No. The combination of the heavy Christian slant and the voice of one of the narrators spoiled this experience for me. I might listen to another Marie Bostwick book, now that I know it's Christian fiction--I'd just tune out the heavy-handed parts, just as I do with overdone sex scenes--but I won't listen to another book from this narrator.
Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books.
Xe Sands sounds tired, bored and condescending, which results in the narrator coming across as passive and tired. If I'd noticed she was one of the narrators I would not have purchased the book.
I liked the characters and the story. Regular church-going choir member that I am, the heavy-handed Christian elements were quite a bit too much for me.
If a book is Christian (or any other heavy-handed religious) fiction, please state that up front so customers are not unpleasantly surprised.
It's light and easy to listen to while doing something else. I didn't like it as much as I do the Blossom Street books, but it was fine and did a bit to capture the season.
And of course, Sandra Burr always does an excellent job.
Make sure you listen to the sample before you buy this. Although I enjoyed the story and the characters, the narrator's voice made the main character, Lucy, quite unlikeable. I'm sure this narrator has some energy, but here, at least, her voice sounds tired, bored and condescending when she's in the main character's persona and most of the others as well. She does well, though, with Marva, who's an interesting character, one of whom I'd liked to read more of!
This is a book I may well pick up the print copy of and so enjoy it the way so many others (see Amazon reviews) have!
I don't know if I'll be able to get through this. The narrator is stunningly bad. Galloping rhythm, inaccurate inflection and abysmal voices. What a disservice to listeners and to Ms. Roberts.
How's the story? The narration gets in the way so much that it's honestly hard to tell.
It's hard to tell if the story is a good one or not. The narrator reads so slowwwwwly that it's almost impossible to get any sense of the protagonist. The flat affect doesn't help, either. I realize she's trying to play a part, but it's dull and ineffective. I don't know if I'll be able to finish it......
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