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.
More plot, more action
Something more than two people falling in love needs to happen.
I have not but the narration was good -not at all the problem.
Boredom and frustration.
If all you need from a romance is two people falling in love, you will enjoy this book. If you need action, surprises, originality, this is not the story for you.
Not from the author but the narration was good.
Something less sci-if, more romantic.
The voices and inflections were distinct. Good job.
Characterization was not the problem. I didn't realize this was steampunk. Confusing and distracting....all the bugs and technology
This novel needs to be labeled better in terms of genre
YES! Refreshingly unique characters. Some twists…didn't see everything coming from a mile away. I like that!
The "medical" exam.
The male lead was wounded but tough…his voice reflected that.
Yes! It's that way with a good book.
More like this!
NOT if they read the first book. It's a recycled plot!! Daughter poses as a maid, to find the "truth" about her father, Home is equipped with a (soon to be) laughably shallow Lady of the House…who hates the daughter/maid. Conflicted daughter seduced. Seduced daughter near-victim of murder. Everything is the same, except for the sodomy references, which I could have done without!!
I appreciated the demise of the villain NOT coming at the hands of the male lead…same as the first book.
Already did…when I listened to the first book.
XE is great, but I am annoyed at having, essentially, purchased the same book twice. Stuart is good….but it's time to come up with something fresh. One daughter to go. PLEASE make book 3 something refreshing. Please.
I would, but it's a little edgy so I would keep that in mind. A young friend, I think.
The male lead was the best. The female lead was quite frustratingly naive. The male lead was a little disturbing!…but in a compelling way.
Voices are superb!…but I would like her slow down just a bit. Felt a little rushed.
The warehouse scene.
More XE please, just need her to slow down a bit. More from this author as well!
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!
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