Say something about yourself!
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.
This was a good listen. The narrator was ok, but some of her voices I found to be annoying. It was worth a credit and I look forward to seeing how things play out in book 2.
All business but contemporary fun!
EVERY dialog, every feeling was described in the superlative tone. A look would shoot the heroine's hair up across ALL her body from her toes to her head. A single touch would speed their hearts at their maximum pace and they would completely lose their breath.
It was bizarre that the scenery descriptions were delivered using a formal, elegant tone with many metaphors and yet the dialogs among the main characters actions and humor were child-like, swearing all the time, giving the finger, etc. I definitely do not expect a 30 year old self made millionaire man to act like that. The male character actually fell completely flat. For some reason I kept going and finished the book. so there go the two stars.
Again, if the dialogs matched the author's writing style, this would have been 100x better.
An Audiobook-addict & I'm Luv'n it! ~Chronic Illness hit 5+Yrs ago; creating this inner "Audiobook Monster" of mine!
The main Female, and both main Male Characters as well; Especially Mr. Blake!! As for the Men you have one to Love easily and one that Confuses the hell out of you...
My first experience with Mary Kowal..!! — She's good; an easy narrator to listen too. My only slight? -A few Male voices; however, they ended up being a few one-liners or short responses here and there. Perhaps if that particular Male variation was used a lot, it could've became annoying enough to actually interfere with the story. However, this book has a lot of male sub-characters; I can only imagine how hard that would be to make so many different sounding "guy voices"!! – The 2-significant male characters of the book fit great into the narration; that's all that really matters to me. ;)
Worth that Credit — Cannot disappoint; This story kept me consistently and undeniably enthralled. I even hated it when I had to stop and/or pause, so I could attend my daily appointments, etc!! Plus, I was SO happy to find the sequel. It was ready & available right away on Audible for Download as well. I went straight to that book as soon as I was done with the first! - Jeez, and the second book?!! – Completely worth another Credit or purchase as well. A "must have" Download-duo, without a doubt!
Maybe, maybe not. I read the book first so I had already formed an opinion of the characters, plot, and writing. If I hadn't already read the book, the narration would have absolutely driven me insane, so much so that I honestly don't think I could have finished listening. It was that bad.
If you enjoyed the Beautiful Bastard series, Driven trilogy, or Tangled you'll probably enjoy this book (please read it, don't listen to audio version).
That's an easy answer...NO way! One thing kept coming to mind, Yogi Bear. MK's character voices sounded so much like cartoon characters. Fallon in particular (a female, supporting character) sounded just like Yogi Bear to me. Every time she would "speak" I would immediately shout out "Yoooogi Bear." That was probably the worst but, every characters voice was so over-acted that it became a major distraction from the storyline.
No, absolutely not. Go buy the book and read it, it's an awesome romance (I love Gavin) and is completely ruined by this narration. Gail McHugh is so talented, don't let this weird narration keep you from reading more of her books.
Note to authors:You have spent a lot of time writing, editing, rewriting, marketing and pouring your heart out in to your books, please, spend some time selecting a narrator. It will make our break your book for so many listeners.
yes ... it was a good story and well performed by the narrator .. well developed characters that I really cared about.
yes ... and I will listen to it a few times more.
Emily, what took you so long to figure things out! OK, I don't usually have such strong feelings about characters in a story. That's the point, this book was so good I have the second one now. So, this review will be short as I can't wait to find out what happens. Great job Mary Kowal. This is the first time listening to your narration and you are good girl! If you haven't already you need to get this one.