This is the third and fourth books in the stories of 4 brothers, and I very much enjoyed the third book. Suddenly in the fourth book the "last" brother is revealed as having quite a bit of angst.
Spoiler alert - because they're actually half brothers, and he thinks his father wasn't as honorable as the other fathers. - END spoiler alert.
Because of his angst I was distracted. I guess I like my fictional families less flawed than people in the real world. Overall, the last installment didn't feel wrapped up like they so often do; not sure if she's leaving an opening to return later and tell Casey's story...
I have read 3-4 of this author's books and this was by far my favorite, but I actively disliked a couple of them (Blue Heron series is a stinker IMO). Having said that I liked it I still need to state that this book made me cry (and I don't normally cry over books in this genre). I liked the main characters, although the monosyllabic hero is a bit over the top with his ongoing belief that everything goes without saying. I would compare the trials and tribulations of the heroine to the jokes about bad country songs; the specifics of which I mention below.
Specifics from the book, so **Spoiler alert**
Her parents announce they're separated and contemplating divorce, after which her mom moves to another town
Her dog dies
Her twin (who can do no wrong in the mother's eyes) has a beautiful child and "ideal" husband and H is negatively compared to twin over and over
Local friend is pregnant and initially H thinks her sort-of boyfriend (silent guy) is the father, but it turns out daddy-to-be is H's baby brother!
She repeatedly goes on nightmarish first dates and non-dates due to no-shows that struck WAY too close to home for the relationship challenged, such as myself. The abysmal dates include a guy who has obscenely bad table manners and a grandfather
The coup de grace of all the dating horrors: she tells numerous people in her small town that she met a great new Irish guy right before the new Irish priest gives his first sermon.
** end of spoiler details** narrator info below
I was not familiar with Xe Sands and I thought she did a good job. I would be willing to listen to more books which she narrates.
Jonah is the "I get you, flaws and all" guy that many of us would like to meet.
Raven was fascinating, and I can tell by the other reviews that when I go back and read other Lauren Dane books I won't have the same early (somewhat negative) reaction to her since I'll already know her back story. Although, this tough girl persona is so common in real life that maybe I would have had an inkling. I often meet someone who, when given a second chance, makes me realize that there's an amazing person behind the cool, prickly facade.
We all cope in the way that seems best at the time, and holding people at bay is a common way to avoid pain when we don't know who to trust. It's great to read about a group who can all trust one another; very nice created family when many of us can't turn to the one we were born with. Definitely makes me want to read more Lauren Dane!
The narrator is a little too bland for my preference.
This is book 1 of a series and it starts out the series fairly lighthearted, although of course there has to be a "villain" or there can't be heroes/heroines. The first story provides resolution to a problem and yet leaves you wanting to continue with more content about the characters (won't say more or there would be spoilers).
I enjoyed all the main characters, and they were each interesting and unique enough that I could keep them separate in my head while I listened. If you've listened to a book with all "vanilla" characters you may know what I mean.
The narrator is fine, although not so skilled that I will specifically seek out other material for which she is the narrator. Most of the characters have an identifiable voice that can be distinguished from the others, so I consider her competent and solidly in the middle of the skill range of various narrators to whom I have listened.
I am listening to the second book now and enjoy this author; Deanna Chase's work was new to me with this book.
I love the newly reissued books in this series! Our beloved Peabody speaks in her wonderful, distinctive voice and all the other characters (especially the NYPSD crew) go through the wringer solving this case. It was always one of my favorite books with regard to bringing forth background info on secondary characters and now it is simply perfect.
This book is fine, but when I was taking walks and listening on my phone I could get distracted by something I saw and my attention would wander. Not typical for me to have to back up so often because a book isn't keeping my attention focused... It's a cute enough story, but isn't quite as good as most by Jennifer Crusie. If you purchase this book, and it's your first Jennifer Crusie, please give her another chance.
This is a very funny story, and I love the sassy heroine. The supporting characters are fun, the ending surprised me, and I couldn't "put it down" as we say with a print book. This is my first Kyra Davis book (that I can recall) and it won't be my last!
I have listened to most of this series several times, and they are wonderful. The characters are believably flawed, and the futuristic elements are fun - making one think about the possible societal changes we could see in the next 55 years. I often grab a favorite from the series to re-listen and enjoy those moments in the character development. This summer I decided to start over with "Naked In Death" and listen to them in order (for only the second time). I am trying to listen as though I don't know where they're headed. There is a lot of content to take in, so each time I usually manage to notice something I've missed previously. The whole series is very well read - Susan Ericksen is a fantastic narrator. Someone else mentioned that her latina/latino characters are all the same, and I have to say that's true of the people identified as from the Midwest also. Everyone sounds like they're from somewhere on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. But she has at least 15-20 recurring characters who are readily distinguishable by her performance, which is phenomenal. Well worth your credit - enjoy!
The story is okay; not interesting enough for me to read another book in the series, but I'll finish this book. The narration (and probably some blame to the other production staff) is just unacceptable. I didn't know this author, so I previewed the first several pages as a Kindle book sample.
Therefore, I know for a fact that the narrator said "investigator" when the correct word was "instigator" within the first several pages of the book. Then shortly thereafter she said "debauchery" where that word made NO sense, but the word debacle would have made a lot of sense.
Really, nobody on the production staff helps with errors in reading the book, when their whole job is to record someone reading the words in the book?
Then she mispronounced the word indelible. Then there was yet another word problem (at least four mistakes within the first several chapters) that I can't even remember now. Plus she doesn't have any interesting voices. You can't even readily tell when she's reading words attributed to a man versus a woman.
Then I noticed her intermittent speech impediment. I went to several years of speech therapy, so I'm probably much more sensitive to hearing this stuff than others, and it is truly intermittent. Makes me wonder whether she has just a bit of a problem on the days when she's tired.
To sum up: the multitude of errors and the poor production (everyone listed in the credits is responsible for me/us hearing a recording of the words the author wrote) this just took the experience below acceptable. I expect an occasional error, because we're all human. But this one has problem after problem.
I have really enjoyed the Harrigan stories by Catherine Anderson. This is my first on audio, and the narrator was fine. I had trouble suspending my disbelief, and I don't very often struggle with that. I'm usually willing to go where the author takes us, but this one was just off for me. There was not much effort at all toward "updates on the other characters" which was very disappointing. The mention of the brothers is very perfunctory. This book felt like either a contractual obligation or an afterthought somehow.
I love this series! The depictions of the gardens, the amazing strong women and the struggles they overcome. I actually want to visit Memphis now that I've read this book!
Spoiler alert: I think the story would stand alone without the mystery of the ghost, but others will enjoy the historical context it brings.
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