I was so looking forward to this installment, and when I saw that the narrator was no longer Ashford McNab I was worried. But I had some faith having listened to other series that had changed narrators and really enjoyed them, thought the different narrations added to the books depth. That was not the case here. The narrator sounds like a snotty older woman pretending to be a teenager with a giant brick stuck in an inconvenient place.
Her voices are terrible, if I had not listened to the other books in this series I would have ended up hating several of the characters,Temperance from the first book sounded like she was constantly smelling cat litter. Hero sounded like she was a timid bird and Lazarus, Lord Caire sounded ridiculous. I don't think there was a single male voice that sounded convincing or enjoyable.
At times I felt like she was in a rush to get through the book and at other times she would slow down to a crawl. Conversations were bunched, paragraphs became run on sentences. She had issues with pronunciation, and you could tell she didn't have a clue about the story.
I am tempted to return the audio book. I will most definitely not pick up the next audio book in this series if she is narrating it, not unless she gets some reading skills.
If there really was a need for a narrator change could it at least have been a good one? There are so many to choose from.
I think this will be the second time I have not wanted to finish a good story because of the narration.
The story is good, the characters are some of my favorites and Elizabeth Hoyt is entertaining and has fast become one of my go to romance authors. I will be buying the book in a different format and hoping that the publisher gets a different narrator for the next book in this series.
I am not happy that I am giving this book so few stars and that it has nothing to do with the story and everything to do with the narration. The whole point of an audio book is to be swept away in a story telling, not be driven to tears of boredom, frustration and annoyance.
Some tips for the narrator, try to sound less bored by the material, try not to sound like you are better than the material you are given, speak like you care about the people you are reading too. Speak with passion, and even pacing, pause between sentences and if you cannot do voices don't do voices, just speak with slight inflections to help the listener get the idea that a different person is talking.
Anyway, I think I have expressed my dislike for the narration enough. Buy the book in kindle or hardbound form, forgo this format at least unless they get a new narrator for it.
Sexy, riveting, charming
House of Rohan series by Anne Stuart are similar, the rest of this series.
I have listened to all of the current Maiden Lane books, 4 of them voiced by Ashford. She does a fantastic job. Her voice is probably one of my favorite too listen to. She is calming, doesn't go overboard with her male voices, the voices for each character is distinctive. I would say she does as skillful a job on this one as she does on the rest of the series.
Would absolutely love to have her come back for the rest of the Maiden Lane series.
Emma Taylor was bloody awful (yes I listened to that book again, and found I couldn't even come close to finishing the listen) and again I will state I will not be purchasing the next book in if Emma Taylor is narrating it.
First time I listened to it no, it took a few tries to get into the story, but once I started listening it was an almost non-stop listen. The second time, I ended up listening to it almost in one sitting. Had to get some sleep though so I stopped for the night at around 4am. /giggle
If you like racy sex scenes, without bombs bursting in air and strong characters then I highly recommend this book. Lazarus does takes some getting used to and his affliction is never explained fully but Elizabeth Hoyt does a great job telling a story of damaged people without going into the realm of wimpy or whiny. Her characters generally know what they want and go for it. There isn't a lot of hemming and hawing so to speak, at least it didn't feel that way to me.
This is an excellent start to a very good series.
I read many of Julie Garwood's books in HS and College many years ago, she was in my list of favorite romance authors. Never quite on the same level as Judith McNaught, but fun and lighthearted. She was quick to get her characters together and usually didn't have some over the top issue that kept the characters apart.
This will be my 6th reintroduction to Julie's books on audio and I am thinking it might be my last. While I 'liked' it I didn't love it. Her females all tend to be the same, they turn to scatter brained dim wits whenever they are introduced to the hero. Her males are all the same. The stories are all very similar and so far only one book was decently narrated. That would be the Bride which I did like a lot (but only because it was my first foray into Julie again after all this time)
This book focused on too many characters. With way too much time spent on the Baron's doings than on the Hero(s) and Heroine(s). Ramsey and Bridgid should have had their own book.
The main hero and heroine spent little time together.
I think a different narrator might have made the listening easier. I like Susan for the most part, but I wish narrators would do less with their voices. I like to hear a difference in who is talking but when your sexy male voice sounds like he needs a cane to walk and your females sound like they haven't reached puberty yet I want to run screaming.
I would recommend Julie in small doses on Audible. The Bride and Secret are decent and well worth the credit. Lyon's Lady should be read, for some reason Susan's narration of that book was almost awful, it was better than Anne Flosnik's at least to the point I could finish listening to it but..
I didn't hate this book; I liked a good portion of it. But felt there was a lot to be desired and that what I liked isn't enough to recommend it anyone other than true fans of the genre. I think one of the reasons I am disappointed is because the book could have been great.
I wanted to slap the hero and then have a sit down chat with the author on repetitive writing.
Cross seemed to be suffering from 'oh woe is me syndrome'. His reasons were explained but I was left not caring about it. I felt like he was throwing himself a 6 year pity party.
Another issue I had would be a major plot point so I won't go into detail other than to say I don't like it when characters keep things close to home when there is no real reason to. Especially if it's not really a secret. It's like, not telling someone they have broccoli stuck in their teeth because you are afraid you will upset them. It is far more upsetting to walk in the bathroom and see that said food mocking you from the mirror.
Comments or thoughts were also repeated throughout the book. "Oh, you are marrying that guy because he likes dogs and you like dogs? Yes, awesome, why don't you repeat that bit of information every time that particular person is mentioned or in the same room. It is okay, your readers aren't all that attentive, we don't mind, really, because, we need to be reminded that we should be listening to this book, not zoning out thinking about how awesome the color blue is. Just like we need to be told that our male(s) aren't worthy, because the first 8 times were not enough." /sarcasm
I groaned aloud towards the end, when I started counting how many times the word 'deserve' was used. I felt like I was in a meeting where the speech giver forgot there are other words in the dictionary besides 'like' or 'that', and to pass the time I was counting how many times that person said either of those two words.
As usual Rosalyn Landor does a superb job.
I loved Pippa in the first book and felt that Cross would be a great hero, but he ended up being a bit too whiny and way too much like the first books hero for my taste.
I would recommend the book highly, I have hesitations recommending the audio book version of this, however.
The book is terrific, the story is riveting, compelling and keeps you on your toes. The story itself is good enough to over come the almost awful narration.
When I first started listening to this I thought the narrator was bored, she was so monotone. As she progressed with the reading she did seem to become more engaged with the story and it felt a little less awkward to listen to her.
At some points she had southern accents for two people which was rather odd considering that many years would more than likely cause any accents to become consistent across most of the people as people tend to formulate their language to what the average person speaks.
Her male voices weren't terrible except for Bernard whose was not a character you are supposed to like but whenever she voiced him I was inclined to fast forward because it was so annoying sounding and not in the good characterization why.
When she voiced women she would randomly use the new form of valley girl speak that has festered itself into young women across the US. That speech where every sentence includes like so or a question implied at the end of the sentence. Basically, it makes the women annoying and stupid sounding.
She had a nice voice, but she is not a narrator or at least she needs some serious training on how to not annoy the listener.
The story is not all that original but it is very intriguing, some of the characters really resonated throughout the book. The author did a great job of giving you a real sense of what his world looked and felt like and he did an even better job of getting into the characters heads and making you want to suffer through bad narration to get to the end.
My only complaint about the story is I am not sure what happened to a few characters, could be I fell asleep during the narration though, as I had fallen asleep almost every time I attempted to listen to it.
I strongly recommend that you buy the book and read this, as listening to it does not do it any justice at all.
This is hard to answer as the narration was almost terrible. It was certainly difficult to get through and very frustrating at times. However, the story was so interesting that I was able to force myself to suffer the narration and finish it.
The book was worth the time, the narration was not.
I will reiterate, READ the book. I read a review of this that commented on the title stating it had nothing to do with the book and wanted to be all internet trolly and tell the person that reading comprehension was hard, but I choose to be the better person and ignore his/her review completely.
I cannot highly recommend this book enough. I don't recommend getting it in audio format however. Buy it in book form and I think you will see why this book is so good and why it is called something so odd as Wool.
Absolutely. When I saw this unabridged I purchased it immediately. Great narration, and a great romance.
There are quite a few moments, but I think my favorite is when the Heroine finally stands up for herself and realizes her worth.
No I have not. His performance was worth listening to again.
I laughed and cried. Just like I did the first time I read this. The heroine is a bit annoying at times but anyone who has had a low self-esteem can understand where she comes from. She is not stupid so much as blinded by her lack of self worth. The book is more about her growth as a person and her acceptance of who she is to herself. Nicholas is still one of my favorite hero's. He was be a bit obnoxious and I wish there was more time spent inside his head, but he was strong and had a true sense of himself. So happy this book is on Audible now if only Judith McNaught's books would be released...
Well worth the credit and will be listening to this again.
If you are going to write a story and spend a lot of time on the side characters at least make them interesting or finish their story. Unless I missed something which it's possible I did because listening to this was almost torture at points, the major side characters story was not finished.
Again I might have been asleep during her last chapter so please feel free to ignore this above comment if that is the case. Or you can not ignore it and know that the side character was so bloody uninteresting that I was put to sleep by it...
I didn't really care for the Heroine either, she seemed to be different characters every time she was actually a main focus for the author. She confused me as a lead character. When you are first introduced you think she is this strong independent woman that could take care of herself, then she seems to morph into a shy insecure woman and the morphing isn't smooth enough to make much sense. The character was not well developed, either that or the author was just as confused by what to make of the character as the reader is.
The hero is a bit of a fop. I get the point but he seemed more like a woman in many cases and while I don't mind more sensitive men he just seemed like he was originally written as a woman and then the author decided to make him a man.
There was also so little time spent on the two main characters, that I didn't ever get engaged by their love story. It seemed forced. Perhaps if there was more focus on them I could have enjoyed this much more, but as it stands...
I found myself wanting to skip most of the book, I have read a few of Eloise James's books and so far only loved one, sort of liked the other. This book might have been the seal on the coffin as I really have no desire to listen to another and that's too bad as the one book I liked by her I absolutely loved.
This book was my least favorite of the Maiden Lane series. I am not sure what it was about it that didn't interest me or at least didn't keep me listening to it without wanting to skip parts or put it down for other endeavors.
I was not a huge fan of Hero, she seemed a bit perfect yet too willing to set aside that perfection for Griffin, I didn't see the attraction or feel any chemistry between them.
I didn't particularly like the side characters with the exception of Patience and Winter (who is by far one of my all time favorite heroes - he is swoon worthy.)
There was nothing out right terrible about this book other than I am not a fan of love stories that involve cheating even if the match is arranged. Maybe it was that Hero was not that engaging or I was not interested in Griffin's chosen profession and it's side story.
It has taken me several months to listen to this book, the other 3 of the series I have listened to twice at least and loved every minute of them, but this one is very easily skipped even if part of it gives insight into Patience's story.
I wouldn't waste a credit on this. The rest of the series is much better and Elizabeth Hoyt tells a good story with flawed characters.
Ashford MacNab needs to narrate more books in my opinion. She does a fantastic job.
I really enjoyed this book, could not stop listening to it. This is one of those narration's that made the book seem far better than it actually was.
I liked the story a lot, the hero was strong yet flawed in a surprising way. I liked that the heroine was not the most beautiful creature that walked the face of the earth. I didn't like her situation with her brother felt that part of the story was a bit contrived to add unnecessary drama.
The issue that brings the hero and heroine together is not resolved in this book and the continuation of the series is not yet on audible, I do hope that gets remedied and that they use the same narrator.
This is very much worth a listen. The story is engaging, the hero is dashing and the narration is wonderful.
Yes, Maya Banks does tell an interesting story a bit repetitive but entertaining. Kirsten Potter does a great job, I really enjoyed her Scottish accent.
Only to those die hard romance readers.
Yes, I have, this is consistent with her other performances.
Yes, no, perhaps...
I had some issues with this story that kind of have me wavering between liking the story and disliking it.I liked that the idea of a deaf heroine. That added a uniqueness to the story. Although the heroine seemed to do a lot of sleeping. It was like she was sleeping thorough 60% of the book. Which added a bit to the repetitiveness. It also didn't help that there were comments by the characters about each others respective beauty every other paragraph, your readers get it, these two characters are paragons of beauty, we really don't need to be told every five minutes.I really enjoyed listening to Kirsten Potters voice and that probably saved me from stopping the listen before I finished it. I did enjoyed the story even if it was repetitive. I liked the heroine, even if she was sleeping most of the time. I too can be repetitive.I would say this is worth the listen if it's on sale, but not necessarily worth a credit.
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