I love all of SEP books. I always look forward to her new books. Infact, I hope the next book is about Dr. Christie. I was, however, getting real tired of Lucy's nasty mouth and the way she and Patrick treated each other. It went on a bit too long. No real person would put up with so much bickering and insults. I liked the ending real well.
For a long time anything that SEP wrote I bought immediately and loved and re-read often. This one is part of what is becoming just so-so books from a formerly great writer. The last three-four books have been disappointing and this one continues the trend. There were characters that seemed re-cycled from older books, seemingly token PC inclusions - a multi-racial child, gay relationship, veterans with PST - really?? These are important issues, but here seemed to be just included as a way of checking off a list. The e-book was far shorter than some of her other ones, but seemed to drag, to the point I actually fast forwarded twice.
I will not be re-listening to this book and cannot recommend it.
Yes! Very entertaining! Great story! Loved the characters!
She is a very talented narrator. Her voices for all the characters are wonderful and really add to the story.
Both! SEP is such a great author! Her humor and understanding of human nature make her books so enjoyable and entertaining.
I recommend all SEP books!
I too looked forward to this book's coming with full expectation of another entertaining story. For the first time, I was disappointed in SEP. Lucy was a multi-dimensional character in First Lady, with so many unusual facets that could have been explored. In this volume, she's primarily petulant, irritating and wishy-washy. Somewhere between the two volumes, we missed a major part of her character development when she became an obedient over-achiever unable to know her own mind.
The story drags, made worse by a poor narration by Shannon Cochran. I know Anna Fields is a hard act to follow, but Cochran's range of emotions is limited, with angry petulance and inappropriate excitement being the primary colors she draws with. The end result is that none of the characters feel "real." The story also suffers from several flaws: Panda's problem is well-hidden until nearly the end of the book, and yet it dictates so much of his behavior. Lucy's inability to understand her own behavior is hard to believe when she is supposed to be so intelligent. Both characters' unwillingness to accept their own feelings gets old quickly. This is a story that could be easily told in half the words.
Although I love Audible books, my recommendation is to read this one; it's a book that merits skimming. And without being limited by Cochran's narrowed abilities to portray characters, the story will likely have more life to it when you depend on your own imagination.
I think this book might be for people who have never read an earlier book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
I was never a big Romance Novel fan but I was pleasantly surprised by the wit, humor and fun characters in the SEP books my girlfriend had recommended to me. Listening to this made me feel embarrassed if anyone came into the room when it was on.
She had a coarseness to her reading that made all of the characters so unlikeable.
Honestly, I would make it a page one re-write.
This was such a disappointment. The author seemed to have no insight into human nature, her characters didn't earn any of the virtues she attributed to them. The lead woman was 31 years old and acted like a pre-teen. The male lead put on a bravado that was laughable. It was as if the author had someone else write this book, someone VERY young. I would have bailed after the first half, but my computer was in the shop and I couldn't download another book. I was trapped! Sorry to have to leave such a bad review, but I don't want SEP fans to expect a fun book.
The narration wasn't bad it was really the content of this work. I was so excited to see that SEP had come out with a new novel and utterly disappointed with such a weak female lead. The character was completely obnoxious, immature and total brat. In the end she was even disgustingly manipulative. There was nothing redeeming about her.
I am a huge fan of this author and have patiently been waiting for her next book.What a disappointment. There wasn't much comedy/romance it was just blah. I was hoping for another Dream a LIttle Dream or Natural Born Charmer which made me laugh out loud and there was chemistry between the main characters. This book was more of a public announcement about troubles in our world.
It was OK, but way to drawn out.
She is not Anna Fields but she does OK. Her Lucy voice was a little to whiny.
Please don't let Susan Elizabeth Phillips be out of writing material.
The narrator has strange slow annunciation and her modulation and intonations are odd - sounds like a grandmother. All wrong for this book.
love audio books - Anglophile
I enjoyed this story, but I miss a reader like the late Anna Fields, who was outstanding with the comedic parts of Ms. Phillips' stories. How about Amanda Ronconi or Tavia Gilbert next time?
When I want to just have fun I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I have listened to so many that now they are like hearing to hometown gossip from my mom. I don't always like "romance" novels but I love these. This one was not my favorite but was great none the less.