Believeable characters and a male hero who understands no means no.
Just found this whole premise too formulaic.
Sounds too young
Perhaps if it held closer to biblical accounts. This story has primarily a pagan perspective for all the female characters.
Wow, sometimes the mundane details and describing every unimportant detail becomes tedious. It seamed the author had the main character saying everyone's names and how they are related to her every few pages. The prose was written as a formal English translation of biblical times only spoken through a young female character. Just felt off.
No idea... The narrator has a lovely voice however it was like listening to gentle version of William Shatner.
Couldn't finish it (gave up almost half way through) - too many mundane details which regularly got in the way of the story.
Those who like male heros who don't take "No" for an answer, be aggressive, manipulative and full of themselves. Those who like heroines to say "No" and still fall for an abusive hero she has just met.
Not sure... Her style in this first book was "tell" versus "show" which grew very tiresome and why I ended up not being able to finish. I was told the hero & heroine were "sexy", and told how they were feeling and so on... I prefer to intiut these details via their actions and dialogue rather than be told how to feel about the characters.
Not sure if this could have made a difference or not. It wasn't the best performance however I imagine this was an awkward book to narrate due to the author's style - so hard to fault the narrator.
I was looking for a new vampire series and this was rated high so I thought I would try. I believe the story could be told in a more effective manner. Maybe the writing improves in later books - since this appears to be a popular series.
Not sure why this has received so many high ratings... and I'm a fan of several vampire series - Sookie Stackhouse, Night Huntress, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Vampire for Hire, Anna Strong, Love at Stake, Argeneau Vampires, Jane Jameson and so on. I would recommend any of these series instead. Just in case anyone thinks I picked up the wrong genre and was being unduly harsh.
By the way, it is very, very rare that I do not finish listening to a book. This is only the second one - the other was an Eckhart Tolle book recommended by Oprah :)
This book is read by Ruby Dee... and it truly doesn't get any finer... she breathes so much life into every word.
Absolutely! Even though I had heard of Dune I had never read it... once I listened to this audio version I was hooked into listening to the rest of series. The background music and sounds added tremendously to the experience. Even though I listened to this book years ago I can still hear the sounds of Arrakis.
This production was so well done and I enjoyed hearing each interpretation.
All of them!
Yes and I tried... I would listen at every chance I could, in the car, shopping, falling asleep and so on.
This is such a classic and well done by each of the narrators... I always recommend this book to friends new to Audible.
The female lead Beth was just a bit to "out there" for me. It was hard to see what Kevin really saw in her and why he would fall in love with her. And, Kevin was just too nice, understanding, tolerant, hunky and so on.
She was able to breathe some life into Beth.
Only to fill in the rest of the Kowalski family story.
I hesitated in buying this book based upon other reviews so, I wasn't surprised when I didn't enjoy it as much as the other books in the series.
I just enjoy listening to the further adventures of Atticus and Oberon.
Haven't met a character yet that wasn't interestingly portrayed. Much thought seems to go into both the main and side chararcters.
I've listened to Luke's performance for the previous books in this series and have enjoyed each rendition. He pulls off some wicked pronunciations as though they are "everyday" words heard at Walmart :)
And, like others have mentioned - love Oberon's voice.
Not giving anything away here - buy the book and listen!
Start with the first book... you will get hooked... and I'm now waiting for the next one... I think next June sometime.
Characters were at most 2 dimensional with money able to buy/solve any plot issues. Difficult research was easily handled by Grace a “young reporter” who seemed to have built an amazing list of contacts and sources which I’m sure most “real” reporters would need a lifetime to acquire.Hero Ricky threw money whenever needed and with Roxy’s keen insight was able reason out/predict the motives behind all other character’s actions.
This was my first Fern Michaels book and I doubt I will try another...
He did the best he could with the story given.
Disappointment in the time I spent listening... I don't mind a light read but, I found this one way too predictable and unbelievable. The author tells vs shows motivations for characters. Think of an old style romance without much romance.
I think I must have bought this on sale a while ago - I wouldn't really recommend it - even as a beach read.
Narration was difficult to listen to. Words were mispronounced, narrator often sounded breathless, unnatural and awkward as she read. Book often refers to exercises (contained in the appendix) to complete as you go along - since there is no download provided with this content ... much of the benefit is lost.
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