I love Jennifer Crusie's novels, I just hate how short they are. Prior to getting into my critique of the story I want to address Stauffer's narration. This is the first time I have heard her narrate and within the first 15 seconds I was convinced she would butcher nit, her voice sounded scratchy and very young, in the next thirty seconds she had me hooked and kept me on the line the whole time. She really did a good job treading the humor in this book, she was able to deliver every punch line, I was very impressed.
I really connected with the characters in this novel. I don't know any other authors who can imbue every single person, as well as the animals, with depth, personality and wit (yes, even the dogs were witty) in 6 hours. Crusie is really very gifted. At one point one of the characters mentioned typing on a type writer and that really jarred me, that is how effortless this story is I didn't even realize it wasn't immediately contemporary. This is a wonderful story, and so so sweet, I wish I could listen to it for the first time again.
Your mileage may vary
This book is fine, but when I was taking walks and listening on my phone I could get distracted by something I saw and my attention would wander. Not typical for me to have to back up so often because a book isn't keeping my attention focused... It's a cute enough story, but isn't quite as good as most by Jennifer Crusie. If you purchase this book, and it's your first Jennifer Crusie, please give her another chance.
Both author and narrator combine to make an entertaining listen. Ms. Cruise does a great job with her characters and making them enjoyable to get to know. Her characters always have an affinity for animals, what's not to love?
I really like Jennifer Crusie (as does my husband). The reader completely ruined any possible story there was. She was definitely not the right reader for this book, or even this category. She would do fine with children's books. She sounded like a 12 year old. It was too awful to listen to the story with the voice of a child. My husband could only listen to about 5 minutes, then had to call it quits.
Save yourself the expense.
Anna Field, Sandra Burr, anyone with an adult voice.
I had read the printed version, and loved it. It's a great story, funny, sexy (explicit), exciting, a "who-dunnit." Unfortunately the audio version has the wrong narrator. She is too young, for ALL the characters. There were bad choices on accent, character, voice timbre. Why does the sister with money sound like she's from The Mob, why does one villain squeak? The story is good enough that I still listen to it in spite of the narrator being annoying.
Enjoyable but doesn't reach Jennifer Cruise's usually more provocative level of topics and writing. I listened to this book as I was doing my Christmas shopping and don't think I missed much.
Still, a good chick romantic novel.
I loved the story but the candy-coated, little-girl voice of the narrator really ruined this audiobook for me. She should not be attempting ANY make characters in any way, shape or form. From now on, I'll be certain to do a listening previe before purchasing and make a note to avoid Ellen's Stauffer!
Grad student, avid reader/listener, yarn-fiend, romantic cynic.
I'll agree with previous reviewers that the male voices are off and not on-character. Clearly the narrator can do better voices (several of the secondary male characters are fine), but the main male voices are pip-squeaky and pubescent when they shouldn't be.
If you can get beyond that, this is a VERY light-hearted, laugh-out-loud romance. And it is a romance. Classic Crusie snark, a very little bit of mystery and a good dose of comedy make it a fun listen anyway in my opinion.
This would be a lite READ (3 starts as a read), as an audio book it is a PASS (1 star as audio). The narrator has such a whiney voice that she made the lead character come off as a junior high cheerleader wanna be. This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator and yep, same whiney voice comes across in both. To me an audio book should be a movie with words, not a constant ‘he said’ and ‘she said.’ Surely a narrator worth his/her salt could and should be able to make the characters different enough that the ‘he said/she said’ wouldn’t be necessary.
I really like it. Started slow, so much I almost turned it off and stopped. But, I'm so oc I couldn't. It picked up then I really liked it. Had alot of Jennifers normal humor, with the ok ok I cant wait moments. Ready for the next listen.