Smart. Snarky. Heartbreaking.
The protagonists are very endearing. They are not maudlin about their fate but still struggle with it. They are very human and it is easy to be moved by them.
Probably the pre-funeral where they read the eulogy to somenone who has not yet died.
Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.
Don't let the subject matter put you off. The story transcends the "cancer genre". It's a story about life, and what it means to live.
The narrator is terrible and so is the production quality.
The sound levels change from high pitched to very low at almost radom intervals so you cannot even keep a consistent volume.
The narrator's character voices are cringeworthy and irritating, and as narrator she sounds quite old (which is an odd choice for the relatively young characters of a romance). In short, the narration is VERY BAD.
I love Courtney Milan novels and really wanted the last of the Turner Brother Trilogy. The trilogy has been wonderful. The narrator of this one, however, is terrible.
Read the book instead.
It would've been greatly improved had there been any evidence of a sense of humor. Any book that is this full of cliche desperately needs to at least wear those cliches lightly. This plays an astonishing number of them in a stunningly unoriginal, perfectly serious way. The heroine is a prim pretty pink princess who literally rescues drowned kittens and puppies, reads Greek, Shakespeare, Descartes (in the original French, of course), studies art, architecture, flower arranging, reads novels, has a way with animals, is brilliant, sweet, humble, demur, and is generally unerringly perfect in nearly every way while simultaneously being the unappreciated ugly duckling to her IDENTICAL TWIN. (I'm not sure how one goes about being the ugly duckling to one's own identical twin, but the perfectly perfect heroine manages to do so). The hero is the standard allotment of romance hero cliches (A perfectly condescending gentleman of impeccable breeding and deportment with a sexually domineering presence) without the individuality or personality to become anything more than the sum of his generic parts.
I like romance novels. I just like ones that attempt to do develop individual characters and expand beyond cliches. This one is basically a 1980s Barbara Cartland novel with ephemism-ridden love scenes.
No clue. I'll probably go back to a re-listen of GRRMartin's "A Storm of Swords." Although Martin, like the author of this book, spends entirely too much time telling me what the characters are having for dinner.
The narrator did a pretty good job. If she were reading Austen (or even just a Courtney Milan romance novel) I would've had no complaints.
I would've begged the author to update her playbook. Give the hero traits beyond the cliche. Give the heroine some self-esteem. Give them both a sense of humor. Give them enough verbal interaction that they have a relationship that clicks and isn't just about physical connection. And it's really okay to stay within the genre and yet break a romance novel trope every now and then.
Other reviews are correct, this is a romance novel in the vein of Twilight. In fact the condescending, dominating "hero" seems every bit as offputting as the stalking Edward in Twilight.
So I guess if you loved Twilight or 1980s romance novels, you might like the book.
I'm listening to Peter Clines "14" now. It's not the haunted house type of story that I thought it would be, but it's a neat mystery with some Lost undertones.
I've never listened to this narrator before, but she did a good job.
I would make the "hero" less of a Marty Stu (the male version of a "Mary Sue" too perfect and precious to be believed character).
Other than "The Historian", I've never read a book where the characters eat so often. What on earth is the author's fixation with having the heroine fed every five minutes? I also find it rather bizarre that I'm constantly told what vampires smell like... which is cloves and cinnamon. Apparently in this fictional universe, vampires smell like pumpkin pie spice. (I cannot imagine why).
The narration is quite good.
The plot is interesting and fast paced.
The characters are, for the most part, unlikable but are interesting despite that.
Overall, I think it's worth listening to, especially if thrillers are your genre of choice. That said, there are issues. First among those being that the ending is somewhat weak. Second would be that Part I of the book drags on for too long and is more obvious than the writing seemingly thinks that it is.
The ending isn't quite enough to ruin an otherwise good book. Still, I can't say that it left me satisfied.
The alternating POVs were interesting. It's very "he said"/"she said" with unreliable narrators which I find to be an interesting way to tell a mystery.
No complaints about the narration. They both did a very good job.
Throw the book across the room?
Well, no, it's an audible book on MP3, so nothing so dramatic. That said, I did find the ending to be less than satisfying.
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