I have to agree with the other reviewers. Why oh why did they change narrators?? The series is such fun, and the edge of the narrator's voice was grating to say the least... wish I'd just bought the book! Next thing you know someone other than Dick Hill will be narrating the Jack Reacher stories!
I'm glad I bought this book on sale, since I only wasted a few dollars on it. Both the writing and narration were awful! Teri Clark Linden reminded me of a grade school teacher reading a book she didn't care for to a class. But, I guess the book merited the boring and bored reading, since the characters were so poorly drawn and the plot so plodding. I didn't bother to finish it, since I have better things to do. Bleah. Save your money, credits, and time!
The audio version of this book is a delight.
The narrator was spot-on in his delivery, both of voices and timing. I'll be looking for books he's narrated again, based on this book.
It made for a delightful romp, plowing through every B-movie and pulp sci-fi cliche with verve. Long reign to the Emperor!
I'm not sure I'd recommend this book. As the mom of a drug addict, I found it difficult to listen to the lengths to which the main character went for her ungrateful, unwilling to own his behavior son. Perhaps other parents do such things, but I knew from the start that she was doing the child no favors, and it was just plain annoying that she danced to his tune and allowed that to control her life completely. I thought the artist character was far more interesting, and frankly she was the reason I finished the book.
Nowhere in the reviews that I read was it mentioned that this is a Christian novel. I don't mind having some religion in a book, but I really don't like being preached at. The heroine was silly and credulous, the hero over the top, and I'm regretting the money I spent on this one.
The story is charming and an easy listen, but the book would have been better served if the audio book producers had found someone other than the author to read the book. Her inflection and cadences were tedious... I can't imagine that she actually talks like that, but she falls, as do so many, into an artificial way of speaking when she reads aloud. What a shame; the book is, as I said, charming.
Wow.. a quadruple threat! Poor flat non-inflective reader, really awful characters and character development, unbelievable setup, and, to top it all off, glorified rape fantasies! Thank goodness I got this one on sale so I only wasted a few dollars on it! Take my advice and don't waste your dollars.
For someone who is supposedly smart and sassy, the lead character just comes across as monumentally stupid and arrogant. I managed to listen for 2 hours and gave it up in disgust! Thank goodness I bought this book on sale! With so many great heroines out there, why waste your time and money on someone like Sophie?!
This may be a fine book if you consider when it was written, but overall it was a very disappointing book, and the narration was flat and boring.
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