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Rating: (This is a review of the audiobook.) With one exception, I liked Noah Michael Levin
Posted on Robin Owens’ Pinterest board for Heart Mates.
Rating: ★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) With one exception, I liked Noah Michael Levine’s narration. He is a good storyteller, his pacing for the fight scenes are great, and he delivers the humor nicely. However, I didn't like the way he did the hero’s voice. I lay some of that at the feet of the author, not necessarily the narrator. The hero, Rand T’Ash, speaks in an abrupt, gruff, staccato delivery. Kind of like Tarzan saying, “You Jane, me Tarzan.”
T’Ash’ cat familiar, Zanith “Zam” Foxhill, who communicates telepathically, has a similar delivery; but not as deep, and more cartoonish. While I found the cat funny, I didn’t like it in the hero. Though, to play devil’s advocate, it makes sense, since he grew up on the streets, even if he is a Nobel. If I didn’t need the book for a team challenge, I probably wouldn’t have continued. I did get used to it, but it wasn’t until about 3/4ths of the way through! NML does great with the story, the secondary characters, and pretty good with the women’s voices.
I give kudos to the author for an imaginative, futurist world, enchanted with Celtic magic, jewelry, and weapons. Intriguing. She doesn’t spend a lot of time on the world-building or community; indeed, I could have used a bit more. I relied on my knowledge of the Celtic culture to fill-in the gaps.
I did enjoy T’Ash; he’s a complex blend of too-macho testosterone overload verses a tender, lonely, and giving male. He is so looking forward to finding his heart-mate, but hasn’t a clue how to go about courting her when she backs away. (One does not have to accept the Heart Bond.) In fact, his awkward efforts are quite humorous. I really enjoyed how T’Ash helps Danith Mallow, the heroine, find her flair (psychic talent), and I’ll save what it is for your discovery.
While I liked her, Danith’s not my favorite heroine, being a bit wishy-washy. But again, this is due to the continuing series of misunderstandings between the main characters the author implements.
I still haven’t made up my mind if I’ll continue with the series. Right now, I’ve OD’d on Sci-Fi Romances. Though... the next in the series looks good!...more
Rue’s symbolic meaning is regret. It is sometimes called “herb-of-grace” in literary works. Rosemary means “flower” and was draped around the Greek goRue’s symbolic meaning is regret. It is sometimes called “herb-of-grace” in literary works. Rosemary means “flower” and was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea.
Rating: ★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I liked Mary Robinette Kowal’s narration. I didn’t love it, but I liked it. She does the voice for October - AKA “Toby” - the best. Since this is a first person POV, that's a good thing. She sounds like a fairy would sound, light and full of melody. Soft. But determined. That is, how one might sound while still being a strong heroine. Nevertheless, this book, and Toby’s life, is very, very sad, and MRK captured that, too.
I had mixed feelings about this one. The blanket of sadness - or melancholy, if you will - was throughout the story. Toby lost so much, it put a huge lump in my throat, and the story-line doesn't give cause to have that lump ease up. Relentless. Still, the story grabbed me. Also, I liked Toby so much; definitely what made the sadness that happened to her all that harder. It is very well written and, though the pace is slowed at times by a lot of world-building, McGuire’s Faerie realm and characters are so creative and interesting.
This series has been compared to a female Harry Dresden: Toby’s a PI; it’s of the Urban Fantasy genre; Toby’s put through a lot of trials and tribulations; they are both flawed but likable. Yet, I don’t think it is fair to compare. But if I must, this first one certainly doesn’t have the humor in it that Harry’s novels do. And, for me, that delicious humor in The Dresden Files carries me though Harry’s tough times. With Harry, Jim Butcher writes the quintessential UF. For me, anyway. But, while I am waiting for the next installment of Harry, October Daye is pretty nice reading. Her world is more focused on the fae and she’s a bit more successful in her PI career than Harry.
Will I continue with the series? Hmmm... As I’ve said, the world-building is wonderful, as is the heroine. Plus, the mystery is pretty good. I’m thinking the series hasn’t hit it stride yet... so... I willing to give one more book in this series a go. Here’s hoping the next one won’t be so sad....more
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) There are two narrators for this anthology: Alexander Cendese and Lorelei King, who both read wonderfully, and differentiate the characters nicely. I do still prefer Holter Graham's narration of Alpha & Omega, but then, I heard him first. Nevertheless, I love this story so much that I have read and listened to it many, many times... I don't really mind who reads it to me.
I found it hard to get into this book at first. Ms. Briggs gives us little intros into her writings between each story and for the first one she tells us right off it will be depressing, that she wrote it strictly for die-hard fans wanting Bran and Samuel's prequel. True enough, Silver was a downer. Between that, and my company arriving, this one was hard to pick back up. It wasn't until later, with Outtake One, that I recalled (view spoiler)[Ariana and Samuel meet again in Silver Borne(hide spoiler)]. If I were editing, I'd have put Silver a little deeper into the pages. But maybe it works where it does. **shrugs**
My favs? I really enjoyed them all, whether finding out the backstories of some regulars or getting a few new ones, too. Also, we get Adam's POV in Outtake Two. However, I especially liked Elyna in Grey and Kara in A Rose in Winter, who gets help from a fav of mine, Asil. Then there was In Red, with Pearls which was noir-flavored, with a private investigator and everything, featuring Warren.
For fans that hunt down PB's books tenaciously, about half of what you find here will not be new, but can be found in other, previously published anthologies. Still, I missed several and only had one repeat; I was glad to have them all in one place.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've made over half the recipes in this book and each and every one is absolutely delicious. Complete successes. ★★★★★ I've made over half the recipes in this book and each and every one is absolutely delicious. Complete successes. ...more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Hillary Huber does a lovely job of narrating this. Characters' voices are differentiated and done well.
I don't k★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Hillary Huber does a lovely job of narrating this. Characters' voices are differentiated and done well.
I don't know why I keep getting these, as no one appreciates Sophie like I do. It bugs me that her family - especially her mother - doesn't listen to her. And that they all continue to think passive-aggressive, overly-flamboyant, anal-retentive Natasha is wonderful. So glad my family doesn't treat me like that. It absolutely floored me that Natasha reveals in this one that she thinks of Sophie as her best friend. Glad my best friend doesn't treat me like that either! LOL! Still, the action is plentiful, the mystery good, and Ms. Davis makes it all right in the end. Maybe that's why I keep listening to them? Yup. Must be....more
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) In my endeavor to learn Italian, I have been: taking classes on-line; watching Italian TV, movies, and opera; playing Italian word games on my iPhone; reading duel-language books and magazines; visiting my Italian neighbors; sticking post-it notes on items in my house; texting my friends in Italian; converting my recipes and grocery lists to Italian; and generally trying to immerse myself in the language.
Thinking of more music (since I can only listen to opera, as I definitely can't sing it), image my surprise when I found this sweet little CD with songs, poems, rhymes, and very short stories for babies and toddlers. Really, a lovely little jewel. It comes with a downloadable duel-language pamphlet of everything, so you can follow along. Charming.
Del Bambino Prime Parole in Italiano
★★★★★ (Questa è una recensione del audiolibro.) Nel mio tentativo di imparare l’italiano, sono stato: prendendo lezioni on-line; guardare la TV italiana, film, e l’opera; la riproduzione di giochi di parole italiane sul mio iPhone; la lettura di libri e riviste in lingua duello; visitando i miei vicini italiani; attaccare post-it su elementi in casa mia; SMS miei amici in italiano; convertendo le mie ricette e liste della spesa di italiano; e in generale cercando di immergermi nella lingua.
Pensando di più musica (dal momento posso solo ascoltare per l'opera, come io sicuramente non posso cantare), immaginare la sorpresa quando ho scoperto questo piccolo CD dolce con canzoni, poesie, rime, e molto racconti per neonati e bambini. In realtà, un bel piccolo gioiello. Viene fornito con un opuscolo scaricabile in due lingue in modo da poter seguire. Affascinante....more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) So very glad that Ashford McNab is back to reading this series. (They had someone elsSweetest 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.) Whoa. Khristine Hvam continues her narration of this eerie series. She does a wonderful job with this atmospher
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audio book.) Whoa. Khristine Hvam continues her narration of this eerie series. She does a wonderful job with this atmospheric book. Beautifully done. Amanda Stevens’ lyrical words are almost poetic, yet there is some creepy stuff in this installment. Ms. Hvam delivers them with just the right balance of Southern charm, but is still able to deliver on the ominous undertones, bringing the characters to live - or death, where applicable! If this genre isn’t your favorite, but you want to dip your toe in, try starting with the audios in this series.
The story line this round is one of my favs, and I found myself frustrated with so much company arriving on my doorstep. LOL! (Not that I don't love them.) But I was so close to the end when they arrived! The circumstances, ghosts, and the suspects are beyond spooky, they are down right creepy. Eeep! Some of the scenes are AS's scariest thus far.
The legends and folklore of Kroll Cemetery is haunting enough on its own, but Amelia has several puzzles to figure out. (view spoiler)[Not the least of which is her ongoing relationship with the sexy detective, John Devlin, and his family connections to a past that may be in direction opposition to Amelia's abilities. But I think that is coming somewhere in future books. (hide spoiler)]
Ms. Stevens is so good at depicting Amelia as an innocent child and in her recollections of spending time with her father in cemeteries. We get a little bit more about her father each time; however, it is a tease, the mystery destined, hopefully, for a future book.
Of course, there is a connection to her past, and it’s quite good. While I did figure out the villain right away, I didn't get all the grizzly details correct. It was neat to find out why the different ghosts were haunting Amelia. Nevertheless, for all that ghosts and graveyards are about the past, Amelia is also evolving, too. It is always nice when a character grows throughout a series.
I wouldn't exactly call it a cliffhanger ending, as we get resolution on the ultimate mystery... but man-oh-man, I can't wait for the next installment!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more