Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....
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I shall start by saying that Amanda Ronconi is most likely responsible for the 'awesomeness' of this audio version but that said, the story is great. I enjoyed it immensely and have no desire to post any spoilers but feel it only fair to say that fans of Molly Harper's Jane Jameson or Nicole Peeler's Jane True are most likely going to enjoy these books.
There is humour, intrigue and romance with a paranormal edge that just makes everything so much more enjoyable.
I think this story would suit a much younger listener, late teens early twenties.
The style of writing was not for me but I think the Twilight generation would enjoy it
A middle aged woman who hates running & uses audio books to drown out her mind screaming for mercy.
Strange story. Not light or fun but well worth listening to. Not a typical witch read & it is quite hard to like the main character (always a plus for me). Didn't have me rushing out to buy the next but I have a character flaw that I like 'nice endings'. Will I listen to the others...yes but this is a have to be in the mood book.
"Tall, Dark, Dead & Poorly Edited"
This book has inspired me to write my first review. I have listened to 100s of book on audible and frequently let the reviews guide my purchase but have never been moved to review a book before. I bought this book because the storyline seemed like fun and the narrator, Ms. Ronconi, is my favorite narrator. She does an excellent job, as usual, giving each character their own unique voice. The story itself was sweet, funny, romantic and entertained me from start to finish. It reminded me very much of Molly Harper's novels, also narrated by Ms. Ronconi. At this point I will try to explain why this book only received a 2 star rating. The editing was awful. The first hour or two was seamless but after that everything went south. Phrases were overlapped on top of each other, spacing between words would lag way, way too long. Everything would be fine for a minute or two and then the issues would start again. I was able to decipher the sentence structure but it was unbelievably frustrating and very distracting. The errors were so noticeable that I believe nobody gave the final product even a cursory listen. If I were the author I would be very disappointed and embarrassed that this was the final result.
I have to admit though I enjoyed the story and narration enough that I plan on downloading at least the next book in the series.
I would recommend the authur and the story, but not the audible version. There are an overwhelming number of instances of POOR editing. So many that it distracts from the overall experience of this book. But I do enjoy Amanda Ronconi and look for books she has narrated. .
"Book has glitches"
I enjoyed the book and the narration was great. The only problem was that in several places throughout the book there were technical glitches where words overlapped or were just garbled completely.
I will continue with the series. Hopefully the next books won't have issues.
"Audio editing is a joke"
This editing is the WORST I've experienced on Audible. It is horrible! Don't you guys have quality requirements? It made it ecyremely annoying to listen to and hard to follow at times. I can't recommend this title. The editing drstroyed tjis book. The only thing that made me finish was that I like Amanda Ronconi as a narrator.
"Even Amanda couldn't save this much"
Amanda Ronconi is a fantastic narrator. She brings each book she reads literally to life. If it wasn't for her, I'd have tossed this away within the first couple of chapters.
The book had some flashes of brilliance, some fleeting moments of entertainment, overall I couldn't wait for it to finish. Finish it I did, I wanted to finish the story, there was some curiosity about how it would progress, so I guess it was a sale price well spent for the few hours it occupied my mind. Unfortunately I kept expecting Molly Harperesque brilliance which just does not exist in this story.
Get it if it's on sale, otherwise not worth a credit.
Tall, Dark, and Dead has a great blend of folklore/mythology that kept me listening to the end. There are witches, Vatican witch hunters, and vampires galore, but Hallaway offers a different take on Vampire lore that is fresh and intriguing. There are the "traditionally" made vampires, and then there is Sebastian. Walking in the daylight is not the only oddity about Sebastian either. While the story is interesting, the characters didn't really do it for me. The book was a decent listen that I did enjoy and would recommend to vampire fans, but unlike with some other series, I didn't have the desire to rush out and buy the second book. I'm not sure I will get around to reading the other Garnet Lacey books anytime soon. I am a huge fan of Ronconi as a narrator, and she did not disappoint here. She was actually the reason I picked up the book in the first place.
All-in-all a good listen.
It is one of the more light-hearted para-normal books and while it is never laugh-out-loud funny, it is totally amusing.
Amanda does a full range of voices never leaving you wondering which character is supposed to be talking! Very articulate.
"I really wanted to like this series..."
I'm a fan of paranormal stories and even paranormal romance stories, but I really just couldn't stand Garnet Lacey. She is a stupid, shallow woman who plots to get in a mans pants from the moment she sees him, sleeps with him immediately and decides the man is her "boyfriend" after a single night together. The whole thing screams "Hello I'm desperate and stupid" and I just need a far better story line in order to keep my interest. I've wasted my time on three of these books since they were recommended to my due to my "taste preferences" and I don't think I'll be trying any more of them.
"Funny and enjoyable light listen"
Good story. Enjoyed the characters, the storyline and the humor. It's not a laugh out loud humor, but a more subtle makes you smile. I enjoy the way the author adds levity to various situations in the story.
I love Amanda Ronconi's narrations. She is great at distinguishing the characters voices and good with accents. That's very important to me. If the narration is bad, then I sometimes have to stop listening to the book. NEVER the situation with an Amanda Ronconi narration. She always does an excellent job!
If you like light, paranormal romances, you'll enjoy this book.
"Paranormal Chick Lit"
I would definitely continue the series. I liked the characters and I LOVE Amanda Ronconi's narration.
It felt a little rushed, but since this wasn't a real thriller, it was okay.
She sounds like she would be one of my good friends. The right amount of sarcasm and seriousness. She's amazing.
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