The story line is okay, but the narrator is not a good fit for the story. Yes, he has the deep sexy sound of a cowboy, but his voicing of Isabelle had no inflection what so ever. Just found his portrayal of her stilted and wimpy. Even Sam was read at one level. That made for a slow and almost boring listen.
No, I do like the genre.
Only after a good sampling of the book & characters.
While I enjoyed the storyline of this book and the narration was adequate, the writing was just too much filler/useless fluff/chatter. Where was the editor for this book? Most comments, thought or spoken, by the characters were accompanied by an overly enthusiastic attempt at humor through the use of analogies. The effort to be witty through these analogies was painful by the end of the first chapter! Why would an editor let a writer get away with using the words penis and vagina in almost every other sentence for paragraphs at a time? I found the repetition of these words was ridiculous and boring. That is just one example of the poor writing/editing.
I almost stopped listening to this book several times for various reasons but wanted to give the author time to finish the story. Well, I finished it, but I won't be buying the rest of the trilogy. Am considering returning this one, which is something I have yet to do with any of the hundreds of books I've purchased in the past.
As a couple of characters say (and several times at that!), "Stop the word vomit!"
A compelling story, well written and read. I couldn't wait to listen to the additional books in the series!
Having just finished the fourth book in the Virgin River series, I cannot wait to get to book number five! The plot lines are believable. The characters are enjoyable and fully developed. Love the way there is humor and pathos in most situations. It has been a long time since a book has made me cry. It is easy to care about these characters. Every book in the series thus far has brought me to tears at some point in the story. The romance is presented without insipid dialogue or silly situations.
Kudos to Therese Plummer for a wonderful reading. Not really a reading so much as a extraordinary performance. So many books just have readers and not performers. Personally, I find those books very difficult to get through. Therese Plummer did a great job of separating characters and providing distinct voices for each of them. I will put Ms. Plummer in the same class as Davina Porter, Simon Prebble and Jim Dale.
Now....on to book number five, "Second Chance Pass!"
I felt the writing was insipid and the interpretation even more so. The pace of the story and reading could have been faster, although I'm not sure it would have improved it much. This was a painful read/listen.
I enjoy the genre, but, I guess, not this author.
I didn't care for Rosalyn Landor's voice or reading at all. My bad for not listening to the sample and realizing that I have listened to another of her readings and didn't like it either. Not saying I could have done better, but good grief the pacing was slow and characterizations were far too pompous.
Angelique, Tresham's sister. She didn't advance the story and her dialogue was annoying.
From here on out I will ALWAYS listen to the sample. Thank goodness I got this title on sale!
I enjoyed the story. It is my first BDB book, but I plan to go back and read book 1 before moving on. Right now, I plan on reading all of the series.....if the narrator doesn't just really turn me off. Also, the use of contemporary "cool" slang was a little ridiculous. Sorry, just felt that some of it was more than a little hokey and forced.
I felt JF's reading was VERY monotone. Just felt there was so much that could have been done with the text.
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