This was my first Jennifer Crusie novel and it was very different than the type of book I usually read/listen to. As such, it was a bit "fluffier" but it was nice to not have rewind all the time for things I might have missed. The story was amusing and the pace was good. The narrator did a pretty good job, but some of her attempts at men's voices were distracting and didn't seem to match the mood of the book at the time. All in all, though, I'd pick up another of Ms Crusie's books for a break in my more laborious reading.
This is a fun listen, though it should be noted that this book does not bring a realistic storyline or characters. But if you willingly suspend your sense of what is supposed to be, and what real has to be, it makes this book a good time.
It is a well written book with a lot of good quips and quirky characters. I truly enjoyed the plot of abandoned children and a haunted house, with the background of a lasting love. The young girl and boy will break your heart and the obvious and overused extended family help ease the main characters development.
I really liked the narrator. Most of the characters had distinct and natural voices, that made it a pleasure to listen to, although a few were slightly grating. I chose this book based on the narrator, as i really enjoyed her in Brenda Novak trilogy.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
I really love the characters in this one. Andie is no-nonsense, the housekeeper wierd, and the kids are the most interesting of all of them. The story moves right along, except that part at the very end, which is a kind of strange add-on. There are some chuckles and a couple of laugh-out-loud moments. The odd thing about this book is that it is categorized as a romance, but North, the supposed male protagonist, is almost absent. Or at least in the background with a personality so undeveloped that it is almost non-existant. The best part of him is the memories Andie has of him, not the man in the present part of the story. It isn't Crusie's best (which IMHO is Bet Me or Welcome to Temptation), but it is still fun and light.
Lively, fun, satisfying.
As a reader, my sympathies were engaged most by Andi (the main character). She was resourceful, interesting, and empathic. I loved the way she connected with and defended the two kids in the story. In some romance fiction, I feel like taking the two main characters and shaking them until they TALK to one another, but Crusie does an excellent job of making the obstacles to the relationship believable, yet still resolvable. Andi's temperament was beautifully depicted. It seemed very consistent with her character both that her marriage would have gone down in flames, and that a second try (with the same guy) could work.
I loved the way Dawe handled the two kids -- distinct voices that nicely matched their (difficult) personalities, and none of the sugary-squeakiness some narrators use for children.
I usually listen in the car, or when doing chores, so I'm not usually sitting, but I did find myself stacking wood for longer than I intended a couple of times!
I love Crusie's work and I'm glad Audible makes her books available.
I love the voice of the narrator but she used 'she said' and 'he said' too much, even when not appropriate and I hate that. Makes a good story horrible in my opinion.
Beyond the "said" issue, the story is ok. It's fun, light hearted and not a deep read but entertaining.
Near the top.
I loved North Archer for his generosity and felt deeply sympathetic toward him for his "stuckness" in his own life and what it had cost him. But Alice is also terrific in the way she stubbornly resists Andie, only to eventually succumb.
Her characterization of the different personalities made each clearly distinguishable - and brought out the humor of their individual quirks, in an affectionate way.
I loved when North finally showed up and he and Andie began really working together to solve the problem.
The combination of a desire to write about Alice as an adult and the difficulties of developing a Gothic atmosphere in an age of ubiquitous cell phones caused Jennifer Crusie to set this in the early 1990s - which totally worked for me, as that was when I was a similar age to her protagonists.
No, it's a fun one time read.
My favorite character was the medium - I thought she was dry and funny and calm in all situations.
My favorite scene was when Alice and Carter finally burned the last lock of hair from May and they were free.
Nothing moved me.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
This was kind of a ghost story with slapstick comedy and a little romance thrown in. The narrator did a good job with the voices. I really like the way she portrayed the voice of North, the boyfriend of the main character, Andie.
This isn't a story I would HIGHLY recommend but it isn't bad either. Maybe get it on sale or a two for one credit.
I fell in love with Jennifer Crusie's writing when the book, "Bet Me" was given to me. So I was anxious to read more... This book was intriguing... A mystery with ghosts (which you weren't sure were real), orphan children traumatized by these ghosts and the people who tried to help but didn't believe in ghosts. It's funny, endearing and keeps you guessing until the very end.
She has a great range of voices making it very easy to follow the conversation.