I feel like this was Georgette Heyer's answer to Sense and Sensibility, but not as entertaining. I like Heyer's other books on Audible, but found this one to be a little too prosaic and pragmatic for my taste - I wasn't really able to fully immerse myself in the story and a escape a little as I did with her other books.
This was such a sweet story. I was pulled right in to the world Moyes created, and I must've listened to the entire book in two sittings. At first I didn't really understand the need for the multiple readers, but the chapters are each written in a character's unique voice, so it does make sense to employ four different people. They all gave stelar performances, and I wouldn't mind listening to anything else they read.
It was the perfect blend of funny, warm, and sweet, without ever stepping too far in one category. I'll definitely listen to books by this author again!
Math, love, and the open road.
Two lonely hearts. One car.
... I shouldn't write tag lines.
I gave this author a try because I had read a comment on Audible that compared her to Georgette Heyer. In this, I was misled. While I realize that no two authors have the exact same voice, Heyer has a way of slipping seamlessly into a Regency era character, that Ms Hogde unfortunately doesn't quite master. Some of the dialogue spoken by the working class characters, in particular, was almost wince inducing, and gave them a cartoonish air. The narrator was at fault in no small part for this, I feel. Her cut glass enunciation somehow emphasized the vapidity of the story, and her attempts at foreign accents were grating. I forced myself through this book, but will definitely never listen to another Jane Hodge again.
The main character spent the entire book focusing on what was wrong with the people around her - which usually boiled down to either how unsophisticated they were, not having come from old money like her, or how wrapped up they were in themselves, whether they were too involved with their looks, or their personal causes. Yet she didn't seem to notice that she was as selfish, and stuck up as those around her that she criticised for those very flaws.
I rolled my eyes the entire way through the book, and the only reason I finished it was the fact that I was on a two week vacation with no Internet access.
Not worth your time.
It wasn't bad - I wouldn't not recommend it. I can't say that I loved it though. The story was entertaining enough but it just seemed to go on without building up to anything, and the end seemed a bit tacked on. I would listen to it again - in a year or so, if I was really bored and had heard all my other books again. Well, the good ones, anyway.
The story was really entertaining, and kept me listening even when I didn't have anything to work on (I usually listen to audiobooks while photoshopping and all that stuff) because I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. The narrator was really talented, and while male voices are often a challenge for female narrators, she did really well overall.
As soon as I heard Henry's description (Idris Elba, anyone?) I was in love. I'm a sucker for a gentle giant. Jill Mansell, as always though, creates a fun and lovable cast of characters that makes you wish you could run away and move to Briarwood.
Loved it - definitely recommend it. Worth the credit!
The story was a fun listen in typical Mansell style - episodic, and slowly moving towards a much hoped for conclusion. Not overly-predictable, lighthearted but with some deeper moments. Annie Aldington does a great job of bringing the characters to life, and manages to make you forget you are being read to.
Sheer Mischief is pure Jill Mansell gold. She always gets there in the end, with a few laughs along the way. I'd definitely recommend it.
I've never come across the print version. I think it might have been better to read the book myself because I could then insert Gerard Butler's voice into Adam's lines, but overall, Becky Hindley does a good job.
Without a doubt the big strong Scotsman with the heart of gold.
It was a good, fun read - totally predictable, but in a good way.
Yet I couldn't wait to finish it. That's how good it was. It's fun and light hearted, but warm and witty, and I can't recommend it enough.
Jennifer Crusie is her usual entertaining self, and Angela Dawe is great as a narrator. She brought me completely into the story, and I didn't break out of it once due to bad reading. I'll be looking out for her again.
It's an awesome book. I'd buy it again.
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