Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
This books does it's best to revive the victorian, first person, bawdy-underclass-coming of age romp and it achieves a fairly faithful addition to the genre.
Unfortunately - this isn't the Victorian age, and there's a reason we no longer pay by the word. The pace of this book is deadly to begin with and the funereal reading by the narrator just makes things unbearable.
The heroine of the story is supposed to be lusty, bold and clever - the reader sounds depressive and dull. This kills any hope of pleasure I might have had in the tail/tale, which annoys me. I keep going back to it, hoping it was just a bad day that spoiled the last bit for me, and instantly I'm re-frustrated that everyone seemes to have been sedated but me.
At the moment, I've made it to the end of the first half, and I'd like to see what happens with the groomsman, and find out if she rejoins her true love at last - but I'd rather flip through the pages in a bookstore than subject myself to the aggravation of listening to that sad sorrowful voice drone on.
The wrong kind of Dickin's, I'm sorry to say.
This book was sensual, steamy and still maintained an intelligent story throughout. Not once did the writer misstep with her characters and make the listener feel the story was unlikely or awkward. The exquisite sexual tension was ever present and led to passionate, explosive releases throughout the entire story. The fact that the author allowed the lead character to taste many sexual partners prior to finally finding her true 'love' helped us learn more of her sexual desires. Therefore, when she finally met her match, it felt a relief and filled the listener with great satisfaction!
The narrator was fabulous! This leant to the overall desire to continue listening hour after hour. Her intonation was excellent and only improved during the passionate scenes. Very well done!
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I decided to venture into this book since I was in a reading rut and couldn't decide on what to read/listen to next. I adore the narrator Ashford MacNab, and that's another reason I chose to plunge into this book.
I was ready to listen to something within the regency romance genre which was slightly gritty, realistic and nontraditional. Well, I definitely got that in this candid story with tragic elements of a woman fighting to survive in a world where women have very few advantages in society.
The development of the story line is different since the actions of the story are explored as a diary experience and through the heroine, Cozette's perspective. The book does work toward an HEA, with mild injections of humor, much tragedy, tough life lessons, pain and ultimately survival.
Cozette and Earnest have been separated, as late teenagers living in an orphanage, and have promised to find each other. Earnest is an absolutely gallant hero who protects Cozette and sacrifices so much for her. But, you don't really know the full extent of that sacrifice until the very end of the book, might I add after Cozette has experienced various trysts with other men. On that note, one of my biggest worries throughout the book was all of this unprotected sex Cozette had with various suitors....OMG talk about taking BIG risks when engaging in casual sex, in that time period!!!
Even though this book is well written, secondary characters are interesting, and there is an HEA at the end, if you are a helpless romantic as I am, you can't help but feel that there was a lot of wasted time and unnecessary heart-ache that could have been avoided altogether (but then, if that heart-ache was avoided this would be a very different book).
3 STARS FOR THE BOOK, AND 5 STARS FOR A GIFTED NARRATOR THAT CAN MAKE ANY BOOK COME ALIVE.
It almost seems as if this book was written by someone who is not a native speaker. Many times a word that is close to the intended meaning, but not quite right. It was very jarring.
I got this book because of this narrator. I wish she did more than romance novels!
I was frequently confused by the disjointed narrative. Many times the characters were in different places or doing different things than they had been mere moments before. I know that plot is not generally paramount in this genre, but it happened even in the sections which are generally paramount in this genre.
Even the dulcet tones of Ms. MacNab can't save this one. Skip it.
Totally misses the mark. Not erotic, well-written or interesting. The combination of a boring story and an annoying narrator caused me to stop listening before it was over.
my title says it all. narrator is excellent. story is steamy without being too much. i just felt that it never goes anywhere , well written but no direction but still enjoyed it.
This book predictable and uninteresting. It is basically just a book full of sex scenes. It was boring after the first few chapters.
I thought this might be a sensual romp like Fanny Hill, but it's more of a character study of a liberally minded female in a very stringently male dominated 19th century England.
What I found disturbing and probably accurate to the period was the wholly unappealing realities of the day for a woman with no protectors or prospects. The first quarter of the book the protagonist finds herself at the mercy of greedy, perfidous orphanage managers who deal in the trade of child slavery to lecherous pedophiles, cadaver-robbing, the inside view of prostitution and the licentious privileged who simply saw the underprivileged as outlets for whatever their needs. It's bleak and disturbing.
Cozette is resourceful and rises above her situation to lead a relatively happy existence though the ending where she confronts her ex-lover was really confusing to me. She seemed to be mildly intrigued by the man until he became wealthy? So in the end I stopped rooting for her and found her unlikable. Also, I found myself wondering all the time about the fate of the other unfortunates she meets in her situations.
I liked the reader's very much and she kept me engaged and NOT annoyed in the way a bad reader voice can. I also liked the intelligent writing and ironically was able to appreciate that she would include the darker realities of the day in her writing to add weight and authenticity.
Cozette is an intriguing character with pluck and a powerful sexual obsession with a couple of men, but the read was unpleasant in the beginning and dissatisfying at the end.
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Enjoyed this book. The book starts a bit slow, but gets better steadily as it progresses. Not your average love scenes from any romance novel - more mature and still sexy and seductive. Some good plot twists and believable character development.