This is by far one of the most despair-filled stories I've ever read, at times extreme - at the same time, it kept my interest throughout, and I would recommend it.
The story line had enough twists and turns to keep my attention.
Someone who emphasizes diction over performance.
It took three tries to get through the first 15 minutes so that I understood what was being said. This reader was very difficult to understand at first. He seemed to swallow the last syllable of every sentence. I turned up the volume (to very loud) so that I could hear – the surname “Landon” sounded like “Land….” the first few times it was spoken.
I found myself paying more attention to the reader’s tone than to the story as I tried to understand why this was “audibly” off to such a rough start. His finished product was overly expressive -- was he trying too hard? It seemed to get better after the first half hour – maybe he settled into a reading momentum that was comfortable for him. I don’t think I’ll follow this reader past this book, whether I make it to the end or not.
15 minutes into the story came a tirade of cruel profanity - and there are many more instances of this in the book. It may be consistent with the story line and the personality of the main character, but it's absolutely NOT enjoyable listening, and (in my value system) offensive at times. I don’t remember Nora Roberts writing on this path before. What a shame.
Nonetheless, the story line does capture the listener’s attention, and I’m going to try to stick with it.
Absolutely, and I already have -- in fact have had trouble not talking about it. I have learned so very much about myself.
I thoroughly enjoyed all four audiobooks in this series, this being the first. We cannot (yet!) locate books by series as far as I know - I can say that all four (and the sequence is Summer - Autumn - Winter - Spring) are excellent. Well written, and extremely well read, with voices capturing and conveying the unique personalities of the various kind and memorable characters. I will watch for other Audible offerings by both this author and narrator! Enjoy!!
This is by far one of my favorite audiobooks so far - consistent with all the other reviews, I found it to be a great story, and the narrator was outstanding in her conveying the different voices and personalities. I hope Kim Vogel Sawyer keeps writing, and I would especially love to see this book have a few sequels!!
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