If you are obsessed w/ the history of the characters.
It is difficult to believe that the author of
Anna Field's narration is the perfect example of how an awesome narrator can only marginally help an awful book. Ocassionally a great narrator can really save a so-so book. But even Ms. Field couldn't pull this loser out of the mire.
Characters weren't the problem. It was the depressing aspect of the story that did it - no one is that dumb. Maybe SEP was having real life problems and delt them by venting in the book. Good therapy just not a good read.
I drive two hours every day to work so I listen to a lot of books. Every other SEP book I've read thus far has been an upbeat, entertaining experience -
OK, here's the deal - liked the story and imagination behind it but where the heck was her editor/publisher? I'm not a grammarian but even I cringed at some of the dialogue. Words are the surface upon which a story flows. It was worth hearing but reading the actual book would have been better because it would have been easier to skim though some of the detritus. So, if you're willing to watch the author learn how to write, do.
For me, the premise was new, again imaginative.
She did the best she could with such awkward dialogue. Not great but OK.
Yes. I did fast-forward through some of the bits mentioned above.
It really could have been great. Story is dynamic, characters better than good - Ms. Dohnerher's shortcomings are totally curable. She needs to work w/ a word-smith. I will look for more of her work.
Yes, I would listen to the book again. It is funny and charming. Having read the book years ago I knew the story. The narrator was excellent and although abridged, still worth the listen.
Other Georgette Heyer books - good period pieces with humor and wit. You just smile while you drive and listen. Or work and listen.
Everything - for one, his ability to leave the humor understated - he allows the book to bring it to you.
When Sylvester realizes he has indeed fallen for a girl he had thought he despised and whom he has alienated.
If you get Mr. Armitage to narrate an unabridged version I would rebuy.
The narrator, you just want to strangle her. Grating, awful men's voice. The voice of the "old gentleman" is so bad. . . ouch.
April Lady by same author. Good story (although not as good as The Masqueraders) but again a disappointing narrator. To check contrast, try listening to a bit of both versions of "The Convenient Marriage" the better narrator is Richard Armitage and although I dislike abridged versions of books, it was an easy decision to choose the more suitable narrator. I can grit my teeth only for so long.
Narrators/performers Richard Armitage, Cornelius Garrett, Michael Drew and Tony Britton would all have done the book more justice.
A good book spoiled.
Please get someone else to narrate and I'll buy the book again.
The story is good. The narrator isn't. Ashford McNab who narrated the earlier books in this series would have helped a lot. Although it sounds as though she actually is attempting to imitate McNab's style and voice. A failure. Drat.
Can't tell you - haven't finished it.
She attempts to drawl out her words and ruined scenes that might have been nice. I'll have to read the book to find out. Her technique spoiled a lot of it.
I'll let you know when I finish the book - haven't bought the wood ware version yet and can't convice myself to listen to the rest.
Don't spend a credit on it. Read the book to avoid a poor narrator.
Interesting in an 'out there' way, gritty and amazingly narrated.
Joe Ledger - how can you even ask. He is your basic all American who hasn't forgotten how attractive modest can be; hilarious at times; not to be missed.
Great narration can make an OK book just as poor narration can kill a great one. Ray Porter enhances every book I've listened to w/ his narration. He does it all - his accents and American dialects are excellent - women too which is not an easy feat.I now look for his narration and will try an author I an unfamiliar with simply because Mr. Porter will bring out the best in it.
Both - laughing and crying.
Don't miss this series. Wild storyline, great narrator.
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