I have read ever book written by Julia Quinn and thought I would try the audiobook version of one of them for a change. This turned out to be a mistake in this case. I remember at the time I read the book thinking that it was not one of Quinn's best but I did not have the desire to wring the heroines neck as i did when listening to this narrator. She managed to make most of the characters sound either insipid or annoying which is a talent in itself I suppose but not one that will make me want to download other books she has read.
Let's be clear I have a lot of Mary Kay Andrews books in my library and I have enjoyed most of them BUT not, sad to say, this one. A lead character who is spineless, whiny and wildly inconsistent does not a good story make. The listener is left wondering how the lead character Cara ever managed to build up her floral business to the point that she is overwhelmed with business but still is not successful. And when true to all cliched romance formulas the amazingly hot guy that she intensely dislikes at the start falls in love with her, she chases him away because he apparently wants to dominate her JUST LIKE HER FATHER does. Of course he's not anything like her father but hey she somehow assumes he is??? I made it through the entire book as the narrator is quite good but let's hope that Mary Kay takes a bit more time before she churns out another book and finds her way back to being the decent writer she once was.
I've listened to and read a lot of Regency romances in the last 20 years and there are few that literally caused me to swear out loud but this was one of them. The hubris of this author to even suggest that the "missing manuscript" of the title is even remotely like something from Jane Austen is astounding. If you love Jane Austen and respect her works do yourself a favor and steer clear of this drivel
While I always enjoy Sophie Kinsellas audiobooks and have listened to Undomestic Goddess, Can you keep a secret and Remember Me several times each, it is unfortunately a different story with this one. The narrator is irritating and her rather "unique" voice manages to make it impossible to figure out which character was supposed to be speaking. A good narrator pulls you in from the start and the best manage to amaze you with their ability to make each voice real and unique but this one just makes me want to smack the lead character. I will have to purchase the paperback to read so that I can get Jayne Entwhistle's voice out of my head and enjoy the story.
Julie recounts her life with honesty and openness and all in that marvelous speaking voice with crystal clear diction. I only hope that someday there will be a second book that continues where this one left off.
The Help is so well written and performed that I found myself listening to it again just days after I finished it the first time. The story touches the heart and the narrators perform it with honesty and feeling. I highly recommend it.
Neither the reader nor the story captured me in any way. Wasted a credit on this. Won't be so trusting of glowing reviews again.
How charming to find a modern day writer who manages to capture Austen' sensibility and humor with out resorting to the trite or clich??. All too many regency romances are little more than bodice rippers complete with lusting and thrusting at inopportune times and places. Jude Morgan is to be congratulated on this book and Phyllida Nash does a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life. Lydia is a marvelous heroine whose method of coping with the inanities of life and society by having a drink or three only makes her seem more real when one considers how few socially acceptable possbilites the women of her time had to deal with frustration. The small section where the author managed to use the majority of Jane Austen's book titles in a conversation made me laugh out loud and rewind just to hear it again it was so well done. I will definitely purchase books by this author narrator combo should I come across them.
A thoroughly enjoyable book read by one of the best narrators in the business. Kate Reading's facility with accents and her ability to give an individual voice to each character truly make the story come to life.
I have downloaded many of the Heyer audiobooks from audible and find this to be one of the best due in great part to the skill of the narrator. Eve Matheson does a bang up job of bringing these characters to life. I found myself listening to it again just a few days after I finished it the first time. I will definitely be downloading more books read by this narrator.
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