I tried to enjoy this book, telling myself it will get better; it didn't. It was too long and drawn out. Every little thing was described over and over to the point that it was downright boring. Instead of the main character Valentine being a sympathetic and someone you wanted to see win, she was more of a whining, spoiled, self-centered, little brat. I found myself wanting to yell at her and tell her to grow up. Don't waste time with this book.
Write dialog for an adult book and not for preteen literature. The characters were supposed to be college educated professionals, not 12 year old's on an adventure.
The narrator was awful. She made all the female characters sound like airheads that were about 12 years old. All the guys sounded like stupid jocks who were still in junior high school. She should have been narrating a cartoon adventure.
Disappointment. I actually couldn't finish the book because of the narration.
The story line that a man who never had any attachments would almost immediately fall in love and want to marry a divorced woman with 4 kids. Come on, even if she was drop dead gorgeous, having four children would be enough to make the man at least want to take his time before marrying her. This story was absolutely ridiculous.
I've started "Beach Road" by Wendy Wax.
Yes, she used different voices.
First of all the marriage proposal. Perhaps that could have been changed to a let's be a couple and see where this goes. Also, the Steel Magnolias have gone from being a group of good friends that support each other to a group of nosy, sex-starved, meddling women. They concentrated on making sure Adelia had sex with Gabe. They were intrusive and rude. Additionally, at one point, Raylene talks to Adelia about becoming a member of the Steel Magnolia group. It sounded more like she was being asked to join an exclusive group that ran the town.
I have listened to all 11 books in the Steel Magnolias series. I'm sure there will be a number 12 as the author set it up toward the end of this book. I believe it will involve Carolena leaving her abusive husband, which is a rerun of Raylene's story. I am very undecided about whether or not I will listen to any additional books that may be written in this series because this story was totally idiotic.
Exciting, suspenseful, interesting
The Collector, by Nora Roberts. Same type of suspense and excitement. Both are very different than so many of her other books. Their was romance but in both books it was not the heart of the story. It was in addition to it.
Yes, she is very good. Very easy to listen to and differentiate between characters. She helps you "see" the characters.
One night can change your life forever.
The female lead Savannah was the most unsympathetic character I ever experienced in a Nora Roberts book. She is rude, sarcastic, and really has no likeable characteristics. I kept waiting for this to change, but it never did. I can begin to figure out why a man, that was described like Jared, would ever be attracted to her, other than her looks and prowess in bed.
Absolutely. I love most of her books. This series, especially this book, was very disappointing.
Yes, I listened to many of his books and they are usually good. The disappointment in this book was Savannah's southern accent. It was awful.
Disappointment at the overall quality and total disbelief in why did Jared fall for Savannah.
The story was great. Fannie Flagg's characters are always so interesting.
The characters and all the twists and turns that happen during the story.
Yes, I have listened to all of her performances. This one is great. Just like all the others. The way she tells the story you can picture these characters and their reactions.
Women are unstoppable.
I love, love, love Fannie Flagg's books. What a gifted writer. She develops the characters in depth, but doesn't mire or bore the listener in useless details.
This narrator made it difficult to distinguish between characters
Exactly what I expected.
Many others. Narrators of her previous books have been very good.
Yes, since it was the second one of the series.
To hear the continuing saga of a family you've come to know through all the other books in the series.
If they had listened to the other books in the series I would recommend this one.
She is an extremely talented narrator. I've enjoyed listening to her in all the Chesapeake Shores books.
I've really enjoyed this series of books. And this one was no exception. I did have some trouble with the ending. As someone who has a relative going to the process of marrying someone who is not a citizen, I know that Luke and Moira could not have married as quickly as they did. It takes months to get the okay for this since 9/11. That's every country not just middle eastern ones. The book would have been much more satisfying with Nell and Dylan marrying and Luke and Moira being engaged and going through the necessary process for the wedding to take place. The days are over where you can simply marry a United States citizen and stay in the country. In fact, the marriage can't even take place until you have obtained all the approvals from the U.S. government.
Sherryl Woods has written 8 or 9 books in this series, with this book being the last. After listening to all those books and following this family, the ending seemed very, very rushed. I think she might have taken the time the ending deserved. The majority of the book was fine, but then it seemed like she decided she only had 30 minutes left she better hurry up. One of the great things about these books has been the time she takes to develop her characters so that the listener feels like they know them. This book ended with hurry up and marry everyone off. It was disappointing.
First, the story was unbelievable. A man supposedly deeply in love with his dead wife, meets a woman, falls in love and is ready to marry her within a few weeks. Makes you question how much he really loved the first wife. He was so quickly ready to love and marry this woman who came across as a total airhead, that it actually made me dislike him. I don't think he really knew who or what he wanted, he just needed a wife. I kept listening hoping it would get better but it didn't.
Because other Debbie Macomber books have been so good, I kept listening. Unfortunately, this book got worse the further into I got. Just the way the doctor turned from grieving, to happy, to I want to get married so quickly it actually caused me to dislike the character.
Yes, other books by her have been very good.
He was alright except his voice sounded like Rod Sterling. I kept waiting for him to tell me he had just entered the
I would have made Macy a little less eccentric, the scene where she and the dr. made a salmon casserole together and then she realized it may have been cat food was cute, but then for them to go ahead and eat it, that was just stupid. She was too far out, and an organized doctor wouldn't adapt to that so quickly.
I've been listening to this series from the beginning. It's a good thing I was interested in the story because if I hadn't been I would have turned the book off after the 1st hour. This narrator is the slowest person I have ever listened to. In parts of the book where there are conversations, there are such long pauses that I have to see if my MP3 player has shut off. She is terrible. The whole book would be 2 hours shorter if she talked at a normal pace. I have checked the narrator for the rest of the books in this series. Luckily, she is not used again.
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