Better charachters, more suspense, more interesting protaganist. Less predictable.
Something from the bestseller list that's professionally done.
Quite simply, it was the worst author-read story I've ever heard, and that's saying something. Mr. Block sounds like he read into a tape recoder in his basement.
Anger, at a waste of money and time and disappointment that a potentially interesting topic was so badly mishandled. Kept hoping it would get better. It never did.
Note to authors......present an future......If you'e going to put yor heart and soul into a book, don't record it yourself, unless you are a highly trained actor or broadcaster or a voice that is instantly recognizable.
This author, regrettably, ruined a somwhat interesting premise with an awful narration, bland charachters and a lousy ending.
Jennifer Mack carries increasingly weak stories and makes them more interesting. Proby's female characters are cool, but the men are childish, overly possessive and juvenile, no matter what their occupation. The male narrator doesn't help. MEN JUST DON'T THINK OR TALK THAT WAY. Ok, so the guy's into kink....why ? We never find out. In 50 SHADES there was a Mrs. Robinson-type, who got the main character into that kind of lifestyle. In this book the main character's a cop but hardly anything about that is in the story. For gosh sakes, you can't get some tension with a detective as the main male character ? There's hardly any tension and you can see the end coming a mile away.
Make the male characters more mature. On one page they hardly know the woman, on the next, they're mating like bunnies and are ready to kill anyone who even looks at their new girlfriend. There's little or no tension, as there was in the first two. The men are increasingly unlikable.
She's a great narrator. She can handle the sexy parts, as well as the normal narration and make you interested. She's one of the best I've ever heard.The male narrator is a huge distraction.
Real disappointment. I'm a guy, so that may influence things. Proby's a good storyteller and the idea of following the romances of one family is clever. The problem is increasingly clear that the guys are over-possessive dolts and the women are either to dumb or too scared to ever tell them to drop dead.
The series is running out of gas. First couple books were great, but it's been all downhill after the first two.
No question the author knows how to write a good love story, but the behavior of the male rock star, who's the main character in the story, is totally unbelievable. The author is starting to give all the male leads a childish, immature possessiveness of the women in the stories. It's not the way a rock star behaves. For that matter, it's not the way most mature men behave.
Four stories in, her female characters are becoming far more interesting, as people, than their male counterparts. It becomes like why would this sharp, sophisticated woman go for this immature, possessive jerk ?
Beyond a doubt the best woman narrator of this kind of story. She actually can keep the boring parts more interesting. The male narrator, though, is a real mismatch with the material. He's hobbled down with increasingly unbelievable script, though.
No, it's just not that believable. Some of the other "With Me" books yes, but not this one.
Overall, the series is good, but this one has me questioning whether or not I want to hear the rest. Plus, I am SO tired of the men being the same super-wealthy, sexual supermen who go crazy if their wife/girlfriend even talks to another man. Female characters are well drawn and real, but it's becoming very repetitive with the men.
Would have like to have heard from a TWA or PanAm flight crew member. There WAS a story to tell, of a bygone era that does show airlines as more than flying cattle cars, flight attendants as always attractive, sometimes stunning, and a fair amount of crews enjoying the lifestyle of the late 60's and 70's. The author flew for a charter carrier that made its money flying soldiers to Vietnam. The TV show PanAm, did a much better job of telling that story, and it was cancelled.
Clearly, she set out to write a book about her, personal adventures that are, on the whole, not very interesting. Seems like a nice woman but too "goody two-shoes".
She's got a solid delivery, but her narration added to the feeling that this was going to be like a four hour speech at a country club, G-Rated.
There is a story.....a great story of stews and pilots, a younger generation learning about flying and how societies attitudes about women and sexuality affected flight crews, but this isn't it. I dated a stew who flew for American in the late 60's and she had more interesting stories in 10 minutes than the author had in the 2 hours I listened.
For much of the 20th century Pan Am was THE airline. It was the gold standard. How did it go from that lofty perch to just being a memory ? If a friend was interested in aviation or history, it's worth it.
Non-fiction version of numerous airline/ airplane dramas.
Yes, absolutely. Sounds like it was recorded in his basement. He clearly knows aviation, but so what. Pan Am's history is fascinating, dramatic and , at times, heart wrenching. I got none of that from this narrator.
No. There was only one Pan Am.
Good example of a fascinating story hurt by a lackluster narration.
Has a believable story without the over the top affectations of similar books. Graphic but believable intimate encounters, wrapped in the story of a likeable character.
Ending leaves you wanting for more.......which is the idea since there's a sequel.
One of the best female narrators in the business. Even carries you through the slow parts with compelling narration. Does the graphic scenes in an entertaining, not tawdry, way.
The love stories about naïve young women who are swept off their feet by lonely, handsome billionaires is growing tiresome, but this story and this narrator really put an interesting twist on it.
Even though it's all autobiographical, it is NOT self serving and, frequently, he readily accepts blame for things that were his fault, He has the overall view of movies and television that you'd expect from an 80 year old who has been in the business 60 years. His first book was no fluke, this guy can write.
Absolute candor about his life and what really goes on in Hollywood. It was very interesting without being vindictive about anything or anyone. Just the right tone.
If you never read either of his books, you'd think of him as a handsome, talented actor. Getting to know the person behind the actor is fascinating and surprising. Very gifted storyteller.
Listen to audiobooks in the car on the way to and from work, and that's fine. I would not want to hear this in one sitting.
I bought his first book on the off chance that it had some great Hollywood stories in it, but came away really impressed with his ability as a writer. This one, I wanted to buy because I liked the last one so much. This guy can really write and, as a veteran actor with a trained voice, the narration is superb. Some of his "character" voices are dead-on funny. Very hard to believe that this level of skill comes from a guy who never went to college or wrote professionally, before.
Bcause it's very funny.
The blind date with the man who would become her husband. Anyone who's been on a blind date can relate. She forgot what he looked like, after two hours of talking to him over dinner.
Getting to know her step children and her husband's ex.
When Ashton Kutcher bought Judy's dad a serious Harley, just cause Ashton's a good guy.
I'd be surprised if she doesn't become a major comedy star,after this book. She's really funny and you can't help but wish her the best.
Unlike GONE GIRL, which is one of the best I've heard in the last year, this portrait of two selfish people has no suspense, likeable charachters, zero passion and a bland ending. Psychobable about why a woman is boring......that's it. Narrators were great, but they didn't have much to work with. Overall, depressing and forgettble.
I'll do a lot more research before I get another one.
First rate voices who helped make the story more interesting than it really was.
Allison, the best friend....who just vanishes, anyway.
This is no GONE GIRL. If it was this summer's "beach read" a lot of people must have left the beach depressed. Author writes well, structurally, but doesn't have an interesting story tell.
First PRIVATE was sharp, moved at a good clip and had interesting charachters. This reads more like something the authors dashed off over a weekend to cash in on the success of the first book. Narrator was ok...little too affected for my taste, but he wasn't given a lot to work with. Great concept...a super detective agency with the best and brightest...made first book great. This failed the test on every score. Not sure I want to risk credits with any more in the series.
More interesting charachters. Women charachters, especially, were weak and predictable.
The whole sidebar about the mob.
Beware of sequels
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