I personally did not enjoy this book, even though I have read the other books in this series beginning Only.... The hero has to be the most obtuse, blind, stupidest person out. I finished it, but only because I'd paid for it.
Just like many other readers I loved Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman. It was a wonderful southern story of family and loss and hope.
Teddi was someone I'd love to know. Passionate and loving it is her journey and her story. It is told from her point of view and what a voice. From early on she loved all things ancient and antique - sold them at her farm gate until later on she opened a shop in Charleston. I loved that she had two mentors who happened along at the right time and helped her along with her passion. An expert on antiques and an expert in opening a business. She also had loyal friends and workers. She had a grandma in her nineties and Teddi took good care of her and her grandma took good care of Teddi.
While she is successful in business she has losses to face and grieving to do for all that she has lost and none so dear as her younger brother Josh who has a passion for protecting nature and the beautiful wildlife that surrounds their Kentucky farm. When he disappears one day, Teddi almost never gives up hope that he is alive somewhere. Sometimes the signs seem to say he may have died, but Teddi leaves messages for him. When the time comes to face the fact that she cannot keep the farm she makes some decisions that are brave and thoughtful.
This is a story of wonder and joy, heartbreak and sadness, humour and quirkiness. It's a tale of love - Teddi's love for many people and places and things. Teddi finds love with someone in an unexpected place and while it did not take centre stage it was a nice touch.
Jenna Lamia did a fine job narrating this book, her voices for various characters was great, her pacing and expression - wonderful. She was Teddi! I would happily listen to any book she narrates. This book was already excellent but with her narration Jenna took it up to another level again.
Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker has been in my view since 2013 when I watched it on NetGalley and saw many, many reviews for it. I just passed it by, it didn't seem like it was for me! I am not sure what made me finally give it a go, I must have read an audio review because that is the format I chose. So I found out then that it was not only New Adult but first person POV and written in the present tense. Hate that! Well I used to anyway because a sentence or two was only spoken and I was hooked and totally in for the ride.
Kacey was in a car accident, where her parents, best friend and boyfriend were killed and she was left holding her dead boyfriend's hand until she could be cut out hours later. Kacey and Libby now need to escape the place where they are living because the uncle is not all he should be. They set up in a small apartment and Kacey finds work through a neighbour Storm.
Kacey is a hard nosed young woman, but she has not coped well with the loss and anger that she experiences from the accident. She has tried many avenues and still nothing works. She hates anyone touching her hand. Her anger can be triggered and when it does - Libby is worried by what may happen. She forms a strong loving relationship with Trent the guy next door, yet this has its difficulties.
I loved the cast of characters, they became like Kacey's and Libby's family. I smiled sometimes and I admit to a few tears too. I was able to predict what was to be a big shock for Kacey before it happened, yet I don't hold that against the book. I think most if not all readers would see what was coming.
As I listened I was struck by how much damage happens by those who drink and drive and cause accidents that need never have happened. It impacts for sure those who lose their lives, but what about those on the wider circle who are victims too - the family and friends. Or those who live through the accident.
The narrator was perfect for the book and I will certainly listen to some more in this series. One prejudiced reader won over!
I put off listening to this book for a couple of years because of the poor reviews about the narration. What a load of rubbish in my view. The narration perfectly suited the book and I thought Katherine Kellgren did a fine job. The book is a typical Nora Roberts magical story and really you know what you're going to get. That aside it was a very enjoyable listen.
The Rosie Effect follows on from The Rosie Project, and as I enjoyed the latter very much, I didn't wait too long to listen to the second book. I am still undecided about how much I liked The Rosie Effect. Like the first book I chose to listen to the audio version because Dan O'Grady totally nails the narration. To me he is the voice of Don Tillman! His voice, his phrasing and emphasis on certain words just brings this story so alive.
Don is totally thrown when he learns that he and Rosie are expecting a baby. He goes into meltdown. And when he has finished with that he turns to the practicalities of preparing a baby. He becomes an expert on the total nine months and all birthing possibilities. You don't want to know his version of a pram and cot. Neither would Rosie. What Don neglects to do is give Rosie the support she needs and fails to be involved in ways that Rosie sees as essential.
I wasn't that keen on the relationship between Don and Rosie in this book, except perhaps towards the end. The decision that Rosie came to in the course of events was something I felt might be inevitable. Rosie felt like a shadowy character in this book, she was there in the background, but not really fully fleshed.
Don had a number of other characters to relate to in this book. They are in New York and there is the old rock star upstairs - George, Dave and Sonia - someone Don helps out with his business and then Sonia later helps Don out in a very funny kind of way. Then there is Lydia, he first meets her in a restaurant and then later as his 'social worker'. Gene also turns up on the door, I found I didn't mind him so much in this book.
Don because of who he is lands himself in all kinds of funny situations that he takes totally seriously. He also shows the kind of person he is as he bends over backwards for his friends - he just forgot to do that for Rosie in a way that she needed!
I enjoyed the reference to the media and the way some journalists muddle the facts and the poking of fun at the way airports operate these days.
If you listen to audio, I would most definitely listen to it rather than read it. Dan O'Grady takes the book up some notches.
This is my first book ever by Jojo Moyes and I believe it was a good introduction. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I mainly listen to audiobooks while walking, this book had me talking out loud to the characters, smiling at the world and discreetly wiping away some tears.
This is probably the first time I have listened to a book with four narrators, the book tells the story from the point of view of four characters- Jess, Nicky, Tanzie and Ed. After a few moments of discomfort these narrators became the characters, and I am sure that they totally enhanced this book for me. I give them all top marks for bringing these characters alive in my imagination.
Jess is an amazing woman, she has a husband who has deserted any sense of responsibility and disappeared, she has little money but works hard to support her small mismatched family. Money problems dog her much of the way, at one point she makes an error of judgement, however the way she handles that had me applauding her. She is a great mother and Nicky and Tanzie are very fortunate to have her.
I also loved how the children Nicky and Tanzie were very much part of this story with their challenges of growing up and being their true selves. Norman the dog completes the family, and does he come to the party when it really matters - you bet! Big and slobbery but well loved and included in the family.
Ed is almost against his will in the beginning sucked up into this family when he joins them to help them take a step to help Tanzie achieve a dream. They take a car journey together across country which turns out to be no picnic but all the same things happen! Loved the way Ed helped Nicky and Tanzie.
A heart warming emotional read, where honesty, family, personal growth and change and small kindnesses stand out.
Loved this story and the narrator did an excellent job. Really liked the way she narrated the elderly people in the book, giving the impression of their fragility. Great debut novel.
This is the second book I have listened to by Liane Moriarty and read by Caroline Lee. The narrator does an excellent job and really enhances the book. Always a plus when that happens. I liked the twists and turns in the plot and imagine if this really did happen.
I accidentally read Swan Point, so now I am going back to start at the beginning. Anyone who has rethought life choices in their forties will appreciate this series. Small town community and strong friendships between women. Supportive of each other. Happy to have used a credit. Well narrated.
I really enjoyed this book, and will certainly ready more by Mary Alice Monroe. Greed and power versus faith, love and trust. Sandra Burr as usual does an excellent narration.
I have had this audio for awhile and finally got around to listening to it. I really enjoyed it. One of those great family oriented contemporary stories, that I know I just want to keep listening to, to catch up with the family. Loved the plot, the characters and the narrator did a fabulous jobe.
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