First, I want to say that I am a HUGE DM fan. She is my favorite author, not just ONE of my favorites!!! She develops believable characters. Over the past two or three years I primarily "read" my books via audible books.
Unfortunately, Random House Audio has done DM an extreme disservice by choosing the narrator, Abby Craden, for "Starting Now". Up to this point, all of the books to which I've listened, the narrator has complemented DM's work. This time, however, I feel like the narrator is dragging, making Libby sound like a whining doofus. The other characters are irritating and grating, too.
I may need to give up on the audio book and actually sit down and use my eyes!
I'll never again listen to a book narrated by Allyson Ryan.
The story was *just* okay. I might feel differently about it if someone else narrated. It was hard to separate.
The narrator could not even consistantly pronounce the main character's name - sometime it was Aaa-bra (with a short A sound), other times it was Ah-bra (with an Ahh sound). I could hardly wait to get to my computer to read the publisher's summary to see how her name is spelled!!!
I love books that trigger both out-loud laughter and tears. This did both. It is a great story.
I love this entire series. Great character development and storyline.
However, Emily Durante's voice is quite irritating to me, perhaps amaturish. The intonation is like a first-year kindergarten teacher reading to her students. When I listen to Ms. Durante read, I feel like she is reading "down" to me.
I will avoid future books that are narrated by Emily Durante.
Debbie Macomber's story, read by Therese Plummer was good. It wasn't their BEST work, but it was fine for a novella.
Brenda Novak's story, read by Gayle Hendrix was TERRIBLE!!! The narrator had a shrill tone with most of the characters... I came to hate the best friend and the mother. Additionally, the plot was extremely implausible.
Meryl Sawyer's story, read by Bailey Carr was almost painful. The narrator had a very immature voice. Even though the story was set in Texas, the accents vacillated between a severe texas drawl and a "Boston nasal short-A system"; but it ALWAYS had a whine to it!
Two-thirds of the book was PAINFUL to listen.
This book was quite funny. It must have been extremely risque in the 1930's, when it was written!
Typical smut with a fairly shallow story line. Entirely mindless. It didn't stretch my intellect at all!
I highly recommend it. This is the first of George Newbern's novels I've encountered. I definitely plan to listen to more of his books. It was written in the male first person and was a different perspective than I am accustomed to reading - but I liked it. It was very well written. The only thing I might have wished differently is for more time to be spent between the characters at the end.
This story was hilarious, with lots of laughing out loud! It has a good family message.
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