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Great historical series - book 1

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 22.01.2020

Now this is an unexpected series. It doesn't fit in any mold and it doesn't follow any rules....and it works. It was delightful and emotional, sexy and thrilling and if I have any complaints, then that this is the first in a series and the end of the book is really not the end of the story. If you are uncomfortable with cliffhangers, wait until the series is completed. But keep it on your radar because it is so very unconventional and good to read. If you are in a "oh my god, not the same story again"-funk - this is your way out.
The narrator was good and I love that I now have the opportunity to reread one of the most well crafted series ever.
Seriously - this series is detailed, thrilling, built with amazing back knowledge and love of detail.
I can't wait for the next books to come out on audio, too (esp. Blood before Wine)

Perfect Mix

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 13.05.2019

Well-rounded funny and snarky story with abit of a crime story. i loved the humour in this one.

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Epic

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 24.01.2019

This series is one of the best fantasy/comedy series ever. I never laughed so much.

A great and poetic book about survival

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 09.06.2018

Just to make that clear in the beginning: This is really not a "Nazi-romance".

This is a book that happens to take place during WWII - and you can't write about this time without having Nazis in a book. And it's less a romance than a book about surviving during a bleak time in history in Paris and being gay.

Yves isn't a "hero" character, he's afraid, calls himself a coward. He's an opportunist but not always willingly. He starts a "friendship" with Oberst Heinrich von Starck, in the beginning solely based on the fact that it could be useful to have some high ranking German as a "friend". While he actually starts to like Heinrich as a person, he realizes also that these Germans are people, too. But his feelings never go further than mere respect for the person and maybe - if the situation would have been different - friendship. Their sexual relationship is something that happens out of the feeling of obligations from Yves side. He knows he is Heinrich's "mistress" and their sex revolves around Heinrich's needs.
Heinrich von Stark is a conflicted person, groomed to be rank, rooted deeply in his upbringing. He cares for Yves - I don't think he even sees how he is using his position of power to get what he wants from him. He is - deep, deep down - a decent but conflicted person. He tries to do things right, to make things right - in the end...oh wait...spoiler.... ;)
On the other hand - there is Falk, this German soldier whom Yves had saved from assault. Despite being not able to really communicate with each other, they enjoy each others company. Falk comes back again and again. The man is a poet and he falls in love with Yves. He is the opposite to Heinrich - he gives him space and loves him without expecting to be loved back.

So - while there is a romance in this book, in my opinion the main theme is survival, even on the cost of your ideals, your pricipales. A good example is the menue of the Palace, the place where Yves sings. It's changed to German and then later to English...just adjust to survive.

So - once again Aleksandr Voinov created a book with "non-hero" main characters and I couldn't do anything else but love it. The book is full of real atmosphere and honest emotions.
I loved it.

The narrator fits the character - I loved listening to it.

A gem - what else can I say?

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 02.10.2015

The story made me FEEL it...everything, like I was part in it. I mean, I felt Felix's cold feet like I also felt the strange mix of emotions.
It was soooo good - and it didn't hurt that it ended a bit positive. Okay, I admit, I don't think that everything will be so easy as the end tries to make me believe. But it makes me hope that they actually will have a future.

The writing itself is beyond skilled, emotions transfered by masterful use of words, no unneccessary flowery language. The facts are straight, very well researched, just mere facts, showing humans, capturing this period perfectly.

I've read it several times before I've bought the audiobook (yes, it is soo good).
The narrator gives it a slightly different touch, a slightest hint of musing, while reading it myself I found Felix more pragmatic. Aaaand isn't that the added bonus? Because I like it both ways :D

A bit overcrowded story but hot and entertaining

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 30.08.2015

As an audiobook addict I’m always happy for new audiobooks – especially those I haven’t already read in print before. I knew the author from two other books, one I really liked and the other one was good but not a good fit for me. So I was kind of curious about this one.

Let’s talk about the narration first: It was okay for me. I liked the narrator for Toby’s voice. Rain was spoken with a slight accent, which sounded a bit odd sometimes. I have to admit I have no idea if it fits a South African Accent, it also could have been Scottish to me  - but I’m German and what do I know. But the tempo and the accentuations did work for me mostly. Matthew Lloyd Davies is definitely on the list of narrators I can listen to.

The book itself was somehow in between really good and okay. I liked the MCs, they were not perfect, acted sometimes very human. Unfortunately they also acted sometimes just a bit too stupid…..I’m looking at both, Toby and Rain here…
But there was a lot of stuff going on and sometimes it just felt crowded: A boss in love, both MCs having hang-ups over experiences in the past, sheep thief (and sheep phobia), gay bashing, missing father, etc.
The good chemistry Toby and Rain had going on suffered a bit because of this.
Thus said, the sex is hot, the two are good as a couple after a few hitches. Rain delivers the additional bonus of being a talented pole dancer. I also liked how most of the time they worked on the relationship. They were not stereotyped book characters but had their quirks and little human faults.
And did I mention that the sex was hot? Ups, sorry, I did.
Of the side characters I especially liked Lucas, who didn’t sit on his opinion from time to time.
What I didn’t like were some stupid moves like Toby’s not telling anybody about the harrasment, Toby getting a bit too emotional towards the end of the book, he cried a few times, and Rain letting his former boyfriend kiss him. Sorry, but this was the fifth book in a row with a kiss to be misunderstood – I’m so over this.

All together I enjoyed listening to it. It won’t make its way to my all-time favorites but it’s also a book I can imagine listening to a second time.

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Solid audiobook, good narrator

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 31.01.2015

Was hat Ihnen das Hörerlebnis von Fall Down the Mountain (The Mountains) besonders unterhaltsam gemacht?

Audiobook:

Narrator - good voice, well paced. I like it.

Story: Maybe a bit too smooth but solid.

I actually hadn't realized that it is part of a series but it wasn't a problem. I'm going to listen to the other books, too.

Only because of the narrator.....

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 10.12.2014

Würden Sie dieses Hörbuch einem Freund empfehlen? Wenn ja, was würden Sie ihm dazu sagen?

If your child suffers from missing limbs, missing part of the lungs or a heart disease, you probably might not want to read about another child going into surgery. Stay away from this book.


I bought the book because narrator Randy Fuller is a good one.

And while his reading was - as always - perfect, the book just lacked ...and to be honest, it started okay, average, not really special but okay. Unfortunately it went downhill from there.

Let's just put the most important issues here:

Both MCs are so guarded and reluctant to commit to anything, it really hurt. For grown men, who should be able to honestly decide stuff from time to time...well, they were just kind of tooooo chickenhearted. Then - they never talked (at least I got the impression because obvously weeks were passing without any discussions about their issues) and then on the other hand, they talked without solutions, just another "you don't trust me" with tears-moment. I'm not sure, but it would be interesting how many shiny eyes had been mentioned in the book. So it got more and more of the same issues and the repetition got boring.

Then Ethan...yes, he was adorable. So, this going to be serious: As someone with a kid with a heart problem, I really would have appreciated if anywhere in the blurb Ethan's problems had been mentioned a bit more clearly than "handicapped" and "medical condition".

I've found the whole set-up very sloppy. Ethan must be the exception from the rule because a child with his handicaps being as energetic as he is described??? Sorry, I have only experienced the opposite so far. Also, after a heart surgery transporting the kid back to his room??? Geez - I hope that my kid never needs one in the US if that is the usual way. My son had been in the ICU for a few days with his personal nurse.
So...while I liked Ethan, his character, actions and story didn't fit. In the end I was just annoyed.

Let's talk about Uncle Lawrence. Why was he even in the book? To add a villian? Geez, that was kind of useless. For that he wasn't present enough. The only thing I got to see because of him was that Daniel took far too long in my opinion to man up and show him the door. Why the **** did he even allow his uncle to pay for his nurse? And being afraid of him? Oh my...poor Jonah, your "spouse to be" is kind of a wuss...

I think if I hadn't loved the narrator, I wouldn't have finished. For me it defintely was the wrong book. Readers who love overly romantic, tearstained declarations, commitment-shy timid MCs who just think over and over again how much the other one already means to them...(yes, phrases like this have been used over and over again), sprinkled with a dose of adorable cute sick kid, they will love this book.

Würden Sie sich wieder etwas von Brynn Stein anhören?

Nein

Haben Sie vorher schon ein Hörbuch mit Randy Fuller gehört? Wie würden Sie beide vergleichen?

Nein, aber die Hörprobe hatte überzeugt.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Nein

Love it

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 20.02.2014

I really really liked Bear, Otter and the Kid and this is the sequel...which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE AND ADORE!! It's better than the first book. I laughed, cried and blushed. Bear is hilarious to follow in his thoughts and one of my best moments was when he really blurted out everything and kid looks at him and comments that this must be the way Bear is thinking. Just saying...you need to read.

Charlie David is a great choice for it.

This is a "classic" already

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 20.02.2014

Okay, this is for all five Adrien English mysteries:

This is one of the best series in the genre. You can't read only one of the books, they have a single well crafted and unique mystery plot in each one, but the love story spreads over all five books and is everything, from hot to bittersweet to heartbreaking and ...uff...in the end so good.

Chris Patton is the perfect choice for Adrien.

If I could give more than 5 stars, I would.

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