Absolutely! This was my very first SEP listen, and boy, did it hook me. I wish that I had listened to the Heaven Texas series in order, but it's not the end of the world, if you don't. Each book stands alone. Since listening to this book, I have listened to almost all of SEP's other titles. This one stands out as one of my favs. If you've never read SEP, I'd say her biggest strength is that she doesn't churn out your standard love stories. There are always surprises and bumps, as well as great side plots, along the way.
Anna fields is AMAZING! I found myself in tears when I learned of her passing. She was a superb voice actor and I find myself purchasing stories just because she is the narrator.
No, not at all. The storyline and plot were wonderful. There were unexpected twists and turns and this definitely wasn't your cookie-cutter romanance, HOWEVER, I know third graders who could write better than this lady. The dialogue is forced and robotic. There is too much telling and not enough showing. She weaves a story then doesn't trust the reader to make the connections she has provided, and ruins it all by spelling every little thing out. I don't understand...she's got the hard part down pat. The storyline, the characters...they're all interesting and she makes me WANT to listen to the next in the series, but I just don't know if I can stomach any more of the "and then this happened" style that she is so fond of. I hope she takes some workshops and improves upon this bc she has the potential to be great.
Laurent, even though some of the french he spoke was incorrect. :) I just liked his personality, simple enough.
When the surprise visitor (no spoilers) shows up on the mountain bc I wasn't expecting it and the author impressed me.
I never gave it my full attention due to the previously stated reasons, so yes. I was still able to get the gist (the good part) of the story while only half paying attention to the awful sentence structure and forced storytelling. I listened while baking and doung laundry.
Narrator was great. He made the best of junky material. Would absolutely listen to him again. He was able to do accents (not perfect, but really good) and different voices, including female voices. Also, his normal speaking voice is enjoyable to listen to.
No, in fact I found myself doing other things while listening. I had to often rewind bc my brain traveled off.
Hands down, the character development. Matt's character especially was all over the board. He wanted just sex, no emotions, yet he was upset that sex was so emotionless for Amy. He didn't want a relationship, he did, he didn't. I understand making characters well rounded and flawed, but these two were so flip floppy that it was hard to get a sense of who they truely were. Storyline was pretty boring too and scenes seemed to unroll in a forced or unreal mannor. I've liked Shalvis's other books much better. This one felt like it was written on a deadline.
I need more than three words here. Many reviewers are upset with EB's reading. She isn't horrible, but the previous narrator was AWESOM, so by comparison, EB was really hard to listen to. My biggest complaint is...the odd pauses...you think....she has come to the end.....of a senentence, but then....there is more left to say. It was annoying. I will agree with others who have said that she completely ruined the old raspy lady whos name I cant think of...Louise?
If this were a movie it would be a made for tv special. It's not interesting enough for film.
I am reeeeally sick of reading about fb. Is she getting a kickback or something?? Enough already!
I had a love/hate realationship with this book and I'm not sure why. Overall I liked it a lot, but there were often times when I felt like the characters were being unrealistic or acting odd.
This book had a lot of forced "coincidences" or perfect set-ups that I found disappointing. One thing I like a lot was the fact that the two main characters got together pretty immediately. Some books drag it out so long it becomes unrealistic.
Yes, I like her voice a lot a she does decent male voices. The only thing that drove me a little nuts was the very audible "g" she put on allll of her words. e.g.: "lookhinG" "walkhinG"... Very odd. There were a lot of very common words that she had a weird way of prounoucing. I am guessing that English is maybe a second language for her. That being said, it wasn't enough to take away from the story, and I would listen to her again, for sure.
No, it had boring parts and fast parts. Something I could set down, but also something that I wanted to pick back up.
This is my 4th book by this author...all have been humerous, but I very often found myself giggling or gasping aloud!
I really liked the style of the author. I decided shortly into this book that I would continue on with the series. Easy dialog and I frequently found myself giggling aloud.
I just finished it and I really can't pick out anything I would call memorable. This wasn't an earth- shattering listen. It is more of a nice easy listen, requiring little thought. Nothing wrong with that.
I am, bc I am buying the next in the series, but she is not my favorite. Her normal speaking voice is actually quite lovely. She uses good inflection, pauses, and emotion in her voice. The part I found irriatating was the inconsistency of the characters. I couldn't decided if Jax sounded more like a douchy prep or a raspy sea captain. If Ciulla could nail down more solid voices, I think it would only improve the story. She wasn't horrible though. Certainly not bad enough to prevent listening.
It was pretty funny.
I found some passages a little trite, but afterall it's the genre. Worth a credit.
No. I don't care at all about the characters. There is no storyline development. It feels as though the characters are just chess pieces being moved about. I stopped listening with 2 hours left and just can't bring myself to get back to it.
Everything just seems so forced. It needs to flow better.
Its been a while since I've listened but I dont recall the narrator being bad or annoying. A bad one will kill the story, but the story died on it's own here.
Not for me. I hope others have better luck.
Probably not...maybe it written form. I think the book is better written than it appears. There are a lot of funny lines, but they are delivered in such a way that they are ruined. If Robyn Carr ever reads this....Please stop using the term "deep kisses"!! It's corny enough by itself, but when read by 'Glenda the Good Witch', it's just too much!! LOL!
Let me begin by saying the narrator has a GREAT voice and I would love to listen to her read if she could only figure out the appropriate inflection to use. Her delivery made funny lines in the book fall flat and also gave the book a boring, dragging feel. She read things so slowly and with such a Fairy Godmother tone to her voice, I was honestly waiting to hear her say, 'At the sound of the chime, turn the page,'. I felt like the author intended for the main character to be stronger than the somewhat whiny-yet-calm tone she was given. The love scenes were awkward and embarrarassing to listen to, as if read by a Kindergarten teacher, haha. The thing is, the narrartor has a great voice and is pretty talented. She wasn't bad, I just found that her style was off for this particular reading. Almost like she had a voice in her head and tried to get the character to fit it, instead of the other way around.
I love how interwoven all the characters are. They feel really real.
Been a while, so I don't remember her name, but the gal that owns the pizza shop...because she is casual, and quirky, and strong.
The narrators voice is extremely sexy. Does men and women with no trouble. Will be looking for more work by him. Wish he did more Nora Roberts.
I've never read the print version, but as my problem is the narration, and not the story, I'd say, heck no!
The main character, Alexis, is more fleshed out than the others, so I guess her.
Anyone who is able to read and carry inflection like a normal person and not some breathy, gauzy, over-actress. She makes a good story with pretty solid dialogue and writing into a dramatic, corny, over-the-top foo-foo piece. I'm not even done with the book yet, but instead of concentrating on the story, I find my mind wandering to the review I'm going to write about the God-awful narration. Hopefully warning others will allow me to regain my focus, as the story inself has merit. I am excited that the series is completed by a different, hopefully better, narrator.
No, but the longer you listen the easier it is to ignore the horrible narrartion, so I would recommend listening in long chunks. Every time I come back to lsten after a few days, I'm always like, 'oh yeah, this crap again'. Seriously, she sounds like a 13 year old using her "adult sexy voice".
Maybe in print, not on audible...credits are too precious
I have only listened to the first few chapters, so maybe I am not giving it a proper chance. I just can't bring myself to continue listening. It's dull and just not what I expected.
I found the story to be really confusing in the beginning and I even started over a few times. I kept mixingup the characters. Once I figured things out though, the story and narration were great. The story was moving to the point of tears and downright painful to listen to at times, but I'm glad I did. I listened to this title over a year ago and still find myself thinking about it from time to time. Very thought-provoking. Also the narrator does a great job, especially with the female voices, which I didn't expect.
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