It sounded like chick lit, but it was really more of a straightforward romance. I found it a bit slow and predictable. Likable characters and narrator, though.
I keep hearing, "Give it a chance; it takes a while to warm up." I'm just not that kind of reader/listener. If you haven't interested me - or at least given me an idea what the story will be about or why I should care - in the first half hour or so, I'm out. I tried really hard to listen longer, but I had other stuff to do (and read). Maybe I'll try again sometime, maybe after I read a more full description of it somewhere else to get an idea of what I'm missing.
I thought this was a good book, but it just didn't grab me the way it seems to have grabbed many others. I found some of the characters shallow and difficult to identify with, although the main guy was great.
This was a good plot but the telling itself is in serious need of an editor. The story dragged on and on. Even more annoying: it kept repeating information we already found out in earlier chapters. Maybe this annoyed me more than most because I'm an editor by trade, but it drove me nuts.
I'm always a bit skeptical when I read a review that begins by saying something like, "It took a while for me to get into this..." But "The Chaperone" grabbed me from the get-go and kept me happily entertained throughout. That's a tribute to the author, but Elizabeth McGovern gets a lot of the credit. I hope to hear more from her in the future!
While this is the kind of book I love listening to - interesting, relatable characters and a little action but not too much gore - I agree with those who say the narrator's dialogue for the main characters sounds growly (Russ) and hokey (Claire's Southern accent, which sounds a lot more Georgia than Virginia).
But the story is good enough to make it more than bearable.
One of my best Audible purchases so far. The story drags in a couple of places with unnecessary detail (say, of events already described), but overall, it's a great listen that kept me up later last night than I'd intended because I couldn't stop listening until the end. The narration is ideal for this material and the age of the protagonist.
This is a heroine who can do anything - anything! And she is never afraid of anything and is always confident she'll come out just fine. Which is to say that she is totally unsympathetic. Fiction is about facing challenges - how is that possible when you never feel challenged by anything? I loved the setting and some of the other characters, but when your main character is so perfect she's boring, it's a big disappointment.
Narration was overall very good, except for the voice of the love interest, which killed any desire I might have had to hear more from him.
The accents were well done and the tone was perfect. This is a bright, cheery mystery with more character development than I usually get from lightweight mysteries. Both the main and secondary characters are endearing. I'm excited to have found this new series and intend to listen to them all now.
If you love charming yarns with a small-town English setting, this is the book for you. I can't think of a better narrator for this story (except for a couple of accents that didn't quite make sense - but they were minor characters).
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