I saw the other review, and realized I had to put in my two cents. I love this book. I've listened to it numerous time. But I LOVE Jennifer Crusie's writing style in general..the snark, sarcasm, the fast pace, the almost non-linear, border line nonsensical-ness of it all! I mean you have drag queens, art forgery, con men, and hit men all wrapped into one...it's going to be a wild ride (which is another great book). I love Tilda and Davey, the whole caper reminds me of the 40s screwball comdies...and well, a little bit like my nutty family. That said, I thought the narrator did a great job on the varying voices and especially the crazy fast pace. Makes me want to listen again!
just when I thought I knew what was going to happen....it was something else, very surprising.
all the twists and turns
all the different voices were done so well, I knew who was speaking even before she said the name
everybody is faking something
loved welcome to temptation and faking it, is there another one? I love to start a new book already knowing some of the characters
The book is kind-of a French farce with a damsel in distress and a knight in somewhat tarnished armor. It was delightful to listen to during my 80-minute commute each way. Sad moments leavened the silliness to keep the story interesting and the plot moving briskly. I think it definitely was worth the credit!
This book is . . . . great. Which should not be a huge shock considering it is written by Crusie and narrated by Vigesaa. This dynamic duo teamed up on "Welcome to Temptation" another great listen and while not exactly a prequel to this book they do have some over lapping characters so it is fun to have listened to both. I loved loved loved all the Goodnights and the strays they have picked up along the way and wish I could know them all in real life or even better to sit in on a poker game. Every character in this novel no matter how prominent of role they had in the plot were multidimensional. Ms. Cruise is so talented when it comes to bringing her characters to life and they seem like they could be real people and they\ way they interact with each other makes me lover her stories. She does an exceptional job "pacing" the book, they are a fun listen from start to finish. This book contains wit, humor and heat and often in the same scenes. I would recommend this novel to anyone with a sense of humor or split personalities or likes a little romance, art, music, dogs, cross-sticks and or movies. I kept hoping this book would go on and on and the worse thing I can say about it is that it ended. Davey and what's her name, I hope to see you pop up again in a later Cruise novel.
I want to live with this family! I didn't want this story to end. I want to know more - I hope, hope, hope Ms. Cruise is penning further adventures.
Ms. Vigesaa made me beleive in each character - each person has a different voice. She is very emotive.
Coming right at you- Davy Dempsey's Story. And of course, Davy's story couldn't be very straight forward, could it. Thats what makes him the most cunning of the Dempsey's. So when you throw: Betty, Veronica, Scarlet and ....wait... yes Matilda, or shall we call her Tilda... you get one hell of mix- plus alot of names to keep track of. And she's not the only one wandering around with multiple "identities". Hello Louise. Plus add Pops into the story mix and its just one big 'ole Dempsey party with a Clea on top. literally. Has plenty of humor to keep the story moving (plus the narrator doesn't pause of a breath - which definitely keeps the pace going). Although it could have more in the romance department, its enough to be satisfying. All in all a great story. I will probably wait awhile to re-read, but if you know me- even CONSIDERING re-reading is a compliment (blame it on a short attention span). While the beginning of the book was a bit of a snooze, wait until half way and just hold on for the ride in the closet of your life!
This is one of my favourite books of all time. When I'm feeling down I often return to this particular book. I love it not because of the romance, which is wonderful, but because of the loving family it describes. They're not perfect. Actually their lives are out of control (like real life often is) but they survive because of the love and trust they have for each other.
The characters. They embrace their craziness.
I haven't but she is excellent.
This book makes me happy.
Absolutely love almost all of Jennifer Crusie's books and loved that this was a follow up to Temptation. I wish more of her books had a sequel, her character development always makes me want to know what happened to them after!
The narrator was fun to listen to as well and that always helps a great book be even better.
Better things to do but this is more fun.
Good, fun listen - I enjoyed both the reader (Aasne Vigesaa) and the story. It had fun, snappy dialogue, lots of overlapping subplots and a yummy (if not alpha male) hero. Davie Dempsey and Tilda Goodnight are a good combination. I'm not sure I would have stuck with it if this were on my Kindle but Ms Vigesaa's narration is what made it sing.
Civil War Nut LH
I've listened to this book so many times, I've lost count! The performance is excellent and the story line keeps you engrossed.
I loved all the characters, but Nadine was great and perky. Actually, maybe precocious is a better word.
I'm torn. For a quick, lighthearted scene, I like the scene between Nadine and Davy. Nadine is explaining the difference between muffins and donuts. When Nadine says Simon is a donut with sprinkles, Davy says she's too young to know about sprinkles!
For a longer, more intense scene, of course I pick the scene where Davy and Tilda are finally coming clean about their criminal pasts and it's getting them hot!
It made me laugh and got me a little revved up!
My favorite line from the book is: "When Eve ate the apple, her knowledge increased. But God liked dumb women, so paradise ceased."
I highly recommend this book!