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jaye

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Accidentally annoyed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-19

I thought the premise of the story was intriguing. I thought the first few chapters of the book was spot on. But then once learning of Jules 'secret' the story just seemed to veer off into a melodramatic saga...a repetitious meandering saga at that.
For one thing Julie became the most annoying heroine. Her constant second guessing and internalizing was aggravating AND ceaseless. Their misunderstandings and miscommunication as a foil seemed contrived somehow. The back and forth--does he, does she--will he won't she was dizzying.

Additionally she seemed hypocritical, what with promising not to lie to Griff whilst expecting him to be upfront and transparent. I suppose I should give her some consideration given her emotional fragility. Gotta tell ya, I was ready for the book to end.
I will say Julie's problem was a sad one and I was surprised by it's inclusion in the story, but not uncomfortable with it. I was certainly saddened for her.

Meanwhile, I just love the dual narration--just wish all audiobooks adapted this form.

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Plan J

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-19

So I thought the plot was okay and I loved the humor and witticisms throughout the story of the chapters I listened to. The female character internalizing thoughts and jumping to the wrong conclusion is par for the course in these kinds of stories. I expected it to be cutesy and an easy listen--at least that was my expectation having read the synopsis and the other reviews. TBH my other and more important expectation was listening to Jason Clarke do his thing. Do his swoony thing, and do that for as many chapters as possible and as long as possible. To recite those words in a manner that somehow elevates any story he narrates--bigtime. I was sorely disappointed on that front. Jason narrated maybe 5 off the 25 chapters.

Now I am not a big fan of Erin Mallon. I hate the breathy elongation of the ending of words that for some reason she chooses to insert in her narration. It's distracting and frankly unnecessary. It doesn't add to the story. It's not dramatic or interesting. It's not engaging or cute. I wish someone would ask her PLUEEZE not to do it. It grates on my nerves and with every announcement of a chapter this annoying habit squandered most of the joy of listening. So, yeah I skipped ALL but three of her chapters but was able to assimilate the gist of the story.

Four stars for performance only due to Jason.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Strikingly awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-19

This was a meaty, beautifully written, well thought out fabulously narrated tale of love and redemption.
The story of Drew and Ash was filled with peaches and cream moments as well as sweeping sadness. All in all a thrilling ride, with the most spectacular and heart warming outcome.
As for ZW's narration! Good lord this man..this man is beyond fabulous. He breathed life into the telling and injected a soul into the fictive.
Bravo!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Misadventures of a female narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-19

First, let me just say that I will beg, borrow, buy any media offerings narrated by Christian Fox.
Regardless of story or plot. whether there is one, or not, if Christian's name is on the ticket I'm gonna listen..dammit.

This story is simple and frankly weak. Vacuous plot even as the story idea seemed intriguing or at least I imagined there could have been a more interesting tale told.

And yet having CF do his thing, kept me 'involved' . But this Lucy person is one of the worst narrators I have had the misfortune to come across. Her voice was grating and what I supposed was meant to be sexy came off as perverted and unattractive. So, yeah I skipped every chapter she narrated.

She messed up an already compromised tale. Too bad.

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jUSt phenomenal!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-18

I have listened to this book too many times to count. It doesn't get stale. It doesn't lag or wane my interest one tiny bit. Instead I'm uplifted and inspired by the story, and enthralled beyond measure by the excellent narration. I never wanted it to end!

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Adam's swan song

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-18

For me, the narrator can do a couple of things in an audio presentation. Either enhance the story (making a so-so story come alive) or the voice and performance can detract and/or ultimately destroy moments within the story, or the whole story in fact. Or worse yet shatter the pleasure you anticipated whilst listening. I read the summary and liked the premise of this particular story and yes, I was prepared to thoroughly enjoy the ride. Unfortunately I couldn't get past chapter 3. Why? Horrid narration..Lemme say again--ghastly narration.

Mind you, there were inflection and intonation in the chapters that I actually appreciated as I cringingly listened, hoping that there would be some point (sooner rather than later) either the producer or the narrator himself would realize that there was a problem (don't they have playbacks?). ...but sadly I couldn't tell one main character from the other! The voices sounded exactly alike! so much so that I was distracted from the story itself. Too bad. Wasn't Christian Fox, Teddy Hamilton, Jacob Morgan or Cooper North available for crying out loud?

So no, this was a huge miss.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Cool romantic story. I typically like Greg's narration, but his choice for Dean's voice was a bit off the mark.