A Grown-up Kind of Pretty was wonderful. I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this one is first rate.
I generally hate it when authors read their own books, they often ruin what would be an otherwise wonderful book, not so this one. Joshilyn Jackson makes this book sing!
My first thought when I listened to the sample of this book was
A bad narrator can totally destroy a good book. This narrator seems really awful at first, but the rhythm and tone of her voice grew on me and I was able to enjoy the book very much. She'll never be my favorite narrator, but I will listen to the rest of the series because the story and character's merit it.
I've listened to a lot of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldie Shultz series, and enjoyed them. They are formulaic, but I like the characters. This one however made me a bit angry. If the author chooses to have a character's religion play a part in the plot then the author should thoroughly research what they are writing. In this case a Catholic character is said to have attended an Episcopalian church because she was "refused communion" and "excommunicated" from the Catholic Church because she was divorced. Since this character had not remarried she would not have been either denied communion or excommunicated.
Otherwise the book was sufficiently entertaining for a mystery of it's genre.
I debated whether I wanted to listen to any more of the Sigma Force novels. I love the characters, but the last few were just okay. This one however did not disappoint!!! I'd rank it with the Da Vinci Code in story telling. I loved it, loved it, loved it.
I really wanted to like this book. The narration really brought the characters to life, but the story was just too slow moving for me.
I enjoyed Killing Kennedy and Bill O'Reilly's narration of it. But I could barely get through this. One of my big pet peeves in life is when someone mixes up Cavalry and Calvary and Bill O'Reilly does it about 1000 times in this book. I guess that makes him not a patriot but a pinhead.
The story was very good. A lot of disparate threads all come together in the end.
Maybe. At first I thought "This is the worst narrator EVER." As I got used to him the experience improved. I don't think he was the best choice for this book, but it didn't ruin it for me either.
Rafe. Because he grew so much during the course of events.
I am very familiar with Marcus Grodi from his radio and television programs. I read the first book in this sequence, "How Firm a Foundation" and liked it, so I was glad to see they are now available in audio format.
Although I didn't care for the sappiness of this book, the narrator was very good, and made it much more palatable than it would have been in written form.
If this had been clearly labeled as Christian Fiction I would have stayed away. I am a Christian and I really don't like the sappy and generally trite stories that this genre generates. It was recommended to me on goodreads because of other titles I had read and was not clearly labeled as a
The synopsis led me to believe this was about the hunt for a lost U.S. Constitution. Instead I got a catalog of strange sexual perversions. Don't listen if you don't have the stomach for it.
It's timeless. Although it was written in 1859 it stands the test of time.
This book is written as first person accounts by several different characters. Having a different narrator for each character really made it enjoyable!
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