Youngsville, NC, United States | Member Since 2011
The story is alright... The love story is nice, but there is a lot that is hard to swallow. Even after the great reveal near the end of the book, there is a whole lot that feels like an anachronism. I am not sure I could suspend my disbelief THAT much. The story is fun and sweet but there is a whole lot of details that do not correspond to the time period at all. The Parents let their unmarried daughter go trekking off to Scotland to deliver money to her Grandmother? Really? Then the Grandmother is up to something but no one knows what. Okay we can buy that, but she leaves her Grand Daughter alone with a naked Scot whom she had shot but is now nursing back to health? REALLY?!? Then he takes her hostage for money that was stolen/given by a daft man. Okay, I can buy that, but then the girl who is kidnapped tells people she is there in duress and no one believes her... okay and her Grandmother doesn't seem overly concerned by the predicament her Unmarried Grand-Daughter is in?!? Two weeks in the highlanders castle with no chaperone? REALLY??? REALLY???? You judge for yourself. Oh and one last thing... The way the Narrator does most of the book is great, but the way she say's "Mamie" makes me grind my teeth! She is always winey and it gets annoying. Then the Big reveal... well I won't spoil it for you. There is a HEA BUT there is a whole lot left unanswered.
What could have been a good story is ruined by a whiny self- aggrandized heroine. The plot is very good and the writing is good. The narrator does a great job, but the heroine is just abysmal! She includes herself in the plans of others (Whether they want her there or not) and then whines about it for the first 1/2 of the book. After she finally gets to Blackmoore, the story gets MUCH better and the romance and sacrifice become exident. That being said, the Mother is just a little TOO much to be believable.
It is a good book once you get past the whining and the childish behavior. I actually loved it in the end, but you have to get through the first 1/2 to get there. It isn't bad if you find it on sale.
This MAY have been a good book, but I will never know because the narrator was SO HORRIBLE that I could not get past it. It was like hearing my 10th grade biology teacher (who was monotone and super boring) read a book. The story was intriguing and I may get the book and read it, but I could not stomach this narrator. No WAY!
While this book is not the "scary" Stephen King we have come to expect, it does has a ghost and a wonderful mystery. There is an amazing main character. What does it say about a writer when you strive in your life to be more like the main character in his book? I totally am trying to be more like Devin as he is a truly great guy!
This book spans friendships and life as a carnie and having worked at several theme parks, he is right on about a lot of it. This book took place when I was VERY young, and the detail is there, as we have come to expect with a King book.
Again I say it is not a typical King, but it is a very very good story and I was hooked quickly! It is really in touch with a coming into manhood teenaged boy in the 1970's. Bravo Mr. King, BRAVO! Loved it!
This is a very interesting read. The end will have you on the edge of your seat. I loved it! There is such a sweetness in this book and a wonderful plot! The Heroine has a major development and grows and you grow with her as she goes through the book. I Loved it!
The Narration is brilliant!
Very highly recommended!
This was such an excellent book! Well done in audio form! The ONLY reason it is listed in YA is because it does not have explicit sex scenes, but the steamy romance is there! As is the plot and intrigue! I cannot give this book and the entire series enough stars! Amazing! Do yourself a favor and try this one out!
I am SO glad that I listened to this! I was a little hesitant since it is in a "theater format" with several characters and voices, as it is a play and not a book. WOW it was WELL DONE!! This was a Great story! I adore the time period and was intrigued with the whole idea. I don't know why I had never read any of Oscar Wilde's work before, but I defiantly will now! It was short, I admit, but I was riveted! They players did a wonderful job! I felt like I was watching it in the theater. Bravo and Encore! Excellent!
The book itself has an interesting storyline and the narration is pretty good EXCEPT during sex scenes. During sex scenes, I had the feeling that the narrator has one of two things going on
-- 1) she either has no idea how ecstasy is SUPPOSED to sound, because she made it sound like a cat in severe pain... OR.....
-- 2) she had a contract that paid her by the syllable ( ie.. She said the word "Pleasure" repeatedly, but it came out more like Ph-lea-hea-shu-re). That is bad enough, but I could live with it; however, the word "Burst" ( which came out like Buuur-rrr-sss-stttttt with the inflection up and down and up and down on one freaking word!) will make you want to throw the speaker across the room... UGH!!!!! Otherwise, the narrator does a lovely job and has a great Scottish, French, and British voice, both male and female.
The story itself is pretty good. It has some mystery and an old hidden romance. It has some intrigue and a slightly clunky conspiracy theory to take over the throne. That gives the H/h a little bit of a struggle. I LOVE the Aunt (Can't wait for her story!)
I like the Heroine, but she is hot and cold. One minute she HATES the hero and the next she is trying to resist his kisses, then she wants him, and the next page she hates him again. The poor man can really do nothing right in her eyes, yet he keeps on trying.
The hero on the other hand... well.... He is kinda whipped. He seems tough and rugged but sensitive and sweet. Sometimes a little too sweet as his main focus in life is having Fiona's Kisses. There are points where you want to tell him "MAN UP!!" But I liked him alright UNTIL the point where he was absolutely sure that she betrayed him. It was resolved quickly, but wow, there is a MAJOR trust issue there and he doesn't even give the woman he professes to love the benefit of the doubt. That put a sour taste in my mouth for
him. Maybe I am just fickle...
All in all, it is not a bad choice. It's a pretty good book with a good story and some sex scenes that I bet would be awesome in reading them but not so much in listening to them. I didn't BUURRSSSTTT with love for the book, but I don't feel like I wasted my credit either. Pretty good...
I was really interested in this book and I found it very informative and entertaining. It explained a lot about the life in the Scientology cult and being raised as a child amongst it.
L R Hubbard wrote science fiction and founded a "religion". When he died, his chief officer, David Miscavige, became the new church leader. Jenna Miscavige is his Niece and grew up in the midst of Scientology. This is her story....
This was a very VERY informative book and I liked hearing about the "church" from an insider (and honestly you cannot get more inside than that). Many of the ex-members either cannot or will not speak about their experiences, whether it is due to fear or embarrassment. Jenna takes the leap and braves telling her story. It may open your eyes to the nature of the manipulation that they use to control their members.
Some of the examples of their logic will flip you out! For instance, they make Jenna the "Chief medical officer" at the age of 8. I was flabbergasted! Seriously, at 8, I was familiar with band-aids and that was about it. Her "personal scores" are based off of how many sick kids their are in the compound, something which she has absolutely no control over.
I admit that there is a morbid curiosity in learning about how Scientologist think. It gives good background and information on L R Hubbard and the thinking behind the "religion". It starts with the Billion year contract that they all have to sign and goes into details about the auditing sessions and the soup cans that they hold to measure their responses as well as what happens when their responses are not within the expected levels.
It talk about "Misunderstood words" and how they are the root of all the pain in the world, and if you have pain, it may be a misunderstood word from a PAST life that is messing you up *Yes I am being serious* How do you fight logic like that? LOL!
To me, the only down-sides were the narrator, who sounded like she was 13 and perpetually whiney, and it does tend to have an" I am a poor victim" mindset throughout the book, which I find to be frustrating. As a child, she certainly was a victim, but as an adult, she kept on CHOOSING to be in the cult. I understand that this is the nature of brain-washing but how much can a person take before they buy a vowel!
I don't think I would have ever read this book, as it is not in my normal genre, but I am very glad that I listened to it and I highly suggest it for anyone who is remotely curious about Tom Cruise and his crazy religion. I think it would also allow you to spot the signs of a cult and better understand the effects of brain-washing and manipulation (sleep and food deprivation, separation from loved ones, threats and pushing physical limits).
********* Some fun topic points to look forward to are :
*Pain and the causes of it and why they do not believe in pain pills even in the event of broken bones
*Their billion year contract and the life of eternal servitude
*How they are the only one's who can save the world *LOL! Seriously they believe THAT!
*What is up with the "uniforms"
*Child slave labor
*Paying income tax on their allowance
*Secrets and lies
*The "Pledge of Allegiance" to L Ron Hubbard
*Their money making schemes and how they fear loosing their "Non-profit" status
*Lots of Acronyms! and MORE!!!
Let me first say that I do not usually do reviews on books that I have yet to finish, but I made the exception this time because I don't think I will be able to stomach it much longer.
I don't mind an age difference in a romance, my spouse is 15 years older than me, BUT when the age difference is 20 years AND he is her guardian AND he is MARRIED to another woman... I am having a hard time seeing the "romance" in this!
** He put her over his knee and spanked her, yet 20 minutes later, he is kissing her?!?
** Then he spends half his time reprimanding himself that she is his ward and he should have "fatherly" affection towards her, YET he doesn't do much to remove her from his temptation.
**Did I mention that he was already MARRIED?
Honestly this book makes me think it was written for a pedophile. It shows a man who is 36 years old, married and is the guardian of a 17 year old girl. He totally abuses his power and takes advantage (IMHO) of someone in his care. He is cheating on his marriage vows (even if it is a distant marriage, it IS STILL A MARRIAGE!) so he is cheating on his wife. Were this turned around, the man would be an outraged cockhold seeking revenge on the field of honor.
*** This book seriously is making me ill and I don't think that I will EVER seek out this author again. Abuse is NOT romance and if we teach young girls that it is, we are only extending the normalcy of abuse and making it seem right. Not for me! I can't believe that this was published OR that someone could read it out loud and still label it as "Romance"
The sweet Josie wedges herself into a corset to make herself fit into the dresses that all the other girls wear. By doing this, she only makes herself look bigger. That is the beginning of this very sweet story. I enjoyed it MOSTLY, but there were a few things that I just could not quite stomach. I Loved the Hero. He is sweet and finds himself falling for a girl who needs his support. The problem is, he is engaged to be married and professes his love for his fiancée every other page. Then suddenly, he kisses Josie and starts to fall for her. Sounds like a lukewarm love affair. Not my idea of a steadfast hero, but it does explain itself in the book and gets all tied up with a bow. That is alright. The other problem I have is that the Heroine seems smart and charming, but then gets winey and petulant. I had a harder time warming up to her. That surprised me because she is a chubby heroine and I totally relate to that. I thought I would love her, but she is so weak and needy that I almost don't like her. She does find her wings and in the end there is a wonderful HEA but to be honest, the last 1/2 of the book is far far better than the first 1/2. If you choose this book (and it really is not a bad choice) just hang out because it does get quite good in the end. I recommend it.
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