"Broken for You" is original on many levels, fresh in concept, looking at a theme rarely examined in fiction: the question of how to live with an ill-gotten legacy. The prose is well crafted and the plot is vibrant, with characters who are both flawed and sympathetic. I found it difficult to put this story aside and replayed portions of it several times.
The reader is wonderful, with a pleasant, clear voice for the narration and a strong delineation between the characters. I've enjoyed her reading in other works as well. I highly recommend this book.
No. Not my type.
At first I thought it might be a mystery with a touch of the occult but ...
Not so much.
A fascinating story well told, if you're one of those who can actually suspend disbelief. I always think I'm not, but I do get caught up in the tale.
The fact that the scenario is entirely implausible lurks behind every scene, but a memorable cast of characters does emerge. The heroine is good-hearted, iconoclastic, rebellious, loyal, strong and funny, and the "history" rings true.
The language waffles between attempting to sound authentically mid-19th century, as one would expect in a personal journal, and quite modern, as in "God, Martha, that would be very low on my list of priorities." Still, an entertaining and predictably tragic story.
I like this reader very much. Pleasant voice, good characterizations, and no creepy transgender voices when reading the male characters' lines.
If you're looking for an entertaining story, by all means, have a listen. But if you read to fight insomnia, this is not your choice. I couldn't sleep the rest of the night after I finished the story.
One of my favorite Audible selections. Opening with a funeral, ending with a wedding, with a wealth of humor, tragedy, and original characters, the story ends all too soon. Bloodworth introduces a handful of memorable, flawed players you will be glad to know, without once falling into the trap of predictability. Very well read, too. The female reader manages to create unique vocal characters without slipping into caricature, as women readers often do when creating male voices. I heartily endorse Ms. Bloodworth's fiction debut and look forward to her next release.
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