I read this book when it was released and really enjoyed the story. I had thought then that it would be fantastic as an audiobook, as I prefer audiobooks to be in first person. This book was light yet deep and I loved Henry. Kate was a decent heroine-- strong willed and fighting to be seen beyond her family. She was also selfless with her love.
This story flashes between present and past and is done is such a way as not to be confusing. In fact, it really helped keep an otherwise predictable story interesting.
The narrator was great. Her voice was perfect for Kate. Her accent is authentic, unlike in the last book I listened to :)
I would say that, since it kept my mind busy while mindlessly painting the walls of my house, it was time well spent. But under any other circumstance, no.
No. There are many better Cinderella retellings out there. I think, though, that the story might be better than I think. The performance really detracted from the story.
Nope. She did a good job narrating Dragon Rose (by the same author) so I was eager to give this book a listen. Valerie Gilbert was pretty painful to listen to for this story though. Sometimes LITERALLY painful as she used some very shrill and sharp inflections. It was a lot like nails on a chalkboard. But even more notable is that she does not have a good male reading voice, so the chapters read from the emperors POV were particularly hard to hear. She should never have been cast to read a book where HALF of the story is written in the first person of a man.
No. I should have read this book.
I would like to reiterate that the story itself was not horrible. It is important to go into this realizing that it is a Cinderella story. I think I might have enjoyed it in a different format and would recommend the print version over the more expensive audio version.
The story was good, though I don't think I would have been as satisfied if I was reading it. The narrator was FANTASIC and made the story come to life.
Yes. While the world building was minimal for a fantasy, the story was fast paced. I like some (clean) romance in my stories so this story suited me very well. I am excited for the next installment of this series. Because I feel like I was left hanging and I NEED there to be a sequel.
She had a perfect voice for a woman pretending to be a man. Her voice is changeable enough to suit the lead character. She did a great job with the inflections of the protagonist, a must for a first-person novel.
YES. I have enjoyed this audiobook so much that I have listened to it four times. It is fast paced due to it's shortness of details and the listener doesn't have to concentrate overly much to enjoy the story. It was a perfect listen while I sewed, packed boxes, drove cross country, unpacked boxes...
The storyline was great, especially if the listener wants a love story. Fantasy lovers might not appreciate the skimping on details as far as world building goes. I find that too much world building during first person AUDIOBOOKS grows dull quickly. Had I read this novel vs listened to it, I might have felt short changed. As an audiobook, though, it moved like a movie (only BETTER!).
Great brain candy.
The story was fun. Crockett was a great character and Joanna was a great match. I enjoy the way Karen Witemeyer always adds a touch of excitement. Whether it's a brutal boxing match, a near lynching, or a shootout in a cabin, it's there. And it's never the same.
She told the story well. She did great voices for the characters. But her "narrator" voice was peculiar. I was glad that she gave Joanna a feminine voice because her natural voice, the one she used as narrator, was
I loved the light hearted story and the witty dialogue.
I enjoyed Marianne and Phillips meeting in the Inn. Their dialogue was clever and fun.
Her English accent was terrible. Her male characters, particularly Phillip, sounded like they had bad French accents. I spent my time wondering if it was better that they had bad French accents versus a terrible English one. Her reading and inflection did not bother me, so perhaps she is better suited to reading a novel set in America. As long as the story doesn't contain many immigrants.
I read this book on my kindle, so obviously I enjoyed the story. I prefer audiobooks to be light and humorous because I'm usually doing something (like housework or driving) when I'm listening to them. I don't want it to be too intense because I am prone to distraction.
This book fit the bill. It is romantic with some light humor and some VERY minor suspense. As always, Karen Witemeyer provides an entertaining story with developed characters. While this story is nothing extraordinary (entertaining and fun, ABSOLUTELY, but it's not gonna blow anybody away), the performance WAS. The reader had excellent voices, fun accents, and wonderful inflection. I enjoyed this reading and it will definitely be one that I'll listen to over and over.
YES-- this audiobook is fun to listen to and the story is nice and uplifting.
I had read this book previously. When I listen to audiobooks I love to listen to lighthearted stories that are fun. I also like a good voice actor to narrate. This narrator was FANTASTIC. She made the story SO fun to listen to.
This is not the typical deep Lynn Austin story. It is humorous and lighthearted vs deep and heart-wrenching. It is in first person-- which is my favorite type of audiobook to listen to. This is one I could listen to over and over again.
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