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Decent - has potential

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-20

I had been meaning to try this series for some time so when it appeared in the 2 for3 series deal I finally got round to trying it
Even though our heroine is a cold blooded assassin I found her to be likeable enough - the secondary characters also seem fine so it was an easy enough book to listen to.

I thought the Narration by Lauren Fortgang was very good - I think she got Gin perfectly - male voices could be a bit better but I think she added to rather than detracted from the book.

The plot is fairly predicable and no great surprises along the way but it kept my interest and I wanted to keep going to the end once I got into it. I will be interested to see how the plot develops over the coming books - there was certainly enough in this one to make me plan to download the next in a few books time.

Good epic but not her very best

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

Reviewed: 26-04-20

This is the first book of a stand alone trilogy set a few generations after the original 2 trilogies featuring Phedre and Imriel
It could certainly be listened to stand alone but it’s probably better if you read/listened to the previous 6 books

That might be a problem for Audible UK listeners though as at time of writing these books aren’t available here. (They do exist in audio format and are very well read)

For those not familiar with the earlier books these are set in a thinly disguised version of the medieval earth

Our Herione is born and raised in Alba (U.K.) as a sort of nomadic Druid. She is the Great x3 granddaughter of King Justin (the king of alba) Queen Isandre ( the queen of Terre d’Ange ) in the earlier books. The first part of the story is about her early life from age 8 onwards after her rites of passage test we follow her on to Terre D,Ange (France) as a young woman and after a year or so there she goes on to the main quest in Ch’in (bet you can’t guess where that is ).

Many authors would split this into 2 or even 3 books so it’s great value for one credit.
It’s a good story and holds interest. The main characters are all likeable and you invest in them it’s is excellently read by Anne Flosnic and I found I wanted to keep listening though it needs several days to listen to it all It’s just not as good as the original Kushiels Dart trilogy. That’s not surprising though as the first trilogy in particular sets the bar incredibly high but it’s why it only gets 4 stars instead of 5. It’s still a good book and much better than many in this genre

I will definitely be following on with the next book soon

Best Non Fiction book I have heard for some time

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

Reviewed: 14-04-20

As a non American I wasn't sure about whether I would like this book but I need not have worried
Michelle Obama writes her life story from being a little girl growing up in Chicargo to when she stood down as America's First Lady. Its a compelling story well written and because she reads it herself its almost certainly better than the print version

You don't need to understand American politics to enjoy this book as its not really a political book - just the life story of an amazing woman. It has my highest recommendation

Good tale about an Amazing Dog but poorly produced

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-20

There is no doubt that Bilbo was a great dog and had a very interesting life. The story is well put together and keeps interest but I struggled with the narration and production. I didn't really like the narrators style - maybe it was just me but if felt like someone reading a book rather than telling a story - even more annoying though was the way this was put together with long pauses between chapters and quite a large number of repeats of sentences or paragraphs.
I think I would have preferred to read a print version of this rather than the Audio book

As good as I had hoped

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-20

The Mercy Thompson series is one of the very best in this genre - something I realised having been scratching around some of the others and most of them are not as good. Here we have another attack on Mercy and her friends and its as gripping as always. Lorelei King is just the perfect narrator. Fortunately she is back narrating on her own which is much better. If you like the Mercy books you will like this one shame we have to wait for Particia to write another one now

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Not as good as I hoped

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-20

Having avidly listened to the Jane Yellowrock series, been happy with the Soulwood series and even enjoyed the Detective series written as Gwen Hunter I had high hopes for this book.

Its OK but I didnt get as hooked as usual- not a lot happens and the characters are barely sketched out. It felt like the introduction to a longer book and I expected it to continue. It stops fairly abruptly with a clear direction for the next book.
The series has potential and I am sure I will listen to the next one but it didnt really do it for me.

Maybe the pace will pick up in book 2 and there will be a lot more to involve me but this one didnt really grab me.

Narration up to normal standard just the story was a bit weak

Almost very good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-20

Having seen potential in the first book I gave this a go and its almost there but there are some annoyances
The basic story is very good and holds interest
The characters are quite likeable and I think the narration is good, it seemed better than the first book for me.
Just 2 complaints
The lead character Rachel can be very annoying making clearly bad decisions for no logical reason
some of the twists dont really make sense. Hard to be specific without giving away the plot.

If you thought the first book was OK this is certainly worth a listen

Has possibilities

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-20

I generally like series which develop over time following one hero/herione as the story develops such as the Jane Yelllowrock Harry Dresden Mercy Thompson type of books and am always on the hunt for new ones as I reach the end of them
This popped up in my suggestions and so I tried it
At first book there is hope I have found another series. This book is flawed but the heroine and her friends are likeable enough and I will definitely be giving book 2 a listen soon
The good - I like the characters, it has a decent enough plot and even the baddie is likeable in a way, Narration is good but not outstanding
The bad - Rachel makes some strange decisions which are infuriating there are some contradictions a few of the plot twists are not really believable ( I know a story with witches vampires demons etc requires a suspension of disbelief but this is something beyond that )
Hoping that as the series grows the writing gets better but will find out no doubt in the coming weeks

Must say I was impressed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-20

After the end of the massive story arc climaxing with the Dark Queen I wasnt sure how Faith Hunter could kick on with more gripping excitement. I needn't have worried.

This book carries on a short time after the end of Dark Queen and no way can it be read stand alone.
A new evil comes to cause havoc in Janes world and the story features most of the surviving favourites, as usual its a page turner expertly narrated by Khristine Hvam

I've listened to some inferior stories in the year since Dark Queen and this brought back to me just what I have been missing anyone who likes the other books wont be disappointed.

Interesting but read/listen Mercy Thompson first

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-19

This is Patricia Briggs first novel - as she explains in the Authors notes she thinks she is a better writer now than she was when it was written and she is right.

That's not to say its a bad book - it is fine - there are far worse books in this genre around but her books with Mercy or Anna and Charles are definitely better.

That said I enjoyed it - it has a fairly predictable plot but the main characters are well formed and our heroine is likeable. Its also the first in a duology and the second book Wolfsbane is better - I think it was written a bit later and Patricia had polished her storytelling a bit by then.

I decided to try this having finished all the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega books and don't regret it. The narration is fine Katherine Kellgren is no Lorelei King but she does a good solid job - give it a go if you like her other work but I would recommend starting with "Moon Called" if you are new to Patricia Briggs as a writer