Which adults who aren't religious nuts date for weeks without having sex? What kind of woman in her right mind (spoiler alert) leaves her 'true love' because she thinks she might be getting in the way of his job? I was patient through the first two books, but seriously, no sex? Not at all believable.
The boyfriend, Palmer. His voice conveys the various sides of his character.
The protagonist. What an idiot.
This book is one I return to, again and again. It fills me up. This is the most spiritual and sophisticated of Bujold's work. The narration is excellent as well.
I like the actual content of this book and found it useful, but as a non-Christian and a devout member of another religion, would definitely have wanted to be warned that it assumes a Christian audience, quotes the bible, and gives advice from a Christian perspective.
I would have had a secular version in addition to a Christian version, or at least labelled this as a Christian book. The book could have stood on it's own without all the Christian talk. When I started hearing all the Christian stuff, I went back to look at whether that had been noted in the description or subtitle. I do not like being preached to without my consent. I would have given the book a 5 without this content, or if even if I had been warned and could consent to wading through the theological information to get to the useful bits.
Please take care to label religious books correctly in future. We are not all Christians.
Green Rubin did her own narration for the first book, and I found it much more engaging. I find myself dozing off with this narrator, and not following what she's saying.
Maybe, once I forget the plot line. The narration was so awful, it's distracting from the story. She doesn't sound like the character speaking, just someone reading the story, and not well at that.
The narrator could have actually embodied and enlivened the less character.
The author makes the characters quite introspective, and explains too much using self talk of Anna's character rather than showing with her actions and dialogue. Please, please, replace the narrator so the remaining books aren't ruined for me.
Several of the stories were extremely introspective and sad, not the urban adventure stories I was expected given the other work by the featured authors. I couldn't even finish it. Terrible. Particularly true of the small name authors. One or two stories stood out, but really the overall impression was no fun.
Better editing, more focus, getting to the point a lot faster. Less rambling, an outline so I knew what points would be made.
I couldn't listen to this audio recording, I found it triggering.The woman's voice had an edge and commanding feel to it in sections that made me really uncomfortable. I think this sort of thing should go over the top to be soothing and safe, and this recording didn't make it. Sorry, I wanted to like it, but I didn't.
I already liked Patricia Briggs, and now I have some other authors to check out. I wasn't disappointed in any of the stories, which is great for an anthology. The stories and charaterization were engaging and intelligent, well delivered and not unnecessarily pessimistic or arty (in the depressing pointless fiction sense). Well done.
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