More consistent characters, a more likable heroine, more realistic dialogue, better narration.
The dialogue was rambling. It seemed like the author was just filling space with inane dialogue. The heroine was such a mess that she didn't belon in a romance of any kind. McCarty. Caden is so inconsistent, I didn't believe anything he said or did. Convoluted and silly.
I don't know why McCarty would use anyone but Zoe Winslow, although I'm not sure this book could be saved by ANY narrator. But it really didn't help that the narrator did all the male voices in such a way as to make them sound like podunk morons instead of manly men.
The problems are beyond scene cuts - the characters are inconsistent, their responses disjounted, their dialogue rings false. This seems to be a case of an author fulfilling an obligation without effort or imagination.
I'm done with McCarty. The series was good when it started, but it's clear that McCarty ran out of steam.
I have not read the print version but Landor does such a great job, I'd bet the audio is better!
When the heroine approaches Temple in the streets at night.
Very consistent. Good stuff! Male voices are not much differentiated among the minor characters, though….except for children.
All moments when the characters were torn between current attraction and past resentment.
I might have liked the heroine's reason for tricking Temple to be justified/explained a little sooner. It was hard to like her…what she had done seemed unforgivable and an indication that she was not a good person.
The story was believable, compelling, and interesting. The characters were likable and sympathetic.
When the main characters first arrived at the estate. The author did a good job of using the house as a metaphor for Elliot's mental state.
Dawe is very consistently good. What a talent! I feel that I am watching a film as opposed to simply listening to a book.
Several moments of Elliot's vulnerability. The author does an EXCELLENT job of making Elliot human without making him wimpy or a liability for the female character. I think this is tricky, but she pulls it off!
The narration is cold and haughty. It's difficult to distinguish the characters from the aloofness and unemotional tone of the narration. Mostly I feel like the characters are unlikable.
No. I will finish it because I paid for it, but I mostly use the book to fall asleep. Sounds rude, but it is absolutely true.
She is emotionless. Her narration causes the characters to come off as emotionless and unlikable. I cannot cheer for them or even like them. They seem to have no pathos.
No. I don't care about the objectives of the characters. The seduction scenes are so cold that I cannot believe that anything meaningful exists between the characters other than calculated manipulation.
I will not take another chance on this author or narrator because I cannot tell if the problem is with one, the other, or both.
Yes. The narrator is excellent, the plot is engaging, the character development brings the story to life and the romantic relationship is engaging and sweet.
The voices and the plot. I was engaged the whole time.
Voices with real personality and distinction. Excellent accents (except for the German one, maybe).
The sex scene was terribly disappointing. I think the author should either skip sex scenes or make them enticing. Painful virginal sex with minimal foreplay is not what women want to read!!
Yes, and I will. His thoughts are complex but one can follow.
I really don't think there is a comparable book....perhaps Haidt.
There are not scenes in this book, really.
No. It's a little dense for one sitting, but I would gladly listen to it repeatedly.
More from Greenblatt. Students and scholars benefit greatly from his writings!
I enjoyed the book, but I hoped for more. It was pleasant, so I would say time well spent
The narrator is consistently excellent.
Her male voices, in general are always very good.
It was worth the time, but I feel that the author missed the mark, a little.
The "imperfect fingers" thing was meant to be endearing but was kind of wierd. The six years of celibacy was far-fetched. I didn't really buy it. Maybe if it had been explained better. It was a sexy book, but I think that Digger's motives were shaky. I didn't really believe that character. Also, I am always a little frustrated when characters don't simply talk about what sorts of conflicts are happening. I realize that the point is to create conflict, but it feels pretty convoluted sometimes. This was a decent book, though. I don't regret buying it, I just think it could have been executed better.
The characters were likable and realistic. FINALLY, an author who knows how to create characters with flaws but who are also successfully redeemed. The conflict was not forced or artificial in this novel. WELL DONE!!
The heroine's meeting with her family showed the male lead's support but not RESCUE. Excellently handled.
The voices make the novel come to life - like hearing a movie!
Well-balanced plot, excellently developed characters, realistic conflict, sizzling chemistry!
Outstanding book series!
Every moment of angst and uncertainty rang true with both leads, but especially Lord Cameron.
I am reviewing this book to far out to recall a particular scene, but I remember that Lord Cameron was distinctl different than his brother, Ian, and that the intensity of the family's love for one another, and for their mates was consistent and compelling.
I don't really laugh or cry at books as a rule, but I felt myself rooting for the characters in a big way and wanting the best for them!
The whole series is one of the best I've encountered!!!
The narration and characterization was EXCELLENT!!
There were three stories, all compelling and interesting.
Intensity, interest, complexity.
No. But that is only because Greek tragedies were not meant to be listened to 3 at a time!!
Well worth the $/credit.
It's literary merit. These stories are not obvious in their intent and meaning. Take the time to consider what the author is saying about struggle, worth, beauty, life, and the short distance between characters who seem very different on the surface
I think this book is quite unique, but I guess the closest would be collection of short stories edited by Rushdie. I think it was published in 2005 or 2006.
The style was colloquial, matter of fact, and well-suited to the writing.
Excellent choice for college students and professors!!
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