I almost abandoned this one after the first chapter or two, but the fact that I had already spent one of my credits on it kept me listening. Fortunately it ended well, because I would have been seriously ticked off if it hadn't improved in Part 2. I wanted to smack the self-centered, stubborn and whiny heroine soon after she was introduced. I did feel sorry for the hero, however, because he ended up with her. And in spite of her relatively decent imitations of the characters' accents, the reader just couldn't quite nail the right emotions the words were meant to convey. (Furious sounded a lot like pleading to me.) My advice: don't bother.
I loved this book, except for one thing...I took off one star for the female narrator. They should have let Simon Prebble read the whole thing instead of only 2 of the 4 stories, because (in my opinion) the woman who read the other two did a horrible job. You could hardly tell one character from another, and she over-acted everything. If you can get past that, you will enjoy it too.
I loveTeresa Medeiros as an author, and have read every one of her books. I enjoyed this one as much as any of the others, and can't wait for more--both in print and audio.
That said, I really don't care for this narrator. She did a decent job with Catriona (except for the fact that she pretty much sounded like a 12-year-old girl throughout the story,) and the accents were OK, but her voice is just too high-pitched to successfully pull off the male characters' voices. Here's hoping that they'll consider getting someone else when they put another Teresa Medeiros book on audio.
Rachel Gibson is on my list of favorite authors, and I really enjoyed this book. I took off one star simply because I wished the end hadn't come so soon...maybe if she'd tacked on an epilogue, I could have given that last one. Susan Bennett did a good job narrating. It has been difficult for me to listen to some of my other purchases because the narrators' voices got on my nerves partway through the book, but that was not a problem here. (And as a bonus, I also think she did a great job reading the steamier parts of the story!)
I'm only about an hour into part 2 of this audiobook, and it's really starting to grate on my nerves. The story is advancing so slowly that I honestly don't know if I'm going to be able to stand it long enough to finish it. What a waste of a credit...
The narrator makes every character sound nasal, whiny and seriously annoying. I don't know who hired this man, but they should be ashamed, and the narrator should be banned from ever recording another word.
The continuation of the story is good, but you might want to consider reading it in print instead.
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