Not by this reader.
This reader sounds like he's reading The Ugly Duckling to a circle of four-year-olds. If you like being treated like a child at story time this is for you. I'm 45 minutes into the book and I can't stand any more of it. If Audible will find another narrator (Please!) I will be happy to try it again.
I almost skipped this audiobook because of a reviewer that suggested it should have been in the romance section. Overall, though, the book got good reviews. I decided to give it a try. Fortunately, there are only a few ridiculous sex/passion scenes to wade through. I really dislike the cover of the book because it fits right in with a romance novel. That said, I liked this story and it feels like it's the setup for even better things to come. I agree that the main character, Mac, is shallow but I thought it was a caricature of a dingy blonde and that it was really funny (I'm a blonde that can be dingy at times too!). I thought she was making fun of herself. I was actually impressed at the variety of accents that the narrator played. I agree that the main male character was kind of craggy. I also agree that Mac's voice was a bit too mature for the character as written. But I still liked the skill that the narrator showed in moving between those voices. I was always able to tell who was who. I hope the next book skips the goofy passion/sex scenes but I have the feeling I'll have to deal with a few (and I'm no prude). As long as it doesn't take over the book, I'll continue with the series.
This book was so good that as soon as I finished it, I thought it would be perfect to start again from the beginning. The narration is the best I've heard. The characters are deep, soulful, heartbreaking, funny and purely joyful. I could "see" the story unfold in my minds-eye as I listened because of the beautiful writing. It is a very complex story but the narrator is so skilled at differentiating the voices that it's easy to follow along. I can't recommend this book enough. My 84 year old Dad who has never listened to an audiobook is going to love this!
I read JG long ago and always enjoyed his books. This one just never got going for me. In fact, (no joke) just when I thought I was at the part when the action and intrigue was really going to start...it was over! I was so surprised. That was it! It was very straightforward...none of the plot twists that I had hoped for. Maybe next time?!
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