RITA Award winner Irene Hannon has also won the Holt Medallion and the Daphne du Maurier Award for her romantic suspense. U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor loathes guarding federal judge Liz Michaels. How can he protect the coldhearted workaholic who drove herlate husband, Jake’s best friend, to suicide? But as he gets to know Liz better, his heart—and her life—are soon in danger.
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“Hannon is a master at character development.” (Library Journal)
I love Irene Hannon, and loved reading the book when it was published last year. However, I was disappointed in the narration of this audiobook. There was little to no vocal difference amongst the various characters, making it difficult at times to follow along. I also found little difference in tonal inflection between scenes-- happy, sad, fearful, delighted, etc., they all sounded the same.
The opening says 'this is an inspirational story.' I knew then I had made an error in my purchase. The sample I listened to sounded like it COULD be good and a fast listen, I was wrong. This is a slow listen and story. More soothing than heart beating fast type. I think it was categorized wrong. Two and a half hours into the story and those two and half hourse could have been completed in 30 minutes. While I'm trying to be positive about the book I would hate others, like me, to purchase this audiobook that were expecting more bang for their buck.
I'm not sure which category this book was listed under but it's more of an inspirational story than a mystery. It's also a slow romance book. There were religious undertones, conversations and thoughts. That having been said it wasn't too overwhelming and if you like slow, clean, getting to know you romances with a little bit of excitement and action (no sex and the violence was low-key since it is an inspirational book) you would like this book. It jumps back and forth between different characters thoughts of what was happening at the moment or what had happened in the past that brought everyone to the crossroads they were at. The characters are well-developed and fleshed out.
Looking over the reviews I saw a lot of complaints of the narrator but I didn't think he was that bad. I actually liked his voice.
Yes, the story was good.
The narrator was very bland and unemotional.
Performance was a little slow and over done at first. However, this improved and was done in a way that created a clear and compelling story.
Although predictable at points, there were enough twists and turns to keep the listener involved. It is a book that started slow and was easy to stop listening to at the end of a drive. However, from about the middle of the book on I would stay on my car listening at the end of a trip.
From a spiritual point of view there were some good points of reflection related to faith, hope and forgiveness in challenging life circumstances.
It is a good thing this is not my first encounter with Irene Hannon's books. If it were, it would of probably been my last. This is not one of Irene's best books. The story was so-so and the narration was the worst I have heard in a while. I started with book three in this series, which was much better, and decided to try the first in this series. This story was so dry, I am not sure if I want to give book two a try.
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