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Enjoyable holiday listen

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-19

This story is difficult to review without spoilers so to keep it short, Dark Matter is an entertaining sci-fI thriller that contains some big ideas and interesting twists, but in the end it is more interested in being a human drama about family and choices we make. The story had the potential of epic scope and touched on some remarkable and amazing things, however overall I felt it fell a little short of its ambitions. It was a good poolside listen and I liked it but it didn’t wow me or stay with me.




Good Holiday Read

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-19

This was an entertaining listen brilliantly narrated by Blaire Brown, who brings the era to vivid life, however somewhere along the way the author seemed to run out of steam. The first half of the book describing the protagonists early life in the theatre during 1930’s New York and throughout WWII was vividly portrayed and thoroughly engaging, However, suddenly it felt as if the author had run out ideas and just rushed through the rest of the story. It jumps ahead a number of years and nothing of much interest happens. The characters are less fleshed out and seem very one dimensional and the main character Vivian, hasn’t really matured or grown much. It jumps ahead another bunch of years and still there is no real growth, Vivian is the same at 60 as she was at 40 and the revelation we have been waiting for falls flat. And although I know the author’s intention was to “write about promiscuous women who are not ruined by their sexual adventures” apart from Vivian’s experience with her first “good” lover, she seems to take no joy in any of her sexual encounters. She almost seems robotic about it, meet a man in a bar, go to a hotel room or to a back alley, do the deed, go home. I would have much preferred to read about her having a long string of love affairs her entire life, with Vivian growing into a strong woman and a self assured, un-self conscious lover. I actually thought this is where the book would go when we come to her later years. Instead it’s just more of the same, almost furtive, meet-ups in bars. I didn’t get a sense of any sexual self discovery or growth, which made me kind of sad.

So this is really a novel of two halves. The first half is compelling and engaging- a page turner. Unfortunately the second half shifted completely in tone, from Vivian narrating her life to almost reading off a list of things that happened to her. It was still a nice summer listen and worthwhile alone just to discover the magnificent Blair Brown, however it did missed the mark.


The start of my love affair with Harry Dresden!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Anyone who reads the first few books and wonders what all the fuss is about, or balks at having to read a few books before the series "gets really good" is seriously missing out. I came late to the Dresden File party and while I found the first books entertaining, I wasn’t entirely convinced. However, I stuck with them as I enjoyed the narration so much. And I’m so glad I did. It’s been a joy binge-listening to the entire series. I’ve developed a serious love for the Dresdenverse and James Marsters, who brings Harry Dresden to life with such superb narration. The audio production, especially in later books, is also simply superb.

A fine return to the Dresdenverse

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I came late to the Dresden File party and can’t believe I let a mediocre television show put me off listening to this series for so long. And oh my, It’s been such a joy binge-listening to the entire series. I’ve developed a serious love for the Dresdenverse and James Marsters, who’s narration is simply superb!

This book once again combines great characters, great dialogue and great action in a way that makes it nearly impossible to put down. There’s plenty of development for the series, and for Harry in particular. My only complaint; I wish we could've seen Thomas. Can’t wait for peace talks!

Saying goodbye to old friends

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-17

I've enjoy all the Virgin River stories, however this one being the last in the series was rather bitter sweet, knowing this was a final good bye to old friends. Appropriately we finally have a joining of the Sheridan and Rhiordan families as Jack's young niece meets the youngest Rhiordan brother Patrick. Angie and Patrick's story was very sweet and we get to say our goodbyes to all the Rhiordans and Sheridans as they get-together in Virgin River for Christmas. A lovely end to a lovely series.

Owen and Hercules rock!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

This is one of the best cat mysteries available on audible UK, solid writing, great characters and excellent narration. I love the mystery surrounding the fabulous feline duo Hercules and Owen and am absolutely gutted that the rest of the series is not available on audible UK, although the entire series is on audible.com.

Great cozy series for cat lovers

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

A lovely cozy series with very solid writing and two fantastic cats. I've grown to love the town characters and the two very smart and mysterious felines, Owen and Hercules. Cassandra Campbell's narration is excellent and suits the narrative well. Definitely one of the better cat mysteries out there.

Compelling listening

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-16

After thoroughly enjoying Charlaine Harris' Midnight Texas series, I was looking for more from this author other than her Sookie Stackhouse novels. ( I had watched the TV series and felt that was enough) Although there is nothing in the least bit paranormal about Lily Bard, I enjoyed the series just as much as Midnight Texas, if not more. Harris has very effectively combined a dark theme with the cozy mystery format and Lily Bard turns out to be a very complex and compelling character. This first instalment in the series is a bit of a slow burner as we learn about Lily's backstory and are introduced to the interesting inhabitants of Shakespeare. I didnt mind in the least as Lily Bard is such an intriguing character and Julia Gibsons rich narration brings Lily and the small southern town of Shakespears perfectly to life.

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Disappointed

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-15

I picked this one up because I liked the idea of artificial intelligence on the run from humanity and wanted to see where the author goes with it. The story got off to an excellent start examining sentience and humanity in artificial intelligence and whether artificial people created for military purposes should be treated as human beings or as the military weapons they were designed to be. Unfortunately after a good opening, it descends into a total mess, the author not being able to decide what this story wants to be. An exploration of artificial intelligence against a backdrop of life and politics in a near utopian society or an action packed military sci-fi. What we have is a clumsy attempt to do both, combinig overtly long political ponderings, many tedious descriptions and Iots of badly written info dumps, with long, pointless military action scenes. The attempts at world building are inept and it's a case of being told about this world rather than shown it.  However, the real pity here is that we had an incredibly interesting female android with a human nervous system and human emotions, who could have had so much potential for character development. However she turns very quickly into a cardboard cut-out of an adolescent boy's fantasy woman. I must admit that I gave up listening with only four hours to go as I just couldn't take any more. There are quite a few books in the series so there should be more development to the android femme fatal as the stories progress, however I won't be taking the time to find out. 

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Cracking first instalment!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-15

This is a delightful gothic fantasy that starts in the gas-lit, fog-drenched streets of Victorian-era London, and follows an ages old coterie, now deeply diminished, known officially as the “Free Company for the Regulation and Oversight of Recondite Exigency and Supranatural Lore.”  The group of personalities making up the Oversight are a strange bunch at first glance, growing more and more endearing as we follow them in their efforts to guard the borders between magic and the mundane. Strange creatures from folklore lend a tasty sense of eeriness to the story as well as some very creepily disturbing human antagonists. I enjoyed myself immensely listening to this book, some conflicts were concluded while others are left for future storylines and the path is paved for much more to come. The future looks quite desperate for The Oversight, but there’s also hope for this steadfast group of friends. Remember: “When they fall, so do we all.” I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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