Okay, don't hate me, but I returned to Audible, The Gamble. Didn't like the 1st hour, and could never get into it, then I listened to the sample of Breathe. I like the quiet shy maidenly librarian and the cop scenario. I couldn't get pass all the great reviews this author was getting so after a couple of months I decided I wanted to get Breathe...Downloaded and listened and listened and when I was done, I listened again! Loved this book. Made me laugh, and cry. Very well written. Tied up with a bow, no rhetoric. Now, I think I'll get Lexie's book, Lady Luck, then Sweet Dreams.
I listen to some audios more than once. I have a few hundred or more in my library here on Audible, but I rarely write reviews. I've listened to this book maybe 4 times. The first time was so-so. A couple of years later, I listened again, and geez, it was good, I really liked the mystery and suspense and of course, the romance...which is why Linda Howard is in my top 10 authors.
My point is this. It all depends on what mood you are in at the time of your listen. If you are grumpy or sullen...you won't like anything, and knowing it isn't fair to give a low score, you give it a 2 or 3, I always give at least a 3 if it's a favorite author and I'm in a "mood" and the narrator isn't yucky. And if it is a favorite author, I re-listen. I've fallen in love with books, I thought I didn't like...all because of the mood I was in at the time.
So, if you might have been unfair in a rating because of your mood, re-listen when you are in a better one. Some of the ratings are really unkind and mean and nit picky. Anyone can be a critic...but how many books have you published?
She can do a great job of trash to treasures and I did enjoy that portion, but didn't much like this chic...just kept waiting for her to die.
I'm so glad this book has finally been written, now the series is complete. I enjoyed this one as much as Murder List and Fire and Ice. I like Julie Garwood's writing and am never disappointed. If it's new, I'll be in line to get it.
The storyline was interesting. The characters are likable, but, after years of listening to Joyce's soft, smooth, gentle voice I was surprised how much I missed it. I like Barbara Rosenblat but not in this genre, she sounds great reading Nevada Barr or Elizabeth Peters. I found her voice harsh reading for JAK. Guess that is just what I've become used to after all these years.
Oh my, Excellent book, loved the dialog, narrator was superb. I wanted to listen till it was done, I don't remember feeling that way about a book for a long time. This book was out of my norm, but I will be hunting up more from this author and the narrator. Heart pounds with anxious fear. Can't wait to start it over. Get it. Enjoy it.
I loved this book. It wasn't silly, I guess I was just in that kind of mood. I Loved the dialog/thoughts of the dog. It's the kind of book that stays with you days and weeks after you listen to it. Highly recommended.
I liked the story, but it took awhile. There was a lot of repeating of "trust me". Maybe I have trust issues? I just don't like hearing it over and over. I did at several points think about giving up on the book, but I hung in there. The sex scenes were the best I've heard from Jayne, and that was a wow?! The story picked up in part 2 and the "Who Dunnit" was very well done.
The narrator was a big problem though. I did like her voice, but it didn't change much. I couldn't tell who was talking, male or female sounded the same...too bad. You had to really pay attention to figure out who was talking. I had just listened to Mercy by Julie Garwood narrated by Christina Traister, she did an excellent job.
Story was good and enthralling! Tried to listen to it in one sitting but couldn't. I wanted to inhale it absorb it! It was my first exposure to Maya Banks and I am now a fan of Scottish tales, never having listened to or read one before. I am also now adding Kirsten Potter as one of my favorite narrators. I have 2 credits to spend...guess what I'm going to get?
BUY THIS BOOK! It is wonderful. I gave it 5 stars after listening for 2 hours. Now I'm down to the last 1/2 hour. I have cleaned, gardened, knitted, cooked, scanned pictures to my computer, everything I could think of just to keep listening. The last time I was this wrapped up with a Nora Roberts book was with Black Rose, and as good as that was, this is better. Wow!Thank you! This book was so very well done!
Yes, I just kept churning.
Another review mentioned the similarities with the tv show Bones...Julia brought that to it with innocence.
The obvious of course, but what smacked me! was when she explained how she was going to bring them down. I loved that part! It really makes you think...the bad guys would have no way to retaliate.
It is one of my best spent credits!
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