I spend hours on the road and love audio books. Easy listening is my favorite on the road, so this series should be a good choice. The narrator is wonderful, the idea of a small town followed in a series is great ... but.... the characters kill me. The constant angst, the constant drama, the constant misunderstanding of a good guy ... and on and on. I "like" the people, but their behavior is not to be believed...for example: girl breaks off relationship w/older, manipulative man who has offered to "share" her (in very insulting manner) w/new man in her life. She marries new man, but then continues to have lunch w/old flame due to not wanting to hurt his feelings.... really? Of course you expect some of this, but the frequency is annoying. It's almost as if every time every character faces a choice, they make the wrong one. Probably just me....
The story line is interesting and I found myself wanting both characters to be happy. The narrator had a definitely sexy voice. I suppose it's possible that most men think the way Drew, the main character, does ... but I felt it was a little over the top in trying to impress upon the listener that all any man wants is sex and cares little about anything else. I got a little tired of everyone being referred to as a douchebag and worse ... so I guess "from a guy's perspective" story isn't for me. lol Steamy scenes. Great narration. I really did like the story, I just didn't care for it being told "by a guy".
I have really enjoyed this series ... until this book. There were two relationship stories running parallel, which was fine. I found the main storyline characters extremely annoying... it seemed that Nate was purposely made to look like a jerk for being focused and Alli with not much going for her other than her looks and rudeness, was somehow supposed to generate sympathy. He had worked all his life to achieve this goal, was successful and well to do. She couldn't make up her mind what she wanted, was always broke, but constantly harped on him for not putting her first. I'm sure just me, but I found it annoying. The series seems to be declining.
Not to be harsh as I genuinely like this author, but the best thing about this was the narration. Ms. Sands saved it for me. I think I understand that Maggie (leading character) was supposed to inspire you to root for the underdog, the good woman who can't find a good man. But, unfortunately, I just found her continuing, NEVER ending bad choices to become annoying after awhile. Far more emphasis and time is devoted to the wrong relationships / friendships than to the relationship she ultimately winds up in. I was left feeling a little shortchanged, not really understanding what the couple really had going for them other than sex at the end. (Enjoyed Ms. Higgins "Blue Heron" series.
Ms. Xe Sands could make reading a grocery list enthralling. I've yet to listen to any of her narrations that were less than excellent. As for the book and storyline itself, it was quite good. The main characters were likable and there's quite a bit of mystery surrounding both and their backgrounds, particularly Logan. Two things I didn't know: 1) There is a prequel that released after this book, "Indulge". 2) This is a cliffhanger. Story ends with no resolution to the characters lives and their relationship. You MUST continue on in the series.
First to address the narration by Ms. Archer .... I absolutely loved her! I don't know all the proper accents and words, so I'm not prone to be as particular as some. I found her speech to be articulate and precise while giving emotion to the character of Lady Julia. For some reason, I found the voice of the sister, Portia, to be quite humorous as I believe she was meant to be. I thought Ms. Archer's ability to give the characters different voices was quite good. The story was a bit dark and the mystery was intriguing. Loved all the twists and turns and thought it was all tied together well at the end, while answering questions about who did what. This is a period piece, there is passion, but not steamy scenes. I recommend the books be listened to in order. Mrs. B.
I hesitate to write a poor review ... but, nevertheless. After enjoying the Raven Prince and Ms. Quirk's narration, it seemed only natural to follow with the Leopard Prince. Unfortunately, they didn't seem to have much in common. I found this book to be somewhat juvenile and was surprised by Ms. Quirk's narration. It almost sounded like someone reading a fairytale, a bit cartoonish, with a little uninspiring sex thrown in here and there. My impression of the main female character was that she was an uninspiring airhead that wasn't worth building a story around, pretty much the same for the male lead. Still pondering how the two books could have been so different, even in narration. Mrs. B.
Truly enjoyed this book more than any romance in a long time. Nice escape ... loved both main characters and appreciated the anticipation and imagination built into the story. So glad it wasn't filled with constant angst like so many. Will be looking for more books narrated by Ms. Quirk. Her narration was absolutely perfect.... wonderful emotion, did male and female characters equally well.
This is a good book regardless, but the narrator, in my opinion, made the book. His country accent and pronounciations were perfect for the comedy. If you don't find humor in good ol' boys, hunting, game wardens, and chupacabras, you might want to pass. lol It's creative and hilarious.
I'm reviewing only the narration. I truly enjoy Ms. Maron's books and have listened to this entire series. For me personally, I was unable to appreciate the change in narrators this late in the game. CJ Critt has done an excellent job on the series and "is" Deborah Knott in my mind. Ms. Maron, although a wonderful author, does not have the experience in narrating and I am disappointed in this change. She does not sound like a woman of Deborah's age or from that region.
I absolutely love the author's descriptions of North Carolina and the people there. CJ Critt's narration is so enjoyable. The down home phrases and terms of endearment (Shug or Sug -- short for sugar) are particularly sweet for me as I heard them throughout my childhood. She gives Deborah's character a no nonsense manner, but with a definite soft hearted side, and I love her accent in the books. The books are mysteries, but they are also about Deborah's large (LARGE) family and their lives and you can't help but love them and get involved in what's going on in their lives. It can be confusing with many characters mentioned. If you go to the author's website, she has a family tree for this series. :) This particular mystery is quite good and I was unable to "solve" it until all was revealed. Highly recommend the series, but make sure you start at the beginning. JB
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