Another really enjoyable book from Victoria Laurie, read by Elizabeth Michaels. I'm getting used to EM's narrating, & really like her style and voice; she complements the story well. The book is another great instalment in the series about Abbey Cooper, Psychic Investigator extraordinaire. I plan to download the whole series!
I own all the books in this series, both on paper and as e-books. I obviously enjoy them a lot, and I was delighted to find them on audible. Sadly, I haven't been able to finish listening to even one of them, as the narrator irritates me so badly with her supposed British accent. This noise pains me and makes me want to throw my iPod into the sea to make it go away.
As I know there are quite a few Brits involved in the books, I know the narrator will keep on making these bizarre noises, and I'm not able to deal with it. I'm British, I live in Britain and I teach English as a Foreign Language. If any student of mine made that noise, I'd have to give them extra lessons.
Apart from the awful accent issues, the narrator is fine - please, please, only let her read books without characters from outside the US! I have a few audio books which I find could do with a narrator with a better grasp of accents/foreign languages, but I have never before given up on a good book due to this problem - so, a first for me! I hope it doesn't happen again.
Great book, but stick with reading it until a reasonable recording is made - save your money!
I would strongly urge that an unabridged recording is made available. Not only do I detest abridged books on principle (I never read books skipping pages here and there), but the story becomes very one-dimensional with so much of the story (and so many characters) removed. The real book is a great read.
Linda Howard is a wonderful author, and I will happily listen to/read any books of hers - in the unabridged version!
Nanette Savard reads the book well - I look forward to her reading the full version.
Yes, but nowhere near as good as the unabridged book. Get the book instead, and wait until somebody starts thinking clearly and commissions the unabridged version for audible!
The story is captivating, fresh, rich, surprising and very well written. For someone who loves history as well as science, it has an extra edge.
My favourite character - no, can't do it! There are many fascinating people in this story, and choosing only one would be impossible. The two main characters, Diana and Matthew, do come out as joint firsts, but they are closely followed by Diana's parents, Matthew's mother, son and best friend, as well as Sophie - you see the problem?
The reason for the characters being so captivating is how they are described and act - you understand that they are complicated and multi-faceted, but you never know enough about them to feel it's time to move on.
I haven't listened to Jennifer Ikeda reading an audio book before. She is another great discovery! Her reading is excellent. Only very rarely do I (a UK English teacher) spot any slight UK/US hiccups. One such is that nobody connected with Oxford would ever pronounce Magdalen College the way it's written - it's pronounced 'Maudlin'. This may be an annoying British habit, but it immediately tells the locals from the tourists.
I was torn between wanting to listen to the next chapter more than I wanted to eat, sleep or work and the desire not to finish the book, as I didn't want it to end.
How To Marry A Duke would have been vastly improved by having had a vaguely believable story-line and being less implausible, historically speaking.
The book should have been researched considerably better.
I would try another book read by Elizabeth Jasicki, but not one written by Vicky Dreiling, sadly. I was very disappointed with this book, to the extent that getting to the end of the story was a struggle.
The reviews convinced me to buy this book, so I feel I should add my comments for others who may avoid feeling equally disappointed. If you don't mind at all historical and other inaccuracies, you may still like it; I think that if you choose to set a book in a certain period and/or country, you should research and get it right. The alternative is to choose a setting that you are familiar with.
Kiss Me While I Sleep is a great book, and the narration by Joyce Bean and Dick Hill is fabulous. I would like them to narrate every book Linda Howard has written, and more! The book is a real page-turner, with some pleasing twists & turns, and the combination of thriller and romance works very well.
It's very important how the narration is done, and by whom, and this is the ace in the pack - the best narration I've heard!
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