I purchased the first book for $5.00 and I had to get the other books to follow this wonderful love story.
A glass of wine and these books .. life is good
This book took a couple chapters to get into (mostly getting use to the narrator), but once I did I fell in love. The book is a love story with two characters who have flaws (just like the normal person) and begin to relate to one another. It is poetic because of the religious and poetic insights the author adds and really makes you think about your own thinking on life and another point of view of things. I found it insightful and wanting to expand my reading genres. It is your typical love story though of a man with money with controlling tendencies and a woman with low self-esteem, but the back story of why they are like this is more natural and relatable. I hope everyone views it the same as I do if you can look past the cliches.
This book is about a young, smart inexperienced but not emotionally fragile woman who meets a world-savvy, sexually experienced, rich man. In the beginning they misunderstand and dislike/distrust each other and themselves, but a deep relationship ensues nevertheless, with each opening up about secrets and relationship needs along the way. Sound familiar? If you enjoyed the self-exploration and relationship-unfolding aspects of 50 shades, you will like it in this book, too.
In the case of Gabriel's Inferno, imitation is not only flattery, it is successful for the most part. The characters and story are vastly different than 50 shades despite the similarity mentioned above. Another major difference is the absence of explicit sex scenes. There is plenty of longing and sensuality, but don't get this book if you want a sex scene to read every few chapters -- you're going to be disappointed and have to make it up in your head. I don't think I would have listened to this book had I known that from the start but I enjoyed it nevertheless. It had everything else but that.
The story seemed longer than it needed to be. Not that it was boring (it was not) but I kept thinking, "Ok, THIS will be the plot turning event" but that never happened. Rather, there were small moves forward here and there as the story unfolded. Lots of little raised and resolved plot aspects as you got to know the two of them. Maybe a bit too much like a lot of teasing only to be let down at just the right moment, if you know what I mean. It's not that THAT isn't also fun, right, and then there is a great ending.
The narrator bothered me a little in the beginning because his sensual voice occasionally sounded more smarmy than inviting. Of course, that's to my ears, and yours might love it. On the other hand, Gabriel is an unsavory character at that point in the story, so maybe it is fitting. As the story went on, I found the narrator to be expert in his ability to capture and express all kinds of emotions from all the characters. Even without intense and explicit sex scenes (which I would love to hear this narrator do!), the narrator made Gabriel's expressions of love, need and desire extremely, uhm, worth listening to!
Many people complained that the writing in 50 shades was poor and everyone was just reading it for the explicit content. I never agreed with that and felt it was a solid piece of romance story telling, better than most. I would say the same for Gabriel's Inferno. It gets great marks from me for character development and for exploring the way that our personal experiences create obstacles for us and we need to learn to open up and trust that one person in order to grow. Is it great American Literature, no, but it is not junk.
Overall, I'm glad I took the time to get to know these characters and I am definitely going to get the next in the series. I'm not sure if this was the first book or not, but if not, the first wasn't needed at all for me to get involved with these characters.
In the beginning of the book, I thought I was reading a Fifty Shades clone. The characters were a little too predictable, and too good to be true. Gabriel, like Christian Grey from Fifty Shades, was abused as a young child and then adopted by the perfect family. When we meet him, he is an emotionally damaged thirty-something man with a past, with the perfect body. Julia, a younger, shy, beautiful girl, (just once it would be nice to read a book where the characters are average looking) grew up in a broken home, and is herself emotionally damaged. The difference between "Gabriel's Inferno" and "Fifty Shades" is that this book is much more erotic. It doesn't get too graphic. There is no S&M stuff, and the love scenes are very sensual without being vulgar.
This book was a little long for my taste. The author could have explored some other areas of the plot a little more, and broken this into two books. I haven't read "Gabriel's Rapture" yet though. So perhaps by the end of ithat book my questions will be answered.
The flavor and the timber of the voice made the story come alive!
Gabriel, Gabriel, and more Gabriel!!!
Gabriel 's discovery of who Julia is.
I love this book!
I loved hearing every word! Thank you!!!
Audiophile since the days I had to check 'em out on rickety cassette tapes at the local library. Currently working the other side of production as an author of romance and scifi/fantasy.
Highly recommended, and in fact already have recommended it. This story didn't shy away from intelligent, three-dimensional characters who act sometimes irrationally and don't get held up in romance formata and shelf fodder.
Mr. Morgan's voicing of Gabriel was spot on.
I had only one complaint on this recording: I feel that occasionally Mr. Morgan read aloud directive notes that were in the script only to inform his performance. Listening to a romance read by a deep-voiced man gave me pause, but the performance was very engaging in whole.
I think the book was OK but there was unrealistic dialog as someone else mentioned and everything was just SO overdone.
I work at the Mount Sinai Cancer center . love to read but have no time . this has made my life easy . I love to travel always with a good B
Best book better than fifty shade of gray
The story, the way it made me travel the romance , it make you fall in love with Gabriel , his love
John Morgan bring Gabriel a live , my god bless is voice ,
Yes and more
Must read , it a keepers
Not if it's like this
Made Gabriel sound really old
I hate tat I wasted a credit on this
I am not sure I would want to take the time needed to listen to another of this author's stories. This book has an excellent premise and one that could have led to much more action. Story was just too slow for me. Made it seem to drag on in between good parts.
Some parts were. I think the book could have been much shorter. It seems the author could have developed some of the other characters that could have created drama in the times when the story seemed to slow down in between action parts.
All of the words spoken in Italian and quoting Dante's Inferno- while very romantic, was tedious. Not all the parts were translated after the character said them so you may have listened to 3-5 minutes of beautiful speech only to find that you would not know what was said in English. Frustrating.