★★★★★ (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 juAshmole 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!
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★★★★ I love Harry Dresden. I love his duster, his blasting rod and staff, his shield bracelet andHarry Dresden Fan Art ~ by thegryph (Nicole Cardiff)
★★★★½ I love Harry Dresden. I love his duster, his blasting rod and staff, his shield bracelet and force rings, his mother’s silver pentacle amulet, and the way he keeps upgrading these - just like we all do with the technological toys that make our life easier. I love the way he talks about magic, and I love the way he combines elements to create his magic. I know, I should quit gushing and get to the storyline, but he’s just so loveable, even though he’s a cynical, irascible, wizard turned private investigator. This resident ‘anti-hero’ who occasionally works for Lieutenant Karrin Murphy, Director of Special Investigation, Chicago, Illinois, has wormed his way into my heart.
Man-oh-man, does Harry get into trouble in this action-packed case! In Fool Moon Harry starts investigating werewolf-related killings, meeting a young group of them called the Alphas. Alas, he also encounters the FBI. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately? as he appears at some opportune times), because some of the killings are his men or associates, head crime boss “Gentleman” Johnnie Marcone is back. He’s still trying to woo – if you can call it that – Harry into working for him.
Again, I enjoyed Harry’s alchemical potions – which are typically of “one-shot” duration; they are always fun. I love that after making them, Harry puts them in plastic sports bottles. He makes them with the help of Bob, an über intelligent – but lecherous – air spirit inhabiting a human skull in Harry’s sub-basement laboratory.
Bob also tells Harry about the “loup garou.”
“Loup-garou,” Bob said. “Or that was the name Etienne the Enchanter used for them, before he got burned at the stake. The loup-garou are the major monsters, Harry. Someone has cursed them to become a wolflike demon, and usually at the full moon. That someone’s got to be really powerful, too, like a major heavyweight sorcerer or a demon lord or one of the Faerie Queens. When the full moon comes, they transform into a monster, go on a killing spree, and slaughter everything they come across until the moon sets or the sun rises.”
It is always interesting to see which one of the wizard’s numerous contacts from the various groups within the Nevernever Harry is going to use; in this one he contacts Chaunzaggoroth – or “Chauncy” – an untrustworthy demon informant who also gives Harry some tantalizing backstory on Harry’s mother.
I suspected who was doing the killings, but not all of it. However, a surprise for me, and one of the funniest parts, involves Murphy – who is still pissed at Harry from what happened in Storm Front. While Harry’s relationship with Susan Rodriguez, a reporter, is heating up, I am still secretly rooting for something to happen between Harry and Murphy. I got a big kick out of how, (view spoiler)[when she Mirandized Harry, she bitched her complaints at him in-between delivering his legal “rights” we all know by heart (hide spoiler)]. I wanted nothing more than their misunderstanding cleared up, and instead it just gets more muddled; I didn’t think I could find humor in such an upsetting scene, but it was a hilarious high-light.
All in all, an enjoyable read! I strongly recommend this Urban Fantasy series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["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.) Man-oh-man! Susan Duerden does a wonderful job of narrating this one. Her voices are spot-on, especially her despicable Aunt Patricia. Her pacing is good, her male voices are more than acceptable, I liked her accents and inflections, and she sounds interested in the story. (Always a plus!)
Surprisingly, my least favorite voice was Christina’s, the heroine’s, making her sound – I thought at first – a bit too young. While I loved her toddler-Christina declaring, “My Eagle!,” I had to step-back and think about how she does her as a young lady. I didn't realize how much Christina switched dispositions, flying off the handle at Lyon, the hero, or starts crying. However, Christina - at 18 - is young; alas, honestly, Ms. Duerden delivered her multiple moods and tones suitably, too.
Being a big Julie Garwood fan, I just have to re-read one of her Historical Romances every once in a while. I say “re-read” because she has gone on to Contemporary and Romantic Suspense. Luckily, some of her older Historical Romances are coming out on audio now.
The Lion's Lady spans from an Indian encampment in the early American West to the ballrooms of Regency England where Princess Christina finds Lyon, the Marquis of Lyonwood, her destiny and her warrior. There is a lot of humor and fun in this novel à la Garwood, as Christina is a charming fish-out-of-water.
Nevertheless, it is equally a good mystery, with the right amount of suspense for a Historical Romance novel. Each chapter starts with another snippet from Christina’s mother’s journal, which reveals more of why she fled her country while pregnant with Christina.
This is a novel filled with memorable secondary characters. Of course, there is the malicious, machinating Aunt Patrica – a woman I love to hate. Other brilliant secondary characters are Lyon’s best-friend, Rhone, who comes with his own little mystery, and Lyon’s naive – and oblivious – younger sister, Diana, who gushes awkwardly over the newly arrived Princess, and worries over what she’ll do with her grief-stricken mother. I also enjoyed the unsavory cutthroats in Bleak Bryan’s tavern, who become bespelled with the fiercely independent Princess.
Still, if you want to read my favorite scene in the book, look at my review of the paperback edition here. Ms. Duerden does a delicious Elbert, too, which elevates this hilarious scene between perplexed master, Christina’s ancient servant, and Lyon’s young butler, Brown. LOL!
I highly recommend this audiobook. All in all a GoodRead – or listen!
*Crazy Horse was NOT depicted in this novel; however, he was from the Dakota area, which is where Christina was raised. I thought her knife, which played such a major role in the story, could have looked like this one.
From Wiki: Crazy Horse, literally “His-Horse-Is-Crazy” or “His-Horse-Is-Spirited,” was a Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota. He took up arms against the U.S. Federal government to fight against encroachments on the territories and way of life of the Lakota people, including leading a war party to victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876....more
★★★★ Not quite 4 … more like 4... but, really, I couldn't put it down, so I'll up it to 4. I'm doing a "buddy read"Red Converse Gym Shoes - High Tops
★★★★½ Not quite 4½ … more like 4¼... but, really, I couldn't put it down, so I'll up it to 4½. I'm doing a "buddy read" of it and I zoomed ahead of everyone else, even though I read another book in between, trying to slow myself down to keep pace with the others.
I've never read this author before, but she held me enthralled. I arrogantly kept thinking, "Well, I wouldn't have done it that way. Oh, that's a mistake." But her way was the right way, as I loved how she changed my opinion in certain scenes. And kept me guessing. Definitely worked for me.
...Parker, a orphan bear cub who stole both mine and Mia’s heart... ...painting by Marion Rose...
★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Kendall T
...Parker, a orphan bear cub who stole both mine and Mia’s heart... ...painting by Marion Rose...
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Kendall Taylor’s narration is great! Why haven’t I heard anything by her before? She is especially good at the male voices, of which there are a lot. (A lot of grumpy-bear ones, too.) She kicked this story up a notch. This one is fun and Ms. Taylor’s tone is pitch-perfect, her tone spot-on, and her pacing awesome. Not that it is all a barrel of laughs; there are sad - and dark & snarky - things that happen in this book. Nevertheless, KT manages them perfectly.
Speaking of where things have been, why haven’t I ever read anything by Celia Kyle before, either? Loved this book, from the very first sentence. And Parker, the orphan bear cub, immediately crawled into my heart - as well as Mia’s pantry. I understand I’ll get a few more scenes featuring him in future books, which is fine by me. The chemistry between Mia and the lead werebear Ty is fun. You have to pay attention to the Mia’s internal dialogue or you’ll miss some of the best lines. One of my favorites: “He was more gorgeous the more he cooked.”
This is the Grayslake series on GRs, but it is also known as the More than Mated series on Audible.com and elsewhere. The eBooks are currently free on KindleUnlimited. I’ve got them, so I could get all that are currently available on Audible.com for $3.49. Good deal, since none of the three libraries I frequent has ever heard of Ms. Kyle. Hope that changes soon!...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
★★★✩✩ Loved Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells, which I read earlier this year and set me chasing after Magical Realism books. Love the cover on this★★★✩✩ Loved Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells, which I read earlier this year and set me chasing after Magical Realism books. Love the cover on this book too, as blue is my favorite color and I’m a “book-cover-ho”. There were some perfect touches in this book; however, unlike many other GR readers, I was more than ready for the story to end. I was even just lukewarm over Rebecca Lowman’s narration, and I usually enjoy her readings. I smiled over the reason for the bakery’s name; nonetheless, I wasn’t too crazy over Sawyer Anderson, and I usually swoon over a Southern Gentleman, even if he is blond. But there was too much teen-aged angst – past and present – that all gets tied up in a nice bow in the end. Not that I don’t love a HEA ending. Still, I found myself shaking my head instead of smiling....more
★★★★☆ I liked this one quite a bit, but maybe that is because I’ve always wanted to own a tea shop. And live in a small town. Or perhaps[image error]
★★★★☆ I liked this one quite a bit, but maybe that is because I’ve always wanted to own a tea shop. And live in a small town. Or perhaps I rated this higher than other readers because I didn’t buy it but borrowed it from the library. I also like a little romance with my mystery, so this was just my cuppa tea (forgive the pun). Told in the first person POV, divorcée Emerald, and her two children, are likable characters. (Perchance too likeable for some?) So are her friends. There are a few neat twists.
My library has the rest in the series, though I’ll have to order them though inter-library transfers well in advance to fit the “Y” from the author’s first name into any challenges. I’ll still continue to read them; they are worth driving to the library to pick them up, even with the price of gas.
★★★✩✩ Not a lot of depth to these characters, but I liked it enough to continue with the series. (view spoiler)[ It lost a star b/c they killed off o★★★✩✩ Not a lot of depth to these characters, but I liked it enough to continue with the series. (view spoiler)[ It lost a ½ star b/c they killed off one of the dogs. **sigh** (hide spoiler)] Pretty good narration by Julie Briskman on the audiobook....more