Things to change:
1. There is a lot of repetition. For example, The leading male character is always yelling at the heroine. When he does this he says the same thing over and over again. These incidents occure several times in every book. Then the main character reviews these conversations in her head several more times. The gist of these conversations are as follows:
Male lead: I am drawn to you because your spirit and bravery. And now stop being so spirited and brave because you will get hurt.
Female lead: I'm going to tell you that I'm not going to be spirited or brave anymore, but we both know that in the next 50 to 100 pages I will do something stupid and end up back at police headquarters to be lectured by you once again.
2. Maybe use some more Irish terminology in the main character's dialogue. Throwing in the word "blarney" in several times in each book followed by the word's definition (ever single time) just isn't enough.
3. Authentic details would go a long way in these books to creating a believable setting.
The majority of the details are common knowledge.
4. Does the main character have to almost get raped in every book?
5. Maybe the harsh world of turn of the century America is not the best time period for a light hearted romp.
It would be nice if the author could add some more authentic and complex details to the book that would set it more firmly in history.
The reader does a passable Irish accent. The voices of main characters are fairly distinguishable.
It was okay. Nothing new. The plot had a few holes. I did like that the main characters tried to go to parents for help. In so many books the kids are easily convinced that parents will not understand or believe.
Heft is about three lonely people and how they deal with feelings of inadequacy. The characters are wonderful and interesting. It would have been nice if they could have interacted with each other a lot more. By the end, two of the characters get to the point where they admit they feel inadequate, but they are going to try to trust people and move forward. It would have been nice if this happened much earlier in the book. As it is, the book made me feel depressed and a little angry that happiness for all could have been found so much earlier (18 years earlier) with a little communication. The narration is wonderful.
This reader reads way to fast. The reader of the first book was excellent. Her performance was very thoughtful, much like Maisie.
I have a hard time understanding this reader. Often the meaning of a sentence becomes clear in my mind as the next sentence is being read. After awhile this gets all muddled and I have to back it up. A good reader can add so much to a text. This reader does not do that unfortunately.
I see that reader of the 3rd book in the series on is read by someone else. Lets hope she's better!
If you'd like to listen to a perfect romance about two beautiful soap opera stars that are irresistibly attracted to each other, but are reluctant to give in because they've been hurt in the past, then this book is for you.
Personally I like a story with characters I can relate too and a story with a little more meat. But that's just me.
The narration is well done.
The Roscoe Riley books are very funny. My husband and I enjoy listening to these book as much as our boys. The reader sounds just like a kid and delivers the adult geared jokes deadpan which makes them more funny. These are nice clean stories to enjoy with your kids.
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