No, I would not listen to this again, because the narration/production was poor. As I don't have time to read actual books usually, I don't regret the credit, but recommend a more traditional reading experience for others. I've never been bothered enough to offer the caution. I will acknowledge that it's bearable, and I still couldn't stop listening for desire to hear the tale... I may listen to the next in the series despite the narration issue, but it won't be without reservation.
The narrator, whom I see is unfortunately responsible for the rest of this series, which I am starting to really enjoy, does a fantastic job regarding the basic telling of the story, but fails in all other respects. The men sometimes sound like one another making it difficult to distinguish who is speaking at times. That said, the main male voice was superbly strong and appealing. His portrayal of the women was distractingly poor (impossible to forget this was just a man reading a script - more thought on the narrator than the story at those times - it sounded as if he was mocking women when reading their lines, though I know that was not the intent).
Expected a more realistic Scottish brogue. Adrienne's fake female accent moved in and out between standard American, New Orleans/Deep South, and the same bad attempt at a Scottish accent.
Occasionally, the production involved whispers from the fairies... Had to replay more loudly and more slowly to make out the words. Frustrating!
The ambience was lovely. There was intense satisfaction when the characters were finally honest and communicating with each other (as well as themselves). For all of his flaws (being DENSE primarily), I had sympathy for the male lead, and was happy when he was.
Possibly. This series only. Necessity only. Wonderful male voice. Exception to my answer if female narrates alongside him.
This was a fun book I wish I had "read" traditionally, but too much focused on introspective thoughts and feelings that would not translate to film well, so I cannot answer this...
I TRULY enjoyed the story.
When it began, I was itching to turn it off. The storyline was corny (fairies whisking a woman away from the 20th century to torment a man in the past. She's chosen, because she "hates beautiful men," because one hurt her. The motive against the guy in the past is jealousy, because he unwittingly pleased the fairy queen... Yeah, OK... That plus bad narration equalled BAD!
As the story progressed, I never developed sympathy for the woman, and I found the writing a little immature, BUT, I DID start to become attached to the characters overall. I wanted to know how they would resolve their issues. I was frustrated by the lack of communication that caused pointless problems. I was overjoyed when they healed some of their emotional wounds. I could relate to their hopes.
The descriptions were vivid, and very good. Charming. For all the many flaws, I stayed up till daybreak listening till the end. I can't imagine how much more I'd have enjoyed it in paperback form or if they'd tied up a few loose ends better.
I think I'm ambivalent. I did enjoy it enough to be unable to "put it down," but I was also disappointed. Don't expect too much, and you'll be OK. I read a review that compared this to "Outlander," which was what I expected. As a comparison, it's a total insult to that series. By itself, for what it is... It's a fun read...
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