A Crack in Everything is the first audiobook in the Susan Callisto mystery series by debut author Angela Gerst. Gerst has created a phenomenal charact...moreA Crack in Everything is the first audiobook in the Susan Callisto mystery series by debut author Angela Gerst. Gerst has created a phenomenal character in Susan.
This audiobook kept me asking "What's really going on?!" as I clung to my iPod waiting on the next twist. The story is captivating and intense and Dav...moreThis audiobook kept me asking "What's really going on?!" as I clung to my iPod waiting on the next twist. The story is captivating and intense and David Carnoy makes a big splash with this debut novel. One thing annoyed me. Way too many times we were taken back and forth between past and present and at points it left me very confused. Thankfully, I was able to figure it out quickly and keep moving with Carnoy's plot twists.
I was extremely impressed with the medical terminology in this novel. Within minutes from starting the book, medical terms and conditions are thrown at you correctly. Correctly is what blew my mind. Normally, you tune into daytime dramas and watch them squirm to try to not only pronounce and correctly use words but to continue their bad acting. Carnoy's use of medical terminology was spot on and for me, made things more real.
I love audiobooks that I can close my eyes and feel like I'm in the story. This was definitely one. I'm not disclosing much about how the story turns out because this is an awesome audiobook and in my opinion, is bound to hit many ears.
Narrator review: Here's where things get kind of ugly... I give props to Mr. Tabori for his extensive career and previous Audie Award, however I won't be picking up any more books that he narrates. He did a great job being clear and crisp with his speaking but it bored me to tears. The first chapters where the worst and made me want to turn off the book and start on something different. I could compare his voice to my grandfather's (God rest his soul) that is soothing and kind, but I didn't think it seemed appropriate for this gripping book. I guess if I need someone to rock my kids to sleep, I could let them listen to Tabori.
For a few years, I’ve been fascinated with paranormal TV shows and movies. Until this, I’d never delved into a paranormal audiobook. First Grave on the Right is Darynda Jones’ first novel that hit a home run in my book. Jones covered all the bases by adding paranormal twists, sultry romance and humor.
This novel, the first in a series, centers around Charlotte “Charley” Davidson who works as a part-time private investigator with her Uncle Bob and against her will and better judgement, a full-time Grim Reaper. She doesn’t wear a cape or carry a scythe, but she does see dead people. Everywhere. For instance, Mr. Wong hangs out in a corner of her apartment and Aunt Lil, a toothless elderly woman wonders around the kitchen and “makes” coffee. Normally, Charley helps the deceased “go into the light” but sometimes things get complicated when they stick around and wear out their welcome.
As the story progresses, we follow Charley as she investigates the death of three lawyers who have came to her for help and she ends up risking her life over and over. Charley is miraculously saved numerous times by “Bad”, an Entity who has followed her since birth and tends to show up when her life is endangered. Then there’s Reyes… a boy she saw beaten by his father when she was younger. It’s really intense to see how the plot thickens and boils together when we learn the truth about Reyes, “Bad” and everyone in between.
This audiobook was recently released on February 1, 2011, a great day being that it was my 28th birthday, so it had to be good, right?! The writing is so clever and Jones has led us into a wonderful series. Charley is interesting, funny and intelligent. I can’t wait for the next novel, Second Grave on the Left to hit the market.
Narrator Review: Lorelei King has a lovely voice and definitely does this book justice. She gives Charley a youthful voice that fits her character beautifully.(less)
A great book for cat lovers! I loved the humor! Nancy gives us some insight into a cat's mind. Makes me wonder what mine are thinking! I would recomme...moreA great book for cat lovers! I loved the humor! Nancy gives us some insight into a cat's mind. Makes me wonder what mine are thinking! I would recommend this for any cat lover, it's an easy read! I read it in one night!!
I received this free as a First Read through Goodreads.(less)
As I started this audiobook, the second in the Night Huntress World series, I had a preconceived notion. Human girl gets mixed up with a vampire and his world, they fight a bunch of crazies and then they fall in love. Was I right? Yes. Was the book still full of surprises? Yes. Was it gripping, intense and romantic? Yes. Did I get so wrapped up in the story I forgot to do my laundry? Yes.
Kira, a private investigator in Chicago, finds herself in the midst of a dirty battle between Master vampire Mencheres and a few ghouls inside of a warehouse. Yes, she should have kept walking but her heart told her she could do more than simply call 911. She does what she knows, and tries to stop the fight and protect Mencheres. The ghouls injured her badly and now the tables were turned, Mencheres had to rescue and heal this brave human.
A brave human that knew nothing about him, his world or what she had walked into that day. Mencheres saved her and later tried to erase her memory of the incident, but it wasn’t that easy. Kira was so strong minded that his green vampire gaze couldn’t break her mental walls.
The twosome spend a week slowly learning about one another and waiting for the effects of Mencheres lifesaving blood to cease. Kira stays in his home after making arrangements to take a short vacation from work and talking to her sickly sister, Tina. She tried not to notice Mencheres’ handsome physique, but of course she couldn’t. What would a vampire book be without an underlying, but growing love story?
The story continues to thrive as Mencheres battles his long-time enemy, Roggey and saves not only Kira, but himself.
I was really happy to see the reappearance of Bones and Cat in this audiobook, even though the narrator had given Bones the most annoying voice. That aside, I love both of their characters. I did wish that Denise and Spade, the lovers from the first Night Huntress World book, had somehow made their way into the story.
Even though I had predicted the overall outcome of the book, I would listen to it again. I love the characters and how Frost brings the story to life. The details were very current, even mentioning Facebook.
One of my few criticisms is the cover artwork for this audiobook. The narrator, Tavia, who I’ll comment more on below, gives Mencheres a deeper, more mature voice with a hint of an accent. I’m cool with that, but not with the young buck pictured on the cover. He’s over 3000 years old and his voice may be suiting, but I think the cover art should match better. Or vice versa.
Narrator Review: Tavia Gilbert was wonderful, once again. I love her voice and how she gives the characters each a distinct voice. I’ll be looking for more of her work, along with the rest of this series.(less)
Thoughts on the story: Boneshaker is a steampunk rollercoaster. It takes you on quite an adventure throug...moreThis review pertains to the audiobook version
Thoughts on the story: Boneshaker is a steampunk rollercoaster. It takes you on quite an adventure through a minefield of “rotters” (zombies), pirates, mad scientists and an assortment of other bad guys and crazies all the while traveling through a poisonous atmosphere tainted with a contagion that will turn you into one of the mindless undead.
My only complaint about the book is that the “rotters” are basically your typical movie zombie but if possible a little dumber. I think the story would have been improved if the zombies were a little more intelligent or if they had developed better hunting strategies. Of course, if the zombies were more efficient killers they may have made it impossible for people to survive in the city for as long as they did..
One small zombie complaint aside, this book was very entertaining. There is peril on every side and you never really know who Zeke and Briar can trust. On top of that there is an underlying mystery that will have you guessing until the very end.
Thoughts on the audio production: This was the first audiobook I’ve listened to that was narrated by Wil Wheaton and only the second book I’ve listened to that was narrated by Kate Reading. (The other being “The Host” by Stephanie Meyer) I felt that both narrators put forth a wonderful performance. I did find myself wishing that the voice of Zeke could have been performed by Wil and the voice of Briar could have been performed by Kate throughout the entire novel. Instead, chapters were broken up between the two narrators. Throughout most of the book this strategy works really well since Briar and Zeke are rarely together. However, at the beginning and the end of the book when the two characters are together it feels a little weird to hear Zeke’s voice narrated by Kate instead of Wil. Other than this one small complaint the overall audio experience was excellent.
Overall: Not knowing what to expect from the genre and the author I found myself excited by both. It is always nice to find a new author to follow and doubly so to find an entire genre. Boneshaker delivered a great experience and I would highly recommend it to fans of the genre.