Audio narration by Rebecca Lowman was fine. No complaints about her performance, except she could have made the various characters sound more distinctly different. I liked her voice -- easy on the ears, with good inflections.
STORY: Set in contemporary Chicago and Alaska, this one was fairly engrossing at times (especially the heartpounding survival scenes in Inuk, Alaska). However, the pacing was sometimes too slow, especially in the first half of the book. About 30 journal entries from unethical researchers slowed the pace and didn't add much to the story that couldn't have been said more succinctly. The two interviews with the narcissistic William Harrington went on too long (but Harrington's characterization was vivid -- more vivid than anyone's).
Even though the pace lacked intensity and drive at times, I thought Garwood did a nice job of weaving together various seemingly disconnected threads. Kelly's Root Bear anyone? Marathon racing? Polar Bears and Arctic Wolves? Alpha Project? The Barrow Whalers football team? Greg, Sophie's jealous co-journalist?
Sometimes, especially in her historicals, Garwood makes me chuckle. I have noticed that I smile a little during her contemporary novels, but I usually don't laugh. In this book, I did chuckle about the YouTube video gone viral.
Our hero, FBI agent Jack MacAlistir, was credible. He had some texture. I chuckled at how much he absolutely dreaded freezing temps. I feel the same.
As for the relationship, it wasn't love at first sight, and began with minor animosity. The first sex scene -- halfway through -- felt like it almost came out of nowhere, since Sophie and Jack were barely friends at the time.
Annoyance: Once the two had slept together, we get the typical drivel from Sophie: "I lust for him -- may even love him -- but I am NOT gonna sleep with him again. Gonna stay away from him. Oh no!! Here we go! I cannot resist! Well, I really WILL resist next time, because this relationship can never work." (Oy vey. Give me true relationship building, please.)
However, I really loved Sophie's father, a sort of modern day Robin Hood, protecting Chicago's humble folk from the ravages of dirty dealing fraudsters. Would have liked to see more of him. Unlike SWEET TALK, this heroine doesn't have a vile family. I also liked the scenes with Sophie's girlfriends Reagan and Cordy. Her girlfriends added something without dominating the story, which was a problem in SWEET TALK. I also loved Sophie's editor boss, Mr. B. I enjoyed the scenes between Jack and Alec, his FBI partner, Reagan's husband.
As for the suspense, I confess I didn't figure out exactly who would show up in the dark warehouse at the end. That's a plus.
I love Garwood's characters. My favorite part of her books is how the characters talk to each other. I find the conversations to be very amusing. Her male characters tend to be almost interchangeable but I really enjoy the spunk all of her heroines have.
I loved the last five minutes the most. I wonder how Jack and Bobby will get on?
I think she does a pretty good job. I do find her to read a little too slowly for my preference but I do enjoy her voice.
I'm not that creative, you will have to ask someone else.
Well worth a credit. I do recommend Garwood's historical novels, they are phenomenal.
Exciting story that totally fell apart at the end. Rebecca Lowman's reading was better than the content but even she could not give it the creativity the end should have had. Great read and definitely worth listening to.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
You'll Be Surprised
good story and pace. good humor, but listener must be listening for it.
She is not the best. Needs work on her male voices and pace of reading. Ms Garwood has got to find a reader who can do justice to her writing. Reader has to have a sexy male voice,and the correct cadence to capture Ms Garwood humor and wit. These readers for Fire and Ice,Sizzle and Ideal Man just killed the stories!! Sweet Talk story carried the reader. Ms Garwood, please take note of a long time fan's comments.
I did listen all in one except for a few hours nap!
Please find a fast pace, female reader who can do a sexy male voice.
I've been a huge Jule Garwood fan since I was a teenager. Her books are some of my most favorite and I've read them again and again. However, this one was good, but not what I would expect from Ms. Garwood. If it were anyone else, I would have given this book four stars.