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.
It would have been better, if the audio version had been better produced. Omitting the constant he said....she said. In a 2 min span, sometimes there would be up to 15 he said/she said. You start counting them, instead of listening to the actual story.
Again, he said...she said. The constant reference to Min's weight was tiresome.
Yes,I thought she was a great narrator with a pleasant voice. She would have benefited more, with editing out he said/she said.
Yes, the main characters were very likeable and the connection between the two was very natural. A cute love story, with great supporting characters. The he said, she said....ruined the true essence of the story. Probably, would have been better to read.
Yes. It was entertaining.
The most interesting aspect was the betting going on between the main characters.
Probably not. I think there are other books that are better...
The ending was very predictable... and once you read the first two chapters you knew what the ending was going to be.
Neither good nor bad.
I have only read two of Jennifer Cruise's books. Fast Women, which was good and this one. Now I am left wondering which one was the normal writing style and which was the accident.
I love most of JC's books, as I'm a chick-lit fan; but this one is my favorite! It's very smart, very witty and the characters are relate-able. I often picture this in my head as a Lifetime movie or something. It's that cleverly written and that much fun. Wish they WOULD make it a movie lol. I don't know what it is about this story, but it makes my heart warm. I keep it on my iPod at all times, and start it up again if I need a mood-booster :)
There is nothing I don't love about this book. I have read/listened to this book no less than 20 times. The characters are well done but not stereotypical. Ms. Crusie is consistent in their portrayals, but they are not predictable.
I will admit it took me awhile to warm up to Ms. Hurst. I don't know what I was expecting, but now she seems spot on. It could be because I have listened to it so many times her voice is forever entwined with the written word when I read as opposed to listen.
You know, I love a well-done epilogue and this was one of the better ones. I will listen to just the epilogue if I need a short narration to finish up a workout, a walk, a household chore.
While I am a fan girl of Crusie in general and this book in particular, I have read a number of contradictory reviews. While positives seem to far outweigh the negatives, make sure you read samples/listen to samples if you have any hesitancy. I listened to this many times through the library and knew I had to have it. It was one of the first I got when I joined Audible.
You can't help but root for Minerva Dobbs, the main character in this fun romantic comedy by Jennifer Crusie. Her wacky but supportive friends are great and it is fun to hear about her overbearing mother and her burgeoning relationship with ultra-handsome, playboy Calvin Morrissey. I laughed out loud many times and really enjoyed learning about these fun characters. Overall, a fun, sexy novel. Recommend for sure!
It wasn't filled with sex that overwhelmed the story. It had me laughing out loud. A nice romantic story. You'll have characters you will love, hate and some that you wish you could just get rid of because you know people like them exist. This was actually worth the credit, I know this because I normally read reviews not write them.
My favorite character was Cal. I loved the fact that he wasn't trying to get Min to diet and lifted her self-esteem. The rest of the characters were well written.
Deanna Hurst did the voices perfectly and when she did the voices for cell phones well that was great.
I really liked the way that Min and Cal take up for each other...that's what couples do even though they weren't together at that time.