this man is a fantastic narrator. He makes these stories come to life, the combination of Mary Jo Putney's writing and Simon's narration are priceless for historical regency romance! I look forward to more!
Yes, for one reason - Jonathan Cole - Christina Lauren writes beautifully and in fact, I'm reading the printed version right now, I believe printed and audio Compliment each other, they don't compete. That said, Jonathan Cole reads Brit romance like no other....and when Christina Lauren writes the dialogue, I hang on every word. I hope they add more of Max's siblings into the mix because I don't want this combination to end!
Niall realizing what his life was missing.
of course Niall by Jonathan - but I'm prejudiced - since he performed Max I've been in love with that voice. The funny thing is that I was in love with Max and Niall before I heard the audio version - but as I've always said as an obsessive reader, I read and listen to my favorite authors, they are a compliment to each other and you'll hear and notice things in one version that you don't in the other...I always have to have both versions! Charlotte did a great job as well.
I hurt for Niall when they broke up. CL's descriptions make me hurt without being melodramatic. Overall the book made me laugh, it made me choke up - it always tears my heart up when I really feel someone's pain and Christina Lauren conveys the heartache, as well as the joy - most viscerally.
Can't wait for more - LOVE your characters, your writing style, keep using Jonathan Cole and Sebastian York, - you can't go wrong! It's just that for those of us who love HEA and who love love stories, Christina Lauren is one of my handful of authors who continues to change it up and delight. She doesn't waste dialogue on the "planes of the chest" and dreamy this or that...she conveys the emotion in other ways that are much more visceral to me and impacts me very deeply. I love Kristen Ashley, I Love Colleen Hoover, A. Meredith Walters, JR Ward, E.L. James, Jamie McGuire, Diana Gabaldon and the list goes on. I don't like fairy tales and super heroes - what I like is humanity, as real as you can get it with a bit of magic and a whole lot of love thrown in - and to Believe. These authors do that for me.
Yes, enthralling and sexy. While there are some things here that could be called formulaic, Kristen tends to breathe new life into whatever she writes. That realistic no frills dialogue is crucial to good narration (but not staccato - she knows just how much to say). I wish we could get some inner dialogue from Knight, but that's about it. Savannah Richards does it, she captures Anya and Knight!
I guess the ring would be a big one - but there are too many to mention.
Not gonna lie, love Sebastian York, Jonathan Cole, and several male narrators, yet Savannah manages to carry this off without a hitch, she does Knight justice.
When he said he loved Anya.
It's just that for those of us who love HEA and who love love stories, Kristen Ashley is one of my handful of authors who continues to change it up and delight. She doesn't waste dialogue on the "planes of the chest" and dreamy this or that...she conveys the emotion in other ways that are much more visceral to me and impacts me very deeply. I love Christina Lauren, I Love Colleen Hoover, A. Meredith Walters, JR Ward, E.L. James, Jamie McGuire, Diana Gabaldon and the list goes on. I don't like fairy tales and super heroes - what I like is humanity, as real as you can get it with a bit of magic and a whole lot of love thrown in - and to Believe. These authors do that for me. Kristen, glad I gave you a shot (PS I Love The Will too!) One of several but had to say that!
Colleen Rocks! This story had it going on from beginning to end and it was adult, and it had the right amount of sex and I'm loving that Colleen can write adult as well as young adult. I couldn't quit, I fell asleep to it and had to keep on in the morning when I got up! Thank God this was a Friday night! What I loved was how CH once again gets to the heart of the matter, not one wasted word. This woman doesn't waste her dialogue on vain repetition, the only repetition was natural, like you would think, the the kind that cut you to your core. So the story and the epilogue was what i loved best...Maybe Someday needs an epilogue (pretty please!).
Miles probably was, although I couldn't figure out who was at first - a guy who loves like that, I'm gonna love alot - flawed or not.
I loved the scenes with Rachel and Clayton and I loved the scene with Tate and Miles in the airplane -
One of Colleen's best yet, one of the most adult. It had enough sex - Maybe Someday didn't. I'm not into gratuitous sex, never had been, when I'm invested in the characters and they have a strong connection to me it's a natural progression, and a part of life and the way I've felt when I'm in love, so I believe those who can't stand sex need to be quiet and stick with the super generic books. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of love stories that are fine without too much intimacy, but it just seems like part of the story, and I'm selfish, I want it all. I don't believe God would make something that can be that beautiful between a man and a woman in love - to be something to be ashamed of. I want to exist in their world, if only for a little while, even though it's only in my imagination, and authors like Colleen, put you there. I'm planning on looking into the next CH book right away! I want more!
Sweet Yet Refreshing - Touching
Jake - because he grew up and realized that what he's been doing, the conventional way he's approached women - is all wrong and the party girl isn't necessarily the girl for him. He's a man who still takes care of his women,. always and is willing to learn - therefore he evolves - Love it!
No, this was a bit stilted at the beginning. But I grew to really like her and her performance, some of them take a bit of time to hit their rhythm so I always try to give them a chance - I found I liked her and would definitely listen to more of her.
there are several moments that move me - but the greatest of all is the adoption of Ethan - it struck this reader to the core. A beautiful, beautiful scene
These are great books and am currently reading/listening to Soaring, which seemed to start out pretty predictable but is written very well in typical KA style - I LOVE the Magdalene series and finding true love when you're older, (Thank God someone believes we're all not dead and dried up!) I think this is some of KA's best work! I love the sexiness, not too much, not too little - perfect. Keep them coming!
I LOVE MAX (and Jonathan Cole's version of Max - he and Sebastian York are 2 of the top narrators out there for men)! I Love his love for Sara and that they're so on the same page. Men usually don't allow their feelings to be so surface, don't acknowledge them. Max does that and more.
Max - I love his voice and as I said, I love that he allows his great love to be so transparent - He Owns It!! I love all the BB characters - and I love the books, but my favorite books, hands down would be the ones narrated by Jonathan and Sebastian - Grace is fine.
They bring real life to these characters, both are perfect for the parts..amazing feeling and depth. Though Beautiful Bastard started it all and as much as I like Chloe and Bennet, I love Max and Sara and Hannah and Will more, just because I can relate to them much more. Christina and Lauren have a way of writing sexy love stories that resonate - and these narrators translate that - I always have to listen to their narrations at least, at LEAST twice! Worth every penny!
The Love of Your Dreams
I beg (BEG) Christina & Lauren to consider writing this type of epilogue for Hannah and Will, and some of their other characters....Their die-hard fans will love it - I know I do!
People think of all of this as mommy porn, etc. Frankly, if a guy gets into bed with a girl within 20 pages I sometimes think this isn't the book for me. I have to be emotionally invested in the characters and Christina & Lauren are able to do that, draw me in and build characters I feel are real....I own all of your work in Kindle and Audible and Love them all!! KEEP IT UP!!!!
I love Kate Reading - I bought several of Ms. Chase's books a) Because I think her writing sets her above many of her peers and b) Kate Reading is narrating! She reads multiple voices with style - and she brings the characters to life!. She narrates the entire Into the Wilderness Series by Sara Donati and won my respect there - She simply makes you listen!
I had 2 favorite characters, Dain and Jess - they just both have so much personality and neither plays dumb. I like to feel this could be real, intelligent people and fairly true to the times.
She makes you feel the love, the angst, the tears - she has so much emotion that is perfectly nuanced throughout the story. She not only has a lovely voice, she knows how to act - This performance is as all of her performances Exceptional! I thought she shone throughout. In her Into the Wilderness Series, she never missed a beat throughout multiple characters, I though she started out a bit strained when she began in the first book and thought I wouldn't like her, but I gave her a chance and she quickly gained my trust and evolved through the books, through the ages of the characters for the male and female voices and did an absolutely beautiful job. Here, again, she does not disappoint!
When Dain can't believe that Jess is saying she loves him, when he can't believe she finds him riveting and beautiful in her eyes - he believes she couldn't possibly be referring to him.
I love the story of the underdog - I love the story of someone who has not had it so easy but finds their way back, instead of making the negative notions of others a self-fulfilling prophecy - It was just a lovely, moving, sensuous story. And, I don't care what anyone says, the physical is a vital part of a new, blooming love - and I love the love-making and feel it was well done - Well Done Loretta!
When I want light, sensuous and Intelligent romance, Christian Lauren is one of my go-to authors! While this book wasn't their best, it is certainly good and you can't put it down! (I always read and Listen to my favorite authors). Beautiful Player and Beautiful Stranger - in word and narrated are my favorites so far. That said, Ansel and Mia were captivating, intelligently written and I love the opportunity to get into their heads - I couldn't put it down - neither that nor Dirty Rotten Scoundrel - (Next in the Series). Keep it up CL - can't wait for Oliver's story!
This should have been a bonus on Finn's book, but that said, I love Ansel, I love Ansel and Mia - and they have a winner with this narrator and this series. (Narrators are everything!) I also like bonus tracks (on Fifty Shades Freed the epilogues are my favorites!). You can never get enough of a great character and Christina Lauren's characters shine! Thanks again for Beautiful Player and Beautiful Stranger - Love Sebastian York and Jonathan Cole as narrators as well and Jason Carpenter does Ansel justice as well - to narrate a French accent without being annoying is hard to do and he does it.
I couldn't put it down and I couldn't quit listening (Audible). I love books, I read (and listen) a lot. When I like a lighter, quicker (intelligent) read, I read authors like Christina Lauren. Let's face it, these (romance) authors are a dime a dozen. Christina Lauren is one of the shining stars in this genre - Never Boring! Christina Lauren has my number, just the right amount of sweetness, sex (and intelligence). I have to have plausibility - I hate it when characters jump right into bed. I love it when an author gets you inside their heads and I LOVE opposing POV's - Thank You both for that! . By the Way, Sebastian York is an amazing narrator! Shayna Thibodeaux also does her characters justice. I enjoyed Sweet Filthy Boy and now...DRT
Finn is the guy who doesn't talk - and he never talks much; AND he's a regular guy (refreshing), not a rich spoiled man with unlimited resources - that is very attractive. Harlow is the girl who gets the (guys) and has had a pretty charmed life (and thank God has some feelings under it all). Somehow they work, and have that real connection that doesn't need a proliferation of words. - Dirty Rowdy Thing is not quite at the level of Beautiful Stranger and Beautiful Player, but I Really, Really Liked it. I look forward to Oliver's Story!
Outlander stands the test of time. Every book is an outstanding addition to the saga. Jamie and Claire as always are enthralling (but I find this is the one book there is not quite enough of them). The feeling of "you are there" in history and the feeling that you are experiencing these events with them is only part of Diana's talent. Bree and Roger are excellent in this book as well - Diana's ability to write parallel universes is just one of her great attributes. Outlander remains my number one series and with the advent of the so far accurate TV series these characters are brought to life. Better than i dared to hope. You can almost feel yourself in the presence of each of these people - she has given them depth, breath and life. I agree with others, while the Lord John books are fine - Lord John is at his best when he is in the Outlander series proper - and I find I so enjoy him in this context, but outside of Outlander I just don't like him as much or feel his depth as I do within it. Davina Porter continues to amaze with her ability to capture and fall into the rhythm of all of these characters - I listen again and again because of her wondeful interpretations! I hope those doing the Outlander series will listen to her version of the books as well as reading them (there are benefits to reading and listening - another dimension if you will) - they will gain much.Thank you Diana for your beautiful resonant saga - I count it as a treasure.
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