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  • His Pretend Baby

  • By: Theodora Taylor
  • Narrated by: Clementine Dove
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

So now I'm suddenly the wife of a quirky tech billionaire, and falling in like with him so fast, it's beginning to feel an awful lot like love. But we both have issues, and there are shadows creeping around the edges of our fledgling relationship. Can two people as different as we are make a pretend relationship real?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love someone because of their differences!

  • By ABR-Penelope on 08-25-17

Unique main characters and story

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

This was my first Theodora Taylor book. I did not know what to expect with the title "His Pretend Baby". I was surprised on how fast I became engrossed in this book.

Main character is Nyla and she is who she is. She has baggage from her past and does not always deal with it but she is comfortable in her own skin. I really appreciated her struggles and growth as a character.

The other main character is Go (short for Rodrigo). He is on the autistic spectrum. He has issues communicating and sees things very concretely. He also can be extremely thoughtful and sweet. It was great having a character that is not the cookie cutter standard hero. I loved him.

The story had elements that were a bit out there but I truly enjoyed the book. I liked the dynamics of the secondary characters as well.

I listened to the audiobook of His Pretend Baby and the narrator, Clementine Dove, did an outstanding job. She was able to handle the nuance of the multiple characters. She really gave them depth and emotional. Fantastic audiobook!

  • Better When It Hurts

  • By: Skye Warren
  • Narrated by: Veronica Fox
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Five years ago we lived in the same house. He was the ultimate bad boy. And my foster brother. Now he's back. Tougher, harder, meaner. All of it aimed at me, because I was the one who sent him away. It's payback time. He wants his pound of flesh, and I am helpless to say no.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smooth story to listen but ended rather quickly

  • By Adam on 09-19-16

Rough Love Story / interesting narration

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Depends on the friend. This is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is a rough, harsh love story that is not easy to take in but has a lot of heart.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is wrapped in a cruel package and bleak surroundings but is ultimately about forgiveness of oneself and of others. It is about finding out about your self worth even when everything seems bleak. Lola, the main character, had such a hard life and yet she maintained some humanity. To see her growth and change in this book was compelling. Also Blue, the hero of the story, was quite enigmatic and his motives took some time to decipher. He was a character that I always wanted to find out more about. I found the overall story gripping.

What three words best describe Veronica Fox’s performance?

The narration performance by Veronica Fox was interesting. There were times when she is narrating Lola's inner thoughts that sounded very flat to me and it was a bit off putting in the beginning. However, as I reflected about this I wondered if this was a conscience choice due to the fact that the character Lola was dulled emotionally due to all the cruelty she had suffered her whole life. Because Ms. Fox's narration of the actual dialogue of the characters was great. I think she gave distinct tones to the various female characters. She also did male character voices very well. Her interpretation of Blue was a big selling point of why I liked her narration. When speaking the dialogue of the characters, she narrated with emotion and nuance that added greatly to the overall story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I took breaks. There is a lot of emotion and harsh situations going on in this book so it was nice to have time to digest the story.

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