I am not sure if it was the writer's style or the narration, but I just could not "get to know" any of the characters. Certainly the narration left me cold to all the characters (the voices were totally unrealistic). I just didn't care what happened to them. No point in spending my time (or points).
Yes, I would 'try' another book by this author read by another narrator or the Kindle edition (on sale). The story sounded good in the description, and I know most people say the liked the book.
None whatsoever. I just didn't care to know where it was going.
? Have not read the book yet.
Mitford in General
I have not yet completed listening to this book yet, but I have to react to a former review about the Narrator. John McDonough has narrated almost all of this series. I only know of one of them narrated by Scott and that one was in the other series. John McDonough is the voice of The Mitford books. I would have been very disappointed if it had not had him as the narrator. Note: I only gave this stars because the review process required it. I will write another review after I am finished the book. Just had to get this comment out there!
A Different Blue
I loved all of the scenes with Jimmy and Blue together
Often the book jacket art turns me off, I probably miss a lot of good reads because of that. This cover did not influence me one way or the other, until I was about half way through the book. This cover art was perfect! The mood of the book is in the eyes of the woman on the cover.
Stephen King was quoted as saying, "“I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud. ”
No. Well, maybe. I know some who would like this book. I certainly would not discourage anyone from trying it. It just was not for me.
Very good narrator. I would enjoy listening to other performances by him. Listening is never the same as reading, and for me it is not ever as good. I listen, because it is hard to read a book while you are driving, washing dishes or mowing the lawn.
Search Audible for another book. Maybe even another King or maybe something else. I know his work well enough to know I may absolutely love the next one.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading King, but I expect to enjoy some more than others. I am not his only audience. One of his great talents is that he can successfully write novels in a way that no one can really say about a book, "That is a typical Stephen King novel". There is no such thing.
I spent over 12 hours for this novel to start living up to the first one in the trilogy, it just wasn't getting there, in fact it was going nowhere.
No. But I will not buy the other one in this trilogy.
It was about as good as the story.
Maybe near the end, but I wouldn't know 12+ hours was more than enough for me. VERY disappointed, because I loved Dragon.
Ordinary life, in extraordinary circumstances.
Her narration of this book was excellent, don't know about others.
I did. I was very judgmental of all the characters. Once I got past that I was able to laugh and cry. How could this situation not be a source of humor and of tears.
Yes, twice already!
Sully and Will.
Sully, of course, but Mrs Beryl was essential to the story. Loved her!!
Sorry, but I thought the film was a waste of my time. Maybe if I had not read the book I would have enjoyed it, However, the film only touched on this story. I was looking forward to the film. Paul Newman was the perfect choice for the Sully character. But it was only a teaser. If you have seen the movie, don't think you have "read the book". Not by a long shot!
Yes. However I would tell them that the DIALOG between characters was sometime not realistic. The story is very good and very believable and for those who care about such things, it was scripturally sound.
There was one but it would be a spoiler to mention it.
The narrator was VERY good, which, to me, means I felt that I WAS reading the book. I really don't want a narrator to interpret the book for me. Stefan Rudnicki does not seem to try to do that. The narration was very smooth and not at all distracting.
I certain could see the book being made into a movie. I have no opinion about the actors, because I don't know them, I rarely watch movies.
Not really. The story takes CeeCee from a horrible existence to an almost perfect one. In that way is resembles the run-of-the-mill romance story. It is a Cinderella story and most of my friends have read that already.
I have not read others. She did a good job on this one.
The garden party.
The book was worth reading if you just want some light entertainment.
Best: The story is excellent. This author creates very believable characters. Least: Linda Stephens' performance.
All of the characters have something to love and much to dislike about them.
Linda's performance was not that of a professional reader. Her voice is pleasant. But her reading was awful. Periods and commas where used in exactly the same way, and in many cases are added to the reading in inappropriate places (by Linda, not by the author). It was very distracting. I almost stopped reading because of it. Then the story grabbed me and stopping was not an option. Linda has the voice, she needs training and practice.
Movie was a great idea. As for characters; I would have no idea how to second guess the professionals, since I rarely watch a movie and do not know who the current actors are.
I hope there will be a remake of this audio book with a different narrator, or a trained, experienced Linda Stephens.
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