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Fun little story

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

Reviewed: 07-16-19

This was an amusing tale — not much to it (hence the ‘Short Trips’ designation), but a fun listen nevertheless. As always, loved Frazer Hines’s narration ...

Likable characters, but oh! the anguish ...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-19

I actually liked both Nathan and Moira very well — which is something of an accomplishment, and definitely worth the four stars. :-) That said, the agonized anguish about their situation took up at least a third of the book, and it got really old. (Maybe it would have been different had I been reading instead of listening, don’t know.) Worth a read, but be prepared to skim a bit ...

Good, but a little too long

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This was a good follow up to Harvest of Rubies. I enjoyed it ... but admit that I was ready for it to wrap up about half an hour before it did ...

Just didn't buy it

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

It's a cute idea, and I wanted to like it ... but I just couldn't buy it (and fortunately I didn't -- or, just barely. Yay Romance package!). I can't see how four brothers who have completely cut themselves off from the outside world for the last twelve years (has the youngest ever even been off their land?), as well as having been without parents for all that time, could be so ... well ... clean and well-spoken and polite and (in short) just like everybody else. It just kept bugging me until I couldn't do it anymore. The writing was pretty decent -- will try another of her titles.

Fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-18

The story was fun — a bit melodramatic, but that added rather than took away — and the narrator was fantastic!

Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I have fun with this series ... the crew are like old friends (although Lydia could be named Mary Sue instead, even she doesn’t really get on my nerves anymore). I also enjoy all the sailing info scattered throughout. The Brotherband books always keep me entertained.

My only real problem with the audio version is the narrator’s dialogue. He reads the prose pretty well, but when they start talking they all sound the same — I can usually pick out Hal and Ingvar, sometimes Thorn ... but even they start to sound alike after a while. Also, a good chunk of the dialogue is read in a weird kind of sing-song that doesn’t seem to have any bearing on the situation at hand. Don’t let that stop you, as this book is a fun one ... just be prepared ...

Mixed thoughts

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I have mixed thoughts about this audiobook. The narrator’s voices were pretty good, but I thought the rest of her delivery was a bit ... overdone? That said, I got used to it pretty quickly.

As for the story itself ... Parts were very good, and I like the overall concept, but if I’d been reading instead of listening, I would have skimmed a lot — there were parts that just seemed too long.

That said, the main relationship was fantastic ... fun and more realistic interaction than many I’ve read. The slower parts of this book were worth it just for Elise and Thornton.

Too expensive for such a monotone performance

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

What didn’t you like about Jay O'Shea’s performance?

No inflection at all. No pauses between book title, chapter titles, sentences. Her voice was very pleasant, but because of the monotone my brain just could not latch onto anything happening.

Any additional comments?

I know that a wide range of readers exist -- but this was really disappointing. I couldn't even get through the first chapter of this Audiobook (my 'story' rating was what I expect from a Melanie Dickerson book, as it wouldn't let me proceed without). I would just like to say that Audiobooks are far too expensive for companies to expect readers to listen to an entire book in such a monotone. I usually check the 'performer' comments before I buy, and I have learned that I will definitely not buy another without doing so again.

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