Overall, book was a good listen. Narrators were excellent. I was headed to a 5 star rating until I noticed that I only had 3 minutes left until the book ended and it was no where near a tidy conclusion or time for an epilogue. Before I knew it, BAM.."we hope you have enjoyed this unabridged performance..." Major disappointment especially after 18 hours of build up. 'nough said.
While I can't say the audio was a total bust, I found my self saying "Oh, come on.." over and over.. Unbelievable how many overlooked and missed opportunities the characters brought upon themselves. Prefer a book that has a little hope in it... not much here.
I’ve listened to many, many books which I have wanted to comment on however, I am not a master of words and feel inadequate to write a substantial review. But then I listen to a book like this and I tell myself screw it, just write something, anything, to let viewers know they won’t be wasting a credit by adding this to their library. You’ve already read the publisher's summary so you know what it is about. That is only a scratch on the surface of what you are in for with this book. And besides, it is worth a credit to hear the performance of Edoardo Ballerini who really is one of the best narrators on audible.
ALL OF THEM!!! Edoardo Ballerini is amazing as a narrator. "Performed" is an understatement. There are A LOT of characters in this series and Mr Ballerini has a unique voice for everyone of them. It is worth your credit to see his voice...not hear it but see it because that is what he does with his narration, he creates a vision of the words written. It was because of his narration of "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter, that I searched other books by him and came across this series. Now that I've finished these, I'm on to searching some of his other works as I know my credits won't be wasted. He could make a phone book come to life!
Just finished this, the last of the series offered to date and while the stories were VERY enjoyable AND I love to get my credit's worth from a lengthy book, I would not have purchased the 2nd, 3rd or 4th book had they been as long as the 1st (30 hrs!). At times, even the shorter books seemed to drag on. Matthew Corbett ages gradually through the series both physically and mentally and it is a refreshing and somewhat realistic approach to have him fumble along the way...
I have listened to over 550 books, some more than once. I can spend hours searching for the best books worthy of my cherished credits. Then, two nights ago, when I opened the home page to shop, Beautiful Ruins was one of the featured books, however I actually thought I had clicked the book next to it. As I said, BEST mistake I've ever made. Soo much detail and development. I never knew I could love a book where all the characters seem so flawed. Needless to say, no hours spent shopping for use of my next credit... another Jess Walter book. Then I'll shop Edoardo Ballerini books! You should too!
Best Download yet....
The twists and turns in plot.
Love his voice with all characters but especially the male characters..go figure huh?
Without a doubt... almost did despite a couple hours sleep.
Enjoyed the story but mostly the two narrators were beyond expectations. Excellent listen. Scouting for more books read by one or both. Even better to have bought book on sale last month!! Bonus Bonus...
Much better than the first book. Yes this is a series although Audible doesn't indicate. Story, romance and narrator made this an enjoyable listen. Purchased on sale which was even better!
Frustrated with "Death"...
I found this audio to be somewhat confusing. The narrators voice wasn't very distinctive going from character to character, male to female, except for the Welsh character. On top of that, it wasn't always clear when the scene was reality or a dream. The whole repetition of the "Death" theme throughout the book became so tedious I found myself rolling my eyes and saying here we go again over and over and over... ugh! I read the second book first, not realizing this is a series, since Audible did not indicate it, and found it to be exceptional. Overall I'm glad I listened to this one and was worth the credit only to help understand the characters and story in more detail as setup for the remaining books.
Seduced by a Highlander is an understatement... deeeep breeeaaath and exhaaalllle. Nothing more to say except don't pass up this book OR Book 1, Ravished by a Highlander . Paula Quinn where are you? Only two audiobooks available for you?!?! Something wrong about that. Carrington MacDuffie is fantastic and amazing. Don't hesitate... click your "add to cart" button now!!!
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