I'm sometimes a sucker for lighthearted and cheesy romance novels. This one satiates that hunger. However, the narration was terrible. First of all, while I understand the protagonist is quite a whiny pill, I refuse to believe that anyone can be that <italicized except I'm writing via mobile app> whiny.
Secondly, I made the mistake of reading along with the narration and discovered that the narrator doesn't seem to understand that italics mean to emphasize the italicized words to inflect a certain meaning into the sentence containing the italicized word.
This made my enjoyment of the novel short-lived. Which is another phrase mispronounced throughout the narrative as "short-lyved".
Therefore, if you're looking for cheesy and predictable romance, Emily Giffin doesn't disappoint. She's a guilty pleasure for me.
The narration is cringeworthy. 1 star
The book is okay, but the person reading is absolutely terrible! I almost gave up because I couldn't pay any attention to the story because of how snobby and pretentious she sounds...
I've read this book before and loved it then too. I think it's a great story and it stays interesting. I didn't care for the narration and found it kind of terrible. This is the 3rd Giffin book I've listened to have have hated each narration... However, about halfway thorough the book, the protagonist doesn't sound so whiny, so it was easier to listen to.
I'm having trouble finishing the book. I find the breathy, whiny narration irritating. It reinforces what I don't like about the story line. Be sure to listen to a sample.
The story is not as great as the first book. I just am so appalled that a character like Darcy who is so shamelessly arrogant still gets her way and ends up with a good man despite her God-awful character. Though she somewhat changes for the better, it's so disappointing that she does not find a true revelation within herself and that she still needs a man to fulfill her needs. The book is ok, but I think it could have been written better with a much more compelling plot.
The main character, Darcy, is a vapid, narcissistic New Yorker -- we get that. She's hard enough to like, never mind tolerate. But the narrator's over-dramatization of the whining, and the gloating and the self-important tone are almost unbearable and detract from whatever depth the character might have if the reader could just let her actions speak louder than words.
I really enjoyed "Where We Belong," Giffin's most recent book--it had more depth. I would never have guessed the same author wrote both these books/
Two-thirds of the way through the book I began to enjoy the story, once Darcy became a better, more tolerable character.
It's amazing how much a narrator can affect your perception of a book. I often wonder if I would feel differently if I were reading and deducing the character's voice for myself. I could see this book being a fun but mindless beach read, but the narrator really ruined it for me. A stupid thing that grated me was she would pronounce the word "lived" like "l-y-ved" as if it sounded more pretentious or something. I'm going to listen to the sample from now on!!!