Yes. I really enjoyed listening to The Rebel, because it delivered a terrific story rich with emotion.
I can't choose just one memorable moment because there were so many. J.R. Ward weaves the lives of her characters together to create a very intriguing story. Each person has his/her own unique obstacles to overcome. I enjoy hearing it all unfold.
Gayle Hendrix's performance is perfect for the mix of characters. The cadence of her voice maintains the pace of the story to effect.
Take the heat, stay in the kitchen. You won't be disappointed.
While I really enjoyed the audio version, I'm pretty sure I'd equally relish the story in print. The story was thought provoking, expertly crafted to engage the reader's emotions. I did indeed experience the full range of emotions, from one extreme to the other. I believe the writing would have achieved this without the narration, however, I enjoyed the narrator's interpretation of each character. Objectively, I'd have to say that the story "rocks" in either format.
All of the characters had their own issues, each with his/her own personal flare contributing to the story. The portrayal of the characters in writing and performance felt real. I could visualize rock star life playing out as it did in this book. The blend of personalities created a dynamic that shifted to meet the demands of the story. That said, I really enjoyed Mal. His antics created a light hearted air, injecting humor at every turn. I believe most people know someone like Mal and can identify with how entertaining it is to be around someone so charismatic and witty.
Narrating a book is not as easy as some narator's critics would have you believe. I think a critic should try to read aloud and record two full chapters of a book before they try to discount a narrator's performance. However, very few people would take the time to truly appreciate this feat. Andi Arndt brought the characters to life. At no time was I bothered with words being mispronounced, or dead-pan, lifeless narration. I've listened to literally hundreds of audiobooks, so I believe I can speak with some authority regarding the matter. I've probably heard more seasoned narrators among the hundreds of books I've listened to, but Andi's performance did not lack expertise at all.
I did laugh, a lot. There were so many humorous moments, I couldn't help myself. I also felt the remorse that comes with the realization of a relationship gone bad. I expected a happy ending. After all, why submit to the escapism provided by audio romance if you didn't want to experience it anew? I wasn't exactly sure how the "happy ending" would come about. I'd enjoyed the journey so much that the predictability of romance novels in general (happily ever after and all that) didn't bother me. That's why we buy the stuff. Right?
"Lick" was a rockin' beginning to what promises to be a highly enjoyable series.
Not only was this a "killer" story, but it was expertly crafted with wit, charm, physical and emotional tension. While I have read and listened to several hundred books, I'm always delighted when I find one that I could read/listen to over and over again; this one was no exception. I experienced what I call "reader's remorse" at the end of the book because I didn't want it to end. I hope that this book is the kick off to an exciting new series. As they say in Hollywood, "The show must go on!"
The plot had some wonderful twists and turns which kept me riveted and begging for more.
I am the type of reader who likes to appreciate each character for his/her own personal merit. What I liked about these characters was that each had the very essence of humanity that kept them real and interesting; each was so masterfully developed that it was difficult to find fault with any of them, even the bad guy. I understood and enjoyed them all.
Indeed! This is why I enjoyed this book so much. I felt the full range of emotions from beginning to end. Without that kind of awareness, it would feel empty; it was anything but empty.
Kerrigan Byrne, give me more!
"Unleashed" provides three charmingly captivating stories which combine elements of myth explored in a uniquely clever style. Before this novel, I had never heard of Berserkers; now I can't wait to hear more. Byrne's prose reads like poetry, creating visual images and evoking powerful sentiments, giving readers a full range of emotional experience.
I enjoyed all of the characters for different reasons with one reason outstanding; while many were supernatural beings, they all shared characteristics that show us human frailty in one way or another. Everybody can identify with this.
This was my first experience listening to Derek Perkins's narration and while I am a stranger to his works; I am no stranger to excellent narration. With a library of over 400 audiobooks, I believe I'm qualified to make this distinction.
J. R. Ward knows how to deliver an emotionally rich story. I really feel something for the characters, whether it be frustration, sadness or happiness; my emotions are touched.
About two-thirds of the way through the book, just as some of the main issues were nearing resolution, the narration changed to that of a completely different book! I was so very dissatisfied. I called customer service to make them aware of the problem and they reassured me that it would soon be resolved. To my knowledge, it has not yet been fixed. I am still waiting for someone from customer service to contact me and let me know that the problem has been resolved allowing me to reload it to my library. Until this happens, my advice to you is this: DON'T PURCHASE THIS BOOK, unless you like to hang indefinitely waiting for the ending. Why torture yourself?
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