Loved this book from the very beginning. Shortly after "meeting" Dan Calebow, I never could seem to get the picture of Matthew Mcconnaughey out of my mind, so there he stayed, as Dan, for the entire time I listened to Anna Fields' excellent narration. It was a fun romp (and there were several descriptive "romps") and, as usual, great character development.
No other word for it - fun! Great narration, the best of Anna Fields. She must have had such a good time doing all those SEP novels. The two main characters, Gracie and Bobby Joe, were right up there with the best of her couples.
I've only listened to 4 of her books and when I started this one I fully expected to have laugh out loud chuckles, but all I got was one bad thing after another happening to Rachel. I have about less than 2 hours left of the book to go and I'm guessing it will all turn out for the best, but I'm tired of it. Just when you think things can't get worse one more bad thing happens. Oh, I'll suffer thru the rest just to see how she can turn Gabe Bonner into a worthy Bonner brother. The way he treats her son ... nah, I don't even think at the end of the book I'm going to like Gabe Bonner. This is the most depressing book. SEP, how could you?
Half way thru this happy, nobody has any problems, life is too good to be true fairy tale, I actually had to go to Amazon.com and read the synopsis of the book to see what finally happened to NOT make their relationship "happily every after". Once I determined what happens (and who knows how many more hours of drivel listening that would have taken), I decided it wasn't worth it to suffer thru any longer. I love listening to the narrator, Sandra Burr, but not this time; and to be fair, I don't know if it is the book she's reading, or the voices she did -- I don't know, but I got tired of her. The guy who read the male chapters -- eh -- not impressed. I'm glad I got it on sale but it was still a waste of money
This was my first SEP novel and won't be my last. I have since listened to a couple others and have a couple others waiting in my library and with that I have to say that so far, this is not my favorite - though I did like it A LOT. While there are things in her other books that you kind of doubt the believability, I felt that unbelievability more so in this one. I think the story line was too much.
This was a fun book, read by a great narrator. In the beginning when I first heard her do Cal's voice, I thought I couldn't listen to that for the entire book, but it grew on me and after awhile he was "Cal". Anna Fields knows when to pause and how and when to apply the right amount of emphasis and emotion. As for the author, I hope SEP enjoys writing them as much as her readers enjoy reading/listening. I also hear she blends her books by taking a side character and making them the focus of another book and then taking a side character in that book etc. I'm hoping to see how old lovers are doing.
Boring, kinda stupid and an irritating narrator. I tried - got thru maybe half and said to myself - why are you forcing yourself to listen to this drivel? I sure hope at 32, I wasn't as big a nitwit as the main character is in this book. Need to get over your obsession of Pride and Prejudice or Mr. Darcy? Give this book a listen, you'll put Jane Austen away in a box up in the attic.
Good storyline, believable characters who are interesting to watch as they "grow". The narrator was quite good - changed voices and accents well. Not a 5 star mainly because it wasn't an OMG type of book.
Lovely story (okay, sometimes a bit ...bloody), excellent narration, and a very informative interview with the author at the end - don't miss that. I. Loved. It.
Know up front this is a bawdy, at times violent, irreverant tale, but it is FUN. I'm almost done and have enjoyed it thoroughly, cuss words and all (it's all in the delivery, luv). If you're faint of heart or a mite prissy, move along. See? I even find myself talking like Pocket! I must look like the Black Fool hisself as I laugh aloud in me carriage ... er ... car.
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