Only if they were bored and liked chick-lit a lot. Plot and characters both ran thin.
John and Samantha's marriage and love story was the least interesting, simply because it made no sense. It's hard to get invested in a romance when the feelings behind their relationship aren't clear to you. The fact John seemed like an ass didn't really help (seriously, who freezes out their partner while they're in the middle of a depressive episode and tells them to suck it up or else?). "Prince Charming" my foot.
The most interesting aspect was probably Brooke's story; unfortunately, I don't feel like she really got a proper ending.
Eh, none of them really. I like Orlagh Cassidy a lot in general, but I have no idea why she was cast to do a book with Southern characters when she cannot do a Southern accent. When she tried, she ranged from channeling Texas to Mississippi to the Midwest...and basically anywhere but Atlanta or even Georgia. It got a little distracting. So yeah, unfortunately I can't say I had a favorite character performance from her.
It's a bit off-putting that the author chose to set the book in Atlanta, and then did nothing with it. She didn't use the city to provide any atmosphere or sense of place, but instead just randomly keep dishing out references to cliche/touristy locations. I never got the sense Wendy Wax had ever lived in, or even visited, Atlanta—only that she'd bought one travel book to pull dated references from. As a result the book completely lacked a sense of place and immersion was lessened.
For comparison, it's like if an author decided to set a book in New York, and just randomly peppered the story with references to bagels and Times Square, but nothing else. Weird and bad writing.
I would love to listen to something else narrated by Ms. Larkin; her enthusiastic narration really saved what could have been a terrible audiobook. I'd be open to another book by Mr. Boyne as well, since his technical writing was good and the poor storytelling here may be a fluke on his part.
Boyne worried too much about replicating a gothic feel, and not enough about fleshing out his characters or story. If he'd reversed the tendency, it all would have been much better.
SPOILER: As an example of the poor storytelling, the sole motivation Boyne gave the mother for becoming a murderous psychopath was that she had been sexually abused as a child. This could have worked in theory, but the way he handed it left a bad taste in my mouth. The way he wrote the story, Boyne expected the reader to accept the idea that an abused child would naturally grow up to be a homicidal maniac as a truism requiring no further explanation. That just seems rather insulting towards the 99.99% victims of abuse that don't go on to commit multiple homicides to me. Handling that more intelligently would have improved the story, as well as given the mother greater depth.
Not a great book, but not a bad one either. If you like this style of gothic writing, it's worth a credit. Just don't expect it to do more than pass the time.
When you are reviewing a book as well known as Pride and Prejudice, you aren't reviewing the story so much as the voice actresses' performance. I listened to the opening samples of just about every edition of Pride and Prejudice Audible had in stock before choosing this one, and I'm glad I took my time deciding.
Some interpretations of P&P I looked at were very overwrought, while in others the voice actresses sounded like they were about to fall asleep. Lindsay Duncan hits a perfect middle ground, delivering a nicely paced and engaging performance that is neither too sedate nor annoyingly energetic. She is a pleasure to listen to, and I look forward to returning to this audiobook again in the future.
Very well done.
Even if you think you don't like romances, I encourage you to try Pride and Prejudice. It's more than a love story—it's a very, very funny book and witty portrait of the social mores (and foibles) of its time. Well worth it for anyone that just likes a good story.
It kept my just entertained enough to be satisfied while I ran errands, so from that point of view it was a credit well spent. Not a favorite though.
Her performance was lovely, but this audio—like Metzger's others—had some production problems with skipping/repeating. Nothing too bothersome though.
Actually, a Lifetime Original Movie isn't a bad analogy for what this short story collection is. Moderately amusing fluff that does the job well enough if you're in the kind of mood, but is otherwise not particularly noteworthy.
The mildly frustrating thing about these stories is that I know Metzger is a better writer than she displays here. Indeed, the stories all had flashes of great wit and humor—it just wasn't sustained the way it ought to have been. For example, the idea of the dog Imp (in the third story) was brilliant, and I so wish it had been better fleshed out. Read 'A Loyal Companion' for a much better example of what the author's capable of.
As a side note, this is the first Metzger book I've run into that has anything resembling risque language or adult references. It doesn't bother me—and the references are quite mild by most standards—but it's sufficient that this is one audiobook I'd be careful about playing around my grandmother. Just a heads up for anyone else that's used to putting Metzger's books on in the car with conservative ears around.
Maybe, if I wanted something mindless to zone out to again. It's not the kind of book that really merits more than one listen otherwise.
I was rather fond of the crazy Russians, and wish there had been more of them. I would love to read a book just about Vlad's crazy psychic adventures and clients.
Not any one scene in particular, but the mini-scenes of cooking in general were great. Harbison has a gift for describing delicious meals, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't inspire me to do a little extra baking of my own.
You pretty much know exactly what's going to happen next, so it's not one where you're glued to the story. It's funny and nice enough though that I was happy to listen to it fairly quickly, as just a thing to have on in the background.
Cassidy has a nice narration overall, but she had a bad habit of giving certain characters extremely nasal voices. This can be pretty grating at times.
As a side note, the audiobook only has a little explicit sex (chapter 4, I think?), but has enough adult language and situations I wouldn't listen to it on speaker around teens or conservative older people. It was still a lot of fun though, that's just an FYI for anyone trying to figure out what they can safely play around grandma (or not).
Sure. I didn't like it as much as Metzger's 'A Loyal Companion' (which I loved), but it was still a nice enough way to pass the time. Forgettable, but nice. Basically, it's a good thing to have on in the background when you're doing chores or whatever. Doesn't require a whole lot of attention, but still keeps you entertained.
The heroine's obliviousness to the fact she's become the landlady to a 'house of ill repute' led to some pretty funny scenes.
When Christabel finally figures out she's living in a bordello and cleans house (literally and figuratively). It's especially satisfying when she kicks the scummy fellow out on his ear.
I actually did listen to it in one day. I was stuck in bed sick and just wanted to listen to something nice, unchallenging, and entertaining. This fit the bill.
Despite the fact that the heroine is living in a bordello (without her knowledge—she think's she's a respectable landlady with borders that keep odd hours. Ha!), the book is very clean. As long as that part of the plot doesn't bother you, I'd say it's a perfectly fine audio to give to teens etc. As an aside, the audio quality still isn't perfect here, but it's than 'A Loyal Companion." The story is fun enough it's worth a few repeated lines or shaky audio here and there.
Some forward motion in plot, characters that weren't complete narcissists, an editor to cut 1/2 of the text or more...
If naval gazing by amoral simpletons is a genre, then yes.
More variance in tone would have been nice. Still, I'm sure she did the best she could given the limpid, bloated material she had to work with.
Felicity is a particularly awful specimen of human being that never gets the smack-down she deserves, but then again, the same could be said about many people in the novel.
Look, I can appreciate a slow, internal novel with little action. But if you're going to do that, your characters actually have to have interesting and novel thoughts. These do not. At all. They're just a pack of awful small-minded twits who spend all their time wringing their hands over and over and over (and never making a dratted decision that might actually lead to action). All that hand wringing, of course, is only to decide that nothing is anyones fault ever and they and everyone else never bear any responsibility for their actions. Ugh. The only characters that aren't totally awful are Janey's mother, brother, and Conor; but the writer does her best to render them unlikeable by the end too.
I really want these hours of my life back. Badly. I kept listening, thinking it HAD to have a least some sort of payoff, something, anything....but no. It never does.
Truly, I loathed this book by the end. And I won't even get into the maudlin, grade-schoolers-idea-of-deep that was...
Yes, it's a nice kind of relaxing book that's very good for a car trip or pool-side.
That it was pleasant without being stupid. It's hard to find a book that's light and funny, but also well written.
I liked her voices very much, I just wish the audio quality had been better. It varied, but was generally of sub-par quality. It also skipped a little here and there.
Lovely, funny little book. It's also quite clean, so I'd feel comfortable giving it to a precocious child or more conservative older person. I hope Audible picks up more from the author and voice actress. I just wish the audio quality was better.
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