I had only seen the movies before listening to this book. That usually spoils a book for me. This book, though, has all the elements that make a REAL classic! The characters are well developed and I loved and hated them. The lessons were not didactic, but easy to relate to my own circumstances. The scenes are well painted and interesting. The language is inspiring.
There were some minor imperfections in the reading-but those all made it more cozy in my opinion. I love, love this narrator! I love his style, I love his voice, I would love to sit at his knee and listen to him all day! I kind of did.
The book was....ok. The author attempts a parallel story line. The problem with this was that the author wasn't able to be consistent in her development of characters or situation. I felt as if she short-changed certain parts to be more detailed in other parts. As if she was worried about writing too much. One scene would be quite clever, the next would feel incomplete.
I wonder if this author had a developmental editor to help find plot gaps and places where the reader was bored or parts just didn't make sense. Characters had promise of being interesting, but then fizzled. The plot had promise, then fizzled. The premise of the novel was intriguing then didn't come through in the end. I kept hoping for more. Maybe the author just bit off more that she could chew with the 2 story lines at once. The story was ok enough that I would try one more of her books. If that has the same problems as this, I'll be done.
For those who compare this book to one from the Outlander series: An analogy...The Winter Sea:Outlander as Harlequin Authors:Jane Austen. They both have their place, but modify your expectations.
The narrator was ok, not great, just like the book.
Pretty hard to listen to a book that is almost entirely a list of names and dates. There were a few descriptions of events but very dry and "informative". I suffered through a couple hours before I quit listening. Very disappointing. Don't even remember the narrator because the book was such a disappointment and not at all as described.
I loved the book, but the narrator takes the book too seriously. Every other word is emphasized as if it is the most important word in the book and contains the key to the mystery of life. I forced my way through the book because the book is amazing, but I will read them in print from now on. Hated to give the overall just two stars but the narrator was just soooo bad.
While this wasn't my favorite book of all time, it definitely was a good read. I love a complicated plot and descriptions and while the plot was quite complicated, I thought too many of the plot twists were underdeveloped and just thrown in an attempt to appear more sophisticated. I really didn't care what happened to the main character by the end of the book. I cared more about his family and associates. The romance was completely unbelievable and a distraction from the story. There are so few good books out there, though that this one comes close enough to warrant the time and expense. I thought the narrator did a good job.
The detail and description in this book are right on target. I can see where the characters are and what they are seeing. The plot is true to life and very contemporary. Full of action, suspense and I really get to know the characters and worry about what will happen in their situations. You really don't know who is going to live and who will die. Lou Diamond Phillips is a great actor and he doesn't disappoint in this narration. He reads clearly, nice voices that are not over the top, dramatic moments are dramatic, but he doesn't over-dramatize every other word, which is a pet-peeve of mine with narrators.
I loved the introduction! It made me want to try all new genres and to just pick up a book, any book and start to read it, regardless of genre or author. Some of the stories were good, some bizzare, some thought provoking, and some were way out there. I love the premise of the book (stories about Warriors regardless of genre) but some of the stories were nothing I would ever want to read again and I know what authors I would never even consider reading again. The narration was excellent. He sounded like he was talking to you, not reading and especially not overacting his reading.
If you are looking for a clever romance on the level of "The Scarlet Pimpernel", this book is not for you. This is definitely a formula romance novel using the Scarlet Pimpernel name to set the stage. It was cute, but not original. The beginning was promising with the researcher, but goes one dimensional from there. No suspense or real conflict between the two main characters. The reader needs to work on male voices as she just can't pull it off. A male voice is more than just lower than a female voice, especially when that low voice is out of the range of what the female reader can do. I quit listening 30 minutes from the end as I got too bored. I was looking for something a little more literary. I might try again when I want something uncomplicated to listen to. If you are looking for formula romance (and sometimes I am) this book will do quite nicely.
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