I am happy to see Julie Garwood's older books being released in audio form. I have been disappointed in the narrator that has been chosen but she seems to be improving. I hated this narrator in The Secret and still want a do over on that book but she was okay in this book. At least she is not Whispering but it still seems like she is telling it like a bed time story. I see that she is doing the other JG books and I just hope she get better. These Books are cute and funny that I recommend to anyone.
I am going to start with the negative. It is a cliff hanger. It is book 1 of 3 and you will have to get all three to complete the book. I just wish someone had warned me it was a cliffy, it might have stopped me from listening. On the other hand I am glad I wasn't warned otherwise I would have missed out on a great listen. Anyway, I listen to the book and took my notes. I waited a day to decide if I wanted to downgrade it a star because it was a cliffy and wasn't warned. But for me it was a 5 star all the way.
Warning- if you are the type to listen to a book straight thur without stopping or a while then going back to your book then this is fine. I tend to stop for a while then go back which normally isn't a problem but my books are not this in dept.. I tended to have to restart the book many times to keep up with the wealth of characters. But I find this to be true with all fantasy books. There is a lot of main players in this game. But when I sat down and started listening from start to finish it was a great smooth listen. I wish I did this from the beginning. But there are so many players that I wished I had the book to wyspersyc with the audio. I will with the next 2. I am buying them when I am done with this review. The book and narrator where that good.
Now for my thoughts about the book. It was a fast paced exciting book. There is a lot of players. But they were well fleshed out. You got to know all involved which I appreciate, She does introduce the charater's at a good pace instead of all at once. The over all pacing of this book was excellent. There is not much romance in this book, just the couples dancing around the fact. With promises of more to come. But it isn't really needed, and this from someone who demands romance be in her reads. But the fast paced storyline keeps you so involved you don't miss it. That was enough for me.
Now for the Narrator. I enjoyed Fred Wolinsky's narration of this book. I will say that when I listened to the 1st chapter I had my doubts about him. But once I hit chapter 2 that had vanished. I enjoyed his different voices. They were distinct enough that I knew when he jumped from 1 to the next I knew who was talking. I haven't checked but I hope he narrated the next 2 in this series. I will be listening to him again. Now about me on narrators. I have ran into so many that has destroyed a great book for me that I just couldn't listen to it. So when I run across a narrator I enjoy I am thrilled. For me, a narrator can make or break a book. In this book, he help make it in my opinion.
As stated above. This book was a such a enjoyable listen ( see the 5 stars above) that when I am done with this book review I will be buying the next 2 to finish up the series. I will definitely be checking out other books by Margaret Taylor and narration by Fred Wolinsky.
Disclaimer- I received this book for an honest opinion. Hence the notes I took.
But, I gave my review as I saw it even if I had bought the book. Otherwise I would not be buying the next book in this series. I will be posting a review on them when I am done listening.
I loved this book. It is a very entertaining story. Alana can see ghost which is what really drives the story. She must keep it a secret or be proclaimed a witch. Like most secrets it is not so secret.
This is turning into one of my favorite listens. I have probably listen to this book 5 or more times so far and want to start the book all over as soon as it is done. It is a fast pace book which holds my interest. The secondary charater's, the ghosts, provide a humorous aspect that makes you begin to care about them as much as the main charater's. One of the ghost is her brother and the other is Dougald's sister. They are able to help provide all the answers that she is searching for in the death of her father.
The only problem I have with this book is the narrator talking so fast. If I had a way to slow her down I would. It is worth getting past that. She does a wonderful job on the voices.
Give this book a try. I am glad I did.
This is book 1 of 5. It does not wrap up any of the storyline leading me to believe that in order to complete the "book" I will have to buy all 5 books. I just started book 2 in the series and it starts right where this one ends. I wish I had known to before I started listening. I would have waited until I saw the series in a buy 3 for 2 credits. It looks like it will turn out to be an expensive book.
Normally I check reviews before buying, but I didn't on this book. Someone might have already issued this warning and I would not have bothered with the book.
Besides all that the book is pretty good. I gave it a 1 star overall due to being incomplete. This is the 2nd time in 2 weeks that I have ran into this problem. The last time I just returned the book. Right now I am going to give the book a little more chance. In my opinion is it in no way is it a series. To me A series is when each book concludes but the next book starts a new storyline around someone else.
I am so happy with this new narrator. Now if she would just go back and redo The Secret by Julie Garwood I would be thrilled. For me narrators can make or break a good book. This narrator was good. I am not familiar with this narrator so it took me about 5 minutes to get use to her voice. But after that I was happy. I can't express how important a good narrator is to me. A bad one destroys a book while a good one can make an okay book better.
Castles is 1 of many of my favorite books. It is fast paced. Something is always happening with no long and boring periods. I call these types of books page-turners. And this is definitely one. I get bored with books very easily so this is important to me. I never got bored with this one.
The story has a lot of humor. Even after I have read the book so many times that I can read it in my head I still laugh at the funny spots and still look forward to my favorite scenes. I heartily recommend this book to one and all who enjoy a light and relaxing listen. It will bring a smile to your face. I find the characters very endearing. As you can see I don't give a description of the book. I let the publishers do that since I am not very good at writing. But I can give my opinion on what I think of the audio version of the book.
I would suggest you click the buy button on this book. Sit back and enjoy the story. It is a keeper.
The story and the narrator worked great together for an enjoyable listen. I was entertained the entire time.
I like this author but this book was so boring. Here is my summary of the book: he is a stick up his butt duke. Don't worry if you forget that he is a duke because he will remind you every page of the book! And she is a joyful ( Joyous) witch. Again, don't worry if you have the brain of a flea because he will constantly remind you. And that he is A DUKE! Don't want you to forget that.
The narrator was fine, I had no problem there at all. It is the storyline that killed the book.
I have put this book down over a hundred times and keep picking it up again thinking this is Jill Barnett it has to get better, but no. I can't take anymore. I am just going to assume he gets joyful and Joyous and stop. I think I will try something funner like getting a tooth pulled or something.
I don't know what it is about this book but I love it. I am listening to it again for the 3rd time in a row. I like the narrator, she is perfect for this book. I really like the main couple plus all the supporting characters. She has a nice variety of characters. One guy in his 80s offers her a color tv plus always leaving the toilet seat down if she would have him. Like I said, entertaining. I am a huge of Janet Evanovich's Stephaine Plum series and this book reminds me of her writing a lot.
I highly recommend this book. I just wish there were more in the series besides these 2.
I picked this book up in an audible sale. At first I was surprised to see that it was written in the 50's. so wondered if I would like it at all but went ahead and gave it a try since I like the time period so well. I am thrilled I did. It sure doesn't read like someone wrote it in the 50's. It reads like a Elizabeth Chadwick novel, who is one of my favorite writers. Even though this is a long listen it held my interest from beginning to end. I encourage anyone to try this book. This book reminds me a lot of William Marshall's trilogy by Elizabeth Chadwick.
I have found that this book to be such a relaxing listen. The storyline is cute and the narrator is great. I find I smile a lot while listening to it.
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