I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
I would have given this book five stars. I am generous with stars because really good listens are hard to find. However, Ms. Brown seems to think that describing sex acts between the characters in long, drawn out detail to the point that I started fast forwarding and had to do that several time to get past the entire scene, is erotic. It's not erotic, it's distracting to the storyline, unnecessary, and maddening to wait for the action to begin again. I don't care exactly how he touched her nipple with what fingers in the midst of her gasp, etc. etc. etc. It's a distraction, especially since there are many sex acts in the book, between the same two people. Dick Hill learned how to make his female characters sound real instead of brain dead twelve years old and that's a big improvement and welcomed.
This book is hard to review because I have so many reactions to it.
Just in case it isn't clear, this is a romance/suspense novel and does have graphic sex scenes. (Which are quite steamy.)
The writing is often very good. I kept imagining the movie "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (Tennessee Williams). Not for the plot line, but the overall feeling of family embroilments, etc. It also brought up another old Paul Newman film, "The Long Hot Summer" (William Faulkner). There is something, rich and deep in this book. Then at other times, the writing veers into cheesy romance and quick summer read suspense.
This book was written in 1988, so there are aspects about it that are perhaps not very "politically correct" for today. I sure hope race and class issues are a little more open today in the South, but perhaps not!
The male character smokes cigarettes and is closed off emotionally. I think she goes way too far in painting this stiff, macho, woman-user facade, but if you pay attention, there are a lot of little details and back history that shows there is more to him than this.
I find myself wondering if this book was re-written a little bit to expand the main characters romantic interactions to be richer and less formulaic what a truly great book that would be. Still, Sandra Brown does a good job of writing books that are suspense/romance/pot boilers - but that are well-written. I appreciate that because most romance novels completely insult my intelligence and are horribly written.
Bottom line, like other readers, I became very engrossed in this story. (I stayed up until 3 AM to finish it.) I'm sure I will end up listening to it again. Give it a chance. In the beginning, there were times I rolled my eyes, but I ended up really getting into it. The writing has some faults, but it's a story that somehow gets to you. Isn't that what's important in the end?
The narration was OK. Not being an expert on Louisiana accents, I guess they are OK, but I didn't really like Chase's voice on this. I found myself longing for movie quality dialogue on the narration, which I know is unfair - but on this audio book, it occurred to me if reading it would in some ways be better because you could imagine the accents.
This would make a really good movie! Correction. It would need to be a mini-series.
My personal reality exists in the many adventures from Audible
This book, as well as the other two Sandra Brown titles I purchased, are horrible. I have never been so bored and easily distracted. Perhaps Sandra Brown is not as great of a writer as made out to be. I hope Audible will allow a refund on these, relatively inexpensive, Kindle Whispersync for Voice add-ons.
I quit reading about a quarter of the way through the book. If you like characters who enjoy pit-bull fighting, kill dogs, beat their wives, or sleep with (and get pregnant by) their sister's fiance, this is the book for you. I thought the main character was a wuss and the rest were just revolting. Maybe it gets better later, but I wasn't interested in finding out. Very disappointing, since I have read and enjoyed other books by this author. Narrator was fine.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
Sandra Brown wrote a thrilling and full story that was expertly delivered by Dick Hill. I very much enjoyed the coarseness/bluntness of Cash and the Strength of Schyler. I also enjoyed the sexy bits but this wonderful story is not full of it like some. There was just the perfect mix of everything. Great book. :)
I'm sorry folks but I just could not finish listening to this book. What I've read so far is totally depressing. I thought this was supposed to be a love story. It's more like a hate story to me. The content included racial slurs, rape scenes, swearing, animal abuse, profanity. There really needed to be lighter and positive moments to balance out the dark and depressing. I just could not take any more mistrust and misery. The narrator did an exceptional job too bad the story itself was awful.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
Slow Heat in Heaven by Sandra Brown and Narrated by Dick Hill is one of the most gripping novels I have ever had the pleasure to listen.
This novel is not for young eyes. It is graphic in some places, vulgar in others, and drips with Louisiana bayou suspense throughout. Ms. Brown’s scene descriptions manage to envelop all of the reader’s senses while her detailed character development is unsurpassed.
The story is absolutely spellbinding; weaving a vast array of emotions that include love, hate, deceit, sabotage, revenge, seduction…you name the emotion, and Sandra Brown has masterfully intertwined them into the complicated characters that are brought to life –
and I mean brought to life...by Dick Hill. WOW…His narration rivals the very best audible has to offer!
Definitely Credit Worthy
I am a huge SB fan. I listen to her stories over & over again, but this story is hard to get through. None of the characters are likeable and even though Dick Hill does a great job narrating the book, it's just not worth listening to.
Slow Heat in Heaven ranks in the top 5 audio books I have listened to in the last 2 months. It kept me hooked from the first to the last page with great characters, great story, and steamy sex scenes. Everything you could want in a great read.
My favorite character was Schyler Crandall. She is strong, gutsy, brave, and beautiful. Everything you could want in a female character. She loves her father and her cherished Louisiana home, Belle Terre and is willing to fight to keep it safe.
Dick Hill captured each character's personality with his narration. He was able to capture the dialect of each character and made me feel like I was actually hearing the characters speak to each other. Terrific job!
The slow heat is coming to a boil!
Another great Sandra Brown read. I would highly recommend it.
I have this book in in print for quite long time now, and among my first audible purchases.
Sandra Brown simply slew it clean for me to the point that years after reading it is not enough unless I got voices over those very saucy and very meaty dialogues.
Cash Bodreaux is very unforgettable and made a huge impression on me - smart, bully, calculating, proud, rude, compassionate, gentleman, sexy and wow on the sheets. I love how Sandra Brown created this male character that I'm always looking for him in almost all of the contemporary fictional heroes. His fervent wish was almost buried to the ground but Schyler's love of her adoptive father resurrected his need to be acknowledged as a son. The rawness of Cash and Schyler's encounters are always full of passion - arguments and sensible conversation alike.
Slow Heat in Heaven is an apt title for this book. The twists of greed, crime, racial connotation, honesty and hot romance have equal parts from start to end.
I never lost the excitement to this credit worthy narrator and author tandem audio.