This is probably my favorite Julie Garwood book. Probably the first of her books I read and the one by which I've compared the rest of her books. I was pleased with the start of the narrated version; the bayou folk sounded fairly authentic. But the narrator had a tough time keeping track of who was supposed to sound like they were from where and the accents kept slipping around. She made a good stab at it, most of the time, but I ended up rather lost as to who was speaking and -- well, it all got rather muddled together. Her voice was pleasant, and when she was in narrator mode rather than character mode, she is excellent, and when she was doing the accents well, she did them very well -- I'd listen to her again, but perhaps her production chief could do a better job of keeping things on track.
As to the story, I like it. The female lead leads without a lot of angst and drama. The male lead does the same. This is a story, not a study in psychology and I enjoyed myself. What more can I say.
Sweet, riveting, humorous
When Theo first arrives at Bowen, and the kids mistakenly think that he is the new high school football coach. Really funny!!
Everything! She goes from a Louisiana accent to a Boston accent with great ease.
Finding your way to love
I am about half way through the book and really enjoying the story. The reader is great for the part of the book where the characters don't have accents.
I am from South Louisiana so love to listen to stories that take place there.
Her South Louisiana accent is so distracting. It isn't even close to authentic.
Except for the distraction of the reader it is good.
Think it would be so much better to have a person with an authentic accent read those parts of the book.
Say something about yourself!
I like this series and enjoyed this narrator. She was spot on with her accents. I do wish there was more "love" it's kinda classed over.
I don't know about the story, I couldn't get through the accent!
Yes, with another reader.
Just use your regular voice.
I enjoyed the story, however, the narration on the Cajun accent was not very good. I enjoyed the narrator on all other voices. Infact a good job. redo the Cajun and you have a great listen. maybe just add a slower southern accent.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Lots of humor, but if you are in a hurry, you will miss it. This is my second time to listen since first recorded and I really can appreciate Ms Garwoods' classic understated humor. Our hero's interaction with John Patrick is priceless. His description of "Lois" will grab your heart.
deep tenderness, but you can miss it if you are not relaxed to listen
C.T. grows on you with this listen. At first I had to get use to her performance, but found she is very good. I was very surprised at re listening to this story. I am now a fan of hers and will seek out more of her work.
When Ms Garwood recorded most of this series, I was too busy to really appreciate her ability for subtle humor. I will now have to go back and re listen. DO NOT MISS SWEET TALK! I just re listened and LOVED it. I had not given it a great review at the time and am now greatly sorry I can not take back that review. I love Angela Dawe reading of it.