This book is beyond predictable and while I love Fortune's Rock this lacks the intensity that is necessary to truly relate to the characters. The narration is good but it ends and feels a little trite. Perhaps its just that the story is not as relatable and seems a bit dated. It does not transcend time. Its a bit cliche.
This is the 4th book I've listened to by this author and narrator. The narration was horrendous! The men sounded like drunk versions of Forrest Gump and none of the characters were distinct. The accents were all over the place and the characters lacked the fun sassy attitude that they had previously. Loved these characters from the previous books but this was a torturous listen. The story was thin and lacking all around.
I have read and listened to a lot of Anita Shreve but this one just fell flat. It lacked the gravity it thought it conveyed. It completely lacked emotion and was just blah. None of it resonates and while the narrator is very good there is just no depth here. Its simply trite. Skip it.
This is just not Hornby's best work. I did not feel any emotional attachment to the characters and at then end, was not so upset that it was over.
What fun!! I did not hold out much hope for the sequel even though I really liked the original. However, this is just fabulous. Intelligent, witty writing that makes this guilty pleasure feel not so guilty. Narrator was wonderful and captured the New York attitude. I found myself laughing out loud at parts- so much fun.
I didn't know what to expect but it took me a long time to get past the creepiness factor. This seemed more like the makings for an episode of Law and Order SVU than a book based on a children's story. It took a while to get past the fact that at points this is a love story between a 7 year old and a 25 year old. While the author is not condoning this dynamic, and it is critical to the story, its still a little strange.
This felt more like a history textbook than a personal story. I kept finding myself drifting. She digressed and frequently explored tangents that while they were not totally unrelated, did not keep my attention. She did a great job narrating but its not the sequel I was expecting.
Never listened to Nora Roberts before- not sure if this inspired me to buy more although I have heard they can be addictive. Trying not to be offensive but the narrator's lisp is very distracting and each character has the same voice- not distinction and everything is said in a sing-song, high school way. Really wanted to like the story but its just to hard to get past the narrator.
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