©2006 Jennifer Crusie; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A romantic comedy that adds luster to the genre, this effervescent tale will please readers who can relate to Sophie's undaunted exploration of all her desires." (Publishers Weekly)
"Funny, sexy, and wise - it's time to welcome Crusie into the pantheon of top-flight romance writers." (Kirkus Reviews)
I listened to Crusie's book "Faking It" with the same narrator and some of the same characters and absolutely loved it! So this one has been a rather rude shock. I'm definitely no prude, but at slightly more than halfway through, the overly frequent and interminable descriptions of the sex scenes between Sophie and the mayor are not only NOT a turn-on, they have finally forced me to fast forward through them in irritation. I don't know the actual word count of this book, but at least half of them are variations of "shiver", shudder", and "heat". Especially "heat". Sometimes it appears more than once in the same sentence. I finally concluded that either Jennifer was having a private joke at my expense, or had to meet a deadline by padding out a short story. Save the credit on this one.
Absolutely, I would recommend this book. Campy good fun with entertaining and dynamic characters.
Wish I knew....... I'd go read them.
The only thing I found disappointing at all is that she hasn't narrated MORE books. It's hard to adjust to a different reader when trying to listen to another Crusie book, because Vigesaa really seemed to capture the comic tone and created the perfect little nuances of the different characters. She pulled off all of male characters without making them sound like a bunch of sappy dopes.
I immediately went and found the sequel, FAKING IT, and loved the crap out of that one, too.
I started Crusie with these two books. I'll be crushed if it's all downhill from here. I've hated that these books are now a "known" to me, and won't be a fabulous new discovery until the dementia really sets in.
I find the family of con artists in this series to be rather boring. Jennifer Crusie seems to repeat herself a lot in these books as well. If it hadn't been on sale, I would have been even more disappointed...
I couldn't listen to this book because of the narrator.
I love Jennifer Cruise other books.
I'm about halfway through this story. I'm enjoying the concept of the story and the plot, however the too fast pace of the Narrator is making it very difficult to follow. The Narrator is good at shifting their voice for male characters, but the female characters and non-character specific dialog is read in a very monotone voice. In the future, I will make a point of avoiding books read by this Narrator.
Love all Jennifer Crusie books. She sets a scene like a screwball comedy of old. Her dialog snaps and keeps the pace moving along nicely. It would be wonderful to see just one of her books on film. In all her books there is always that "one" scene when it come together and friends & enemy alike square off for a side splitting comedy, that it's a delight to read again and again, just to visualize it in your head!
The story was okay. Narration was difficult to get through. There were times when the narrator was reading so fast and sounded like she was rushing to finish the sentence. her voice was not pleasant to listen to either.
Interesting characters, snappy dialog, realistic dog.
If Jennifer Crusie can be said to have a formula this is it, fortunately it's a formula that I would buy over and over again. This book fulfils that formula and then some (you will never look at a water tower the same way again).
Not a perfect story but definitely a five star story
One of the books I re-listen to every so often.
This is a cute, funny romance novel. If you just need to de-stress from a busy day and wants some laughs all wrapped up in a romance story, this should do the trick.
The narration was fine but a little fast. She should slow it down just a bit.
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