The narration was absolutely impressive!
The most memorable moment was when Joss meets Braiden,
No, but she is by far the best narrator I've heard so far.
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In truth, the author couldn't convince me and although I tried, I just couldn't believe this story. Although the narrator was great, I expected a lot more from this book, especially with all the high ratings. I found that very little was done in the way of character development and more focus was put on describing sex scenes and in all truth, that only goes so far.
At the beginning, Braden and Joss felt forced and I could never really figure out what was so special about Jocelyn (Joss) that could cause Braden to drop his gorgeous girlfriend, annoying and materialistic though she was, in order to pursue a sexual ‘contract’ with a girl who is not Braden’s type and proves to be even more annoying. The author fails to make the connection and so the only reason I could surmise is that it is because Jocelyn has big boobs...Double-Ds to be exact. Yes, the author mentions Jocelyn’s big boobs more than once and frankly it's unnecessary.
So we have Joss, who is a 'big-boobed' character that is not friendly and whose personality borders on unbearable. She is indecisive, confusing and ridiculously aggravating. We learn she suffered tragedy and loss earlier in her life but even then her childish, stand-offishness comes across as annoying and immature. Although she is a character who suffered deep levels of pain and loss, Joss lacks any real depth of character or emotion. She states she has feelings "flooding" and "rushing through her" but that is hard to believe because the author fails to convince us of any real or complex feelings Joss might possess. I found most of the drama to be forced and contrived and I think the story fails in providing a deep or worthy reason as to why Braden is attracted to Jocelyn, let alone why he becomes immediately obsessed with her. It just doesn't make sense.
Although many people think Braden is dreamy, I found him to be a jackass. He is condescending, possessive and arrogant. Braden is verbally abusive and often comes across as demeaning. For example he says, “You’ve got great legs, Jocelyn. An amazing smile when you use it on occasion. And fantastic tits. And yeah, I usually date blondes. But you’re a blonde. I think.”
Really? I mean, REALLY!?!...I've never been this turned off by a hero in my life. We even learn Braden has previously ‘dated’ a prostitute whom he didn’t mind to share with his best friend! Yuck! I can’t believe anyone finds that sexy, desirable or even slightly attractive. No, I have to admit this book/audiobook will not go down as one of my favorites.
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Somehow this falls into the category of troubled girl, hot guy always by her side.
Typical plot, yet its still draws me in with good writing that clenchs my heart. Its not those books I would like to replay anytime soon, cos its kind of painful too. But definitely a good journey for this kind of story.
Possibly London Road although this was better.
Yes, I've listened several times since.
The narrator was fantastic.
This book while having very hot sex scenes has a wonderful story, I love its not just an erotic novel.
The narrator really nails this story, truly capturing the sexy and romantic character Scot Braedon in perfect pitch as well as the smart ass, clever and angst ridden Jocelyn. Seriously, why has Paula Costello on,y narrated one book? It's a sweet and sexy story and a group of really great characters.
Absolutely, the accent that the narrator does is priceless, and I could not get that if I was just reading the print copy.
(I do not want to spoil the story)
This book is a wonderful, powerful book. It proves that sometimes you need to shut up and let love happen. Ellie was most definitely my favorite character, she makes the need, she may seem one way, but don't let the cover fool you!
On Dublin Street has been on my TBR for far too long. Thanks to Loupe from Hot Listens I was gifted this audio after winning the 2nd quarter audiobook challenge. :-)
When I first started listening to this story I was hoping it wasn’t like all the other contemporary romance/new adult books out there. There are some similarities to other popular books in this genre but far more differences. My favorite difference is the setting, a this book took place in Scotland.
Jocelyn aka Joss is nothing like any other heroine I’ve read before. She’s smart, funny, sarcastic, creative (she’s an aspiring writer) but she also has a dark side. Joss has been through a lot of tragedy in her short twenty something years and struggles to deal with it all. Joss’ way of “dealing” with it all is ignoring it all and detaching herself from others. I like that she’s not perfect, but kind of dysfunctional. Throughout the book the readers are able to witness her evolution over time, which I enjoyed.
Braden, THANK GOD, is not your typical womanizing rich man in this book although he is all those things. Braden is a VERY successful business man with plenty of money but the story doesn’t focus on that. He doesn’t go around flaunting his money, taking lavish trips, but is found working late nights a lot of times. Braden had me right from the beginning with his flirtatious banter with Joss, I thought it was really cute. He’s perfect for Joss. He’s patient and understanding of her and her fears.
I loved the side characters! My favorite was Reanne, Joss’ best friend. She was dysfunctional, loved to call Joss on her shit and sarcastic….LOVE! She could also be found calling Joss a bitch at random times. LOL <3 Ellie was also pretty awesome. She was so sweet, trusting and caring all the time but could also be a hardcore badass when she needed to be.
I very much enjoyed this love story. I’m glad that their journey was filed with “real” shit, not fluff. It was not a quick easy whirlwind romance but one that flourished over time and allowed Braden and Joss to both grow as individuals and as a couple. I will definitely continue with this series.
Narration Note: Paula Costello’s performance was GREAT! Every character except Joss was spoken in a Scottish accent. The accent was RIGHT ON in my opinion. Who wouldn’t love a man with a Scottish accent? Paula did Scottish accent + sarcasm = AWESOME!
Yes I'd recommend this book. Loved the story and the narrator!
She just made the book! Loved her accent!
I've ran, walked my dog, rode the commuter train, painted a bedroom, and cleaned my room to this audiobook. Paula Costello is PERFECT for this book.
I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.
I loved the change she experienced.
I loved Ellie, the roommate. She was sweet, but tough.