And the narrator Angela Dawe made it worse.
The narrator read like she was a TV news reporter, abrupt and fast. It was stressful to hear. There was not enough emotion or sense of wonder. Sex scenes sounded like she was reading a business report -- no sensuality. Some of the men sounded constipated, like she was holding her breath. She made the hero undesirable.
A few scenes kept my interest, but overall it was not a well done story. I didn’t care about it. I did like two scenes: 1. about a bully at school and 2. what Olivia did when she suspected someone put poison in someone’s food.
THE BUCHANAN/FBI SERIES:
This is book 10 in the series. I did not like books 1 and 10. But I really liked books 2 and 3 “Mercy” and “Killjoy.” I suggest reading Mercy before Killjoy.
Genre: romantic suspense
I will all ways get a Julie Garwood novel, she writes a good story and can make me laugh out loud. Sometimes I laugh because I can finish the lines for her. But this narrator is horrible, I could do better myself. As the story went on I kept thinking she would get better...she didn't. If I see any books Narrated by Angela Dawe again I'll be reading it myself.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
Story predictable and boring. Descriptions the same. Repetitive. Not a happy listener.
Reader was great though. Will listen to Angela Dawe again. As a Julie Garwood fan, will give her another shot, but not if it is the same as this book.
I have never reviewed a book before, this narrator's performance was torture!! It's like each sentence was read individually and they were pieced together. Sweet Talk may be the title of the book but the narration was not. The book was predictable, tedious and way too long. I no longer listen to everything I pay for.
IVE LIKED THE OTHER BOOKS IVE LISTENED TO VERY MUCH, AND IVE GOT TO SAY I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE. HOWEVER IT IS SO IM PORTANT TO HAVE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB AND THIS CASE YOU DO NOT. THE NARRARTOR IS SO NOT INTO IT AND EVEN PRONOUNCES SOME WORDS INCORRECTLY. I MIGHT READ BOOK TO GET MORE OUT OF IT.
NO HAPPY TO GET THROUGH, SORRY I WASTED MONEY ON IT.
The story is okay. Nothing special, but fairly enjoyable entertainment while driving. Sweet romance, with about three sex scenes. Olivia and Grayson, hero and heroine, are perfectly flawless, like Ken and Barbie. Predictable suspense plot involves fraud and attempted murder. Some fun banter and good humor. Some heartwarming scenes with a 7-year-old boy. Some violence. Minimal or no profanity or coarse language.
The narrator, Angela Dawe, has a nice voice. She read the non-dialogue beautifully, but she didn't portray dialogue with distinction. All four of the girlfriends (The Pips) sound similar. Dawe portrayed Collins' voice with an inconsistent Southern accent -- on again, off again. I couldn't tell the difference between the two men, Ronan and Grayson.
The narration (not the voices as much, but the text) was beyond grating! It felt robotic and made me almost return the book before the first chapter was through.
The story itself was just okay, but felt largely predictable and the romance felt forced and overdramatic to me.
Maybe, if the reviews were incredible and the narrator was different.
Probably not. Her voices for the characters were not bad (she does children especially well), but her actual narration was beyond terrible.
JG's books are always sweet and funny! Love the strong women and men and their quirky sense of humor.
Absolutely NOT. Will likely return this book because of the horrible narration. Every sentence was rushed/anxious. Ms. Garwood's books are sweet, fun, and sensitive. This narration did not portray any of those emotions. There was no difference in speed or inflection between warm romantic scenes and suspenseful angry scenes. On a scale of 0 to 10, for me she was below 0. Very disappointing.
From the first sentence, listening to Dawe was a trial. I will not listen to her again, even for a Julie Garwood book :'(
Julie Garwood is one of my favorite romance authors. The beginning was different and the scene where Olivia meets the FBI was classic. There's several story lines and I'm not sure the FBI would have solved all the cases without Olivia's help, even though she's IRS and not FBI. She comes from a dysfunctional family and the main goal in her life is to bring her father down.
It would have been a lot better with a different narrator. She really needs to work on her male voices.
I never like to write reviews but this book was great the story was ok, but the speaker was like a drone. Even during the sexy scenes it was like listening to my kindle read it. Sad because the story was good.