This is the first book I've listened to by Suzanne Brockmann and I can't wait to listen to &/or read more of her stories!
I've listened to several audiobooks & this one is now at the top of my list of favorites! The narration is one of the things I consider when rating the audioibooks I listen to & this is a perfect example of how a well done naration (or in this case performance) truly enhances the story. Ashley Adlon is now one of my favorite narators (along with Savannah Richardson, Natalie Ross, Joyce Bean, and Renee Raudman, Sanda Burr and James Daniels).
This is a story you will honestly get lost in & while I usually only listen to audioooks in the car this one was so good I listened to it everywhere & anywhere since I just couldn't put it down!
The actual story was good but the narration was truly one of the worst I've heard. The inflections were used at the wrong time or not at all. It was definitely disappointing.
No, probably not
I can only imagine that Sylvia Day must of cringed if she listened to the numerous amount of words that were mispronounced in this audio book!
The last straw for me was toward the end of the book when the word wanton was pronounced as wonton! This was a great story (love Jared and Darcy) and I've yet to read or listen to a book by Sylvia Day that I haven't loved but the mispronounced words and the accent of the narrator (that sounded to be possibly from New Jersey in a story that is set in the Northwestern United States) was a distraction and disappointment.
While I was listening to this trilogy (which by the way should definititely be read in order) I was trying to think of what the dialogue reminded me of and I finally figured out that it reminded me of my daughter's Babysitter's Club books! When the word 'cahoots' was used either in the 2nd or 3rd book in the series I finally figured it out.
I first listened to a book narrated by Tanya Eby in The Search by Nora Roberts and while I liked the story I wasn't crazy about what I can best describe as the nasal sounding voice of the characters.
I liked the narration better in this series and she does a great job with the different voices especially when they reappear in the 3 different books.
While the storyline in this book isn't boring it is a bit predictable. If you like books that really make you think and grab ahold of you you might want to pass on this series.
If i ranked this book with the other audio books I've listened to (which is well over 100) this woud be in the bottom 25%
Obviously the main characters Rogan and Maggie, I also can't wait to read the next book in the series about Maggie's sister
He did a great job with the inflections in the Irish accent which a non native speaker would have stuggled with but in general I found his narration to be flat. I think a female narrrator would have made it easier to connect to the characters and would have made the story come alive. Susan Erikson would have been a great choice for this series since she was amazing in the The Key Trilogy.
No, I found the monotone voice of the narrator too distracting to listen to the book in one sitting. It took a lot of concentration to block it out and to focus on the story.
As usual anything story by Nora Roberts is wonderful and she is without a doubt one of my favorite authors. I purchased this book on sale and am very glad that I didn't pay full price or use a credit to buy the book. I'll finish the series but will more than likely read them on my own.
I don't usually like to listen to or read paranormal books but after reading/listening to everybook in the series by Molly Harper I decided to give this series a try and I'm so glad I did!
I'm about 2 hours into thhe next book in the series (Deas As A Doornail) and I have to agree with several other reviews that this is my favorite in the series so far. Eric's sweetness in this book can only be the character's true personality and I can't wait to see if that side of his personality comes out again in future books.
As for my opinion about whether the books in this series are able to be read (or listened to) as a 'stand alone' I think if the first book I read was in the middle of the series I'd be able to enjoy it but I'd be contantly wondering what I'd missed in a previous book.
Also, the narration for this series (and thank you to whoever I should thank for having the entire series read by the same narrator!) is a true performance and brings the story alive. Not to mention that I'd be clueless about how to pronounce several names in the series if I was reading it on my own!
Even though I don't usually go for the paranormal genre and have left it for my teenage kids to read I purchased the book 'HowTo Flirt With A Naked Werewolf ' when Audible had it on sale since it had so many great reviews. It sat in my Audible library for months before I finally downloaded it and then it stayed for awhile longer in my Itunes library before I finaly uploaded it onto my Itouch.
It only took me less than 5 minutes of listening to before I was hooked and I've since purchased all of Molly Harper's audio books.
Amanda Ronconi is an amazing narrator (that is really better described as a performance) and brings each of the characters to life.
If you are like me and have been hesitant to give paranormal romances a try I promise you won't be disappointed with this audio book or any of the other audio books my this author!
I love a trilogy - even though I think it's just another way to get readers (or listeners) to spend more money I like when I'm able to revisit the charactors I've liked in the previous stories and how the stories build on each other.
The first 2 books in this trilogy (Inside and In Seconds) were what I'd expect in a trilogy. The secondary characters from 'Inside' had their story told in the book 'In Seconds' and the main characters from 'Inside' were secondary characters in the second book.
But, while the story line for 'In Close' takes place in the same town as 'In Seconds' there's no relationship at all in the story line. The first 2 books were about prison gangs and the third book was about a small town cover up and I don't think Peyton or Virgil (main characters from Inside) were even mentioned in this book.
Furthermore, I really liked the charactor Rex a.k.a.Pretty Boy in the first 2 books. He was the type of charactor that you just can't help but root for...he saved the lives of 2 children along with both of the main charactors in each of the other 2 books. In the second book he was in love with the main character (Laurel) but she left him (for Miles - who's also a charactor in the third book). and he was also working to overcome a bad childhood and drug addiction. His story was completely dropped and he's never even mentioned in the thrid book! Hopefully he'll reappear in one of the authors other books so we're not left hanging!
As a stand alone book 'In Close' is enjoyable and worth your time but if you're looking for a follow-up from the first 2 books in the trilogy you'll be very disappointed!
This was a great story and the narration was a true perfromance but I probablyt won't finish the book. I typically enjoy books that have happy endiings and while I'm assuming that the main character in this book ends up with a happy ending her sister (who is the young mother of 6 children) dies in the end of the book from cancer.
If you don't mind a happy ending being over shadowed by saddness you'll love this book. But, if you're like me and don't want to end a great story with the death of a very likeable character you may want to pass on this and try another of Karen White's books.
I've listened to the 3 previous books in the troubleshooters series (The Unsung Hero, The Defiant Hero and Over The Edge) and loved every second of all 3 of those audio books. In all 3 the narration was a true performance and enhanced the story.
I purchased the 4th book on the series today and after trying to get through the first hour of the story I wish I could say the same about this book. The other books flowed and I was so engrossed in the story that I just lost track of time. I feel bad for saying it but the acting in this narration doesn't flow - you know when you're watching a TV show or movie and you can tell when the actors are acting? That's how the narration of this book felt to me.
I've listened to numerous books and Karen Robards is one of my favorite authors but I finally gave up on this one because the monotone voice of the narrator was so distracting I wasn't able to get into the story. I'm going to order the book and read it instead!
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