The first 75 percent of this story reads like a teenage girl's diary of her struggles and disappointments and is suitable for a middle school audience. The next 20 percent is the same thing, but during her twenties. The last five percent deals with her love life and plays more like a soap opera. I wouldn't label this a romance but more of a human interest story focusing heavily on one young character. Narrator did have a little-girl's voice but it fit the adolescent theme. Glad when it was over.
Usually I find Clive Cussler's books a strong 3-star listen, a combination of adventure and legend, but all this one amounted to was a very drawn-out history lesson. It didn't help that all the characters were terribly flat and that way too much time was spent on detailing automobiles and trains (obviously a passion of the authors.) The narrator, Scott Brick, didn't have much to work with here. He usually adds to the audio experience but came off just as dull as the book in this one.
This way-too-long story was so uninteresting that the only character's name I could recall by the end was the dead guy. The female lead was extremely pathetic, her friends sadly neurotic, and the male lead was totally lifeless. It was more of a how-to guide if you wanted to rip off your retail employer or sneak in to a fund raiser and reap all the benefits without donating to the cause--which frankly would make a person as extremely pathetic as the heroine. Narrator was a little bland.
I'm glad I was alone when I listened to this book because it was soooo drawn out and soooo jumbled that I involuntarily screamed out loud in frustration. Geez! This author can talk a scene to death. Narrator (who is usually okay) didn't help with his monotonous delivery.
This book kept jumping around in time and came off as jumbled and choppy. It would take me a while to even realize the timetable had changed and I often forgot who characters were. The narrator's voices were very similar and didn't help the situation.
The first part of the plot was a little interesting, but the second part brought what little spark there was down and the ending was just lame. The heroine spent far too much time emoting and the hero was quite unremarkable.
Started out entertaining enough but quickly lost its charm when the author put in way too much description of mundane everyday details. Also, the heroine's painful past was explained too late in the story, and since the whole book (and the heroine's odd behavior) centered on this painful past, I spent a lot of time being annoyed by her instead of sympathizing with her. The hero was a bit too tied to his parent's apron strings, actually the whole cast of characters (including the narrator) acted as if the hero/heroine were around fifteen or sixteen. Just not to my liking.
The narrator's regional accents (Louisiana Bayou/Boston) are really, really bad and take away from a fun story full of quirky characters. The heroine whines a little too much because she's relationship-insecure, but I reread this story at least once a year and since I possibly like one book out of every hundred, I'd call it a keeper.
I should have listened to the previous reviewer about the heroine being so terribly childish (Amazon.com). I not only found her unlikable, but the whole book as well. The hero wasn't impressive and the story drug on and on stating the same things over and over until I wanted to scream in frustration. In fact, I think I did. I also didn't care for the narrator. She had this monotonous and nasally-thing going for both males and females.
There was not one character I found likable--she was too spineless, he was too nice, and all their family members were horrid.
There was not one part of the story I found likable--They fell in love immediately, I got tired of hearing about his disability, I got tired of her putting off telling him who she was (though it would have been obvious to even a blind man,) I got tired of all their repetitious internal dialog, and I got tired of looking for even a hint of humor and finding none.
Narrator was unbelievably dull.
This was more of a drawn out tale about single parents raising teenage children. There were brief mentions of a comic-book style villain and the "showdown" ending was unfortunately very, very lame.
Ninety-five percent of this book consisted of the characters talking or thinking...repetitive words and/or thoughts. Only five percent was anyone actually DOING anything. The sad part was that the five percent was quite enjoyable--however, it was just too little to carry the story. Narrator was good though and helped me make it to the end.
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