"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis
Jennifer Crusie almost always makes me giggle. That makes the 2-hour commute go just that much faster.
A story where the guys make bets on women. Grown adults! How juvenile! I expected to not like it because I had a stereotypical scenario in my mind about how it would play out. As it turned out, I did like how the relationship developed. It wasn't what I had envisioned at all.
There were some very annoying details about the story. The word "said", the doughnuts, and how many times did they eat Emilio's cooking during the course of this one month period? For crying out loud, I don't know anybody who eats out this much, let alone the SAME restaurant over and over again. Despite these annoyances, the story moves along at a comfortable pace, and I enjoyed it more than I expected to.
You bet! I've already listened to it several times. I just love the characters and the story.
The banter between Min and Cal.
I don't know.
I'm totally addicted to audio books! I listen when my eyes get too tired to read and when I am driving or just don't want to sit and read!
I really tried to listen to this 4 or 5 times but I kept falling asleep. Just could not get into the story at all. I had a hard time keeping track of who was trying to hook up with who and who was fooling who?
Yes, I love many of her books! This just wasn't one of them. The characters were just not interesting and had little personality.
Did not distinguish between characters well at all...I think that was part of not being able to get into the story.
Wish I hadn't wasted a credit...
Fun, Sexy, and Yummy. The characters bring in all the fun from the sexy vixen Liza's purse slapping humor to Elvis the music loving cat. Then you have the sexy ways in which the moments of intimacy are described and it all rounds off to one yummy chocolate Krispy Kreme doughnut.
It is a feel good story which drags you in and makes you want more. The characters are so likeable even the mean ones that create the drama in Min & Cal's life.
Cal. I know it's Deanna reading his character, but he sounded very sexy at times. Hands down the best male narration from a female I have heard thus far.
It made me hungry for some Chicken Marsala and doughnuts.
I rarely read/listen to fiction books. But once in a while I will find a gem like this and can't put it down. I literally had it playing on my Android in the car, PC at work, and laptop at home because it was like a bag of chips that you cannot put down. Loved it and I am looking forward to more indulgent moments enjoying Jennifer Crusie writing.
I loved this story - it spoke to those of us who aren't blonde, gorgeous, thin and all that. It was carefree and entertaining - the gorgeous didn't get the guy for a change. The narration was excellent and easy to listen to. Well worth my credit!
Better things to do but this is more fun.
I currently have three romance novels on my Nano. Started book 1, couldn't hack the narrator. Started book 2, couldn't deal with the heroine. I should have led with book 3, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. I'm one of those compulsive-must-finish-the-book readers and it's saying something that I left the first 2 books unfinished to listen to Bet Me.
OK, nuff about me - the book is funny, angsty, romantic and real. There's not a lot of bacon to go with all that sizzle, if you know what I mean, as our H/h (Cal & Min) don't really get together until the final chapters. However, if you're looking for a well written, warm story about real girls with curves, this is just your speed.
Cal is a womanizing guy who doesn't get why that's a bad thing. He's so not into Min in the beginning that I was a little turned off. Min is a bit on the heavy side and wears ill fitting clothes as armor to ward off womanizing jerks. The plot (starting with a bet) brings them repeatedly until they start to see beneath the outer layers and figure out, well, what you figure out in a romance.
Ms. Crusie writes an enjoyable story with real life characters. I firmly believe romance stories are escapist comfort and this story hits that mark dead center. It was great to read about a normal (e.g., not size 2) woman and hear how a hunka-hunka sees her 'fat' as curves.
Deanna Hurst does a great job narrating the story. She and the sound team do a great job of differentiating characters and conversations, as in when Min talks to Harry (Cal's nephew) on the phone. I thought she did a great job on the male voices, which are sometimes a challenge for female narrators. It was such a pleasure listening to her that I wore my Nano to bed while on a business trip. Her voice literally lulled me to sleep. I also did this because I was engrossed in the story and didn't want to turn it off yet. (I sometimes have trouble sleeping while at hotels and find certain narrators to be soothing enough to help me turn off my brain - this is a good thing!)
Based on Bet Me, I'll listen to other books by Ms. Crusie and will listen to other books narrated by Ms. Hurst. I may re-listen to Bet Me sometime in the future, when I've forgotten the enjoyable details of this story.
This story was witty and made me laugh. I loved the writing and the narrator. I loved that the protagonist is a normal every day girl with a few curves. You can really put yourself into this book.
Say something about yourself!
A real hoot
When Cal sang to Min, and she got emotional, I had tears in my eyes. Love Harry too, what a sweetheart
My first Crusie book was Maybe this time, under a special romance promo of Audible, and have fallen in love with Crusie. So much going on, and lots of humor with a good love interest.