The only saving grace in this book was the narrator. The lead female was irritating at best. The only reason I didn't return this book was based on others reviews thinking surely there was some substance but nada.
This might be a teenagers' good listen, but I expect more adult attitudes in the books I read and/or listen to. Not a female that isn't a person I could stay in a room with for more than 5 minutes without losing my mind.
Katie MacAlister, while a very good author, this book is a complete miss.
This new series begins with Cannon and Yvette's story (Cannon showed up in Getting Rowdy, Love Undercover series book 3). Cannon had such potential for a great story unfortunately Lori Foster didn't make it happen. Yvette is (I won't actually say too stupid to live) is too lame, no backbone, always feeling like everyone is pitying her. And, with 3 hours left in the book I don't see a miraculous improvement for her character. Not much action or suspense, plenty of tiptoeing around a tepid romance. I can only hope the next book in the series picks back. The 1st series is Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, 2nd is Love Undercover and now Ultimate. The narration is great for these three series. Actually I probably wouldn't have made it through the first chapter of No Limits without returning otherwise.
At first I thought ugh, gotta return. But hey, it's Showalter and a great narrator give it more time. So glad I did. The narrator definitely made the story. I couldn't have read the book nor have listened to a female narrator attempt it. The story is good, small amount of suspense. IMO it's more the h/h characters relationship evolving.
A rough listen. But you did learn the horror of how Styxx and Acheon were manipulated. One review said 'a lot of copy and paste'. I disagree. Yes there was some and not necessarily verbatim but necessary to the story. I'm a Dark Hunter fan, and felt the need to listen to the whole book for a better understanding yet I will NOT listen to it again. Even Acheron's book had the second half able to reread more thn once. Styxx was a 31 hour, 8 minute book. Only the last hour is worth listening to again. Quite frankly I wouldn't do it.
If you are a past fan of the Andy Griffith shows, you will enjoy this. If you are looking for a more indepth listen, then you might want to punt. The narrator does a decent job and actually for me, he was the only reason I was able to complete the audiobook. But when you need a mental break then this will fit the bill. No humor, small suspense. Mostly a small town that embraces an outsider. Yeah, I may get the second book for that occasion when I need a 'fluff' diversion. But I wouldn't recommend this author or book to anyone I know.
The story itself is junior highish at best. The narrator tried, bless his heart. But some books shouldn't be audible or even published. If you can get past the He Said, She Said, the Lady Said, and want a very uneventful listen, say while pulling you teeth out then give it a shot. Otherwise you might want to spend your money/credit on a better listen. This author has been moved to my 'never again list'.
A narrator can make or break a story. Phil Giante made the story. I wouldn't have read the first chapter but listening was great. Slow moving story with a touch of mystery. This was a story, not a narrator just reading directly from the book.
Is that suppose to be funny? Big turn off to me. Should have delved further in the raving reviews. Not even 20 minutes into the listen and I can't stomach the snide and hey, I get to say it 'racist' remarks.
The opening says 'this is an inspirational story.' I knew then I had made an error in my purchase. The sample I listened to sounded like it COULD be good and a fast listen, I was wrong. This is a slow listen and story. More soothing than heart beating fast type. I think it was categorized wrong. Two and a half hours into the story and those two and half hourse could have been completed in 30 minutes. While I'm trying to be positive about the book I would hate others, like me, to purchase this audiobook that were expecting more bang for their buck.
Reviews that loved the story, found it funny, were they Tweens? The narrator did okay, she doesn't seem to have any depth for male characters. I keep listening for something to happen, some plot but all I've encountered is description, timid men and, well, nothing. Glad I tried the book for the sale price (no wasted credit) and to be a little more careful on rave reviews.
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