The story itself was easily 5 stars, but the narrator again was awful compared to the first two which really detracted from the enjoyment of it. Her voice sounded like a woman in her 40's instead of her 20's. I hated the way she called Suze "Suzy"
I always liked Suze and was glad more was done with her character this time around but the narrator failed to make her nearly as interesting as the one who read the first two books.
I would still buy the next book to see what happens in Becky's future life though...but hopefully by then they will get the original narrator back.
I love the entire Shopaholic series. Kinsella is really a nice easy, funny, witty author. I have not been disappointed.
I give this book a 4 star for the fun, easy, frivolity of it, but a 2 star for the narrator. I agree with several other reviewers that the difference of pronunciation of "suzie" and "ark-o-dus" were very annoying. Emily Grey personified the character of Becky far better as well as all the other characters. This narrator is flat and lacking in variety.
The book itself was every bit as fun as the first 4. I really enjoyed it. I hope there are more to come. The character is endearing, and a lot of fun to spend time with. The problem I had with Shopaholic and Baby was the narrator. She sounded stuffy and formal, which is so far afield of Becky Bloomwood. I found it distracting. And, she made Luke sound like some caricature of a British butler or something. Not to mention "Suzy" instead of "Suze". The narrator who read Shopaholic and Sister was good (not as good as Emily Gray but at least she got the tone of the character right), but let's face it. Emily Gray is the voice of Becky. I hope if there's another book in the series she'll narrate.
The story line in this one was MUCH better than Shopaholic and Sister which almost made me stop listening to the series. I didn't want to strangle Becky (more than usual) and I really wanted to keep listening. The story line seemed more realistic and like she had matured somewhat.
The narrator though was terrible. She clearly didn't listen to previous versions to see how things should have been pronounced. Suze is not Suzy, Arcodus was wrong... all the male characters sounded the same and Becky herself sounded like she was 50 years old and way more mature. Emily Gray really had nailed it and nobody has really been able to match her. It really makes a difference in how the book is portrayed. Reading this one would have been better.
I love most books that transport me to another time and place & books that uplift my spirit.
I love these books, however, I do NOT love the changing Narrators. A series should keep the same narrator throughout, especially when the current narrator does not double check the series to see how names are pronounced and the characters are read. Ex. Suzie, is Sooze and always has been from day 1. I miss the last narrator who read Shopoholic & Sister.
Other than that, the story continues on about Rebecca's never ending shopping desires and must haves. Amusing and entertaining. I like to listen to these books in between deep and heavy storylines.
I was very surprised to hear this book. I've never heard an audio book before but I thought I'd give it a try... I was very surprised to hear the British accent, it's nice though. I thought it sounded a bit robotic and choppy. I'll have to hear it more to maybe get used to it. Just not what I was expecting at all.
did the producer forget to audition the narrator for this actual book? It's such a disappointment to hear names destroyed. I won't abandon this one but the others have been far superior. I just love Becky's take on life and her rationalizations for her outrageous behavior! In each book I laugh out loud so frequently. I love it!
I love Shopaholic books. But I think this narrator should have at least listened to the narrations of the previous books. That way, she wouldn't have changed the name of one of the main characters (Becky's best friend "Suze")!