There is just not one thing I could pin point about this book that made me bored with it.
Story was okay, but not very descriptive. Not really fleshing out the world the story was based in. Characters had substance, but not enough to make me want to find out what happens to them next. The detail the writer gave when explaining any type of "love scene" was vague and filled with "clouds" and "rainbows". Speaking of rainbows, a third into the book and I was getting quite annoyed about the repetitive "rainbow" sayings ("sending rainbows", "my rainbow", "his rainbow"). The Narrator did a good job with differing the voices of the different characters, but her voice was so calm and soothing through the rest of it that it started to become monotone. Because the story never seemed to have any true action or drama and the lack of emotion in the narrator's voice, the book reminded me of elevator music.
In an audiobook, the narrator is just as important as the story itself. If the narrator has some bad talking habits or just a bad sounding voice, the audiobook is hard to like. The narrator spoke well, but she unfortunately has a high pitched girly voice. Even though she did very well giving each character their own sound so it was half way easy to identify the character speaking, she gave most, if not all, a very annoying accent that started to give me a headache.
Years ago, I got the abridged version of this book (in cassettes). And it was okay, not great but halfway decent. This version on the other hand was not even halfway decent.
The narrator was okay, giving a good try at this book, but with this story I think nothing could have saved it.
The main female character was a complete wimp and sometimes seem to "tease" the main male character into almost raping her several times, and I mean "several" times. The main male character was a complete jerk, jumping to conclusions and insulting the main female character through most of the book, and still rapes her on their wedding night.
If I'm going to read a book about abuse, I would like to see some redeeming qualities, like the characters standing up for themselves or getting away from bad relationships, not "a tiger I can tame" (she thought this earlier in the book). Even the end was very cheesy and didn't really save the book from being bad.
The story was well written and it did not confuse me, but I couldn't agree with the logic. It seemed like the main female character was creating most of the trouble and yet she "didn't want trouble". If the main female character wanted the main male character to stay and govern and help her people, why did she allow him to be poisoned by arsenic through over 3/4ths of the book and then she gets upset when he thinks she was the one who did it. She didn't want to marry him so she hid herself with the servants, but she kept doing things to come to his attention. That's the problem with a lot of historical romances. If they are not written with some style and care, they tend to portray the female character as a dramatic ditz with very poor common sense and become bland, overdone, or just annoying.
Yes, this plot was the same as the first book, but it's still a pleasant read. No "damsel is distress" or idiotic logic that a lot of regency romances portray the main female character as. And this narrator, in my opinion, is one of the best.
Have you ever seen a movie, a play, or a concert where the performer does something, wears something, has something or just "something" that so distracts you that you can not even remember what you were watching? This narrator did it to me. She has a nice reading voice, well modulated. Not monotone or overly dramatic. She even did a very good job of differing her voice enough for each character to make it so easy to identify which character was talking, which is not easy. But her problem is she has very poor breath control. Almost every time a sentence ends or after several words, she make this really loud indrawn gasp like she is out of breath. It became so distracting that I had to rewind this audiobook several times to try to pick up the thread of the story. Eventually, I just gave up because all I could remember was....Gasp.
This time, I couldn't last more than 2 hours before giving up.
The narrator is still not changing her voice for the characters, so you don't know when she stops telling the story and starts speaking for both the male and female characters.
The story is still falling flat. The main female character cannot seem to stand up for herself and basically does what the main male character wants her to, but she protests and then falls into bed (Great protesting). Not really too much character development or growth. It's the same story in a different location.
The narrator had a pleasant voice, not fast or flat. But most times I couldn't tell if she was speaking for the characters or just telling the story.
On the other hand, the story had potential but did not live up to it. If the reader/listener is okay with stories where the main female character is weak and pretty much agrees with everyone and follows their advice and orders without really thinking for herself and the male character has all the power and tells the main female character what to do and she does with what only can be called "token" protestation (and yes, I know this is a run on sentence. I am making a point.), this might be a book they want to listen to. For me,...no.
This is the only narrator so far that makes me want to scrub my ears out with a steel wool brush. Because of her bad habit of talking with a "wet mouth", I cannot pay attention to the story. In the past I was in a tractor truck that did not have very good noise insulation so I did not mind too much. But now since I have been placed into this more expensive truck, I can hear every slurp, slosh, and sip. Now, if I every find this narrator reading a book I want, I'll buy the paperback and save myself the trauma of listening to her.
This was a very long...long book. I'm exhausted after listening to it.
The concept was good, but the author put too much into the story. Every time I turned around the author was adding another male character who was "fascinated" by the main female character. And the main female character was way too flighty and meladramatic, and seemed to want all the attention she was "embarrassed" about.
Narrator was good. She was probably the only thing I can say was good about this book.
She was able to differ the voices for each character so it was not hard to identify them and even had enough emotion when needed to not sound monotone and boring. But unfortunately the story was way too busy for me to be interested in hearing what happens next.
Typically, I will give a book five to seven chapters or an audiobook an hour to snare my interest. This one kept putting me to sleep around forty minutes ( yes, I tried three times to listen to it). Some might say "it's a good book but it starts slow." To me, that is just a sign of a bad book and a waste of time.
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