Rose Xu had two passions in her life. One was her boyfriend of many years, Blake Chen, a talented pianist and her constant support. The other was dance. She had grown up dancing from a young age and vowed that she would never stop dancing. Despite injuries and mental issues, she told herself that she would always be the prima ballerina. Unfortunately, one incident in her past tends to haunt her. It's an incident that Blake knows about as well, and he's sworn to protect her at all costs.
Then one night everything changes for both of them. That one moment is enough for Rose to realize what she has been doing. It's enough for her to want to give up everything that she's worked hard for. It's also enough for her to push away everything she loves, including her two passions. Her decisions cost her a lot of things, including Blake. However, her mind has been made up. She is going to perform the final dance of her life.
©2016 Cithara Susan Patra (P)2016 Cithara Susan Patra
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The narration was robotic and staggered, lacking the natural cadences in conversation. Add poor editing and occasional (unintentional) poor grammar and I was seriously disappointed. If a book is intriguing enough, I can overlook some of that but this is not the case. The romance was never built, it just was. The angst was a mere couple day break-up. The characters had no dimension or depth. All in all, a big disappointment.
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Narration Ronald Ray Strickland
This book is primarily about Rose, the female character, so I think it might have been best narrated by a female. A few inconsistencies in which voice used for which character.
The story is about Rose, her dancing career, dancing with broken bones, battles with eating disorders, battle against a perverted dance instructor when she was younger. It's kind of all over the place - a little jumpy, there are some inconsistencies that were bothersome. Wasn't really my cuppa.
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This was a short listen so I thought I would get it done while doing laundry and cleaning the kitchen. I was not prepared for the wow.
First off, the male voice was unexpected. It was pleasant, even soothing at times, and that was the first wow.
The story was sweet, even beautiful at times, at that was the second wow. (We should all be so lucky.)
Then, well then, the third wow.
I never finished cleaning the kitchen. I needed a moment.
I am an author as well as a budding audio book lover.
The Last Dance of the Roses is a kind of love story between Rose and Blake. They’ve known each other since they were small children. Now adults they carry on a sexual relationship. He is a musician and she a dancer. Her life is all about dancing and Blake worries. His loves her more than anything. As the story lapses we find out more about Roses past and see how it affects her future.
This is a slower paced story and the plot crescendos when a horrible accident befalls Rose. I’ve listened to a few books by this author and enjoy her versatility. She doesn’t stay within the structure of a single genre but crosses over many. So depending on my mood I could pull up anyone of her books and listen. Kudos to her.
I enjoyed the story and the narrator was good but a male narrator didn’t work for me with this story since it’s mostly about Rose. He also didn’t really have the voice for the pacing of this novel. I think a female narrator would have been a better choice but he did good.
Warning don’t read without a box of Kleenex.
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