But Fate has other plans, and it's not long before Min and Cal are dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kremes, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a mutant cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of, including the biggest gamble of all: real love.
©2004 Jennifer Crusie; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Hurst's voice contains an energy and exuberance that leaves little doubt that she's the perfect narrator for Crusie's heartfelt comedy of errors....[A] zesty, vibrantly told tale." (Publishers Weekly)
I love this and all of J. Crusie's books - ALL of them. This is definitely a favorite. The really steamy stuff is saved for the end, but there are moments when the iPod will fog up a little throughout. The story is fun, relate-able and very well told. My only complaint is that no one in my life is as witty as ANY of her characters, so real life seems a little duller when I finish off one of her books. That PhD was worth every minute she worked to get it - her books all capture an amazing part of being a "modern" woman. This is a great addition to the J. Crusie collection.
I enjoyed the story very much. It's my favorite Jennifer Crusie - it's funny, and sexy and the growing relationship between the characters is enjoyable. I genuinely liked the main characters in this story - they were nice people - I wanted them to be happy. And I loved that Min was a normal sized woman and Cal appreciated that. Some of the minor characters were a bit over the top, but it's a romance - you expect that and it makes it fun to read.
I didn't think the voices were terribly distinct, but it didn't matter- the reader has a lively voice, she does female characters well, and unlike many readers who over do the male characters - she doesn't try to make us believe she's a guy. Also, Crusie has so many tags (he said, she said), that it honestly doesn't matter.
On the night that Min's boyfriend, David, dumps her (in a bar!), he also bets handsome and successful businessman, Cal Morrisey, that he can't get her to sleep with him in a month. Cal is loath to make the bet, and decides to counter David's bet with a less offensive one...that he could get her to have dinner with him that night. Unfortunately Min, who was about to approach him at the behest of her friends, overhears (and misunderstands) part of the conversation. As Min & Cal get to know each other, often trying to avoid their mounting attraction and feelings toward each other, that first night's events continue to haunt them. All of this is compounded by and ex-boyfriend an ex-girlfriend who can't seem to let go, and continually interfere in hopes of getting their exes back.
Jennifer Cruise has included a wonderful cast of characters whose witty conversations are matched by their deep friendship. There are also multiple sub-plots in the book which helps keep every minute fun & exciting. What's really interesting is that Cruise has managed to depict a great attraction between Cal & Min with almost no sex scenes. Deanna Hurst does a good job as narrator. I thought her child's voice was especially adorable.
I'm totally addicted to audio books! I listen when my eyes get too tired to read and when I am driving or just don't want to sit and read!
I really tried to listen to this 4 or 5 times but I kept falling asleep. Just could not get into the story at all. I had a hard time keeping track of who was trying to hook up with who and who was fooling who?
Yes, I love many of her books! This just wasn't one of them. The characters were just not interesting and had little personality.
Did not distinguish between characters well at all...I think that was part of not being able to get into the story.
Wish I hadn't wasted a credit...
The story is fantastic, I was caught up in the story despite the terrible narration. I mean the narrator didnt even try to perform. Cal and Min sound exactly the same. The story is great 5* but the narration is really a disappointment.
This is my all time favorite romantic comedy. Partly because there aren't a ton of embarrassing sex scenes. This story is a comedy on how men and women see relationships differently, the hilarious love advice they give each other, and how two people who are exact opposites can actually be perfect for each other. I loved all the laugh out loud situations Jennifer Crusie put her characters in. And I've never read or listened to a story where all the characters seemed to mesh so well with each other. You actually feel like one of the gang when you listen to each person's story and cheer them on. You even find yourself enjoying the scenes where the 'bad guys' are plotting against the 'good guys'. I have listened to this book at least 4 times and I never get tired of it. A very light-hearted, funny look at the he says/she says of romance.
I enjoyed this audiobook, however the writing is definitely nothing compared to Nora Roberts or Susan Elizabeth Philips novels. When those novels are read aloud, the words seem to take on a life of their own. While the characters were great and storyline upbeat and fun, the writing (as it is read by the narrator) is distracting. The author uses the word "said" waaaaaaay too much to describe conversations between characters. It's used so much that at one point, that's all I really heard when the narrator was reading a conversation between characters. I like the storyline, characters and overall mission of the book...but it just isn't as fun to listen to. If you want a great romance author that is upbeat and fun and will get your heart racing and feeling giddy, then I suggest reading/listening to Susan Elizabeth Philips novels.
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
This was a very nice story, it didn't have a lot of action, and not much heat, but the characters were funny and there wasn't a lot of contrived drama.
Calvin Morrisey has a history of loving them and leaving them. He's 35, he never plans on marrying and kids are NOT his thing, but he is a MAN!
Minerva (Min) Dobbs is a 33 year old actuary, she runs statistics and can tell you that 20 billion hot dogs are consumed by American's every year...but she can't tell you why no man has ever really "done it" for her.
Meeting at a bar one night started a chain of events that neither Calvin or Min could escape...have you ever tried NOT to run into another person but the universe conspired against you and all you kept doing was running into that ONE person?
Comedy ensued, listening to them try to stay apart was actually hysterical, and overall it was just a really nice book. I could have done with less harping about carbs and butter from Min's mother, but it was part of who she was....personally I wouldn't speak to my mother anymore if that's all I heard...but it is what it is.
If you are looking for a steamy romance with graphic nudity then this isn't the book for you, but if you are looking for an adult book, not even close to YA fiction, with REAL adults not twenty somethings pretending to be adults...then I highly recommend this book. It was fun and easy and kept you guessing...and there was even a nice re-cap on the end on how everyone's happily ever after really went.
Narrator was decent on male and female voices.
Bet Me is a standalone novel from author Jennifer Crusie and I loved it! I read this book years ago and I had forgotten how cute it was. Audible had it in one of the buy one/get one sales, so I got it. I liked it so much better in the audio version. Ms. Hurst did a wonderful job narrating. I loved all the characters especially Min, she was a funny, mouthy woman who had some serious self esteem issues until Cal finally convinced her she was beautiful. The banter that goes on between them is so witty and endearing! I actually laughed out loud a few times. If you are in the mood for a light, funny and entertaining listen, I recommend Bet Me.
Listening to books is the best. I love almost all genres, but romance is my favorite, and rom-com is my preference there.
Setting is Ohio, time frame is contemporary ( I do wish that kind of information was included in all book reviews. I think I'll go back to my other reviews and make it so.)
Let's start with the overall production of the work, shall we? I don't usually bother to mention it unless it's terrible enough to spoil the experience. In this book, the production, direction, and narration are excellent. They really add to the enjoyment.
I loved the heroine because she comes across as real. She has issues about her weight - she isn't a stick figure - which is not helped by her mother harping on it. But she's also a strong person, except in the areas of her insecurities. This may irritate some of you, but keep in mind that personalities are really what drive the story. The hero is a gorgeous self-made man who never loses a bet. He's perfect. Except he really isn't and he knows it, so he isn't a jerk. He comes across as the kind of guy who IS NOT best friends with every reflective surface he passes. He has his own insecurities. The only synopsis I'll give you is that the plot revolves around misunderstandings. It made me laugh, and I got a little teary at times. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that the secondary characters are well-developed, and integral to the plot. You'll love them or dislike them, depending on how Jennifer Crusie wanted you to feel about them.
This is one of my "go to" books when I get restless and nothing else is really catching my interest. I also will use it as the filling in the sandwich of two disparate genres. It is, in my humble opinion, definitely worth the credit!
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