Julie Garwood is one of my favorite writers so that's a given. I'd never willingly purchase a book because Susan Duerden is the narrator, as I do with other readers. However, if the story is a long time favorite, that might sway me.
Sara is such a hoot without trying to be you can't help but laugh. While aboard her husband's ship, which she calls a boat, newly married Lady Sara refers to Nathan's men as her staff and bends over backwards to gain their respect and approval. Inside two weeks, the lot of superstitious men are wearing cloves of garlic around their necks to ward off all the mayhem she accidentally causes. And Nathan bellows "Dammit Sara" so often she begins to think it's her new name.
Based on her reviews Susan has a healthy fan base, unfortunately, I'm not one of them. All her female leads either shriek or sound childish and the hero's are darn near laughable. Susan attempts to deepen her voice for the hero but also lowers the volume too. Would you follow leader into battle who doesn't sound capable of herding sheep?The truly maddening thing is I like her natural voice that she reserves strickly for the third person narrator's point of view.
A better narrator would have put the cherry on the top to a fabulous story.
I have to applaude Audible for gaining access the other Garwood early career favorites, but seriously have to question somebody's judgement when it comes to narrators. Why not leave well enough alone and stick with the original readers? I own the following books in original cassette form and for years have hoped someone would rerelease them because who in the heck uses cassette tapes anymore. These recordings are far superior to other editions added over the past year. Now I'm painstakingly transferring them to CDs before the tapes wear out and break. I wish listeners had the opportunity to hear these versions because they're missing out.By Author Julie Garwood:The Bride read by Martha Harmon PardeeThe Guardian Angel read by Mitzy FreelanderThe Prize read by Carol Jordan StewartRansom read by Paula ParkerThe Wedding read by Steven CrossleyThe Secret read by Jill Ferris (Jill Tanner also released a version of this that is nearly as entertaining.)
Once upon a time I loved this long time keeper and was eager to give a listen. Well, I did - forced myself to stick with it for the sake of the story. I can't begin to express how awful the ear piercing, shrieking and unbelievably stupid narration. No one talks like this! I'd rather hear cavemen grunt.
I really wanted to like this story because I'm a total sap for couples with a past history. Unfortunately, the writer failed to keep my emotions and heart fully engaged. As I continued to listen, hoping the author would make it worth my time, I realized that probably wasn't going to happen due to the jarring performance by the narrator. Her stilted style interrupted the flow. Conversations sounded mechanical rather than meaningful and grew worse with each passing sentence.
I'd recommend saving your credit for better entertainment.
While the author handled the very real matter of incest between a stepfather and his daughters with sensitivity, the reader/listener is constantly reminded of what shaped this woman to the point you can't get away from it. A significant amount of time is devoted to this heavy issue overshadowing the tenderness of young love and the couple's budding second chance. There are enough suggestive and/or slightly graphic details of physical and emotional abuse to contemplate seeking professional help for damage to the reader's psyche.
Another thing that bothered me was the issue of forgiveness. Without delving into great detail, would you grant forgiveness to a family member for committing, covering up or ignoring such an act on not one but two of your children? Not I!
Had I known the subject matter, I NEVER would have made the purchase. I strongly urge Audible to revisit the book's description for an update. It sounds as though Delia was at fault for wrecking the family, when what she was, was an abused 16 year old who fled a hopeless situation.
Yes, I absolutely adore Joyce Bean's readings. Her vocal talents for male & female characters breathe life into every story she narrates without sounding like a gushing, breathy twentysomething who needs help with understanding the big words.
I mostly enjoy Heather Graham's earlier books so it's nice to see some of those books appear in Audible's recent book list. I'd be a very happy listener if Audible would acquire Ms. Graham's Civil War Trilogy involving the Cameron Family - "One Wore Blue, And One Wore Gray, And One Rode West." Joyce Bean would be a perfect match because she does a terrific southern accent withou going overboard.
No chance of that happening.
No one scene stands out as a favorite. It's was the journey and the overall anticipation of the story's happy ending.
I'm pretty sure it's an unwritten rule in the romance genre that no matter the subgenre - contemporary, suspense, historical, etc. - that the couple you've been rooting for throughout the entire book, always ... ALWAYS, gets their happily ever after. When an author has given EVERY indication that the main characters are or will be a couple, what dyed in the wool romance reader wants to become emotionally invested if they are not going to get the inticipated payoff?
If you're okay with an unconventional ending, The Dead Room is a well-written story, beautifully narrated by Joyce Bean.
Those readers who enjoy more heat than meat from their main characters.
The author devoted far to much time to the opening hostage scene. At least 4 Chapters if memory serve correctly. Why? Because the hostage negotiator spent more time thinking about the hunky "rogue" police detective's attributes than she did actually negotiating. From there, you can pretty much figure out how the rest of this on the run story plays out.
Andrews did a nice N'awlins cajun accent. I had difficulty believing the voice of Caroline - narrated by Cassandra Campbell - fit the character's profession and actions. That voice is better suited for light-hearted romance or young adult books.
Unfortunately, no. I like more variety in my romantic suspense stories than to be on the run chapter after chapter after chapter. And I want to "experience" character growth along the way or what's the point.
A different narrator would have helped tremendously. Perhaps I would have been engaged enough to care about the fate of these people and finish the book.
Maybe the print version.
I kept nodding off and/or turning out what was being said due to the lifeless performance.
I listened to the audio sample, which sounded good to purchase the book. I had know way of knowing I'd be bored into a trance after 4 hours. I think Audible should expand the audio book samples to include dialogue of both the lead characters so we get a better feel of what the voices sound like.
I didn't read the print version and wouldn't want to when Sophie Eastlake told the story in technicolor. FYI, Sophie Eastlake is a/k/a Julia Whelan, brilliant narrator of "The Witness" by Nora Roberts, which is what prompted my purchase of an unfamiliar author.
I liked and admired the two main characters, Matt & Allison equally for their sense of honor, their realism in everyday life and the character growth each displayed.
It is apparent to me that in listening to this story recorded under the name of Sophie Eastlake or as Julia Whelan for "The Witness" she does her homework. She understands the story and what motivates the characters and takes you on a fabulous journey. Sophie/Julia gives the romance genre a great deal of class!
I particularly enjoyed the scene when Matt learns from his dad that home is wherever his wife (Matt's mother) is and the rest are just details to iron out. There are two other moving scenes but I don't want to do a spoiler.
This book isn't anything that's going to receive brilliant literary reviews and I don't believe that was the author's intent. Get over the fact that the basic plot isn't new because just how many ways can you bend and shape the boy with commitment issues meets nice girl plot. There's something to be said for a story that moves the heart like the gentle rocking of an anchored boat and can still deliver sexy romance without relying on the old he said/she said miscommunication ploy. I look forward to listening to Book 2 in the series this weekend.
Given time this tightly written tale will mostly definitely become a go to book for easy, uncomplicated entertainment. You can NEVER go wrong with a Carrington MacDuffie reading.
I liked and appreciated the way the author incorporated what is now known as early Alzheimer's disease in the character of Alexander's aunt. Her scenes were amusing and touching at the same time.
Carrington MacDuffie ranks among my top 3 female readers. I've yet to listen to a single reading that she's failed to nail the characters & essence of the story. Kudos Carrington for doing your homework!
When Sybella sees her father for who he truly is and that risking her happiness means nothing to him was cruel, but when he locks her away to die because she won't betray her husband was gut wrenching.
Audible, please release book 2 in this series. And if you could see the right of having
Carrington read that book as well, all the better.
Amusing, sexy, smart.
I loved why & how the nickname Rosebud came about, the dialogue between Beau and his sisters and proper Juliet's reaction to it all.
She did a slightly better job with Beau's voice & his sisters, but her pacing or something didn't gel all the time for Juliet's character. I liked her better than I thought I would, so yes, I'd give her another go.
Yes, I did exactly that and look forward to future redos.
I didn't read the print version. However, I'm certain I woul have liked it a bit more than the audio because the narrator's passable. Not exactly bad, but not great or good for that matter.
This story has Garwood's trademark humor and snappy dialogue without being heavy on the bad guy(s) actions & thoughts. Just the way I like my books. In many ways I'd compare this story to "The Ideal Man" in overall feel. The characters, dialogue, plot centering around sexual harrassment in the work place and the resolution are fresh, but the underlying essence ... purely Garwood.
Well, that would depend upon if the author is a favorite. If the author is one I really enjoy, I'd be inclined, but I wouldn't be happy about it. For untried authors, I'd probably spend my credit elsewhere. Having said that, this narrator does a terrific Minnesota accent as befitted Peyton's friend. She made me smile because she put me in mind of the mother on the cartoon series "Bobby's World."
Nothing extreme as it isn't that kind of book. As with most of Garwood books, I do chuckle occasionally and appreciate the witty minds of her female leads.
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