I so wanted to enjoy this. But the narrator was so slow...
So...the time I spent trying to listen to this just made me feel a little crazy.
I like tortured heroes. This story has a great one. I like Courtney Milan and I like this series and this book...just had to read it with my eyes instead of my ears.
Distractingly odd, grating, and just flat-out unpleasant voices that would have been awesome for narrating the Munchkinland bit from "Oz" or something to do with Hobbits, but not so much for a romance novel.
Terribly long pauses between words, an odd pronunciation of the word "gaol," (a British spelling of "jail") which came up rather often. It's supposed to be a homophone of "jail," but the narrator kept saying something like "gowel" and it became conspicuous and quite irritating after a while.
ALL THAT BEING SAID: She had a very nice voice for the hero. But I won't buy anything with this narrator again.
It inspired me to regret purchasing this audiobook.
Wonderful story, characters, writing and narration. So happy I finally took a chance on this one! This book actually made me wish my commute were longer!
I had just listened to, and really enjoyed, both "The Gold Coast" and "The Gate House," and was in the mood for another long listen in the same vein. I was attracted to this title because I like detective novels, pirates, and murder mysteries - this promised all three.
The mystery was satisfyingly twisty, but I would have enjoyed it more if the procedural part of the plot had moved along a bit more quickly and if the main character had been less of an ass.
I like an irreverent hero, but John Corey's nonstop chest-thumping macho sarcasm and lame sex jokes got old fast. If I had read this book as a paperback, I might have skimmed over some of the pointless banter and not been quite so bothered by it - but having it narrated really underscored the character's annoying mannerisms. I kept reminding myself that this might be an accurate take on the internal monologue of a NYC cop 16 years ago - even so, it was irritating. I tried to believe Corey when he said he manufactured some of his stupid jokes and slow-witted remarks to throw his enemies off, but his internal monologue seems more "perverted inappropriate uncle" than "wily genius" to me.
The final chase/confrontation scene takes hours to unfold. I listen to books while I walk my dogs, and I was very frustrated when, after a couple days and hours of dog walks, I was still waiting for the denouement.
Others may find Corey less exhausting than I did, and there is a solid story under all the incredibly long descriptions of antagonistic interviews and scenes of pursuit. I've heard that the Corey series improves in successive volumes, so I'd suggest picking this one up during one of Audible's "First of a Series" sales, or maybe starting with one of the later installments.
I love Michael Connelly, have read everything he's written, and, for the most part, enjoyed it. "The Gods of Guilt" was a real disappointment.
The story is complex and, if this were up to the standard of Connelly's previous work, I think it would be satisfying - but the detail, the characters, the driving suspense that I expected were all absent here. This came off as a straight-to-screenplay outline for the next "Lincoln Lawyer" movie, which, extrapolating from the afterword, is exactly what it is.
Still, it's a Connelly novel and wasn't awful. Peter Giles is a solid narrator, if not terribly nuanced. If you like Connelly and have enjoyed prior installments in this series, it might be worth a credit.
Many other reviewers have remarked that "Folly" is like two entirely separate books, or that the plot somehow got out of hand along the way. To me, this felt like a wonderful cohesive adventure, but I can also see how this story could seem disjointed.
We begin with a series of charming letters exchanged by two lonely strangers who clearly form a connection - and then, with very little explanation, that connection is abruptly and cruelly severed.
Years pass, and the two are thrown together by circumstance. Folie, the heroine, is likeable and relatable - practical, levelheaded, optimistic and intelligent. When we finally meet Robert...he's basically completely bonkers and is THE WORST. But I LOVED this part of the book because it was a terrific homage to the gothic novel- think Heathcliff and Mr. Rochester and you'll get the idea.
I enjoy Laura Kinsale's plots for the most part; this one was complex and compelling; there are many mysteries here: the obvious questions about what has happened to Robert, who did it and why, but also the many complexities of his and Folie's relationship that get puzzled out along the way.
There were some steamy scenes and most of these were actually unpleasant - on purpose.
They advance the plot, tell us something about the characters, and contribute meaningfully to the story. The heroine is long-suffering and incredibly forgiving, but I found that very believable - we see just enough of Robert's underlying qualities to know that she is not just being a doormat when she puts up with his nonsense.
Having read some lukewarm reviews, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. It wasn't quite as good as "Flowers from the Storm" or "Prince of Midnight," but it was still very, very good. Worth a credit!
This book is just so much fun! As usual, Kinsale takes a familiar plot (young impressionable damsel in distress, rakish highwayman with heart of gold) and twists it into something infinitely more complex and delightful. S.T. is basically my favorite romance novel hero of all time - Kinsale does tortured, flawed, impossibly romantic heroes like nobody else. The heroine, Leigh, might initially seem frustratingly cold and unresponsive, but given her deeply traumatic past, this makes sense.
There are plenty of wildly improbable things about this story, but when the narration is this good and the characters so beautifully drawn, who cares?
First: Nicholas Boulton is a freaking genius of audiobook narration. I don't mean to tell Audible how to so their job or anything, but basically they should have Boulton read everything.
Now, the story: This is an amazing take on the classic "reformed rake" trope. The hero, Jervaulx, is going about his rakish business when has what appears to be a stroke, suffers from aphasia/disorientation and rage so extreme his family has him institutionalized. The heroine, Archimedia Timms (called Maddy) is a determined Quaker lady who mostly helps out her blind father and does good deeds and whatnot, until she is suddenly and somewhat mysteriously inspired to intervene in Jervaulx's treatment at the institution, which is run by her uncle.
I know some readers found the combination of Maddy's emotional constipation and unthinking adherence to her Quaker principles rather trying. Others found Jervaulx's stilted speech to be difficult reading. To me, these seemed like true portraits of deep characters who really had to struggle, and the story is so well-written that often their progress sneaks up on you. The combination of powerful story and transcendentally excellent narration made this an un-put-down-able audiobook. Loved it!
These just keep getting better, and the narrator is perfect. I always enjoy a Chet and Bernie story - just when you think Spencer Quinn and Jim Frangione are done amazing you...they amaze you again. Highly recommended light reading!
After the first couple of chapters, I really wasn't sure I was going to be able to hang with Noa P. - the book seemed completely overwrought and bogged down with lavish descriptions of irrelevancies. These roadblocks to the progression of the story quickly became irritating. It slowed the conversations between the characters, as Silver took time to describe the sensation of every breath, precise descriptions of the appearance of one character's fingers pressed against a pane of glass, and other minutiae. It's tedious.
Despite the morass of words, the story picks up and becomes compelling at the halfway point. I genuinely wanted to know what happened - there is a strong story here, but it's hard to see it under all the linguistic frippery. I wondered if perhaps the excessive descriptive language was deliberate on the part of the author, to make us feel as trapped, helpless and hampered as Noa does; but even if this is the case, it was still annoying.
One huge pet peeve: at one point, bullets go tumbling into a backpack "like silent thunder." What is silent thunder like? Wouldn't it be like nothing? If something is silent, isn't is basically not at all like thunder?
ANYWAY. I still liked the book. Once the action gets going, the language gets terser and better. I found the ending unsatisfying, but only because I had come to care about the outcome. Worth a listen.
Suspect had an interesting premise and it buzzed along nicely for a while, but fizzled for me in the mucky third act.
Robotham's prose is effective and keeps the action moving nicely at first - all the players are introduced, the central problem is addressed, and I was thoroughly engrossed in the story.
The second act got a little uneven, but kept me engaged with some zippy plot twists and compelling questions. After some major revelations at the end of act two, the story gets lost in a quagmire. Act 3 staggers to its conclusion but I had more or less stopped caring - even the final revelation, which ought to have been VERY exciting, accompanied as it was by explosions and whatnot, barely held my attention. I stopped listening midway through the epilogue, no longer caring what happened to anyone in the story.
This is my first Robotham novel, and while it didn’t really work for me, there was enough to like here that I’ll probably try him again at some point. It wasn't perfect, but it was promising.
A compelling story, interesting characters, terser plot and pacing, and a better reader/narrator.
Right now I'm listening to "The Ice Princess" by Camilla Lackberg. It's not a great book either - deadly dull and full of stilted dialog - but it's still more listenable than Baby Grand.
The narrator sounds exactly like the guy who does the Smucker's Jam commercials. His voice and cadence just didn't work for a crime thriller. At all.
All of the above.
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