The actual story by Brockmann gets at least a 4 star rating from me, but the audiobook only gets two stars because the narrator ruined it. Her monotonous, inflectionless voice made it very difficult to listen to this book, in fact, I found myself daydreaming and getting bored. That's pretty sad considering that the story itself was great! Her weak attempt at accents, like Scottish, was annoying, and other necessary accents were simply nonexistent. I had to try to focus on every word in order to know when dialogue changed from character to character and as I said earlier, focusing was very difficult. All I could say is that I'm glad Brockmann uses different narrators for her books, because I'll never listen to a book narrated by Norma Lana again. If you can, buy the book in print, you'll enjoy it much more.
I love Nora Roberts and usually her books translate very well to audio. I'll certainly listen to another of her books. However, I will actively avoid listening to a book narrated by Guy Lemonier.
He was voiced was rushed with little to no inflection. It was difficult to tell the difference between women, men and children. The sex scenes were just torturous.
It's difficult for me to comment on the book itself when the narrator made it so difficult to enjoy the characters and the story. I just wanted it to hurry up and end.
I have to say that I feel horribly cheated by the audio version of City of Fallen Angels. I thought it was a brilliant idea to add a male narrator, but why did they have to change the female narrator? Listening to Molly Quinn read this book was like being transported to HS English class and having to listen to the teacher's pet (who was obviously fighting a bad cold) read aloud from our latest assignment. I found myself zoning out every time it was her turn to narrate. I finally had to put away the audio and just read the book myself. What a waste of money!
I beg you Simon & Schuster, rethink your choice of female narrator before you start on the next book in the series.
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