Someone very slow on the uptake may have more patience than I do. The narrator takes all the action out of the story by reading so teeth-grindingly slowly.
I would like to see more careful editing to remove the jarring inconsistencies in the text.Phrases such as "pushing someone's buttons" for instance, do not sit well in a medieval context and detract from the atmosphere. There were a few similar instances which were glaringly out of place and could have been amended to improve the whole.
Sue Pitkin reads as if she is following her finger along the text like a schoolchild. She pauses when she should continue to the end of the phrase, and at other times places inapt stresses on certain words which can make utter nonsense of the entire sentence. Frequent mispronunciations are also very annoying, particularly STIFFLING (sic) instead stifling.It is a common enough word after all.
I would not cut any characters.
I usually enjoy stories by this author and feel that she has been badly let down by the producer who should have picked up, and rectified, the errors made by the narrator.
Judicious editing could have whittled this down to something worth my time but an overblown story, combined with an extremely irritating narrator, made this audiobook fit only for putting me to sleep.
This book takes up the story begun in Book ! after a gap in time of around 12 years, and develops the stories of those who were originally minor characters. There is plenty of action and suspense right up to the final pages. Superbly read by Nicholas Boulton, who has the ability to create exactly the atmosphere intended by the author.
More please from this combination!
It was a joy to revel in a complicated plot that had been so well-researched. The characters were well-developed and there was plenty of suspenseful action to draw the reader in, and I particularly enjoyed the characters' usage of authentic sounding language. Nicholas Boulton is a sublime narrator who is a joy to listen to.
Great combination of imaginative story-telling accompanied by outstanding narration. I liked this book so much that I sought out more titles by the same writer.
Reunited after 2 years apart, the two main protagonists enjoy a lengthy 'pity party' and the occasional bout of sexual intercourse. Most of the book deals with events that have already taken place with the 'real time' action being scarcely more than a hiccup in a rather dull, and quite ridiculous, exposition. I purchased this book based on the author's previous efforts but I suspect she was just fulfilling her contract quota with this lacklustre effort.
Don't waste your credit. This author should not be writing historical fiction if she cannot be bothered doing even basic research on the social mores of the period.
'Dumberina and the Dom'. Honestly!, if I hadn't been cleaning my oven I wouldn't have let it run on, but I have a policy of not claiming a refund if I have listened to more than 5 minutes of a book and I was too busy to take my rubber gloves off. The 'author' has cannibalised extensively from other writers to compile a melange of erotica loosely tied together by a ludicrous plot with an even more ridiculous ending. The narrator did a valiant job of trying to breathe life into turgid prose.
A decent editor could tidy up this story into something workable as the bones of it aren't bad but the author has a regrettable tendency towards repeating herself, often within the same sentence, which succeeds in making nonsense of the prose, i.e. a reflection having a reflection. The narrator however, is the last nail in the coffin and this one seems to feel that a Highland burr can only be effectively conveyed by ending every phrase with a rising terminal, thereby making them all sound like questions. She also endows the heroine with high-pitched voiced, perhaps intending to portray her youth and scatter-brained choices, but which merely results in becoming an added irritant.
This latest adventure from the imagination of Kresley Cole is faultlessly performed by Robert Petkoff. It is a masterful combination which enables me to become totally engrossed in the story. I can hardly wait for the next one.
Apart from some blatant plagiarism in parts, the story is quite entertaining; however the narrator's monotonous nasal twang, apart from the habit of finishing every phrase with a two-note terminal (up, then down) even on single syllables, can drive the most even-tempered listener to drink. It was rather like listening to a teenage boy with a half-broken voice and a very bad sinus infection, definitely not an enjoyable experience!
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