I listened to this book, so will have a review up on Audible.com. I LOVED this book in spite of the fact that it dealt with a love triangle...something I am usually VERY turned off by (e.g., The EVER series in which a married man cheats on his comatose wife with HER sister!! I thought I'd puke). The situation here with Ridge, Maggie and Sydney was entirely different, believable and had such a resolution that, while parties were hurt initially, the ultimate outcome was positive for all concerned. I had to stop listening a number of times just out of passion, grief, anticipation at HOW on EARTH this was going to come to a healthy conclusion. The best review I've read for this wonderful book is Aestas' review a while back.
As you all know, I read viscerally and I can say with all sincerity that my heart was all over the map on this one. I never had the total disgust and anger I did with the previously mentioned cheater series but was rooting for all three major characters. And these characters were beautifully developed, especially Ridge. What a terrific storyline he had and what a courageous idea Ms Hoover had to make him, well, him. The ancillary character of Warren had me laughing out loud with his antics and ultimately giving him a virtual hug for his compassion and strength.
This is a lovely book that will rend your soul, make your heart beat fast and strong, bring tears to your eyes and a song to your lips--quite literally.
The performances by Zachary Webber and Angela Goethals were SPOT ON!! Emotional without being over the top, these two certainly captured the essence of the characters AND the story. Excellence in narration for these two folks. As you know, the narrators/performers can make or break a book; these two took a terrific book and made it better.
Don't miss this one.
I love this series...it's well written, smart, intelligent and well crafted. You would think after this many books, the stories would begin to get stale or stilted...well, wrong. Ms Neill continues to develop Merit and Ethan as a power couple, to challenge their commitment and love and obviously prepare them for their future together. Don't miss it. Sophie Eastlake is a genius when it comes to narrating all of the wonderfully developed characters. It's a fun and very strong book.
I liked this audio book but I did not love it. The story is a good one and the narration (especially Andi Arndt) is well done. I just got weary of the same emotion being stated over and over and over and over..."he will wreck me", "I'm no good for you". I finally wanted to scream ENOUGH ALREADY...get to the point! I was also not aware this has a cliffhanger ending and have no clue when the next book is out. I usually like Sebastian York, but this book must have challenged even his ability to evoke emotion after a while.
Whew! Man what a ride this was. I am not going to review it other than to give it a well deserved FIVE STARS! The Shadows, for me, is her best book (and man does it work you out emotionally) since John Matthew and Xhex (Lover Mine). I listened to it and Jim Frangione once again nails the narration with some equivocation on my part with his ability to do female characters and WHY he wants to add the Bostonian (southie) accent to Butch is beyond me. It just doesn't ring true because he has not been consistent with it. Otherwise, he's been The Voice of The BDB since the get-go, so he's family.
In any event, it's a fabulous book and I'm so glad I moved past The King.
I have enjoyed this series immensely and am very hopeful that this is not the end of it. The story of Roxy and Reese is quite lovely, sensual and exciting. The writing is superb...weaving together intrigue, suspense, romance and humor with exquisite sensitivity. The story is well developed, the characters are ones we've met before...so it's like meeting old friends. Some of the characters most definitely stay with you and become hopeful focus of future novels--although, I'm not sure Katy deserves a whole book because she is just such a hilarious character. On the other hand, it might be nice to see her with her depth explored. Nevertheless, this book is about two scarred (and scared) people who fight their way to and from each other until they finally connect. Once connected, there is no separation. Listen to it and enjoy Sophie Eastlake's superb narration...as always, she nails every character and situation.
I am a unabashed fan of Amy Harmon. She is smart, she writes beautiful stories, she is clever, she is creative, she writes so her readers learn stuff and she is an honorable writer. Running Barefoot is an early work of hers and I had read it a while ago. Listening to a good book adds a layer of depth and detail that one often misses when reading...this book is no exception. It's the lovely and powerful story of a young half-Navajo boy (who sure does grow up nicely) and his school bus seatmate, a 13 year old (going on 21) girl child who becomes his mentor between his Native American world and her Utah world. Their story evolves over several years as they both become the world to each other, then grow apart, experience tragedies and triumphs and find a place for themselves. Interwoven throughout this book is music and the impact classical music has on them as friends, individuals and musicians. I loved this book and will listen to it more than once. Tavia Gilbert does such a nice job with all the characters but is most impressive in her pronunciation of Navajo phrases. And that's where we learn...how powerfully moving the story of the Navajo nation is as well as the spirituality of the Native American.
This type of book is not my usual read but this (and the sequel) were both beautifully written and narrated. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Louise and now of Jason Carpenter. They did a great job of portraying the intricacies of two very wounded and lost souls as they were drawn to each other, while scared to death of the connection. The story line is not terribly original but the depth of the character development and the emotional wrecks they both were had me riveted.Strong story, strong writing and strong performances.
I run hot and cold with CoHo--sometimes I love what she does and other times, not. But, she has had a couple of really terrific books of late...starting with one of my all time fave audios, Maybe Someday. This book was a delicious combination of an exceptionally clever story line, beautifully developed emotional situations, strong male/female characters, excellent narrative interpretation and enough twists and surprises to keep you smiling and touched. Elizabeth Louise is wonderful as Auburn; girl interrupted and Sebastian York is equally as strong at Owen. The prologue sets the tone for this book in that all of the confessions heard are actual confessions that Ms Hoover has gotten from readers. Of course, all are confidential. The story of how these confessions (and the dance toward Auburn's and Owen's confessions) is beautifully done. The bookend prologue and epilogue tie this lovely book up neatly, poignantly and with grace. Don't miss this one.
Archer's Voice is one of those books I've both read and listened to...something I do frequently when a print book is THAT good. Audio just adds depth...and this is no exception. Ms. Sheridan has put together a story that is a strong and powerful tale of misconception, friendship. revelation, love and redemption. I also left a review of the Kindle version on Amazon, so you can try that one as well. It's a terrific story.
I wish we could give half stars because this rates at least a 4.5. It's the first of the Contours of the Heart books and this one is Jacquelyn's book. I should have listened to it first but I am such a Zachary Webber fan I listened to Breakable first. Didn't make a HUGE difference but enough. Breakable is not a sequel but a parallel story from Lucas/Landon's POV (see my review of it...I thought it stunning). This is a lovely coming of age story of a couple of college aged kids who are drawn to each other...one experiencing a rebound from being dumped by her boyfriend of 3 years (that would be Jacquelyn) and the other a badly damaged student who finds himself drawn to her. Through a series of events, they become friends albeit under false pretenses. It's the story of how they gradually connected and the circumstance that almost split them apart. It's quite a beautifully written book that I wish had been narrated by someone who sounded a bit younger and more feminine (except for when vocalizing the 'boy' parts). It's easy on the ears and will certainly pull at your heart.
This series has been a struggle for me...the idea/concept is a wicked and interesting study of damaged people and the cruelties they can effect on others. The story of Hardin and Tessa is FINALLY over with this book and I am so relieved. Actually, this and the first book were pretty decent...the second and third were mostly an exercise in frustration at just how much this story could be drug out with the characters repeated the same mistakes and discussions ad nauseum. I got so frustrated with the characters ALMOST getting a grip on themselves only to make really stupid decisions over and over and over. There is merit in some of Ms Todd's writing and it appears that she has grown some in this last book. Some of her phrasing and situations were genuinely funny and her attention to the struggles of addiction and recovery is admirable. The narrators took some getting used to but things did improve with the addition of Shane East. The only issue is that his Tessa was not nearly as good as Elizabeth Louise's Hardin. I am now happily over After.
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