When a plot was finally introduced about 3/4s through the first half of the book. The courtship started out the book and was too long.
I doubt it. Took way too long to go introduce a plot of interest. Just learning about how the main character is wooing his identified intended was too drawn out.
Oh, yes. Simon Prebble is one of the very best! He nails all the characters without resorting to a falsetto for the female voices as several inexperienced and less talented male narrators do. A lot of seduction and sex scenes without including explicitly erotic scenes as novels by Jennifer Ashley, Maya Banks, Charlotte Featherstone and Courtney Milan's are.
The author's description of place, dress and the time's social mores is very good.
I loved the main character, Emma, the colorful people in her life, especially her "Da." Nora Roberts really fleshed him out along with all the other supporting characters, especially the band mates and those close to them. There was plenty of steam which accompanied the love scenes. I'm not into sex story lines without the emotion attached so this was very satisfying.
When as a little girl, Emma came upon what had happened the night of her parents' party and any scene with MIchael. Descriptions of the crazy world of rock stars was well done and very interesting. The lifestyle of the band was fascinating and they were all loveable.
I LOVED Renee Raudman's narration. I like her better and better to the point where I seek out novels that she has narrated. Her accents are excellent. I can tell when she's narrating a male character. Her voice is different, distinctive and to my ears wonderfully expressive. Keep up the great work, Renee!
Yes, I could have done a marathon listen. Since it's 20 hours plus long that was pretty much not going to happen. This is a book I will go back and listen to again. This is notable because I normally never read, listen or watch books, audiobooks or movies more than once. Public Secrets breaks that rule.
Public Secrets is a classic example of the excellent product that Nora Roberts creates when she does a full blown 400+ page novel. Like the recently published, "The Witness," and "The Collector" she writes mystery and intrigue into her stories. Her H & H are beautiful, flawed, and redeemable characters for which the reader roots for a happy ending. Thank you for the many hours of please, Nora Roberts!
I really like the hero and heroine. They're gorgeous, good and kind, sexy, attractive -- and so flawed and proud. This was an engaging story from start to finish with well drawn characters, a really interesting storyline, enough steamy sex to keep it interesting and integrated into the plot not just thrown in for the heck of it.
Temple for his physical attractiveness, kindness, and intelligence. The heroine, Mara, runs a close second. I also really liked Lavender, the piglet, -- a nice touch. I like that I don't feel frustrated with this author about either one or both of them being ninnies about their feelings for each other. Some romance authors take their H/H denial about their feelings too far, causing this reader a high level of frustration for having to deal with what at first seemed to be an attractive, intelligent adult into a seeming half-wit about their mutual attraction. This can result in either a low rating of the story or a return if I can't finish it.
Rosalyn Landor is one the best female historical romance narrator to be found. I look for books she's narrated. Her accents are always so well done, and although there's not a big variation between her male and female characters, I never get confused about the gender. She is five stars for me every time.
I feel good getting in touch with the characters who make this book such an enjoyable story. The scene descriptions make one feel a part of the action. I absolutely fell for Temple. Wow, what a man.
This is the third equally entertaining listen in this three (so far) volume series I found the heroes, i.e., "fallen angels,' consistently hot, handsome, sexy, smart and extremely intriguing due to their flaws and strengths and the stories they're in. Pair them with an equally matched heroine, engaging secondary characters; a sense of time and place; and a plot you want to follow to the end through myriad changes and surprises and I'm hooked! I advise reading them in order, but it won't spoil the experience if you don't. I am anxiously awaiting the next volume. PLEASE say there will be another! . This is a credit worthy listen, of course!
Probably not if this light weight, full of holes story is indicative of this author's style
Had more plot, story didn't jump around leaving holes in how the 21st century woman adapted so quickly to Medieval time.
Narrator was okay. I would listen to him again.
Don't waste a credit.
The main characters Daniel and Violet. Well defined, very likeable people.
Oh, Daniel, without a doubt what a charming, interesting hero.
I'm not going to buy or listen to any more books narrated by Ms Dawe. She consistently sounds p.o.'d and has an odd cadence to her reading. She almost ends her sentences in question marks. She has become such a distraction that I listened to just the first chapter before turning it off to read the book on my tablet.
Initially I had an extreme negative reaction to the poor narration of what is a 6 star story - not 5 stars, 6! I was completely charmed by the story, all of the characters and what a wonderful job the author did describing her scenes. I felt almost like I was there.
I really liked this pair and was rooting for them all they way. Despite them both being beautiful their fears were understandable and their missed cues made sense. It was fun, light reading with some touching parts. The subplot from Michael's past gave the book more interest and kept the momentum going.
I really "got" each of the two main characters -- like them very much.
Renee Raudman's style has grown on me with this book. Her male Texas drawl was irritating in the first book due to making the handsome studly lead character sound like an old man. This main male character doesn't have an accent which she did better. I liked how she voiced Leah, the heroine.
The main final scene at the producer's house between Michael and Leah. Wow. The scene between the two of them in Michael's loft apartment was pretty darn hot, but I wondered how realistic it could be when they haven't been together in over five years.
No to Alyssa Everett. Absolutely yes to Rosalyn Landor. The two main characters tried my patience to the point where I couldn't finish the book. I got half way through then threw in the towel.
She's good at any and all narrations. I am a huge fan for her work.
The narrator has a pleasant voice but a terrible delivery. I couldn't finish listening to it. Ended up reading the book
There are a lot of authors I would recommend before this one.
Inflection was dull. Sounded like just anyone reading the book. I expect more dramatic presentation and distinctiveness between the characters' "voices."
Probably Rosalyn Landor or even Carrington McDuff, Therese Plummer or Justine Eyre performances would have made it bearable.
Read the book, don't waste a credit or your money buying the audio edition.
Sweet, real, entertaining
Listening to Therese Plummer read Robyn Carr's contemporary novels is like sitting down to a meal that is complete with one's favorite dishes, but made with unexpected spices -- still good, but not always exactly the same.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the audio Virgin River series and the Grace Valley trilogy. Robyn Carr has clearly found her niche. I feel good about her characters and stories. They're all nice folks who are likeable (except any bad guys) and one can relate.
Robyn Carr and Therese Plummer go together like peanut butter & jelly.
I couldn't get into the book due the the poor quality narration. I think I could have done a better job! Guess I've gotten spoiled by Therese Plummer and Tanya Eby! I'm going to download the Kindle version.
I may try the second on in this series if I recognize the narrator and know I can trust her.
Monotone, no real differentiation between the female characters. Sounds bland and beige.
I couldn't finish it, so can't answer. Only made it a few chapters in before I threw in the towel.
If there was more to the story than sexy scenes. Lots of steamy stuff which is great when it's set against an interesting storyline
No real action or plot until the end of the book.
I liked the narrator. Her voice was pleasant and clear and I could tell who was speaking when.
Three quarters of the way through I started feeling impatient with the lack of a developing story. I see that the author has written a series around this family and I was looking forward to getting to know them, as one can when reading Lisa Kleypas or Nora Roberts. The writing is not of the same caliber. Not sure I'll try the second one in the Sullivan series.
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