I gave this a try because I was looking for a new author who fit the mystery/romance genre and I like stories about covert operations. Maybe the problem is that I didn't start with the first book in the series and people who start with book one might get into it more.
I'm sure Lauren Fortgang could have done great narrating other types of audiobooks, but I think her voice was too sweet and she didn't quite have the right grasp on British accents to pull this off. Frankly, I think this book might have done better with a male narrator like Steven Pacey, or a stronger native speaker like Ellen Archer.
I think this book will appeal to readers who are drawn more to the intrigue and less to the people.
To be fair, I gave up after two hours, so I don't know how the book ends...but I just couldn't connect with the characters.
I enjoyed Packard's LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON and decided to give the next book in the series a try. The book stands alone very well, with great characters with complicated lives. Funny and well-paced, the book flies by. Packard's characters are easy to like. Pfitsch is the perfect narrator for this book, delivering a snappy performance that perfectly matches the book.
I originally bought this title because I was looking for a funny romance. Humor is pretty subjective, but I didn't feel like this book was especially light or funny. Talk Dirty to Me is an emotional story about two people who were once engaged, who are brought back to the same town after their mutual childhood friend died. Our heroine is trying to rebuild a life she destroyed herself after years of meanness and bad decisions; our hero is trying to make sense of the woman who left him long ago. The writing is solid and the narrator does a great job and it's totally worth reading, but it is a serious book with a few amusing moments, not a comedy.
I really debated how to rate the performance, because George K. Wilson is a great narrator and he gave the book exactly the right amount of emotion. The problem is that this book features a man just turning 30, and the narrator...well, he sounds like someone's grandfather, and it really threw off my perception in the story. I didn't catch that the main character was so young until his age comes up on his birthday. I had been picturing a man in his late 50s.
Cameron's story is fascinating, and the world he built around some seriously odd and down-on-their-luck characters is wonderful. I definitely plan to read the next book in the series.
I'm normally a big fan of Nora Roberts' standalone books, but this one just didn't work for me. The hero, Ash, was meant to come across as the strong guy, the guy the family counts on. Instead, he comes across as controlling and condescending, and frankly, had Lila been my friend, I would have encouraged her to look for another prince among the frogs. Ash's persona was made worse by the narration, which interpreted him as pretentious, right down to the snooty nasal voice.
The other characters--Lila, Julie, and Luke--are actually lovely and I stuck it out to find out what happens to them. However, the story just didn't come together well. Julie and Luke sort of disappear about two-thirds of the way in to the story. Then the story just...ended.
There are many, many Nora Roberts' books are bring out again and again because listening/reading them is comforting, like hanging out with old friends: The Villa, Tribute, Montana Sky, the Three Sisters Island trilogy, Angels Fall, and the books written under the name J.D. Robb. The Collector, sadly, is a one-timer.
Shotgun Lovesongs captured the essence of trying to find your place in or escaping from a barely surviving small town. What I wasn't prepared for was the absolutely beautiful writing. Melodic, honest, and heartfelt, this book is the story of childhood dreams and friendships that grow together and apart in thousands of little Midwestern towns.
This book popped up as an audible recommendation and wanting something new, I decided to try it. The story is sweet, though I agree with other reviewers that the real love story is with Beck and Jessie in the subplot. Still, the characters are believable and human (considering we're talking about millionaires and supermodels).
What didn't work for me as well is the narration. Holly Fielding has a great voice; I just don't think it's the right voice for sweet romance. Her tone carried a note of tragedy to it that squashed a lot of the happier, lighter moments. It wasn't bad; it just could have been better.
I enjoyed the book enough that I'd give Marie Force another try.
I normally love Karen Robards' books. She has made me laugh, cry, and want to reach out and comfort a serial killer in one of her books. But HUNTED doesn't have a story. It doesn't have character development. It's a series of scenes featuring two people on the run...but with very little growth or adventure along the way.
It opens with potential: A New Orleans detective finds proof of internal corruption, tries to stop it, and finds himself in the line of fire and on the run, kidnapping a police hostage negotiator in the process. The next nearly six hours are of Caroline the profile demanding to know why the detective, Reed, is on the run, and him telling her to mind her own business, all while they're desperately wanting to tear each others' clothes off. Huh?
Robards has many great books. Skip this one and try SHATTERED or THE LAST VICTIM.
Schwarz does an incredible job creating people and settings. The lighthouse is practically tangible, and the book is worth reading just for the setting. I tend to have a low threshold for obnoxious characters, and this book has many--so many, I was practically grinding my teeth. However, Candace Thaxton does a great job breathing life into the story, which ties together lives from the past and present.
I loved, loved, loved this book. The stories of the two sides of the same woman--one before her memory vanishes, one after she reinvents herself--are twisted together beautifully. The book is witty and the narrator does a fabulous job breathing life into both personalities. One of my top books of the year.
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