I own this in paperback, Ebook and now audio. I read the story at least once every year-that's how much I adore it. But, if I could return the audio book I would in a heartbeat. The narrator sounds nothing like the real Blair Mallory would. She sounds years more...mature, and the southern accent is cringe-worthy. I'm a southern woman myself, I know. The forced high pitched voice, accent and extremely fast talking make the story so difficult to understand. It makes me sad.
Time spent commuting passes by much easier listening to books. I prefer romance books but I do enjoy other books as well.
This book ranks at the top of my list because I've listened to it multiple times. It's fun and funny and leaves me feeling like smiling.
The laughs. I also like the way Blair pretends to be the dumb blonde when it suits her but that she is really far from being a dumb blonde. I really enjoy the way two leads interact with each other.
I have. She's been great in both of the books I've heard her perform. I thought Franette's performance was great. She made the characters all sound just like the people I know from that area and she brought each character to their own light. The sass she gave Blair was perfect and the exasperation for Wyatt was just what you would expect. You could feel how much he loved her but at the same time wanted to put her over his knee too. LOL She made all the characters seem real. Making it seem like you were right there with them.
Yes, but at the same time, I didn't want it to end. Which is why I love the second book, Drop Dead Gorgeous just as much as this one
This is just an all around good book. If you are looking for something fun to read/listen to, that will leave you smiling....You won't go wrong with this one.
I hate to be so hard on someone... but this narrator is horrible. The book is a light read, and amusing, a fun story. But this narrator makes everyone sound whinny, and ninety years old! I couldn't stand to listen! I bought the book and finished the story... to this day if I pick up that book and open it.... I hear that grating voice in my head!
The second book is also good, and a good narrator ... should have used her in this one.
Whine, and drawn out sentences, everyone sounded like a dying cow.
This story has humour, well drawn characters, great side bars and can be listened to more than once because you like the character's lives and it is fun to think about how to win some of the battles in a relationship and laugh while you are doing it.
Blaire is the best, irritating, high maintenance, southern belle, ex-cheerleader that anyone would wish to meet.
Franette was perfectly cast for this book. She has the perfect ladylike, yet baudy interpretation which highlights just how irritating and yet lovable Blaire can be. I think it's a shame that she isn't reading Drop Dead Gorgeous ( I like Joyce but this character is Franette's )
Nope - I pretty much smiled all the way through.
I thought the same thing about the narrator when I first started listening, "Is she an old woman?" But as the book went on you got use to her voice, it is a little odd, but could only laugh at how funny she made spoiled little Blair sound. It was exactly how I pictured Blair. After listening to this first one and growing to love the southern, spoiled tone of her voice it made the second book almost, well boring. The southern accent turned into a country hick sound and you lost that sassy, cute southern girl that you loved so much in To Die For. If you listened once and gave this book a bad review because of the narrator, I say give it another go and really get to know Blair. Listen to how funny she is when she's laying in the parking lot and can't control what is coming out of her mouth. This book is a must read as far as I'm concered and I couldn't wait to hear more of Blair in the second book. That narrator did not capture Blair and I ended up having to get to know a total different character. Please try to stay with the same Narrator through a whole series. It would make for a truer story.
She made Blair real.
I laughted out loud. Not many books can do that.
Stay true to your characters and keep the same narrator thought a series.
I love Linda Howard, but it is PAINFUL to listen to this narrator!! I'm honestly angry right now because I can't even finish the first chapter because her voice is like nails on a chalkboard! Is she TRYING to sound like a nervous 90 year old lady???
don't know! can't finish!!
Your mileage may vary
I almost didn't keep going after the first few minutes, but once I got accustomed to the narrator who sounds way too old to be reading as a 30yo it was hilarious. The second book (Drop Dead Gorgeous) narrated by Joyce Bean sounds better for the character.
I ended up really enjoying the first person point of view and the "insights" she gives about how to argue with a man and so forth are laugh out loud funny. This would make a great weekend read.
I don't think there was any way to make this story enjoyable. There is no way to identify with the heroine of the story, she is spoiled, ditzy and always insists on her own way. This is one time when I didn't want the two characters to get together she was so horrid. I don't see any man putting up with a female like that!! There were definately funny parts and the story line was good but horrible female character.
Narrator's female voice very grating.
The scene's themselves were fine just horrid interaction between the females and the hero. The also way to make this better would have been to make the heroine a decent person.
It should also be pointed out that this story is told in the first person for those of us that don't enjoy a story written in the first person.
Keep on reading!
My review follows many of my fellow listeners, good book but bad narration. I found Blair to be a very refreshing character in the book, a true southern bell and her relationship with Wyatt was more believable then some other books. However I did not enjoy Franette Liebow’s voice in this book... I got used to it after a while of listening but each time I stopped and then listened to the book later I had to get re-used to it again her southern accent seemed really fake to me and not believable. But overall I'd say give it a try...