I am not much into sappy love stories and this is what I expected when I decided to buy Safe Haven. I thought something easy on the ears would be a good choice to do housework by. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters had depth and substance and it wasn't pages and pages of verbal and physical love making. The twist at the end was enough to make me consider trying another Sparks novel. Recommended for the love story lovers as well as someone just interested in a good listen sans much sap.
I've watched the show so I decided to listen to the audio book to get more background information. I felt like Mr Rossi touched on many things but nothing was in depth. I really felt like this was put out to make some money (for the charity maybe? I am not sure where the proceeds go) but not much soul searching was done to explain bad choices.
So, we have a main character that is lazy, self centered and mooching off her husband while she ignored her kid by having a baby sitter daily. And people found this woman likable? By the end of the third chapter, I was wishing she'd get eaten alive and let her husband and child have a new decent person in their lives. Ben, if you can't write female protagonists that aren't needy and useless, perhaps you shouldn't try.
Was the author trying to win an award for cramming the most metaphors in a single book? It really had the potential of being a half way decent story should the author been better. I felt like I was listening to someone who just read, "Writing Novels for Dummies".
I think people got attached to Cinder and wanted the book to be just like the last once but continued. It is not. It introduces a new "fairy tale" into the mix with new characters that I thought added to the story and made it more enjoyable. Cinder is still front and center but Scarlet is likable and strong. I can't wait to see how they both evolve and which fairy tale is rewritten in book 3.
The story grabbed me from the first moment and held me through the end. The narration was perfect for the characters. It isn't the type of book I will not likely spend a moment thinking about now that it is finished but it was very entertaining and past my commuter hours pleasantly. That is all I expect of a good audiobook to make it worth the credit.
While I think the premise was a good one, it could have been so much more than a woman growing into herself type book. I did finish it but barely as by the last hour or so, I didn't really care what happened to the main character. Maybe buy it if it gets to the 3.99 bin but don't waste a credit.
I believe a good book can become a great book simply with the right story teller. Thus is the case here. The story was very good although done before but the narration was the best I have heard in a while. I recommend City of Women for both.
Mudbound grabbed you from the beginning and kept you enthralled and engaged until the end. While I wouldn't compare it to "The Help' which was done below, I would say the pace of this book and the great story is well worth the credit or even paying in full.
I'll admit I give up on so many audiobooks due to my tendency to allow my mind to wander. If a story doesn't grab me in the first 10 minutes, I am done with it. Not so with A Conflict of Interest. It got me right away and held my attention until the very end. The narrator was great but it is the author that deserves the praise. I look forward to Mr. Mitzer's future work.
I purchased the book and was surprised to see the audio version being released concurrently. While waiting for my credit day, I read the first quarter and alternated reading at home and listening during my commute.
While the story is five stars with an exclamation point or two, the narration gets a 4. The minor character voices were imitations of people like John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart and while, probably not intentional, was very distracting. While I appreciate the effort to act out characters, when they are exaggerated it becomes almost cartoonish. I found myself missing Frank Muller's narration.
Nonetheless, if you'd rather listen than read, don't miss this one.
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