Danielle Steel does not use words well. She uses the same old expressions in every book, usually over and over. Example: "It meant the world to him/her...." Her characterizations are also shallow. She writes in superlatives about character traits and appearances. I know she sells a lot of books, but she could improve her literary skills in my opinion. I read many books a month, and her presentation is weaker than many authors. I will admit that her stories can be very interesting, in spite of these distractions.
The male reader, MacLeod Andrews did a very good job. The female reader, Renee Raudman, was very distracting to me. She hisses her "s's". I would have enjoyed the audio a lot more if another woman had read it. I will be more careful not to buy books read by her.
The story was very good.
I found Joy extremely self-engrossed and annoying. For a veterinarian, she was very immature and judgmental. She would get an idea, think about it shortly, decide it was true and then start accusing like she knew for an absolute fact it was fact.
yes - she was fine
I would never trust my pet with someone so unstable and over-reacting.
The story was okay but the lead protagonists, Diane and Jake, were not likeable to me. Especially Jack, who argues about everything, rarely listens to advice and in the end, he does a cruel thing to someone who had loved him. This was my first Jon Rector book so I don't know if this is a pattern with his lead characters.
I would have written Jake without so much egotism and surety of himself. I also didn't understand how he could be so obsessed with Diane, a very selfish person with poor judgment.
Mr. Hillgartner did a good job narrating.
No - it is quite involved and perhaps, a bit confusing for some.
I did not order the whispersync because I listened to the sample and I thought the narrator was quite poor at his craft. His delivery was too slow and monotone.
Paul Costanza did an excellent job as one of the narrators but Renee Raudmans voice was very annoying because she has a hissing sound to her "S's" I would have preferred if Mr. Costanza had read the entire book.
If Ms. Raudman would stop hissing, I would be happy to listen to both of them. This problem was especially obvious when the consonant "S' was at the end of a word.
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