know who it is right away, wi★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) You know a narrator is good when a secondary character starts speaking and you know who it is right away, without other clues. Pilar Witherspoon gives such a performance in this wonderful, sweet romance. Her enunciation, pace, and tones are all perfect for every character. I’ll definitely look for more of her readings.
What a lovely romance. It is certainly “one-foot-on-the-floor” – but still, there is plenty of heat between the hero and heroine. And there’s plenty of action in the storyline. I loved Travis and Meredith’s love story. Both characters come alive in Karen Witemeyer’s book. While I’ve certainly noticed her books before, due to the lovely covers, I’ve never read anything by her. That’s about to change; I definitely will be reading more of her work. Also, the religious aspect of the book is not shoved down your throat, but done in a heartwarming, realistic way for time, place, and situation. ...more
★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Usually I groan when I know that an author is going to read their book; however, Neil Gaiman is the wonderfu★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Usually I groan when I know that an author is going to read their book; however, Neil Gaiman is the wonderful exception to prior writers. He brings this book to life and adds a depth I only wish all authors could produce.
I did this as a “read and watch buddy read” and the book is definitely better. (Though, surprisingly, some liked the movie more. **shrugs**) While I did enjoy the movie, with all the colors, setting, and music, there were some changes, probably for mass-market appeal. Plus, the book is a bit scarier. Coraline is not quite so whiney or pouty in the book, too. I don’t know why them made her American instead of English, as written, unless it was that Dakota Fanning (voice of Coraline in the animated movie) couldn’t do an English accent.
This was my first introduction to Neil Gaiman and it won’t be my last book by this talented and imaginative author. ...more
"California Poppy Field," by Granville Redmond circa 1926.
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Story = ★★★☆☆ Narrator’s Performance = ★★★★☆ Overall = ★★"California Poppy Field," by Granville Redmond circa 1926.
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Story = ★★★☆☆ Narrator’s Performance = ★★★★☆ Overall = ★★★½☆
I enjoyed Therese Plummer’s narration of the first in Robyn Carr’s Grace Valley Trilogy. She differentiates the characters nicely, her pacing is good, and you can tell she has some fun in spots with her tone and inflection.
Nevertheless, this book is billed as a “romance” and it doesn’t quite live up to that claim. I’m not talking about the “one foot on the floor” love scenes. (That didn’t disappoint me at all.) I mean the amount of time devoted to the romance between the heroine and hero. This is June Hudson’s story; her daily life and dedication to Grace Valley and its inhabitants; the sound of her “ticking biological clock” in the background. The hero seemed to be almost a footnote. While I liked their “meet cute” and the idea of how to handle their budding romance, (view spoiler)[considering his occupation, (hide spoiler)] I was less than impressed with the amount of time they spent together.
Miss Carr is great at sucking me into her story-lines with her variety of believable characters - both good and bad - and sub-plots within a small community. However, these didn’t pull me in like the Virgin River books have done. While Miss Carr seems to focus on one main issue in her books, here there was a little too much domestic violence and poverty for me. Though I don’t expect my protagonist to be perfect, I didn’t feel like the good doctor, nor the sheriff, showed the kind of judgement I expected of them.
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