The Great Escape follows on from the events that kicked off Call Me Irresistible. Starting from Lucy's abrupt departure from her wedding to Ted, the plot continues to explain Lucy's time on the run.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my favourite authors and I am yet to find one of her books that I didn't enjoy. Having said that, I have noticed that her older works (Fancy Pants, Honey Moon, Dream a Little Dream) lack some of the light hearted crazy humour of her newer publications (Match Me if You Can, Natural Born Charmer and Call Me Irresistible), which at times had me laughing so hard I cried. The Great Escape, while still demonstrating S.E.P's typical wit, seemed to lean more towards her older more serious style. Never the less, the story included all the elements I have come to love in a Susan Elizabeth Phillips Novel. It has a great plot with equal amounts of drama and romance.
I loved Anna Fields narration of these novels and I think any narrator who follows in her footsteps has some pretty big shoes to fill. It took me some time to adjust to Shannon Cochran in Call Me Irresistible but I feel she did a great job on both that book and The Great Escape.
All in all I feel anything by S.E.P is worth my credit and The Great Escape was no exception, I loved it from start to finish.
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.
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 ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I know that a large part of my problem with this book is the narration. Ms. Cochran may be a perfectly fine narrator, but I came late in life to SEP and listened to most of her books one after the other and then read them again taking breaks between each to really enjoy. And I went from being slightly annoyed by Anna Fields somewhat masculine, monotone voice to falling in love with it. And then she was gone.
And while I believe SEP is an author who deserves far more recognition than she ever receives - at least outside the romance genre - I have to now admit that part of what I draws me to her books is the voice who delivered her stories.
I think I will read the next one and leave it to the voice in my head to narrate.
Beyond narration - I found the heroine in this slightly annoying. Lucy was not the same gutsy yet terrified girl from First Lady. She tried to appear brave and gutsy, but seemed lost and adrift. Lucy should not have grown up into this woman.
The hero was underdeveloped. And this was too bad because more than most main characters he needed to be a fully developed living, breathing, complicated man. Lucy dumped the most perfect man who ever lived and ended up with someone named Panda Bear. You couldn't help but compare the two and since Ted had already starred in other SEP books, we knew all about him and how wonderful he was ... the Panda guy just came off flat.
One of the best things about Phillips books' are her development of secondary characters. And she does that well in this book too. Even though I thought the narration suffered the most with Toby, even the poor narration could not overcome the cleverly developed and delightful secondary characters. I wish either one of the secondary couples had been the center of attention in this book.
If you love Phillips books you will read this book regardless of what any review says. I expect you will be disappointed but will be more disappointed if you pass it up. I hope you enjoy it more than I did.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP) did not disappoint; it was good story. She did not write in enough "sarcastic" moments (which makes it funnier) in the book as she has generally done with her other books, but still enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong, I like Shannon Cochran as a narrator, but I just can't stress it enough, she is the wrong narrator for SEP's books. I am trying not to compare her to Anna Fields, but it's hard not to. I don't know how the majority of folks feel, but I buy many of the books I listen to based on the narrator. Amanda Ronconi would have been wonderful (AR may work with another publisher--these folk should hire her); then maybe I would probably have heard those "sarcastic" (funny) moments that I missed.
Even after these comments, I am going to listen to it again. I hope SEP has another book in the works. Another Chicago Stars books would be great. I am ready for any one she writes.
Please get another narrator for her books, though.
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.