Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
cute story ... don't bother, though, if you're older than 20-something. the narration is very good.
The only reason I did not give this book all 5 stars was because of the lack luster narration. Ms. Bailey's voice is tiresome, monotone, and most of all just sounds too mature for Becky's character. Aside from that the story line is very well written, in the same Becky fashion. If you've enjoyed other Shopaholic books you will enjoy this one too, if you can get past the narration.
I totally disagree with everyone who thinks that Emily Grey was the better narrator. This is the first of the series that I laughed out loud and actually liked Becky. I HATED her in the first three books because the narrator portrayed her so whiny and dithering.
As usual, Sophie Kinsella has written an adorable book. Interesting, funny and sweet she has written another shopaholic book and managed to include the adorable personality we all love while still creating a totally new story. I loved it, all of the shopaholic books are worth listening to.
I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to Emily Gray narrate and BE Becky Bloomwood. I'm sorry to see she does not return. The story itself is still fun and typical Becky.
Emily Gray made Becky's character so fun and alive. She made it easy to forgive Becky when you know you should really want to ring Becky's neck.
This narrator is pleasant to hear, she's just not the Becky I've become used to picturing in my imagination.
I really did not like the narrator. She just did not portray Becky as convincingly and at times it was difficult to determine the switch of characters because the narration was not well done. I'd still stick with Emily Gray or Katherine Kellgren.
I was skeptical to listen to the fourth book because it was a different reader than the previous books. I ended up liking her as much, if not more. The story took some time to get into but became my favorite of the shopaholic stories.
I love all of the previous books in the series but I was pretty annoyed with Becky in this story. She was really spoiled and I had to question why Luke claimed to be in love with her. I need a break from Becky for now so i won't be reading Shopaholic and Baby just yet.
I didnt care for the Shopaholic books at first, but now that the story line has developed more I am quite into them. I am eager to get the the next book.
Although I still liked the story in the this one I didn't care for the narrator as much as the one who did the first two and it kind of took some of the enjoyment out of it for me. I thought her voice sounded a lot older (therefore too experienced in life) which I didn't think was suitable to the for the Becky character.