I guess I only read the "great" reviews. I am having trouble with this story and narration so I came back to see what others thought. Worried I am becoming a narration snob. But she is just awful...sounds like a prude Victorian prissy and the male voice is so unattractive you cannot imagine these men are well attractive or magnetic....I appreciated the reviewer that gave the overview of the prequel...I don't care for this writer's turn of phrase.
Say something about yourself!
This is one of those books that really ticked me off. The first 75% I was in love, ready to sing its praises, to download the sequel in actual reading format because its not available in audio yet....thank goodness I waited.
The things I loved were:
1. Alpha males galore
2. Totally hot scenes
3. I really respected the drama...in the beginning....the female lead lost her mom to breast cancer, her boyfriend helped her emotionally and physically, he even held the moms hair while she threw up....so no matter what she feels for another guy how do you ditch the man your dying mom approved of???
Then the writer just flipped a switch, the wonderful boyfriend becomes anything but wonderful.....how does a man who held a dying woman's hair while she was sick complain to a waiter about a crying baby? Huh?!?!? Then the 24 year old super hot model like female lead never had a boyfriend before this guy? Huh?!?!?
Throw in some fake made up drama towards 85% through and I turned it off with an hour ago.....ugh! Ruined a great book and ticked me off! If you like fake drama go for it, at least the hot scenes were hot.
I'm a book lover. I call myself a booky.
I purchased this book back in 2013, and have listened, and enjoyed it many times. I don't know why there's so many bad reviews about the narrator, to me she's perfect for this book bringing the characters to life. There are so many horrific narrators out there killing the hell out of books, but Mary Kowal isn't one of them.
This story moved way too slow. Nothing really occurred between the two leads until the last two chapters. They spent no time together as a couple because the female lead was seeing someone else for the rest of the book.
I'm certain I'm not the only person who listened to Collide and Pulse who got distracted by the strange adjectives used. It's like the author opened up a thesaurus and grabbed any old word regardless of it working. I mean...she used the word 'cavernous' to replace 'deep' for a man's voice. It was off-putting. I tried to just ignore the weird descriptive language and try to get into the story line, but even that was horribly predictable. The narrator gave some of the worst character voices I've ever heard. She also had a slight lisp and read Spanish horribly. I gave it a higher star count due to its lower price. It isn't credit worthy, but it's adequate for the price it's offered at. Back to the weird adjectives...Tiffany Reisz's main character Nora in The Siren is an erotica writer who asks her new editor "What's another adjective for thrust?" I probably got that line wrong but that was the gist (synonyms: essence, substance, central theme, heart of the matter, nub, kernel, marrow, meat, burden, crux) of it. I adore Nora and her creator Ms. Reisz and the thought of Nora's editor Zachary verbally beating the naughty adjectives out of Ms. McHugh's writing made me smile.
The narrator was not amazing but the story is good enough to overcome. I also have a problem with the desperate poor decisions Emily makes at times. (I can't say more without spoilers) Having said that, I really enjoyed this book. Great plot, lots of sexual tension & conflict.
Good luck listening to this one without immediately buying the next one! This is only half the story...I hate that!