It sounded like chick lit, but it was really more of a straightforward romance. I found it a bit slow and predictable. Likable characters and narrator, though.
Like many people, I came to this after listening to "The Chaperone," and while direct comparisons are probably unfair, I found myself doing it anyway. The story wasn't quite as robust, but since "The Chaperone" was one of my favorite audiobooks ever, that's a high bar. This one was still worth a listen, and the narration was excellent.
Having heard the authors on the radio, I wanted to see what additional wisdom I could glean from listening to the whole book. I could barely make it through (and skipped a lot). The information was repetitive and laboriously presented. Worse, the book focused on the problem and spent little time talking about solutions. I guess I wanted more of a "what can we do about this" book rather than a "here's the problem" book.
The other problem was the narrator. Her high-pitched, lispy voice drove me a little nuts and didn't seem to fit the tone of the subject. I could hear her doing, for example, a YA novel, but this didn't seem like a good fit.
I keep hearing, "Give it a chance; it takes a while to warm up." I'm just not that kind of reader/listener. If you haven't interested me - or at least given me an idea what the story will be about or why I should care - in the first half hour or so, I'm out. I tried really hard to listen longer, but I had other stuff to do (and read). Maybe I'll try again sometime, maybe after I read a more full description of it somewhere else to get an idea of what I'm missing.
I thought this was a good book, but it just didn't grab me the way it seems to have grabbed many others. I found some of the characters shallow and difficult to identify with, although the main guy was great.
This was a good plot but the telling itself is in serious need of an editor. The story dragged on and on. Even more annoying: it kept repeating information we already found out in earlier chapters. Maybe this annoyed me more than most because I'm an editor by trade, but it drove me nuts.
I'm always a bit skeptical when I read a review that begins by saying something like, "It took a while for me to get into this..." But "The Chaperone" grabbed me from the get-go and kept me happily entertained throughout. That's a tribute to the author, but Elizabeth McGovern gets a lot of the credit. I hope to hear more from her in the future!
While this is the kind of book I love listening to - interesting, relatable characters and a little action but not too much gore - I agree with those who say the narrator's dialogue for the main characters sounds growly (Russ) and hokey (Claire's Southern accent, which sounds a lot more Georgia than Virginia).
But the story is good enough to make it more than bearable.
One of my best Audible purchases so far. The story drags in a couple of places with unnecessary detail (say, of events already described), but overall, it's a great listen that kept me up later last night than I'd intended because I couldn't stop listening until the end. The narration is ideal for this material and the age of the protagonist.
This is a heroine who can do anything - anything! And she is never afraid of anything and is always confident she'll come out just fine. Which is to say that she is totally unsympathetic. Fiction is about facing challenges - how is that possible when you never feel challenged by anything? I loved the setting and some of the other characters, but when your main character is so perfect she's boring, it's a big disappointment.
Narration was overall very good, except for the voice of the love interest, which killed any desire I might have had to hear more from him.
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