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'm really enjoying Kathryn Shay's books. I started with the America's Bravest series and enjoyed the characters. When I decided to try the O'Neil Family series, was a little hesitant. After listening to the book, I would answer this question as middle of the pack. Mostly I enjoy most of my book choices so this isn't a mark down. It doesn't rank with my favorite books but I definitely enjoyed the emotional pulls in the book. When the final conflict started I was thinking there was no way I would forgive but Kathryn Shay's working through it surprised me and I was pleased with the ending. (That isn't true a lot of the time - when I had paper books I'd throw them across the room in frustration). :) Truthfully I was impressed with how it resolved.
I'm going to say that there was a moment in the book that moved me to nearly horrified. I know that isn't what the question is asking but... I really didn't need to hear the narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, imitating an orgasm. That just wasn't necessary and I wanted to rip my earbuds from my ears.
As the title said, I'm enjoy the author's books. So far, just after book 1, I loved the characters of the America's Bravest / Hidden Cove series better. I'm hoping the over-protective O'Neil brothers tamp it down a little but I will still listen to the entire series because I have hope that Ms. Shay will tame them, one by one.
Not likely because I rarely ever listen to a book again. Only Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series have I done that.
That Lucy screwed up and made bad choices like the rest of us but was still a great heroine.
I have no idea if I've heard her before but I liked her narration
Somewhat. It kept me interested. The personal versus professional obligations made an interesting addition to the mystery and adventure.
Not having the initial 5-8 minutes with the "distant" woman oogling and wanting to jump the guy's bones. I'd never heard the expression "eye rape" before. I wish I hadn't. This was before 8 minutes into the book. I'm not a prude and am fine with sex scenes in a book. But this seemed like it would turn into a movie you'd go to the XXX center that's open 24 hours. Please keep in mind I could be very wrong that maybe it doesn't turn into that. I wasn't willing to find out. Within 30 minutes I'd hated the book and didn't care to find out anything more.
No, only this author.
Absolutely none in the 30 minutes I endured.
The narrator was pleasant.
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.
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??? :)
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