This is one of my favorite stories, which I have already read 2 or 3 times. I'm glad I had, or I might have rated the purchase much lower. The narrator has a great voice for the character, but he does a very poor job here. First, he does not pause AT ALL - not between characters and not even between changing scenes. It can be very confusing. Secondly, he makes no attempt to vary his narration for different characters. It's not difficult to change tone or phrasing or emphasis to indicate another person is talking. This just feels lazy. Finally, he mispronounce key words: hearsay instead of heresy, etc…
Unfortunately, I love this series so much I purchased all of them before listening. I'm really disappointed that Jones narrates most of the rest of them. Maybe he'll get better. If not, he's going to turn off a lot of listeners to a great author.
Not a bad story, not bad narration, just not really good. The plot, the setting, even the characters were decent and fairly believable. The downfall came with dialogue. Too much stereotypical romantic language - if I took a shot every time the love interest was called "adorable"........ Really enjoyed the narrator's choice of voice for the MC, but Aaron and all other gay and female characters were just annoying. This was my first book by Hayes, and I doubt I'd try another one.
There have been plenty of reviews of this book - and audio - but I almost skipped it due to some of the criticism, so I am compelled to put in my 2 cents worth. In spite of my preconceptions and almost against my will, I ended up loving this installment of the "Promises" series - and I ended up adoring Angelo - shocker! I listened to "A to Z" and immediately followed with this one, so I felt like there was a bit of a jar with the first scene, but it ended up making sense. Zach really is a very easy-going, non-jealous lover. He is seriously in love with Angelo, but he is not possessive, and his only ambition is to make Angelo happy. This becomes very clear, although it takes a while for all the characters to figure it out.
Angelo is young, trying out a relationship for the first time, and struggling against his fear of being "caged in" or, conversely, abandoned. Zach seems to have the instinct to figure this out and see how to give him both his freedom and boundaries at the same time.
I also felt people were unfair to Jared. The way he reacts to the situations fit in perfectly with his character and his path to acceptance of his homosexuality and relationship with Matt. The fact that he could change his perception and see his mistakes is what makes him such a likable person. I loved the way he and Angelo ended up interacting.
Matt is just awesome, and it was wonderful to learn more about him and see through his eyes for a change.
I was even mostly happy with the narrator in this one - he does a great job with Angelo's delivery, helping us see him as the distinctive and unique character that he is. Put your judgement aside and give "The Letter Z" a chance - I'm glad I did.
I adore Cole and Jonathan and the way their relationship is developed - it's perfect the way Marie Sexton takes plenty of time to let changes occur and feelings build. This is a very affecting and sweet and also humorous story.
Sadly, the narrator has missed what seems to me to be a great opportunity to both have fun with a character (Cole) and show the nuances of his development in the way he changes inflection and tone. But the most annoying thing is the way Jones fails to pause in any of the appropriate places. Without changing voices and without pauses, the listener is frequently lost and confused. And he continuously mispronounces words! I thought he had improved with the "Z" books, but here he really blows it.
Read the book.
The author has talent - unfortunately, enough that I kept listening past the point where I wanted to stop. By the end though, I just wanted it over. The story became more and more melodramatic. The characters were unrealistic and unbelievable, except for perhaps the mc. The situation was predictable. Just take a pass.
Kate Sherwood is a wonderful writer. Her main characters are realistic, she doesn't neglect the minor characters, and the amount of romance, angst and sex are well-balanced.
Quinn starts out pretty unlikeable, but it's not long before it becomes clear that he is a sympathetic and ultimately good-hearted character who has had to take on the weight of a family tragedy at too young of an age.
And who could not fall in love with Aaron, who turns out to be exactly the right combination of innocent and gutsy to pull Quinn out of his self-punishment and let him feel worthy of love?
I cannot possibly be complimentary enough for the narrator. He brings this story to life, and truthfully, I could listen to him read forever - I will probably purchase anything he is narrating!
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