If I could have just focused on the story, I think it would have been outstanding. It was a sweet concept for a romance and I liked it. However...as several reviewers have noted, the choice of narrators could not have been more off! Just think of the cast of "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything" staying in character and reading this book to you. Absolutely unbelievably bad. The male lead, Alex, comes across as a real jerk. But, it's the narration. It could have been read as a man struggling that you could sympathize with. It was the tone that made him seem like such a bully. The female lead, Zoe, was supposed to be sweet, not stupid ... but, thanks to Mr. Cummings, she sounds like a lobotomized Marilyn Monroe. I'm having a hard time understanding how anyone thought Mr. Cummings was a good choice. But, then again, they gave him the middle book in this series knowing we would all buy it just to keep up with the storyline. Feel bad for Ms. Kleypas, he ruined her lovely romance.
Can not in good conscious recommend this. Buy the audio for #1 and #3, get this one in print. JB
Yes, if you like an easy, predictable romance accompanied by strong bonds between friends and uneasy yet loving bonds between brothers who grew up in a broken home.
The ghost recalling his memory.
For sure from Lisa Kleypas, but Jeff had a hard time executing the female voice. Made her sound like a mouse with no range.
My favorite Character was Emma. I love it when grandparents tell it how it is. No matter how uncomfortable the others in the room will be.
Bad Female Characters
Sure. Not a major motion picture, but something on lifetime or made for TV. The story is heartwarming. I would just want to see more of the main characters life together. Not just the parts leading up to their committment for each other. I could see a number of Lifetime stars in this movie.
Read this book in paper back as well as listened to Audio. Wish the main female was different in the audio version, but Love the book anyway.
Something about yourself.
I enjoyed this story so much. I thought Zoe and Alex were such a great couple. All the emotional baggage from their childhood made things so difficult. The social issues of alcoholism and dementia were adeptly handled and very realistic. If you have ever had to deal with either of these issues the hope contained in this story made it a magical listen. I did not hate the narrator. I dove into this book with a sincere desire to like it and so my attitude was a positive one. I did listen to the sample to see it the other reviewers comments were valid. I know where they are coming from but I have heard much worse and I thought the passages of prose were very well done indeed. The cat's role was a comic relief. Parts of the book were faintly reminiscent of the old Suzanne Brockmann Troubleshooters when she had the WWII storyline woven in with the present day setting. I applaud Lisa Kleypas for writing this book and will definitely buy the next one in the series. In closing I would like to know where she gets her ideas for love scenes because she can write a smoking one.
I enjoyed the story and the characters.
I've heard many narrators that could have done justice to this. Too bad Mr Cummings failed so miserably with this one.
Loved the book hated the narrator.
I would listen again, but not with the same narrator. The voice wasn't right for a romance like this one.
OK, I loved the story, but I do have to weigh in and say that the narration by Jeff Cummings was pretty distracting. He had this breathy tone that he used for Zoe, the main character, that made it SOO hard to really follow the story! What happened to Tanya Eby?! I think that she did such a good job with the other two books in this series and her skills were sadly missing here.
Still, this is still a very good listen -- the story of Zoe Hoffman, her grandmother Emma Hoffman, who is battling dementia, and Alex Nolan, the youngest Nolan brother, who is an alcoholic with major trust issues. Add in plot lines that include abandonment, elder care, self esteem, and ghosts (yep, GHOSTS!) and it sounds like this will be a weird, depressing story, but it really all comes together into a touching, heartwarming story about second chances and opening your heart to those around you.
I would suggest just bearing with Jeff Cummings and purchasing this book. I cannot wait for the next installment -- hope that Tanya is back, though!
I listen to audible with a pile of cats all over me. It's "FUR-tastic!"
I love Lisa's writing.It translates really well on to audio but Jeff Cumming's performace just didn't do it for me. But other than that. The story, the characters are A++
The characters and Lisa's beautiful fluent writing
don't have one
Not all writer's writing translate well onto audio but Lisa Kleyas does.
I love this author but I could NOT stand the narrator. I want my money back for putting me through this.
Time spent commuting passes by much easier listening to books. I prefer romance books but I do enjoy other books as well.
Listening to a book rather than the depressing news while I commute is always time well spent.
Probably not. While Lisa Kleypas is one my favorite authors, this is not one of her better works. The book took a really weird twist at the end that left me saying,"Are you kidding me? You couldn't have found a more real life, interesting and heart warming way to end the story?". Needless to say, I wasn't fond of the ending.
He was ok. I can't think of just three words.
No. There aren't any other characters that seemed worthy of another book.