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Beverly

Jonesboro, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (150)

    Lady Minerva Sharpe has the perfect plan to thwart her grandmother’s demands: become engaged to a rogue! Surely Gran would rather release her inheritance than see her wed a scoundrel. And who better to play the part of Minerva’s would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular Gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered in Minerva’s imagination, though she has no intention of really falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him.

    Beverly says: "Story was great, narrator was awful."
    "Story was great, narrator was awful."
    Overall

    I find it a little irritating when a series uses a different narrator for each book in the series, thereby changing how the characters voices, and tones, are expressed. The narrator in the first book (The Truth About Lord Stoneville) was great; loved how he portrayed the voices. The narrator of the second book (A Hellion in Her Bed) was okay, but again, the tone he used for the characters was different. (For example, using a snide tone for a character that was portrayed as insolent, but laid back in the first book.) The narrator in this book was just awful. She couldn't hold the accent and in parts the characters sounded Irish, not English. And, again, the tone wasn't right, especially for Oliver's character.

    Some consistency would be nice. Do the narrators ever do their research before recording a book to see how the previous characters have been portrayed (e.g. sarcastic intsead of angry)? That would be helpful.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (287)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "So, so.......(and spoilers)"
    Overall

    I haven't finished the book yet (about 2/3's of the way through), but, honestly, if I knew the main character in life I would shake her and tell her to grow up. Most grown women don't have their mommies come and wipe their tears, yet she seems to fantasize that very scenario. She lies (for really no valid reason), gets caught, and loses the guy she lied to. Her response is that she wants to throw a temper tantrum like a two-year old and have her mommy (who died when she was in college) make things better. She needs to grow up for heaven's sake and stop blaming her current behavior on her "unfortunate" upbringing. The secondary characters (aunt, Alex, Joe, and the old man) are the only characters worth reading about in this over-lengthy novel. As an aside, I think the author has a toilet fetish (too many scenes in the bathroom, as well as conversations had between women in public restrooms while taking care of nature (way, way TMI).

    Overall, I don't think - at this point - I would recommend the book. I'm 2/3's of the way through and I can't imagine that the last 1/3 can make up for the lack of a good female lead.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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