This touching, heartfelt story is well played-out and well written. It tugs at the heartstrings and does have emotional moments so for maximum appreciation it helps if that's what you are in the mood for. I liked the characters very much (Celeste, for one, is an amazing character..so intelligent and precocious). Though I also very much enjoyed Julia and Matt's characters. There is a lot more to this story than the description reveals...this is the story of one young woman unexpectedly beginning a relationship with a family of highly intelligent and loving people who are also in severe denial and emotional trauma after a terribly sad loss. .. and, of the love she finds with one member of this family. In complete full disclosure, yes some readers may find it a bit predictable (depending on how your mind works at picking up clues) I picked up on what was going on about two-thirds of the way through the book, though I did not guess exactly what happened. That "moment of discovery" doesn't always have to be at the very end of a story. Honestly, that did not cause me to enjoy it any less. Julia Whelan's performance really enhanced the story and brought the characters to life. She does a wonderful job. I definitely recommend this one!
This book I read - Listened to carefully with my very own ears...and my mind wide open
A seed of love was planted...a hopeful seed.
I wanted to love this book so much more
You know how it goes,...girl meets story
Their love is cursed by a couple of cross young people...
cross and onery young people
Yes, each with their burdens to bear --- no one could fault them for that!
You know how it goes, girl meets boy, girl crushes on boy
They sealed the fate of their unease, of their convoluted complication
In a few moments of bonding, with one sweet evening
of companionability, and words improvised
Then girl finds boy in the usual unusual place..in front of her class
Behind that teacher's desk.
This girl annoyed me quite often, was it simply by acting her age?
Perhaps the fault is mine, and not in our stars.
Maybe, maybe not...on both counts.
For the sake of all equality, sweet Will annoyed me also
The push and the pull, Oh, the agony of the push and the pull!
School me? School you! Make up your mind, sweet young teacher of mine.
It took more than two loving, smart and vulnerable little boys
and one ailing but courageous mother...to bring out the true nature
of these two onery young people...All of their potential and full nature...All...
Of who and what they could be
I don't believe I saw it yet... and that makes me sad.
Though maybe that chance still lies...within the rest of their story.
Epilogue/ encore: Narration...presentation...
this verbal recitation
drove right down the middle of the road
didn't rock my world
This Girl Iike a Lake, not an ocean....
seemed like a much younger girl.
This is a well-written "period" romance with engaging and compelling characters. A plot with substance, a good arc and pace to the story. I was entertained and enjoyed my time with this story and the characters featured. I felt the narration was excellent! This may seem a brief summary, but really there's no higher endorsement I can give to this story by going into more detail (which I try to avoid giving away too much of the story in my reviews). One of my favorite listens this year. Highly recommend, don't miss this one!
The writing in the story is very weak, trite and silly. I listened to the whole book, and I'm really not sure why or how I did it. The reason must be I really liked James as a character and wanted to see if he got his happy ending. I am ambivalent about Parker....I didn't really dislike her but I didn't really like her either. The whole overdone sentimentality of what a great mom she is, the sad melancholy of her estrangement from her father (IMO) was sappy, unconvincing, and just not written well. For me, there were at least two elements of creepy factor in the writing...her whole relationship with Ethan (child's father) and his wife..oh, sure they're all buddy-buddy and best friends. To me it was weird and a bit "incestuous" rather than heartwarming. And, once Parker meets Vin, the conversations with her and about her sexual exploits were just gross. Horrible overuse and repetition of "ladyland" (ugh, really?), heck yeah, crickey, bugger and damn. The prevalence and overuse of these phrases was annoying and lacking in imagination. Yeah, as other reviewers have mentioned, the whole idea of the Holy Rollers characters was overdone and non-credible. I did like the other characters she met in Gideon's Cove.. (but going back to the gross-factor) the open conversations about other people's sexuality (I.E. Shantal and her "history" with James) was downright cringe-worthy. Speaking of cringe-worthy, the narration was awful. The "transition" passages between characters, and Parker herself, sound Okay, but just barely. Then when you get to any of the others characters, (mostly the male ones but some females, particularly Vin) the unaccomplished Maine and East Coast accents were awful...just deplorable! Another narrator could have done much better. I say this with no disrespect to Ms. Eyre, as I actually did like her doing the Archangel's Guild stories well enough. I did kind of like the ending, and though it was a bit cute even if somewhat rushed, considering the characters are "estranged". See, once again poor, poor writing. Sorry, I cannot really recommend this book, especially not as an audio listen.
Great continuation of the story. Angel again encounters her share of trouble (most of which is not her fault) and she continues to grow as a character. I really appreciate the sassy humor and the good writing as Angel progressively builds more confidence and self-respect. She trying to solve the "who and how" behind some strange and scary (and mostly criminal) events. I really appreciate the way she matures and handles her relationships with her father and Marcus. Allison McLemore does a wonderful job with the narration and bringing the story to life. I definitely recommend and will be going on to the third installment.
I enjoyed this story and found it quite addicting during my listen. It was intense, hot, emotional, and well-written. The characters were very compelling. I liked Faith, and even Grey while yes, he was intense and had moments of being very over the top and mean. For me, the author did a good job of establishing the reason why. I still found it compelling and did not find it offensive or unacceptable when in the context of fiction. Faith cared for her younger brother who had Down's Syndrome, and I don't feel that this was written insensitively. The offenses against this young boy were by his neglectful parents, and by Gray by evicting him from his home along with the entire family. To me, the writing did not try to pretend or convince the reader that this was okay. I enjoyed the relationship that developed between Faith and Grey, the way the passion between them grew into much deeper feelings that they were conflicted about...they both wanted to "dive right into" and had a hard time reconciling the connection between them at the same time. Natalie Ross' narration was excellent and well-done.
This is a pretty good paranormal story and decent start to a series. The characters were a bit unusual (not cookie-cutter, even for this genre) and the whole dragon thing was different. The writing is decent and I felt the story flowed pretty well. This story only flirted a little bit with cliche', but was by no means burdened with it. Any traces of cliche' are mainly found in Dragos' character, with the whole Alpha-male Paranormal supreme-being type of thing. All things considered, I liked the characters pretty well. I was entertained by the story, though some of the dialogue and the ways the characters related to each other did not keep me completely connected to them throughout the entire story. Some of the dialogue and interaction seemed a bit like people on a reality-tv show to me, and that's not really my favorite. Just my opinion. The narration was good. Overall a worthwhile listen, engaging enough that I would continue on with the series.
This story is a good example of well-done (supernatural) paranormal romance if you like to "escape" with this kind of thing. I enjoyed the characters, Roland and Sara, and the relationship that grew between them. The other characters were good and did help "flesh-out" the meat of the story. The drama and the action was engrossing and compelling. The writing is well done, I feel the story is well-paced and plotted.
The narration was well done. I recommend this one!
This story was a good idea that could have been done much better. The writing was weak in too many points, and needed some quality editing. (For example, sagebrush is not pluralized with an "es" ) The characters were not completely likable to me, and remained quite vapid and flat for most of the story. These young people seemed pretty self-absorbed and uniformed, even for their age and education level considering some of the experiences and hardships they (especially Amy) had been through. I did start to connect with them and like them a little better by the end of the story. There were some more touching scenes that did resonate and seem genuine (for example when Amy goes to see her brother). The fast-food and car-snack descriptions became a bit repetitive.
What I did like: The pace and the flow of the story was well done, even if the ending was a little bit (rushed?) or abrupt. I really enjoyed the unplanned stops and the people they met along the way. The idea of ditching the map and itinerary and "winging it" was a fun premise. I did like Roger's character, the way he was respectful toward Amy, just being friendly and not pushing anything. He seems like a good guy. I liked the way their friendship grew and their feelings for each other developed.
I would have liked more information and more of a resolution at the ending. However, the ending works for the most part ONLY because of the whole premise of this story about taking detours and not having an agenda mapped out.
Overall, I would recommend this for at least a one-time listen. The narrator did a good job with the story as is. IMHO I would just not consider it a "keeper" for the favorites shelf or re-listen.
I really enjoyed this retelling of Beautiful Disaster from Travis' perspective. Travis and Abby's love story is stormy and passionate, and hearing from both sides gives us a better understanding of their background(s) and feelings for each other. I think Jamie McGuire's writing is excellent, she has the talent to deliver a highly engaging and compelling story. The prologue helped the reader understand much of what shaped Travis into the person he was when we first meet him. The epilogue was a real 50/50 mixed bag for me. At first I thought what? what is he doing? how did he get here? But by the conclusion I felt it was good overall...I did enjoy having a little peek "into the future" to see how they were doing: still together? Kids? etc... The author evidently thought that we would want that, and I have to agree even while I feel the story would have been alright without it. Dan Bittner's narration was excellent - I felt he sounded like Travis and he has voice that's a pleasure to listen to. Overall, highly recommend!
I found this book to be an engrossing story and an excellent listen! This is my first experience with KM Moning's writing and now I will be encouraged to check out out her other books. Enjoyable writing that is not dumbed down even though the story is told through the main character who is a young fourteen-year-old girl. Excellent characters that really drew me in! The main character Dani is very endearing. She is courageous and smart, and even pretty wise-for-her-age about some aspects of her life and her world around her. The other characters were creepy-good, except for her good friend Dancer who is not creepy. The narration is quite good and really brought the story to life...just one caveat: they could have been just a little more careful (in production?) with the female narrators voice as far as tone and volume so it was a little easier to catch every word. Overall, a great story with good plot and pacing, and what an ending! I will be looking forward to the next book in this series!
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