★★★★★ (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 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.) Whoa. Khristine Hvam continues her narration of this eerie series. She does a wonderful job with this atmo
★★★★★ (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
★★★★★ (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
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, I've never heard this narrator, Alan Smyth, before and I won't be searching him out again. He. Pauses★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, I've never heard this narrator, Alan Smyth, before and I won't be searching him out again. He. Pauses. Way. Too. Often. And the accent didn't sound right. I would have switched to the Kindle to read; however, I decided to speed it up - way up! - as I had a due date to finish it by for a challenge. (Plus, I was driving on holiday.) This helped some, but not enough. Disappointing, as I loved the narrator in the first book in the series, Katherine Kellgren; she was exceptional. And I know Susan Ericksen (who does the In Death series so wonderfully) is doing the next, so I powered through.
Still, I'm enjoying this enchanting series. Roberts does a nice job with the "time travel" or reincarnation aspect - if you can call it either of those. Usually, I don't like long prologues, but with this series you get an update on Sorcha’s three children set in Medieval times, from whom these present-day cousins are descended. They are a delight. In addition, the solidification of the idea that joining of these six friends is what will ultimately win the day is what shines as this series progresses.
This is a "friends to lover" story for Connor and Meara, nicely done. I also like that Conner, who, although he deals with the darkness of the sorcery of Cabhan, is himself cheerful and pleasant. If you're looking for a dark and brooding alpha male, you won't find him here. Nice change of pace, that....more
★★★★ Audiobook has excellent narration, if a bit dramatic at times with the spells. Really enjoyed the book. A perfect March read. Lyrical and descrip★★★★½ Audiobook has excellent narration, if a bit dramatic at times with the spells. Really enjoyed the book. A perfect March read. Lyrical and descriptive; made me wish I was in Ireland. ...more
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Harmony, Texas is a joy to revisit, savor and treasure. I loved listening to Cord McDowell and Nevada Brita★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Harmony, Texas is a joy to revisit, savor and treasure. I loved listening to Cord McDowell and Nevada Britain’s love story, as read by Julia Gibson, who seems to enjoy the return visits as much as I do. It comes across in her soft, steady voice, imbued with gentleness. As perfect for these two opposites as they are for each other.
The relationship of Ronny Logan and Marty Winston is the secondary story here, and there are plenty of tears this go round; however, they were the quite ones, the ones that roll gently down my cheeks. Ms. Gibson updates us on Ms. Thomas’ star-crossed couple with compassion and tenderness. I knew the sadness was coming since the last book, so I assumed I wouldn't cry. Sometimes I’m so naive.
Ms. Thomas has a Master’s degree in Family Studies, and it comes through in the dynamics between her beloved characters, always pulling me into their lives as if they were flesh, blood, and heart. Very real.
We get a bit more of Martha Q in #6 and she always brings a smile. Also, the Biggs brothers, Beau Yates, and Tyler Wright (who has a perfect line, at the perfect time, delivered to the far from perfect Dallas, Ronnie’s mother). Sheriff Alex makes a few short appearances, which is too little of her, but I know I can always reread her story in Somewhere Along The Way, if I want more of her. As much as I’m eager to go on to the next book in the series, past Harmony books are worth visiting again and again, too....more