I'll preface this by saying I like contemporary fiction. I'm not a history buff but occasionally I enjoy a novel set in WWI or WWII era. That said, this was a beautiful book. The characters were full and well developed. The story matured with the characters. The author has a beautiful way with words. The dialogue was scarce but her narrative painted the picture. The narrator was one of the best readers I've listened. As I have at least 300 books in my library, I feel qualified to say that. There wasn't one point that the narration made me cringe and that doesn't happen often. Truly this was a wonderful listen.
I have really enjoyed most of Sophie Kinsella's books. Can You Keep A Secret was wonderful and I was surprised that I've Got Your Number was really nice (except I had to day dream a more thorough ending). But Wedding Night was pointless. I didn't like ANY of the characters, including the child (although he did have his moments of entertainment). I basically thought if they all fell in the sea, that would have been ok. When one was wondering how far down from the ship's railing it was to the water, I chanted Jump Jump Jump. Audible's question of what could have made it a 4 or 5 star listen could be answered by totally scrapping the plot and characters and starting with something totally different. I thought of not listening to the whole thing but I figured it just had to get better. I was wrong.
The story was interesting in the way that the cliff note addition could have provided. It's drawn out forever by the repetitious thought process of the characters. And the narrator, words cannot describe how horrible listening to the overly dramatic, whiny SSSLLLLOOOOWWWWW speed the narrator reads. I'm thankful, just like another reviewer mentioned that I got it for 4.95. I have paid attention to the narrator's name so I never have to listen to his performance again. I'll get the Kindle edition of a book he reads if it's one I want.
Every time I buy a Danielle Steele book I wonder as I'm listening to it why I bother. They're so irritating. The prose is all passive. One segment I was counting the was/were sentences compared to active, action sentences. Overwhelmingly the passive won. When I heard an action verb, I gave a woot of joy. That being said at how boring the prose is, is the problem identified by most of the other reviews. If you miss something, say a phone call, you don't need to pause the audio, it will be repeated over and over again. I figure it was a lovely writing technique. Write a paragraph and then copy and paste it throughout the next ten minutes.
So you ask, if I dislike her writing so much, why do I continue to buy her books. Because sometimes the story is worth the writing. A Good Woman is an example. This one, however, isn't. I wanted all the characters to go off to the hereafter in a blaze of glory. Of course, that's not happily ever after. Even thought it would have made me happy. So buyer beware, the book is repetitive, boring and ridiculous characters.
I never thought I'd wish for a Plum series book to just be over with. I finished listening about 8 hours ago and I can't even remember the point of the book. Oh, maybe there wasn't one. The narrator like usual was fantastic and Lula's lines were great. Lula was the only bright spot of the book. There were a couple grandma zingers but she wasn't highlighted much.
At first when I saw the length of the unabridged book for a full price, I was disappointed. Now I'm thankful it was short. BTW, if you scroll through the length of the Plum series books, they are getting significantly shorter in length. As another reviewer mentioned, perhaps J. Evanovich has run out of Stephanie's adventures.
I was very into the development of this story. I've always held very rigid beliefs about infidelity. The characters' alternating points of view created a believable story that had me understanding the "other" woman. But did not go so far to change my beliefs and cheer for her to get the guy. The reason I gave it 5 stars was because it made me think about the story long after the ipod was turned off and I was doing something else. It stuck with me.
And the narration was wonderful. Wow - 10 stars if possible.
This is by far my favorite book in the series. There was the usual science, the wonderful Brennan and Yeah, Andrew Ryan. This novel had more character development than in other recent books in the series. I loved every minute of it. I rarely just listen for an entire weekend but I couldn't stop. I love the narrator who brought the characters to life. Sad that we'll have to wait another year for the next one.
I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked from the first 5 minutes and enjoyed the development and maturation of the characters. I loved the beauty brought to my imagination with Roberts' narrative about the Black Hills. And the animals, it was awesome. I didn't like the villain (I know you're not supposed to) because I thought the reason he was fixated on the female character was loose. Beyond that it was a great listen. And Sandra Burr did a wonderful job with the narration with the exception of the voice she gave Lucy. That one was irritating. But just how many voices can one narrator have??? :)
I loved that this installment had a lot of Ranger in it. #14 had been a big disappointment to me, and this one wasn't. I enjoyed it and that the main characters filled the book (unlike #14 that had lots different characters). The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that the usual "Stephanie in danger" towards the book's ending wasn't present. The mysteries just sort of ended. Beyond that, it was great and was worth the listen. But now it's another year till #16.
And Lorelei is the BEST narrator. She brings Stephanie, Lulu, Ranger, Morelli and Grandma to life.
This is my first book by this author and it was awesome. The writing was crisp and descriptive. I felt part of the story. The narration was very good, again drawing me into the story. Totally recommend this book. I'm ready to start another Lisa Gardner book.
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