I really like Sophie Kinsella, but I didn't enjoy this book. I don't mean it wasn't well written, I mean I didn't enjoy the situations. I thought the divorce part was depressing, and all the proposals were desperate. The wedding night was a nightmare - I was listening to that part on the way home from work, and instead of feeling relaxed and entertained, I felt frazzled. The whole thing seemed unhappy all the way around. It was depressing to me, not funny. Spoiler alert: I didn't get the Richard thing - he never considered marriage until it was a contest - I would hate to think of anyone ending up with someone that was shocked that marriage was brought up after four years. Personal story: we were in our early 30s when we married, and our wedding night was in Hawaii. Our room was in an older hotel on Waikiki beach, with Diamond Head as the view. When my husband opened the door, we saw twin beds. He didn't even close the door. Without saying a word, he put down the travel bag, moved all the furniture around until the beds were together, then he picked the bag up and closed the door as if we had just walked into the room. Problem fixed in five minutes. I don't see how twin beds would slow anyone down, but that's just how we are.
I did like the characters and the story, but the action left something to be desired. The magic confrontations consisted of placing cards in an object, scribbling on the cards during a fight, trying to destroy the cards of others, and dropping cards accidentally in a battle. I haven't made up my mind about continuing the series. It almost worked, but not exactly.
I didn't like the reader and just couldn't get into the story Maybe he should be reading text books - not books with different characters and accents. Nothing about the reader appealed to me, and I had to stop the book. I didn't like the characters either. Someone said the main character had a heart of gold - is that after he killed his first two victims without emotion? I think I missed something here.
I enjoyed going on the journey with Gwyneth and Gideon, but you have to understand this is a 16 year old girl going through this unexpected adventure. This is school, extreme emotions and first experiences in a fantasy setting. I found the book appealing and I liked the characters. I enjoyed the time travel, the romance, the relationships, the family, and the side characters. The reader and the writer were calm and well matched - an overexcited reader grates on my nerves. I downloaded all three books so I didn't have to wait to hear what happened next. I was drawn into the story - a pleasant getaway.
The reader started out slightly annoying, but then it turned out that the female character was also slightly annoying, so that ended up being a match. Not that I care for annoying readers or characters. The supposed romantic relationship was a cross between boring and aggravating - no spark or heat at all that I could feel. Just a flat book. I was surprised that the storyline could be stripped of any excitement or interest - even the sex was boring. When Chapter 2 started, I thought I had been listening for a really long time. I didn't like the interaction between the couple in any way. The story wasn't interesting, sexy, funny, romantic, fun, exciting, or scary - it wasn't anything. I didn't want to spend any more time with characters that I did not like. It might work for some, but did not work for me.
Since so many people liked this book, it must be me. This was a painful experience. I listen to anything and everything, and love history, romance, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, and humor. I was looking forward to this book, and I had saved it for a long weekend. I started the book in the car when I left home for the park where I walk and listen to my books. I didn't even get out of my neighborhood to the main road when I had to stop and turn the thing off. It couldn't have been more than a few minutes, but I couldn't stand another second of the story. Painfully awful to me - I wish I could wash the words from my memory. Awful, awful, awful. I am not saying not to read this book, but I recommend that you try the sample first. With all the high ratings, I didn't even think about trying the sample. Learned my lesson. I would give this minus five stars if I could. I have struggled through books I didn't enjoy, hoping they would get better, or trying to find something in them that was worth the time. I would not even consider listening to one more word of this book. This book was not for me. I will avoid anything by this author in the future.
I don't mind light fantasy fluff, but this book did not work for me. By the time the writer used the description of an ostrich with a hot fudge sundae on its head for the third time, I had to stop listening. This book was not for me - if there is a romance, I certainly didn't get to that part. This book might work for some, but it didn’t work for me.
I did hate the book - after slogging through most of the story I did not finish the book. Most reviewers loved it, but not me. It felt like spending time with people I didn't like - scummy people doing scummy things.
I don't think this book is for everyone - looks like listeners either love it or hate it. It was well written, and well read. People that like pure fluff books will be lost. People that like blood and gore will think that nothing is happening. It held my attention from beginning to end. I liked the characters and the story- a pleasant way to spend my long commute to work. Five star listen! Making the book into a movie with Hugh Jackman as Don would work for me.
The writer and the reader came together and pulled me into the story. The story was not always comfortable, and some parts were intense, but I really liked the book. I found myself listening every extra minute in the day. Now, I don’t think the book is for everyone, but I found the steady pace of the story worked for me. Yeah, there was the non-Irish accent thing, but I really enjoyed the reader. The characters came alive for me. I can still remember details and feel the emotions, like remembering a movie with all the sights and sounds. I downloaded all the books from the series as soon as I finished.
After listening to a dark crime/mystery story, I wanted something lighter. I had hoped for funny, interesting, sweet or romantic, even silly would have worked. Drab did not work. About a quarter into the book, I found myself slogging through it. I stayed with it trying to give the story a chance. I found I didn’t like the main story or the secondary story. I didn’t like the family dynamics, the school experience, and I am still not certain if there were romantic or funny parts. I found the real characters OK – barely, but did not see anything appealing in the secondary characters. I didn’t like either reader. The female reader had an almost whinny thing going on, and the male reader had very little to work with. (SPOILER ALERT – when the main character was reading a fan story she had written to a guy, I was surprised that he didn’t fall asleep or beg her to stop – or throw himself out of the window. That is when I stopped listening, almost half way through the book. The story was inconsistent – for days the main character was too afraid to go into the school cafeteria to eat, but instantly walked home alone on campus at midnight with no problem. The fantasy character asked someone to take him somewhere in a boat, but was surprised that he actually had to get into the boat?!?! That ended it for me. I would agree with the teacher and give the whole thing an ‘F’. It might work for some, but did not work for me.
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