Loved the Story of the Quakers, the Friends and their code of truth telling and lack of vanity and frivolity against the life of a previously spoiled Duke and family. It is not a story conceit - the female character is imperfectly consistent throughout.
Maddie meeting the King and the wet-nurse, on the night of the Ball. The entire story of the unwilling admission to the psychiatric facility and the discussion of the treatment and syndrome of almost being ''locked in".
He is superb.
I left this story for last despite the strong reviews because I did not want to read a story about a Mad Man in an Asylum. I thought that the female character would be a weak loving nurse of some sort. Instead this has been my favorite book and I almost didn't purchase it. Maddie is a wonderful character and the religious story, the mental illness and recovery story are both very strong and relevant for today. I found that I could associate myself with both stories, and the financial burden caused by illness. This is the most approachable story - compared to assassins and Hidden Princesses, that LK has written, and of course it's well written.
Enjoyed the New Orleans accents, so definitely believe the audio version is an excellent way to take in this story.
Willie, the Madame. A reluctant Mother, although she would never say so, and very rough character, her back story evolves over the entire book.
Altheimers Scene with Charlie and Patrick. Jo wraps herself in an alternative family without requesting accolades. Also sets the stage for Patricks' back story.
Yes, walked around doing chores, hobbies, and took the story into the car with me. I love New Orleans and this story is so engaging that very easily time slips by and I could imagine myself in a Storyville. baudy house. The complicated life that real people lead shines through.
Terrific drama, with a different kind of family that a young woman develops when she has to choose herself over blood. Jo, her female friends, and the Madame are natively strong women without waving a suffragette banner. Subtle drama set in a whore house.
reasonably enjoyable chase, listened to the whole story, modestly entertained at the time but wanted more plot at the end - like chinese food, left hungry wanting substance. Reader was excellent and made the story 10x better than the content. I'm sure I would have turned off the story with a lesser reader.
Lust substituting for plot
Dual promo pitch meeting where Drew stands up for Kate against Executive and shows backbone.
I wouldn't. Prefer plot and story to romance/lust/positions/69.
Liked the male POV. Liked the discussion with the reading/listening audience. Liked the audacity of Drew - even the unlikability much of the time - made him more complicated.
Already have recommended it. The back story and present story are equally entertaining and well paced. The reader brings so much characterization into female and male, adult and childrens voices without overdoing the story. It is a strong feel good story despite the general antagonistic set up. The love story is sweet, with the hints of honest family discord.
The story is generally told from two points of view, His and Hers, without being totally obvious. The writing is tremendously funny, made funnier by the light touch of the reader. The back story is very strong and adds to the main story, is not distracting, nor a time waster. It is an adult book with fun adult sex as a normal part of this couple being attracted to each other, but the book is not entirely a sex book linked together by artificial set ups like some others. It is more of a funny, sexy, romance. In fact, if I were reading the book, there would not be a section that I would skip over.
Her voice characterizations were individual, yet still she applied them with a light touch. She allowed the humor of the writing to tell the story. Her male voices were masculine just by being a bit low and scratchy. Very well done.
He loves Me, He loves me Not.
One of the most enjoyable 'Listen To's in a long time. The type of book I would exercise longer to, or sit in the car to hear just a bit more of. And needless to say I have purchased more of the Neighbor from Hell series from the same author.
Those wishing to learn the alternative misogynistic lifestyle of motorcycle clubs. I hoped for more of a story after the rave reviews.
she is a good smooth reader. Her voice adds to the story, she doesn't try to do too much with the different characters.
I would have asked the author to decide if the 'hero' respects or disrespects women. In many scenes he stands up for them. In many scenes he is the most disgusting pig I've read.
I would have enlarged the story with the affair with the Lawyer and other self destructive relationships like Frankie. More relationship, less sex. This story is all about beauty, and sex.
For a man who takes down people who disrespect women, including his son, the lead character treats the love of his life in the most despicable ways. Consistently. She is the most beautiful doormat. Tired of reading about Beautiful Loyal Doormats.
people who have never been in a real relationship and are happy with the fantasy.
she reads well, however she is all one note, calm, and a bit lethargic.
Many scenes describing how beautiful he and his big erection are.
Disappointed. Initially very happy that finally the girl has it happening. A career starting, her own history and accomplishments. And then.....another book where she is living for him, and the world begins and ends with whether or not he wants her.
Two Excellent Narrators, both male and female were fantastic. Also the back story is revealed slowly in time as the plot progresses.
Great deal of emotion and frustration, and sometimes reluctant curiosity, or strident apathy. Sometimes characters are unlikeable, and I might skip over those parts or roll my eyes at the drama.
spoiler alert: The scene where Nastia and Josh make love, and his complete inability to understand how he 'breaks her', what and why she is, but knows that he may lose her too.
Utterly devastating understanding of the trauma of assault, self blame, self destruction, and distance from the burden of loving.
no, little plot other than two people getting together, heroine annoying and narcissistic.
scene with ex fiance where she realizes her self worth.
tremendously long book, and audiobook well performed by reader. Saved it from being completely awful.
Repetitive sex, sex for sex's sake. Come on. Boring. Been there done that for the past 50 pages.
Lack of character of Female character. At the most she was SO F*cking BEAUTIFUL. As Ethan loved to yell all the time.
Ethan - very solidly devoted, intense. Interesting having the story told from male POV.
Annoyance, frustration, that women would buy in to such crap. Once dimensional female character.
Cannot believe that a woman who has her life defined by a particular sexual trauma would be the sexual hot potato that this character is.
heroine as a young girl, all dressed up out in a bar, first exposure to the Russian Mob
The humor in the face of the literalness of the Females take on things vs. easygoing humor in the Police Officer.
The girls description/view of life with Mom.
Nora Roberts can do average and predictable. This book is neither. It is special. It takes a complicated, sweet, brilliant, almost autistic girl and plants her firmly in a terrible place by her own rebellion. The life she creates because of what happens is the makings of a great story. And the warm Law Enforcement official she encounters butts up against her rigid paranoia in a wonderful way. Doesn't sound like a keeper, but it is wonderfully crafted and very interesting and loving story.
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