I could not finish this story. I found Elizabeth to alternate between being weak willed and simpering and shrill and annoying. She never was strong never made a decision. She was lead around by the men of her court by the nose most of the time and by her libido the rest. I kept waiting for her to be strong but with the exception of rare intrigues she was mostly weak. This was not an enjoyable interpretation of Elizabeth.
The story was made all the worse by the awful narration. The voices used for both Amy and Elizabeth were difficult to listen to. Overall between the unrelatable Elizabeth of story and the difficult to listen to narration, I could not finish this story.
So I had mixed feelings. I loved the story it was so engaging. I didn't mind the serial format. You just have to keep it in mind when listening to the stories. I felt the pace was great and I really wanted to know what happened next but that was just it. I kept expecting to find out the big answers to all the questions and ... cliff hanger. I felt cheated.
Also the dialogue tags. Could the narrator have just skipped them? Is that allowed?
As a physician I am always looking for good nutrition information to recommend for my patients. I think this is a good concise look at nutrition, what to eat and why and why its better to get vitamins and minerals from foods than from supplements. I only wish the course book she mentions was available since it seems to have extra information that i think would be helpful for the reader. If there were supplemental information, then it would have 5 stars.
I had a hard time reading the printed text because I generally have a hard time reading anything written in dialect. I am even annoyed when I get misspelled text messages from relatives written in dialect because I have to reconstruct what they are supposed to say. After reading the text, I thought an audiobook version would be lovely but I have to disagree with most reviewers. This is a beautiful love story and although the main character is older in the novel she strikes me as in her 40s during the telling of the story. Hearing Ruby Dee's narration is sort of like having your grandmother tell you about her love story. Although she did a great job, it took me out of the story a bit and I would have enjoyed a younger voice.
If you have no idea what else to use your credit on and you really really love Molly Harper then use your credit on this. The first story makes very little sense well is skipable. The second short story is great. Molly Harper pulls you into a nice short Half Moon Hollow tale. It feels like one of her novels on a small scale with all the characters you came to love: Jane Jameson, Dick and Andrea Cheney and Gabriel. The third story is just OK. Its listenable but the story is thin not well developed and occasionally irritating. So I would only recommend this if you truly love Molly Harper and don't want to miss any Half Moon Hollow happenings.
This was a good book and well narrated. The narration made the book. I feel like I probably would not have enjoyed reading this book but listening to it was amazing because the narration was so well done. It was very graphic however and very violent and I wouldn't advise listening to this before going. I was a bit unprepared for the level of violence but it felt honest and not there just for show. It only loses a star because sometimes I had to take the headphones out because I didnt want to hear what happened to the poor people in the story and felt a little disturbed by the whole thing.
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