A middle of the road story--interesting enough to listen to, but the main character was kind of too remote and unfeeling, so it made it difficult to feel invested in whether or not she was discovered to be a madame or would live through the end. It was also uneven in that, she was supposed to be so smart, yet kept getting caught up in these compromising positions with men who overpower her. She may come out of it on her own in the end, but it's more of another circumstance she found herself in than one she created for herself.
The overarching storyline of her escort business and how she ran it, felt modern and was a little different than other books of this genre. I think that I would have felt more for her if she was married or seeking relationships outside of her business and her son. Though her son was supposed to be the central focus on her life, I didn't feel it in the writing. It was more just something that she said.
The narrator was a little weird--kind of stiff and definitely contributed to the remoteness that you feel about the character. She also made men sound....dumb...?
It wasn't so bad that I want my credit back....just wouldn't recommend to others.
The storyline of a magician becoming a food taster to save her own life was pretty interesting and it has that other worldly quality about it---where you don't know what the time period is or where the setting takes place. I always enjoy reading the first installment in a series, when you get the sense of a persons evolution. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for light, interesting fair that doesn't scream chick-lit.
I'm not a big fan of Gabra Zackman, because she isn't great with male voices and tends to make some men sound like frat boys-- It's a little jarring in a story like this. However, she was great as Valleck and pretty good at conveying Yelenas voice.
I think it's misleading to put this in the romance category, though. This is unlike any other book you would find in the romance section and is very light in that department. I think the characters have one scene that is really just glossed over--it's really PG13, as far as these things go.
Susanna Kearsley can clearly write, but the overall, the book was good....not great.
I think the storyline was not that interesting to me. But, Roslyn Landor----wow! She did at least 5 accents in this story--male, female, young, old--and did it all flawlessly! She is truly amazing and bumped a mediocre story up a few notches.
It's worth a listen, just to hear her excellent narration.
this is another one of those "middle of the road" books. Nothing actually bad and not exactly boring, but....not much happens. A group of women that are friends, help one of them out, have problems that each are struggling with individually, get caught for helping the friend, get in a fight and then make up. The End.
At times, I felt that the author just skimmed over each character and didn't make their struggles interesting enough to engage me.
It passed the time, but is not memorable. Narration was probably the best part of the whole experience.
Insurgent was as good as Divergent, picking up right where we left off and then ending with a bang--what a cliffhanger! It was action packed and full of intrigue!
I really enjoyed how Tris' character is evolving, as well as her relationship with Four. She is more focused and less tentative. They questions each others motives a lot and it seems their relationship is hanging by a thread at points, but it all comes to a head with a very satisfying outcome.
We learn a lot of about the different factions and how they operate. We also learn why Tris has aptitude for 3 factions.
Can't wait for the last book!
This book was dumb and predictable. Like another reviewer said, it's a cookie cutter romance. You know exactly what is going to happen to this couple from the very first page. I usually don't mind books like that, because it passes the time. But, the narrator really made it worse. She's reads breathily--like she's a character from Dynasty or some other over the top drama--and she sounds like she has a cold for the first 3/4 of the book. Didn't anyone else notice that? It's so odd!!
Also, parts of the book didn't make sense--why doesn't Alexa know more about Nick's life, when her best friend is his sister? Why doesn't she want Nick to know the money is for her parents house, but it's okay to think it was for her bookstore?
There are definitely far better chick-lit/romance books out there.
It's difficult to listen to a YA novel about dystopian society without comparing it to the Hunger Games, but it's not a bad thing-- and in this case, The Divergent series is just as good. Like HG, there is a 16 year old heroine, a young love interest, society separated into groups with different specialties and a underlying discontent with the way they are governed.
Tris Prior is a strong character and while here motivations were not always clear to me, I feel like that spoke to the unsure, 16 year old person she is. She knows that she is different, but not sure why that is a bad thing and how this can be helpful to her as she struggles through initiation into her new faction, the Dauntless. What we learn is that she has a previously unheard of aptitude for 3 of the 4 factions, and is therefore more perceptive, well rounded, empathetic, etc... It's what makes her a strong candidate for any group that she decides to join. As civil unrest comes to a head and her fellow Dauntless members are manipulated, it's Tris that has the courage to fight, even when her aggressors are bigger and more powerful.
The story moves at a brisk pace and the relationship/friends that are introduced really support Tris' character development. It was a great listen! Veronica Roth really brings readers/listeners on her side and feel for this character.
Emma Galvin was excellent as Tris! She brought each male and female character to life and knew how to emote and "act" just the right amount and at the appropriate time.
This is a story about rediscovering lost love and friendship.
AnnaJane and Mason used to be married, so when she finds herself at Mason's wedding, she starts thinking about what happened to end their marriage and how she still loves him--despite being engaged to another man, as well. The story is about Annajane and Mason, but also small town living, the south and friendship. Conflict comes at Annajane and Mason in the form of their fiancees, family members and the business that Mason's family owns and which employs all the locals.
Kathleen McInerney did a great job with the Southern accent and distinguishing between different characters.
It's not deep, but it's well told and good chick-lit.
If you are someone who enjoys books about relationships & character studies, then this is the book for you. It's about what happens when a relationship ends, one party refuses to accept it, and how this affects the other persons new relationship.
Saskia and Patrick dated for 3 years. When he broke up with her, she simply refused be left and begins stalking him and his son. It's not with any violence--she just refuses to let him forget her, them, what they were. When Patrick falls in love with Ellen, she wants to get to know Ellen, as well and proceeds to, under the guise of a new client at Ellen's hypnotherapy practice. It's a story with lots of layers--Saskia and Patrick, Ellen's burgeoning interest in Saskia, Patrick and his family, Saski and Patrick's son, Ellen and her family, Saskia and her mother, Saskia and her lack of friends......they all play into the why's of how this 3 year stalking begins and ultimately what ends it.
It was funny, sad, interesting and insightful. Liane Moriarty really let's you get into the heads of Saskia and Ellen and what drives them and how they view their relationship with Patrick. She somehow made Saskia's stalking seem innocent and funny and a mind-game all at the same time. I felt for her and was appalled by her behavior at the same time.
Tamara Lovatt Smith's narration was excellent! She somehow walked the fine line between making Saskia likable and just short of manic. She really captured all of the characters well--so hard to do, especially in a book with many characters of different ages.
I like a sex driven book as much as the next person, but this book was just ridiculous and so cheesy! I purchased it based on all of the stellar reviews, but it had me laughing at it during some points. It felt like it was written by an old-fashioned person's idea of what a relationship like that would be like, what talking dirty sounds like, etc... For me, the thing that makes a book like this enjoyable is when the relationship is the foundation and the sex/conflict is more secondary and used to further that relationship. But every time there was an issue, Gideon would respond with, "you need to get laid." Like....all the time. And there wasn't very much dialogue to establish their relationship in the first place. Plus, it was the same descriptive scene over and over and over...and over again. Kinda silly.
I didn't buy into it.
Jill Redfields narration was a mixed bag. She was pretty good as Ava, but whenever she was channeling Gideon, she sounded like Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. ha ha! I kept expecting her to say, "Precious...! Preeeecious!" It was pretty bad and spot on. It had me laughing.
This is the kind of book that grabs you from the beginning and then keeps you holding on because the characters are so lovingly revealed and exposed to you. It's a story about vulnerability, love and self-discovery for the two main characters, who are on converging paths.
The ending was a little abrupt for me, but I recognize how it could be satisfying for others, as anything more could be considered redundant. The author had already made her point that love and family can come from unexpected places. But, the characters were so well written, that I wanted to read more and see how things unfolded once they did meet.
Both narrators were great and really captured their characters' voices. I especially felt the weariness in Arthur's voice, with it's gravely deepness.
It's not exactly a light read, but it's time well spent.
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