first off Phil Gigante could read the phone book and i would listen to it lol.
ok i really enjoyed the story. while i have not read/listened to all of the series i have enjoyed all that i have read. unlike other reviewers, i saw no issues with the characters at all. considering their backgrounds and the "issues" they were dealing with, they were just right. yes they are different but they fit.
Shelly / Aiken is an outstanding writer so this review will be all about the narration.
I have been a huge fan of Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken for too many years to count. i have purchased every book she has written and was ecstatic when i learned she was going to be published in audiobook format. i was soon disappointed when the narration and production quality of her books turned out to be so poor in quality. but now i can finally give a review that does not warn her fans to stay away from the audio version of her books! while not perfect, this narration is a vast improvement and does not destroy the book. aside from a few moments of pausing in the middle of a sentence every once in awhile Morgan Hallett did a great job of not disrupting the flow of the book with random out of place exclamations or overly long pauses while narrating. i enjoyed listening to this title and say it's about time this great writer was given decent narration.
Favorite Pride Book
Love the characters and how Shelly Laurenston writes.
The narrator has a tendency of emphasizing words and parts of the book that are not emphatic. . .typically nearly every word at the end of a sentence. This makes the entire narration and characters melodramatic and/or whiny. It takes away from the authors well written work. I suggest reading the book before listening to it. I fail to understand how this narrator can get such high ratings when the narration is so poor.
Read the story first and that helped get through the not so great narration.
Phil Gigante, Rosalyn Landor or Oliver Wyman. These narrators seem to grasp the emotions and characteristics of the characters and narrate appropriately. Ms. Kane's performance in this book was over the top drama instead of sarcastic, humorous and/or snarky. Her failure to grasp this lessens some of the humor in this book.
Shelly Laurenstons books always make me laugh out loud but sadly this narrator losses much of the humor due to poor narration choices.
I am a huge fan of Ms. Laurenston (and her alter G.A. Aiken) and it is disheartening that the audio book productions on ALL of her books have not embodied her characters and writing. In the end i believe the blame falls on the director and producers for not familiarizing themselves with the projects they are recording. In the end I do urge readers new to Ms. Laurenston to read the book first as the narration is lacking.
The Story. It's difficult to pick it apart but as with everything Shelly Laurenston (aka G.A. Aiken) writes it was funny and engaging. For readers new to G.A Aiken please do not start with the audio books. The production quality is sub-par at best. Buy the ebook or physical paperback first.
Too many long pauses. Too many long pauses in the middle of a sentence. Lack of ability to identify a question mark, comma or period. I do not think the narrator is completely to blame. At some point the director or producer should have called attention to these basic errors and fixed them. I find it hard to believe that no one at all from recording to finished product addressed this. This holds true for the other G.A Aiken audio books as well. It is an injustice to an author who has given us tremendously great books to savage her audio books in such a manner. and it is an insult to the listener.
the book would have been great in my opinion if it finished strong and with FIRM resolution. the ending was the biggest disappointment for me because i like a HEA (Happily Ever After) at the end of my romance type books. To me it felt like the "And they lived happily ever after" was thrown on as an after thought instead of spending time writing a firm conclusion to things. the ending left me feeling that Olivia was playing the fool once again by ending up in the same situation. it would not surprise me if there was a book in the future featuring Alex and James both divorced.
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