I was happy when I found another Tessa Dare novel available to me at Audible. I didn't notice that it was narrated by a different reader than the previous book I had enjoyed so much. That usually isn't a big deal. Just takes some getting used to, but I've always been able to overcome that situation.
But not this time. It wasn't even that the reader has an annoying voice or that it grated on one's nerves. She has a nice soft voice and a wonderful accent. I think if she had just read the darn book, I could have born it, but that was not to be.
Her acting skills are atrocious. I didn't realize you even needed acting skills to be a professional reader. But it's certainly plain when those skills are lacking. Is it possible that there are no standards when it comes to reading audiobooks? I can't even tell you whether the story is any good at all because I just obsessed on THAT VOICE.
I stopped listening an hour in. I've never done that before. I'll wait until the experience has faded from my memory and try to read the Kindle version of the book.
Bottom line? Don't make my mistake. I guarantee if I had listened to the audio sample before I rushed to purchase, I would have certainly not done so.
I always enjoy Julia London's books. And narrated by my favorite, Rosalyn Landor. What could be better? I settled in to listen.
Half hour into the story, I paused and went back to read the synopsis. And the Amazon print reviews. All stellar reviews. Okay, maybe it's just me. I started in again.
Four hours later I gave up. Even RL's soothing voice couldn't save this story. It was just bad. I couldn't find one redeeming quality in any of the characters. The heroine is an extrememely self absorbed woman who is working as hard as she can to break her step-brother's engagement to an equally unlikable girl.
You see, the heroine, her mother, and younger sisters are completely dependent on their dying step-father for the roof over their heads. Their step-brother, who will inherit the title, seems a decent sort, but Honor is convinced that his soon to be wife will force her husband to eject Honor's mother and sisters from the family home. Honor is, at first, horrified that she will be relegated to the country where there is NO society! GASP! That's not mentioned again, because Honor comes up with a moral reason to try to break off the engagement. Her mother is 'ill' and oh what WILL we do? It appears that her mother has suffered a brain injury and is having memory trouble. So, of course, she must do everything in her power to make sure all remains as it is. She explains to George Easton, the rogue who she has chosen to seduce the ill-favored fiance away from her step brother, that she just needs a little more time. A little more time to do what, we haven't figured out yet.
I will never know how the story ends. I stopped caring and was actually beginning to root for the brother's fiance.
I'll read anything Ceci Giltenan writes, but I'll never knowingly purchase another book narrated by Paul Woodson.
Anyone. Anyone else.
No. But it's definitely worth the reading time.
Mr Woodson's voice is far too high-pitched to be convincing as a Highlander. I could not tell the difference between Katherine and Niall's voices.
I love everything about this book. The story line is fabulous, the characters are fresh and very appealing. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting and I could turn around and listen to it again.
Eva Kaminsky's narration is terrific. I especially love her accent for Pauline, our heroine. Pauline is a country lass, who though lacking much formal education, is witty and quick and catches the hero's attention from first glance. Griff, the Duke of Halford has been forced by his mother, a woman who is desperate for grandchildren to pick a woman to be his Duchess. His mother vows to be able to turn any one of the ladies of Spindle Cove into a woman that the Ton will accept as Duchess material. Griff offers Pauline a good sum of money to take his mother up on her offer and to fail spectacularly. Pauline doesn't see this as a problem.
I love Tessa Dare more and more with every book of hers I read.
It's worth a credit. It's worth the money. And most importantly, it's worth the time it took to listen to it.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Three quarters of the way through this book, I suddenly wondered if Audible had switched books on me. It started out well enough. Ada, our Heroine is left penniless and alone and Jared, our Hero must make a suitable match before his father forces him to wed a woman he knows he'll be miserable with. He has a mistress that he adores and wants to spend the rest of his life with. Suddenly, after sharing a brief kiss with Ada, he's dumped the mistress for no reason that I could fathom and he breaks all the rules of society to hurriedly marry Ada.
There's absolutely no chemistry between our H&H. Frankly, there doesn't even appear to be any attraction.
I've read several of Ms London's books and I never remember any of them being this disjointed and uninteresting.
Don't waste your time on this one. If Anne Flosnik coulnd't save it for me, it couldn't be salvaged.
Great story, fabulous characters. This is the best of Ms Milan's books that I've read so far. I love her books for the strong women and the caring men who love them. There were enough plot twists to keep you guessing and interested.
Rosalyn Landor is my favorite narrator and she is what brought me to Courtney Milan's stories.
Definitely credit worthy.
I look forward to more books in the series.
This was such a good story. I am so glad that I forced myself to continue to listen, because I was not sure I was going to be able to. The reader, in the first 15 minutes, had me ready to give up and grab the book. Then she settled into a rhythm, chose an accent from the many she was testing and made an effort to stick to it. Her performance from then on wasn't that bad. But she mispronounced words constantly! This drove me crazy. It wasn't that she stumbled over words, she didn't even blink. Stayed in character and everything. And these weren't terribly difficult words either. Who knows what was going on with that. I realize it's not like spellcheck, but is there really no quality control?
So yeah, wonderful characters, great story - kept me interested all the way through. Good plot twists. Smart book. I'll find more of Ms Busbee's to listen to. Definitely worth a credit.
But really. VIS-count? Seriously?
Some of the first books I listened to when I joined Audible was Molly Harper's Jane series. They were all read by Amanda Ronconi and I listened to them all in a row, as fast as I could. I then went back and purchased every Molly Harper book available to me on Audible. I pre-ordered this book because I knew that the story would be great and I wouldn't be disappointed.
I've listened to tons of audiobooks since I started and I've heard some really good stories. But Molly Harper's books are special. I've listened to them all several times and they never get old.
The books are witty and smart and funny. Her dialogue is true and her characterizations are spot on. Amanda Ronconi's voice is a perfect fit to Ms. Harper's stories.
I dare anyone to listen to one of her books and not be cheered by the experience.
Her books make me happy!
I tried, I really did. I made it through those awful first 10 minutes. It took more than 3 times that long because I kept turning it off. Then I'd try again. Because I forced myself through the screeching voice in that first 10 minutes of the audiobook, I thought it was clear sailing. I was wrong. What was wrong with this book? I checked back through my history. Nope, I'd heard the reader before and while her voice is not one of my favorites, it has never stood out as one of worst I have ever heard. She did an adequate job on the previous books I'd listened to, one of them written by Laura Landon. So what was it about this book that made her voice so annoying that it set my teeth on edge.
Halfway through this torture, I figured it out. The book wasn't very good! And while sometimes a great reader can carry a bad book forward, an inferior reader cannot.
The plot was implausible, the characters not only uninteresting, but for the most part, downright unpleasant. The hero and heroine might have been ok if they had been given some kind of story to work with, but this just wasn't it.
Please, don't disregard Laura Landon because of this book! Try one of her others. But don't waste your credit or your money on this one.
That's 4 hours and 26 minutes I'm never going to get back. I'll leave the other 3 hours till sometime in the future when the awful memory of that first 10 minutes has faded from view.
It was so hard to get past the narrator's dreadful speech pattern that I couldn't have told you for sure if it was a good book or not. The way she SPIT! OUT! WORDS! in a staccato rhythym made me glad I wasn't having a face to face conversation with her.
Every so often, she forgot herself and her voice returned to a normal pattern.
I gave up after a few chapters and finished the book on Kindle.
The health department should be warned about this woman. I think I might have caught the flu.
I've read or listened to most of Lorraine Heath's books and this one was the best yet. It's 2am, and I stayed up this late to finish the book. I'm taking a few minutes now to write a review because the book is that good.
The story was believable, the characters were people I instantly wanted to know more about. I cared about them. That's how I recognize the mark of great writing.
I can't say enough good things about Faye Adele's performance as narrator. And it was truly a superb performance. I'm going to actively search out more narrations by her.
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