Normally, I LOVE Amanda Quick, but I can't decide which is worse - the book or the narration.
Every single non-main, male character seems to say "ain't" in every other sentence (what's THAT about?) and the storyline is just plain absurd.
The reader is excruciating to listen to - the accents are appalling and the pace is agonizing. I don't understand why "ain't" is in this story so much, but the reader just makes it WORSE with the way she says it.
This book and its reader are just plain PAINFUL.
The only reason I even gave it a 2 is because it IS Amanda Quick, after all...........
I read reviews about this book before purchasing it and they said that it was very funny. I have found it unbelievably depressing, monotonous, and even uninteresting in the extreme. I always try to finish any book that I buy out of respect to the time and work put in by the author, but this one has been almost impossible. I am forcing myself to listen each day. I am only an hour away from the end, but I just can't do it. I'm done.
Professor Anding is terrific. She is extremely knowledgeable and interesting and I found this course very educational. I have listened to it twice already. She has a couple of sayings that she overuses a lot, but, other than that minor quirk, I loved the course.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Dr. Goodman was a great speaker. I loved his pace and his ability to speak in layman's terms without it sounding like he was talking down to you and at the same time, use correct terminology for those who DO want the right words/vocabulary.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The only reason for 4 stars vs. 5 is that I always compare a 5 to my all-time Greats and this doesn't quite reach that level of acclaim, but was really good, interesting, different. While all of the events are obviously "fantasy," there are some parts that are not even believable within the framework or context of the book itself and there was SO much that had no explanation. But, again.......those are tiny, nit-picky things for an overall really good book.
Another delicious visit with Lady Georgiana. She is such a delightful character who is trying to walk a fine line between the role of royalty and commoner, worldly and sheltered, sleuth and scared witless, aggressive and shy..................... It all works to create a character who is 3-dimensional and still maintains her grace and aristocratic upbringing at all times.
Susan Ericksen = brilliant. She IS this series and all its characters.
J.D. Robb = brilliant. I love everything she writes under this pseudonym, HOWEVER, this was, by far, my least favorite of all of her books. It felt a little bit empty -- like she wasn't really into it this time and was just plodding along 'cause she had to. Please keep in mind that I am comparing her to herself and this did not resonate like all the others.
This was kind of an odd story and the sound quality was fairly poor. To top that off, I don't really like dramatizations much anyway and the segues in this one were really "off."
It's a mediocre story that is very well written. The plot always seems contrived and kind of yadda yadda yadda, but within that sphere, you can't deny that Dan Brown writes it well... and Paul Michael does a nice job narrating. I guess I wouldn't skip this read, but... nor would I wish to read it again.
I love this book because it really is practical. That, by the way, is an extreme understatement.....! The author approaches the subject with clear, concise directions that explain WHY you should/should not do something as well as the HOW.
I honestly didn't think I'd get anything out of this book. I figured I knew what he was gonna' say and that I was going to consider it just "so much noise." B U T.... it's not. It's great advice. By the end of the introduction, I was jazzed. By the middle of the book, I was motivated. By the end of the book, I had already made more progress than I've made on my own in 10 years............
Apart from being terrific information, it also happens to be fun and ofttimes funny. Mr. Mellen has a slightly sarcastic (but not caustic) sense of humor that makes you kinda' shake your head, laugh, and say, "Yep, that's me!" His reading is also right up there as "the perfect voice" for his own material (and I don't usually say that about authors reading their own stuff.).
Unless you are already a perfect housekeeper/organizer, I GUARANTEE you that you will find enough gems in this book to make it well worth your time and money.
I've just relistened to this book. I had forgotten how wonderful it was to first meet all of these richly-drawn characters. Diana Gabaldon wrote a perfect story that spans both time and breadth of vision. Davina Porter is breathtaking in her performance.
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