I enjoy Catherine Anderson's stories, and will read others; but I stopped listening to this one a little over half-way through. Why? The 'love scenes' became so clinical, you'd think that her gynecologist was talking to her instead of her lover. If I wanted a textbook, I would have ordered one. The general story idea is excellent; but I honestly believe it could have been handled much better.
If the author had made the story less clinical, I would have at least finished it.
Of *all* audiobooks I've listened to? Probably about a 4 out of 10. Of all Nora Roberts audiobooks? Sadly, about the same...maybe a 5. The story kept my attention, although it was a bit of a rehash in a few places (and not just a rehash of her stories...I know there were similarities to the Harry Potter series in there). But the narrator's over-dramatizing in SOOO many places had me fast-forwarding, or muting, to get past those scenes. She did a fair job with the characters until there was a dramatic spell casting scene in the story, then she was just way over the top. I don't know whether to blame the narrator, or the director. Take a lesson from Therese Plummer ("Captivated and Entranced") and Sandra Burr (the Three Sisters Island trilogy, along with several other NR books). They provide a great example of spell casting and. dramatic scenes, without the reader wanted to yank off the headphones.
There wasn't one that stands out (sad, isn't it?)
It's highly unlikely at this point that I'd try another of Kellgren's readings...unless I knew for a fact that she's going to tone it down. It's hard to tell if it's the narrator or the director who is at fault for the overly-dramatic scenes.
I'm interested in the next book in the series, but not if the same narrator (or director?) is used. I agree with other reviewers, this is a candidate for a re-do.
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