A great early SEP. A large portion of the book is spent on back-story, but it pays off in the end. This time I listened to this, then Lady Emma's book, then Teddy's book -- a nice progression, and fun to re-visit familiar characters. Anna Fields does a fabulous job with narration, as always. Still missing her in new releases!
I might have enjoyed this more with a better narrator. I found the narration to be flat and poorly phrased, and the "heroine"'s voice was deeper than that of the "hero". The story itself was predictable and cliched, and the heroine not very likable. I won't read any others in this series.
I bought this knowing it was short, but wanting to hear the ending of the first book, which was basically ended with a "to be continued . . .". Don't waste your credit. The quirky "get into troubleness" of the heroine in the first book simply becomes irritating in this book, especially as there doesn't seem to be any real purpose in it, other than to drag things out. If I were Blake, I would leave Maggie in London and be done with it. There's no real chemistry between them here, unlike in the first book. Frankly, these two stories should have been one book. It almost seems as if the author just wanted to sell a second book, but it's a lukewarm effort at best. Not worth the credit, especially at only two and a half hours in length.
I enjoyed this enough to become hooked on the series. It's sort of a mix of Twilight and Harry Potter, but the narrator is the male "mortal" teenager, and his girlfriend is a Caster (think wizard). The authors do a great job of creating Ethan and Lena's world, and the ancillary characters are particularly strong. In fact, by the third book, I was more interested in their stories than in the main romance.
The narrator is particularly good. He does a great job with a variety of characters and accents. The only thing I didn't like was the "canned" background sounds during the flashback scenes. For some reason, they give me a headache. Other than that, I recommend these books for both teen and adult readers (I teach middle school, so am sort of part of both demographics).
This book was a great listen -- I actually found myself finding excuses to do chores around the house so that I could keep listening. There were a few times when I got frustrated with the heroine for making crazy choices, but they basically add to the dramatic suspense in the story.
This is an unlikely premise, to say the least, yet I totally bought into it. Both of the main characters are likable, and I found myself rooting for them. Definitely worth a point!
This was another great read from Nora Roberts. Good main characters and good narration. The beginning was a bit slow and difficult to listen to just because of the painful situation the heroine was in. Love the town and ancillary characters, as well.
I love SEP books -- there, I've admitted it! That being said, toward the end of this book, I was more interested in the ancillary characters' romance than the main one. Still an enjoyable story, and fun to hear the "other half" of Call Me Irresistible.
I'm about a third of the way through this and am not sure I'll finish it. The narration is horrible, although it's not necessarily the narrator's fault. The author uses lots of "asides" given in the characters' thoughts, and the director or producer of this book decided to use a "canned" effect to differentiate the thoughts from the general narration. These asides have a "canned" sound, and are recorded at a much lower volume than the rest of the narration. If I don't turn the volume way up (so it then blasts my eardrums when regular narration resumes), I can't hear them, so I feel as if I'm missing half of the book. This is so disruptive that I've tuned out a lot of what I've been trying to listen to. The main character has imagined conversations with her psychiatrist in addition to other asides, but I can't understand what is being said in any of these parts because of the "special" effects. Whoever controlled these effects did a real disservice to the author, the narrator, and the listener. I generally like Jennifer Crusie books, but I don't know whether I'll finish this one. Thumbs down!!
This is one of my favorite of the series -- as heartbreaking as it is at times! Ramses truly becomes the stoic hero here -- gallant to a fault. I actually listened to this years ago on tape, and have since had to go back and listen to the whole series! This book hooked me!
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