ELIZABETHTOWN, KY, United States | Member Since 2014
Bound was an average audiobook. Nothing spectacular for me. I wouldn't read it again, but I didn't feel as if it was a complete waste of time.
Nothing truly memorable for me. It was a so-so storyline. I did enjoy the description of the rooftop garden and I would have liked to spend more time there. Sadly this was the most memorable detail.
Not Enough Luke
The 'binding' was a bit much for me. I found it hard to relate and this element of the story wasn't impactful enough for me to use my imagination. I found the characters typical... big bad boy and silly juvenile girl. Again, it entertained me over a boring, rainy weekend but I wouldn't listen again.
This genre is becoming all to familiar - poor girl, down on her luck, rich and powerful man who owns everything in the world wants to save her by employing her as his mistress to keep her while denying that's he's falling in love...you know the rest. I'm just not a fan of the over-saturation of this tired story line. Otherwise, the story is entertaining and I was compelled to keep reading the series, partly due to the cliff-hanger ending (although I'm pretty sure I can predict how this will wrap up - just like all the rest). I wasn't impressed with the narration but it was tolerable. I will likely avoid this genre for a long while after I complete this series but if you're in to the '50 Shades of Copycats' you will likely enjoy this one a great deal.
This book was difficult to enjoy because of the narration. The voice fit the character but beyond that I was not happy with the narration. It was as if the entire book was one painfully long run-on sentence. Without natural breaks at the end of sentences or even entire sections in the chapter I was constantly confused. Throughout the entire story I was trying to figure out who was doing/saying what and even what day we were on. Did we move on to another event or is this all happening at once? I found myself drifting off because it was impossible to keep up. I am going to try to read the kindle version and see if I enjoy it more. At this point, I was not overly impressed. Overall, it was a good distraction during a long drive but I did not walk away feeling as if I had experienced anything with these characters.
A well written story with lovable characters. Connor was my favorite character...having a special needs brother myself I was captured by the relationship between Connor and Liz. He was the catalyst that subtly held all the characters together.
Overall, just a good read.
I read this book because it was highly recommended by a co-worker/book buddy. I realized quickly that I would have enjoyed this story much more when I was a younger adult. The main character was a typical 18 yr old girl. Typical in the sense that she was emotionally impulsive and reactive. I don't usually enjoy young adult novels because I no longer relate to the characters. This story was full of tough life situations and a controversial relationship between teacher and student. I was conflicted about my feelings on the relationship as I am a mother of teens and I had a difficult time deciding how I felt about their relationship. My heart urged me to cheer them on while her immaturity kept my brain clearly on the 'this is why this is frowned upon' side of the fence. Overall it was a good story and I was never compelled to put it away without finishing, but I've personally outgrown this genre and I would have undoubtedly enjoyed it more 20 yrs ago.
Changed My Life!
I can't think of another book that satisfied my emotional needs as well as my insatiable wanderlust as The Edge of Never. Definitely a one of a kind love story and life story.
I started this book on the way home from work one afternoon and literally kept listening until my alarm went off the next morning. I listened straight through the night, morning prep and my drive back to work. I had to pull off into a parking lot on the way to work to listen to the final chapters because I was crying so hard I couldn't drive. I found it slow to start in the first couple of chapters but when the road trip began, I was so engrossed in the adventure that I couldn't let it end.
Although it seemed unlikely that these 2 characters would randomly find themselves on a road trip together, the story flowed so naturally that I was completely in love with the idea of this couple exploring the open road. I enjoyed their impulsive adventures and the emotional explorations along the way. I was so emotionally involved with these characters and their lives that I found myself laughing, crying, and everything in between. (as a side note - I also found a couple of new favorite songs along the way. I will never again hear "Laugh, I Nearly Died" without thinking of our nights in New Orleans - *sigh*) My life is forever changed after this adventure!
I had a difficult time keeping up with the flashbacks vs. current Lucas/Landon flow of this story. If listening while driving or working I often found myself rewinding to catch up with the story-line because it was easy to lose track. I was glad to finally understand Lucas' perspective, although it was easy to speculate based on what I knew of him from "Easy." I will likely listen again to make sure I didn't miss anything the first time around.
His tone and inflections definitely fit Lucas' character and you could feel the darkness and depth and sorrow in his dry tone. He sounded exactly as I imagined Lucas.
No extreme emotional charge from me, although I did genuinely enjoy these characters and their story. I was glad to dig a little deeper into Lucas' heart and thoughts and see Jacqueline as he saw her.
Pick One Already!
Kellan - He is honest and genuine and real.
Excellent voices for each character (A+ on Denny's accent!) She sped up and slowed down when appropriate and truly brought the story to life.
Griffin... Sure to be lots of laughs!
The back and forth made me crazy! I was not thrilled with the endless mind games and indecision. I felt bad for Denny but I loved Kellan. I was so sick of watching her play with their heads and hearts... but, I couldn't decide who she should chose! I was glad to see a break from the wealthy business man who sweeps the simple girl off her feet and throws her in a room of pain to sex her into submission. This is a realistic human love story that was heart wrenching and frustrating as hell! Very well written.
This book may have been better received by an adolescent or young adult.
I'm not giving up on Jamie McGuire, but I'm not jumping at the chance to spend another credit on her work. If heavily discounted, I may try again.
Emma Galvin unfortunately did not fit the characters and her speed fluctuated, although not at the appropriate times. I could not buy in. Rebekkah Ross would have fit this character very well. She may have done a better job of bringing these characters to life.
I don't know that I would have cut any of the characters but I did not like Travis at all. I could not believe he was the main male character that I was supposed to believe Abby was in love with. I also couldn't tolerate Abby. She was so immature and all over the place. I couldn't relate to her at all and couldn't quite understand what she was doing most of the time.
This story may have been better understood by a teen or young adult. I could not relate to these characters and I found myself wondering if the Travis/Abby story is misleading young girls to ignore red flags and embrace these obsessive, possessive, overwhelming young men who are controlling and co-dependent. 19 year olds with an impulsive elopement and tattoos with each other's names after less than a year together? UGH! Seriously!? Who does that?!? People who have serious regrets at 30, that's who! Don't be mislead, girls... this is NOT a healthy, dreamy love story.... Ask your Mom!
I wasn't really impressed with this story. The foundation was there for a steamy story but it never made it to the next level. I doubt I would recommend this to my book buddies unless I ran out of recommendations.
Average... Nothing spectacular, although not bad. Her performance really invoked no emotion, positive or negative.
This story line had great potential but it never went to the next level for me. I wasn't invested in the characters, even at the end and I felt there was so much more I needed to know about them. I didn't hate it, but it definitely wasn't memorable.
I would rate Four Seconds a 7 on a 1-10 scale. Worth a 2nd read although not in my Top 10 list.
Elizabeth Louise fit Charli's character and Sebastian York always brings the sexy bad boys to life! I have a hard time with the duo narration, it doesn't flow well for me no matter who is narrating.
I finished this book in a single sitting the first time. I'm now listening for the third time!
I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to buy into the characters and their back story with the drug slinging connections and the reformed bad boy who owns a strip club and an apartment building that houses his employees to help them find a safe and healthy life path. Really? But, it was well written and it flowed naturally. Overall, well written and narration was on point!
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