I'm so bummed. Be My Baby is an old favorite and I was so looking forward to the audiobook. Annie Green's reading fails the material. Let me count the ways.
* Misplaced awkward starts and stops. (Oh? There are more words in the sentence?) This sounds like a cold, unrehearsed reading.
* Female characters are pitched low. Male characters sound like cartoon ducks on helium.
* Her mispronunciation of every freakin' common contraction in the text (and there are a lot of them) is indescribably irritating. DIT-tint. COULD-tint. HAT-tint. Is this an affectation?
* She mispronounces common words willy-nilly. I tried keeping a list but it became an overwhelming task. Not acceptable from a professional voice actor.
Susan Andersen's excellent book and its fans should have been treated much better than this. There should be a do-over.
Do hipsters really behave this way? I just can't buy into a heroine so narcissistic and immature and cold-fish mean as Regan. Not to mention dumb enough to go hiking in the woods in 6 inch heels. If a romance novelist reversed her protagonists gender roles and had a hero behave the way this heroine does he'd be booed off the page as an irredeemable loser. Doesn't work as a romance no matter which one of the pair is a jerk.
Narrator did a great job with what she had to work with.
Well, this was a surprise, and not the good kind. Call me crazy, but a truly non-functioning, self-destructive, mentally ill woman getting fake romanced by a truly smarmy undercover ATF agent is not a story I can get behind. Paramilitary, paranoid nutjobs with Big Guns playing militia games in the West Virginia woods are not characters I can feel any empathy for any more than I can for the aforementioned slimy "good guys."
Narrator David Brenin has a voice and style well suited to romantic suspense. I'm up for listening to his work again.
The far right political slant of the "heroic" characters in this book is distasteful to me and just bizarre in the context of a romance. Wish I'd known.
I rarely rate an audiobook as perfect but then I rarely enjoy one as much as I did Roulette. This book sparkles with wit and and a delightful sense of joie de vivre. Serious and super responsible American executive is gobsmacked by billionaire French industrialist. There's enough angst to make finding their HEA worthwhile, but for the most part Roulette is just plain fun.
I've never experienced narrator Neva Navarre but she nails it in voicing Mulry's characters. Bravo!
Kate and Curran are now my favorite fictional couple. I loved their journey in Magic Breaks and where they ended up. Can't wait to see where they go next.
Renee Raudman is pitch perfect. She enables me to see and feel every character.
I felt so happy and satisfied when I finished that I immediately went back to chapter one and experienced the whole thing again.
Another old Linda Howard favorite botched by unbearable narration. Other reviewers have said it all. Wasted opportunity. Sad.
It started off well enough before stalling out. Neither one of these characters was strong enough to carry a book. Pia and Dragos would have been bored to tears.
Another much anticipated Linda Howard classic misinterpreted and bungled by narrator Brenda Sweeney. I am so disappointed. She reads like a preschool teacher, giving the heroine a bimbo voice. And poor Honey, what she did to you. Sweeney's performance couldn't be more wrong. This book was written for and beloved by intelligent adults. Just a terrible audio.
Nothing new. I listened for a couple of hours as bits and pieces from other paranormal romance and urban fantasy series were blended in.
Whispersync price tempted me to try a narrator I'd never heard. Wish I hadn't.
I enjoyed reading the book even though hot cop hero Derek may be a bit too much the caveman in his romancing technique. The author writes excellent banter and there were more than a few laugh-out-loud moments in the verbal battles between Ginger and Derek. Pretty good romantic suspense from a new (newish?) author I'll definitely read again.
I rated the performance one star. The narrator sounds muddy, mushy-mouthed, unprepared, and inexperienced. I suppose it's possible that this is another narrator using an alias for the naughty stuff, but she sounds very amateurish to my ear. Ginger and her sister Willa have just arrived in Chicago from Nashville. They should have an accent. And they do in a few passages, but mostly not. Actually all characters sound exactly the same regardless of gender, age, agency, or disappearing accent/no accent. Derek in the book is desirable, hot and dominant. Derek in the audio is a cypher. Overall, a disservice to a book I enjoyed.
Sandra Brown has pioneered her own unique niche since throwing off the constrainting rules of writing genre fiction with the publication of Envy in 2001. I have mad love for just about every word she's written since then and Deadline is no exception. Setting a meticulously crafted mystery/thriller at the heart of a love story, Brown honors her romance writing roots as well as her romance reader fans. Or is it the other way around--romance at the heart of a mystery? Either way you choose to look at it, one needs the other and it's a happy confluence that pleases me in all the best ways.
I've struggled with false starts and wholesale deletes in writing a review for fear of spoilers. I'm a spoiler hater and I'm glad that I experienced Deadline knowing only what is revealed in the blurb and I urge you to do the same. I reveled in Brown's trademark diabolical plot twists without having a clue as to where she was going with it. Unspoiled is the only way to go with Sandra Brown.
In addition to main protagonists Dawson and Ameilia, there are numerous characters important to the storyline, each requiring a unique voice. Stephan Lang aces it in that respect, seamlessly delivering dialogue between/among the entire cast while consistently staying in character. I especially loved his voicing of a certain villain An unexpected choice and so devious and insightful. Extra kudos to Lang for his heartbreaking reading of Flora's journal.
I didn't love Lang's Ameilia voice, not that the timbre is a problem, but a bit of a miss on her characterization. She sounds too soft and hesitant, almost apologetic, for an accomplished professional woman with an aristocratic upbringing. Hero Dawson Scott's voice is exactly right to my ear. Dawson is decidedly different sort of Sandra Brown hero and that's all I'm going to say. Lang clearly gets Dawson and I love him for that.
Sandra Brown delivers another excellent romantic thriller and Stephan Lang pretty much nails it.
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