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I've run across two male narrators of romance/romantic suspense who are able to voice the heroine's role without sounding the way men do when they make fun of women's high-pitched voices: Victor Slezak and Dennis Boutsikaris. I know Phil Gigante is popular here, so I'm in the minority on this. But I find it terribly distracting and off-putting when the female protagonist sounds, well, silly. Slezak in particular has demonstrated that it's not necessary to do a high-pitched girlie voice in order to bring the feminine roles to life. He goes softer and quieter when reading the heroines' lines, rather than changing his pitch. Sorry, fans of Phil Gigante, but I could hardly get through this. Every line of the heroine's sounds like the set-up for a joke about a woman who walks into a bar and…
I am a Linda Howard fan. Several times I have read this old 1994 book, and now -- jumping onto the audio bus -- I have listened to a flawless narration by Phil Gigante. He's perfect.
This is a paranormal romantic thriller. The story is bloody, violent, and disturbingly detailed. (I skim over the murder scenes. Wish they weren't so explicit.) Marlie is an empathic clairvoyant. She sees murders as they take place, through the killer's eyes. At first, Orlando PD Detective Dane Hollister feels only contempt and suspicion, condemning her eyewitness account as anything but innocent. (Contempt and a huge hard-on.)
In time, he learns to trust Marlie's insight, becoming fiercely protective, because visions leave her vulnerable and severely debilitated.
The romantic relationship is passionate and tender. I love Dane. He's an earthy hero with a strong chivalrous bent. Too many sex scenes, perhaps, but how they sizzle. The car scene, during the storm...
I also loved Dane's partner, Alex. Great dynamics between the two guys. Wish he had his own book.
Dane does make a stupid mistake towards the very end, and he also does something to the heroine that ticked me off. (Yet I understood why, to some extent.)
Funny epilogue. And narrator Phil Gigante labored over it beautifully.
Contents: Several explicit sex scenes, some swearing, a little profanity, too much bloody violence, several murders.
II liked this book. The audio performance was good. The plot was well thought out and interesting. It was simply a good book.
Not recommended except for diehard Howard fans. It's below what I've come to associate with LH. There was nothing to lift the typical serial killer plot and there was nothing to draw me into the romance. I didn't care for the hero hitting on Marlie at such an inappropriate time. I mean, puhlease, the lady's there to identify her father's corpse and just buried her mother!
Talk about missing a sensitivity chip.
Love his rich, masculine voice.
Look up his other works. To my disappointment, he hasn't done any anything else in the romance genre that I read.
Listen to this for Phil Gigante's voice, not the story.
I'm a book loving fool! lol No time to sit down with a good book so I take my books with me! I love audible!
I love the convenience of having the book on audio. I work a lot of hours and sometimes listen while I'm doing paperwork.
I love his deep gruff voice. I didn't much like is voice for the ladies, because he indeed is NO lady :) Thats not a bad thing though.
I love the book. It's excellent and Marley is the best. Really makes a believer of you. I read it years ago but recently bought the audio version. Great listen!
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Enjoyed most of the storyline, until the end. Too sappy for me.
Did well with male characters in the book, but just "down right painful" on the womens characters.
No, not all in one sitting, needed a break from the whining voices.
A more believable plot with more believable characters
Of course. I love Gigante's male voices but his female ones... just doesnt work
Linda Howard for me has always been hit or miss. This was a miss
The narrator was awful and annoying. Both his sappy high female voice and deep masculine voice brought the story down.
I usually enjoy Linda Howard's stories and hot love scenes, but this one seemed more creepy than erotic. I cringed every time the narrator used his high voice for the female character and his deep one for the hero policeman. I was disappointed in the writing and the narration. The story could have been good and maybe the second half got better, but I couldn't tolerate the love scenes. The story line seemed interesting enough, a psychic who senses what a serial killer is thinking as he murders women. There wasn't enough story between the cringe-inducing love scenes. The psychic had been raped before the story began and the homicide detective just wants to get into her pants from the time he meets her. UGH!
A narrator can make or break a story. Phil Giante made the story. I wouldn't have read the first chapter but listening was great. Slow moving story with a touch of mystery. This was a story, not a narrator just reading directly from the book.
Very intense story, extremely hot, not boring at all!
Detective Dane Hollister, he's the kind of man any woman would love to be with!
He was pretty good but didn't do the female parts very well.
The gentleness of Dane with Marley was great but the hot passion was fabulous!Cold shower was needed! Will listen to this book again!
Wish this book would be a series with Det. Dane Hollister, would read all of them! This is a hard book to top!