This is a book I have read on my Kindle a year or so ago; it's not the best book I've ever read but it's a pretty strong story with a female lead (Candace) who, for pretty good reasons, cries and sobs most of the book. I got tired of that. However, Piper Goodeve so brought her to life for me that the audio version was a standout. Candace, the victim of a horrific incident, is plagued with self-doubt and insecurity. Enter Ryan who slowly wins her trust and eventually, her love UNTIL she discovers information that he has withheld from her. The book is primarily Candace's struggle to work through, process, deny, hide from and otherwise NOT deal with what happened to her and Ryan's efforts to bring her to life. I was so impressed by Ms Goodeve's interpretation of all the characters, her nuanced reading of the dialogue and her emotional connection with both Candace and Ryan that really made this listen a worthy one. No amount of great narration could help with a rather rushed ending but I can live with it. Now on the the second book in the series...I sure hope it's as well done as Fading and I have NOT read this one (Falling).
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.
I am an unabashed Amy Harmon fan. I read this book when it first came out on Kindle and loved it. As with most books I really really like, the audio book is a means to hear it (of course) which allows a difference resonance and depth than written. Ms Harmon has such a great writer's voice that captures in great depth and power the intensity, struggle and consequences of actions taken or actions not taken. Blue Echohawk is a study in contradictions--belonging yet not belonging; young yet old; needy yet fiercely independent; private yet attention-seeking. And, she is immensely talented and strong. This is her coming of age book which details with all the vivid shades that Blue is how she fills a destiny and falls in mature and deep love. My advice is to read this book if that's available to you and THEN listen to it. You won't be sorry AT ALL as it is such a sweet story of a culture forgotten and a magical girl who brings it back to life.
This is one of my favorite of the Colorado Mountain series and I can't really explain why. The narration is very good (not great but credible), the story follows KA stories to a T, there is a bit too much extraneous material (which is also her penchant) and I was not THAT fond of Lexie but didn't hate her either. I guess the draw is Ty, his struggles and his determination to be true to himself. I have to REALLY like a book that goes this long in order to finish it MUCH LESS listen to it twice. And I've listened to this book at least twice and will again. Even knowing all the story, it's still a lovely and strong book.
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