James Lee Burke and Will Patton created an experiential masterpiece with this book that set the standard for their subsequent collaborations. The Dave Robicheaux novels, especially those narrated by Will Patton, form a classic literary series that will be hailed as true works of art by future generations
Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton are a magical duo--blending romance and intrigue seamlessly. I hope he performs all of her books for the benefit of audible listeners. I encourage you to read the ones currently available to see if you don't join me in my plea for more.
This book has to be one of the worst Linda Howard has ever written. The hero is a complete jerk who yells at his wife, slaps her, and forces her to have sex on several occasions. The heroine is a mainly spineless "proper" lady who doesn't demonstrate an ounce of character until something happens to her younger sister--who is the only bright
spot in the entire book. The narrator is less than competent with this book. When she portrays the evil maniacal first husband, one can't help but laugh out loud. Save your credits or money. This one is a waste of either.
This has to be the worst book Eloisa James has ever written. Susan Duerden gave her usual stellar performance, but even she could not rescue the two superficial main characters
who were stuck in a plot line that revolved around a wife faking orgasms and a husband's ego being hurt when he finds out. One of the things that bothered me the most about this story was that while the husband was off on his angry tirade, he has sex with a bar maid--ostensibly to learn more about what pleases a woman sexually. Nothing else was ever said about this infidelity in the book. I thought it was a huge deal because both the husband and wife had discussed the importance of fidelity before their marriage and he had told his wife that he hated liars above all else (referring to her faked orgasm). This book was a big disappointment and am going to ask for a refund. Don't waste your credit or $.
I seem to be on a self-imposed bad streak of selecting mediocre books with inappropriate/incompetent narrators that destroy what little merit the books had
to begin with. Such is the case with Autumn Lover. The female narrator trying to
do the main male character's voice in this book is plain terrible. I can't even
think of a way to describe how his voice sounds--it is not pleasant to listen to.
The romance storyline is almost funny; and would be if it weren't intended as
serious. In sum, I wouldn't give this audiobook as a gift , even to someone
James Lee Burke and Will Patton combine their incredible talents to once again deliver a story of timeless passion, wisdom, and the struggle of good vs. evil. While not the best of the Robicheaux novels, this book is still a masterpiece. James Lee Burke is the best American novelist alive today and Will Patton is a star performer. Buy the book. Download the audio.
The narrator sounds more like a 40 or 50 something woman with smoker's voice. Her male voices are so bad it is hard to differentiate who is talking half of the time. The idea of a gorgeous 24 year old budding male Hollywood star falling for 33 year old "nobody" is a bit far fetched in today's world--perhaps if he, too. was a struggling actor it might ring truer. What is even harder to believe is how their physical relationship develops--weeks of hot oral sex and making out without intercourse. I mean lots and lots of oral sex. No credible reason give to explain this weird delay before the big event. While there was some humorous dialogue, this book did not come close to the hilarity of Wallbanger. I was very disappointed and doubt I will be reading this author again. I don't recommend this book. Sorry to say, because I loved Wallbanger.
This story wonderfully narrated by Nicholas Boulton captivates you from the beginning and takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride that leaves you gratefully breathless by the end. The author takes you inside the experience of the Duke who has suffered a stroke and has been placed in an insane asylum. The author and narrator do an absolutely amazing job of portraying the Duke's cognitive and linguistic recovery with the aid of his Quaker nurse--a nurse who becomes his protector and wife. A lot of the story revolves around his wife's struggle to reconcile her Quaker beliefs with her role in the materialistic environment of a Dukedom. This is only the aspect of the book that becomes a bit repetitious at times. At one point I wanted to shake her and say "make up your damn mind already." But this reaction only attests to how well the author engages the reader/listener in the story. The more riveting part of the story focuses on how the Duke struggles to regain his abillity and right to function in the world outside the asylum. You will find yourself cheering him on with each triumph, large and small. Overall, this is one of the most profound love stories I have ever listened to. I would rate it well above a 5 if I could.
You won't be able to help falling in love with this charming, funny, sexy romance about two neighbors destined for a HEA. The title stems from the fact that the male neighbor has a harem of women who visit him one night at a time and make distinct noises as he pleasures them in his bed which just happens to bang against his female neighbor's bedroom wall. The dialogue is clever, the storyline fast paced, and the narration is good. I haven't laughed this much while listening to a book in ages. Well worth your credit or money.
The Prince of Midnight is one of the best romantic dramas I have listened to in a long time. The narration was superb. The main characters are endearing--flawed with human weaknesses that make them even more appealing. The wolf, Nemo, will melt your heart with his playfulness and devotion. Worth more than a 5 star rating. Great book.
I can't reveal too much without being a spoiler, but I can say that I ended up hating Cameron, the main male character. I am sure I will be in the minority, but I disliked the way that the main female character, Johanna, ended up settling for someone who proved to be as capable of emotional abuse as her father had been of physical abuse. Johanna admits that she has hasn't been without a boyfriend since she was 16 because she needed a man to affirm her value--which usually backfired and caused her to have no self-esteem. That being the case, she should have kicked Cameron and all former lovers to the curb, gone to work with her uncle, and spent time building herself into a strong, independent woman.
The narration was very irritating. Am not an expert on Scottish accents, but Elle Newlands voice was not convincing--especially for the males. One final item that is just a personal pique--I could not help feeling sorry for the mother. She did not seem to be the demon everyone thought her to be. No excuses for hitting her son, but no excuses for letting her lie unattended for weeks on end alone in her bedroom either. Alcoholism is a disease, not a character flaw, yet no one raised the issue of getting treatment for the mother. I guess Johanna's excuse would be that she was afraid her younger brother would be taken away from her. Very unrealistic in today's world where adult siblings gain custody all the time.
In sum, I wouldn't recommend this book.
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