The story is good - I'd like to read more about the two MCs.
During the sex scene, the narration did not really convey much emotion. It kinda sounded like the narrator really didn't want to be reading that part of the book.
I don't normally read romances, but because this was set in Kentucky and included horses, I decided to listen to it. I don't know whose idea it was to have a man read a book where the main character is a woman, but it was a bad idea. "Tender" moments just sounded silly. The story is weak - how could a lawyer on the run from some of the most powerful men in New York hide in Kentucky, where she applies for and receives a license to practice law? There wasn't enough about horses to make this even remotely interesting. There was not even a semblance of reality to the story - apparently the whole town is white, so there was no hint of racism (which I know from experience is alive and well in Kentucky). I fast-forwarded through much of it just to say I did finish it, but it was a waste of a credit.
This was an enjoyable, somewhat sweet, book. At first, the characters seemed somewhat flat, almost caricatures, but as the book continued, multiple layers of their personalities emerged. Robert Nieman did a good job, although there were a few odd gaps between words. This is a male-male romance, so there is some explicit sex, and those parts were read well. Sometimes the readers of explicit sex scenes seem to want to rush through them as quickly as possible without any emotion, but Mr. Nieman did not do that.
If you are looking for an easy MM romance, I recommend this one.
I love horses and mysteries, but the two don't always mix well. Dick Francis does it right. The main character loves horses, and expounds on the personalities of the different animals in a sympathetic way. The mystery develops and resolves slowly - no real AHA moment, but a very satisfactory resolution. I love Simon Prebble's reading - good intonation, understandable, and he doesn't overdo the differences in the voices.
A better story.
I really enjoyed the Power of One, and was expecting that caliber of writing for this one. Unfortunately, I did not get that. The first book was very lyrical - almost magical as if the author were telling a story from the mists of time. In Tandia, the plot wandered around, had very abrupt jumps from one person's story to another's, and just did not flow like the first book. And PeeKay says something so sexist (which he seemed to think was a compliment) to Tandia towards the end that I almost stopped listening. The ending was somewhat bizarre. I just can't recommend this one.
This book is difficult to review. The writing is lovely, and the narrator is excellent. However, the constant reporting of every little action became monotonous after awhile. During the last quarter of the book, I actually started fast-forwarding, just to skip all the minute details that really added nothing to the characters or the story, to find out the "beginning" of the stories. I most appreciated the depiction of life during the war. The descriptions of the after-effects of the London bombings were illuminating.
I have never written a review, but I had to for The Passage. I was hesitant to buy this book because of the length. Frequently, long modern books seem to use a lot of words that really add nothing to the story or characters. This writer did not do that. The story was intriguing and well-told, and the characters were very believable. I was sorry to see it end. It could be the beginning of a series; in fact, I hope it is. I would very much like to read more about this post-apocalyptic world.
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