I realize this is an abridged title, but after having read the hardcover prior to listening to this selection, I can honestly say that there is a huge difference between "abridged" and "butchered." Too much of the story line was left on the cutting room floor! So many aspects of the story are simply not there. A shame to do this to such a popular author as Sherrilyn Kenyon. If I find any more of her work in audible format, I hope they will be unabridged!
I don't own the print version, so am not capable of answering this question.
I can say that the other reviews of this story are spot on -- very well-written, heart-touching and involving.
Ansel, of course! He is written as very sweet, but with a definitely kinky side.
Her French was pretty good, although some English words were mispronounced. Not enough of a problem to detract from the story, however.
This story certainly sucks you in! Well worth the credit and the time to listen.
Heart-tugging story. really enjoyed it.
Noel, of course. More heart than should be allowed by law.
Noel. I think Allen Steele did a remarkable job with this narration. I have to disagree with the other reviewers. Yes, Allen Steele is obviously not a 22-year-old kid, but since I am in my 40's, I appreciated a narrator that was more mature. AND he pronounced Noel's name in the correct masculine form. The female narrator of the previous book in this series did not.
I love this author, and man oh man, did she ever select the right narrator! (At least, one would hope that its the author who has some say in who narrates her hard work.) Lorelei King is completely awesome in her role as Charlie Davidson, and brings such life (pardon the pun, as Charlie is the Grim Reaper) to the story that it literally makes you laugh out loud. (Really, you have no choice -- you MUST laugh out loud!) :) Keep 'em coming, Darynda and Lorelei!
I agree wholeheartedly with the other reviews: I've enjoyed Vicki Lewis Thompson's work for years, but this narrator just ruins it! I realize that it might be asking too much for all narrators to be able to correctly pronounce words like "Shoshone," "Tetons," and even "foreman," but that just did not happen here. Even her cadence in reading sentences aloud is off-putting (meaning: she puts in pauses where there are no commas -- sorta like William Shatner). What truly amazes me is that Zoe Hunter has narrated 22 titles so far. Are they all this badly done? Please, Ms. Hunter... do your research and ask the author how certain words should be pronounced before you go to all the effort of narrating another book.
While I understand that narrating an audio book, and especially one with challenging vocabulary and characters, can be difficult, at least get the pronunciation right. The narrator seemed to be making up her own ways of pronouncing certain words, and it made the entire story seem cheap and amateurish. Other than that, I did enjoy the story and look forward to other's written by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Humor, a great looking sexy doctor, and a basset hound. What more could you ask for? :)
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