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La Smurf

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Sped 2.5x just to finish

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

Reviewed: 07-17-19

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered why the character did something that you thought was dumb? Why tell a villain you have something and not expect him to hunt, kill or destroy to obtain it? This is the first book I sped to 2.5x just to get through it. I enjoyed parts of the story, but early on started to get bored, had to convince myself to continue reading. Sadly, I found more parts than not of the story to be predictable and painstakingly frustrating. The main character did/said things that as a listener I thought were unwise decisions for an adult to make. Perhaps this depicted how the maturity level of the main character was stunted as a result of witnessing murders of her family. Or perhaps it was an attempt to hint that she is delusional. I guess it was mildly thought-provoking after completing the book, but it was a challenge to get to the end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great storyline , informative & well-read!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

This book is not just intriguing, it is not predictable. The plot was interesting and the first fiction I have read on this topic. It is read so well that it sometimes felt like we were actually present in the scene and being instructed by an excellent university instructor. This book is one I might read again in the future. This writer reminded me of stories written by the late Helen Van Slyke. So personable, so realistic, so smoothly intellectual, in-the-moment and modern. Great read!

Be prepared for a too short story.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I started this series and I enjoy tge performance. I enjoyed the first book, but this one... The storyline was going well, but then just as it began to become more intense, it abruptly ended. I was in disbelief and immediately checked and re-checked the details, thinking that the app had malfunctioned. No malfunction, just a very short story. I am very disappointed.

Enjoy the details which differ from the TV series

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I started watching the TV series before reading the books.
This third book in the series has more sexual descriptions than the previous books. There are varying details about the characters. Particularly about Kevin, who does not have a child in the TV series and also I don’t recall any mention of Shanna. The book provides more detail and more interactions in Meg and Mick’s relationship.
So, although it took awhile to absorb the differences, the books are quite addictive. And, it’s nice to have a visual of the environment, the beauty of the land, town as one listens. The story is well-read. The wording and tones are captivating.
Definitely recommend this series. A town which one would love to live in and people nice to know.

Enjoyed getting to know more about the characters

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

My first introduction to Chesapeake Shores was through the TV series. I wanted to know more details about the background and characters, so I looked in Audible. I am very pleased with the narrator and impressed with the similarities of intonations between the narrator and the tv series captured from the book. It make it easy to visualize the characters and actors...with the exception of the hair color.

Past or present feels like you are there

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I enjoyed this book immensely. After completing it I looked for a sequel. Maggie is sassy, smart and amusing. The book had a great start, not slow, but set you right in the midst of the action from the beginning. The wit of the characters were apparent. The storyline caused the reader to root for one character and then another, much like a see—saw. Just when you thought you could predict the next occurrence, it would take a turn and offer a surprise. This book I will listen to again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Memoir about her love life.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

The book was performed well. The storyline book was disappointing for me. I expected more like TV series "West Wing" or "Madam Secretary", but reminded me more of TV series "Scandal". This chronicles her travels as a White House employee, her being impressed with #44, but the majority covers her love life, love affair with another employee and her desire to become a writer. It reminded me more of a Harlequin love story and caused wonder if it was a work of fiction. I would have been more impressed had it been presented as a fictional work with all fictional characters.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Interesting storyline, but needed multiple readers

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

This was an interesting storyline, however, it was confusing and I gave up without completing the book. There were two different characters initially and in flashbacks, two or more characters speaking,which were interspersed throughout the story. As a listener, I found it to be confusing trying to determine: who was speaking, who was answering questions, who was being questioned and whose thoughts were being conveyed in relation to the questions or answers. I finally looked at a written version and realized this book should have had either multiple readers or the reader should have used various voices to enable the listener to differentiate the characters. It is unfortunate that I could not complete the book because the storyline was rather interesting. Perhaps this book can be redone with the aforementioned options.

Became predictable, but had a twist

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Although, I became aware of the predictable outcome/conclusion earlier, I continued to listen. I found the alternate storyline (flashbacks) and characters a bit confusing and distracting. There was no introduction and the characters names were a cause of mental disconnect. Then, I began to question, aloud, the behavior of the main character as one might do when watching a tv show. “If you suspect this, then why would you tell or do that...?” I listened through chapter 22, and then I did something which I never do, I skipped ahead to chapter 34. I was able to deduce the twist in the plot, which I had skipped. Some may like this style, but I found the beginning chapters of dual storylines and unfamiliar characters a bit abstract and distracting.

very intriguing

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Was not familiar with the author/comedian before listening to his story. His perspective was rerreshing, thought-provoking, while yet amusing. Even the sad points were told with such intriguing clarity. He obviously has a gift for story-telling as the success of his profession requires. The perseverance of his mom's faith is beyond measure and the result and influence is subtly exhibited on his life. The clarity and accent of his voice was refreshing and made it easy to listen to his story. I hope he will record books more often.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful