This story is a personal journey for both the main character and the dom she meets. It has great depth and a very surprising sweet ending.
Jeanne, the dom, is my favorite character. While Jeanne knows the main character, her submissive, has things to learn, she seems truly surprised that their relationship teaches her something as well.
I wasn't happy with this narrator on another book where she gave a little girl voice that totally irritated me to a soft butch lesbian. But she nails the characters in "The Collector." It's beautifully read.
The ending was surprisingly sweet.
Don't dismiss this book because it deals with BDSM. It is true there is a lot of racy sex, but there is also a lot of skillful character development and story-telling. I've had the ebook for sometime and have re-read it at least twice. Still, I bought the audible book as soon as it was available. The writing, the depth of the subject matter in "The Collector" makes Shades of Gray seem like Shades of Crap.
Disclaimer: I purchased this audio book because one of stories, "The Portrait," is mine and I wanted to hear what my words sounded like when read by someone else.
The big surprise was how the narrator made all of the stories really sing, especially the first story by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This narrator understands the art of story-telling and delivers each story with the finesse that brings it to life. I'm an audio book junkie, so I've listened to some bad, mediocre and good readers. This is one of the best, if not the best I've heard.
I also need to add that while I like Weatherspoon as a novelist, I LOVE her as a short story writer. Her stories have a deep rich texture that make you want to listen again. The first story in this collection, one of two that are hers, is alone worth the price of this audio book.
The only reason I didn't give the rest of the content five stars is that one or two of the stories seemed more fitting for an erotica collection, than romance.
This paranormal series is full of romance, intrigue and a tightly woven plot that just keeps going with the constant introduction of new characters. I can't say enough about the narrator. She's one of the best, and I listen to a lot of audio books. She's got the vampires down perfectly...I love her Francesca and her Michele voices.
Great narrator, great story, really great writer. This one is the most erotic I've read from this author and it translates well into an audio book.
I'd read or listen to any book by Radclyffe.
Don't know if I've listened to this narrator before, because their names don't usually stick with me. This one will, though, because she's great. A bad narrator can ruin a great book. Betsy Zajko is the best I've heard. The sound editor, however, could have done a better job in a place or two where it was easy to hear the splice in the edit. Or, maybe it was just obvious because the narrator was nearly flawless.
This is a "must listen" that should be on everybody's list who likes lesbian fiction.
I would put this in the top 10 of audio books, and I've listened to a lot of them. I like the book when I read it, but it really comes to life as an audio book. The narrator is spot on. Beautifully read.
It's hard to pick between the three main characters -- Morgan the detective or the two elderly couple, Sophie and Lois. Morgan's dealing with her mother's Alzheimer's disease is heart-breaking. Sophie and Lois as contract killers sounds outrageous, but their matter-of-fact approach to it makes it seem perfectly sensible ... like opening a vegetable stand to make extra money.
The most moving moment was when Morgan's new partner - the one she thought was going to be a sexist jerk - stood guard so she could come to terms with her mother's death in private.
This is a book that is meant to be read aloud, and this narrator does an excellent job at it.
Despite the short-comings of the narrator, this is one of Radclyffe's best medical romances. I've read it more than once and listened to it more than once.
The entire story is really great.
The narrator, unfortunately, completely missed the personality of one main character and on occasion ignored written direction, such as a whisper or a tone of voice. Unfortunate for such a great story.
Absolute only thing wrong with this audio book is the fault of the narrator. Even though the author describes one of the surgeons as having a husky voice, the narrator gives her a wimpy little girl voice that never should be used for a grown woman, much less an aggressive lesbian surgeon.
This book, and the incredible delivery, is so full of insights. I've never been so profoundly affected by a book before.
No, I wanted to drag it out and savor it. I only listen to audio books when I'm in the car or on the exercise bike.
This book felt so incredibly personal, read and sang by the author. Being a song writer, I think, gives here an innate sense of timing. She's an excellent writer and reader. I loved it when she said she suddenly realized that "words have color and words have feeling." Her words do.
Since I read lesbian fiction extensively and I'd never heard of this author, I was skeptical and wonderfully surprised to find a really good story here. The narrator was flat in places, but not really enough to detract from the story. I would definitely recommend this audiobook.
I had already read the book, but listening to it gave me a new appreciation for the writing and flow of this book. I absolutely loved it.
This writer had a mature, elegant vocabulary and the reader nailed it.
Perfect. Love her voice.
I highly recommend this book.
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