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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning poet Marisa de los Santos crafts an irresistibly touching debut novel. Love Walked In is a contemporary tale, steeped in nostalgic, cinematic charm, of love in all its forms.

Unapologetically idealistic about love, Cornelia Brown appears to catch the break of a lifetime when the dashing Martin Grace, her own personal Cary Grant, comes strolling into her life. But it is Martin's connection to 11-year-old Clare Hobbes that touches Cornelia's heart in ways she never imagined.

©2005 Marisa de los Santos; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

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Glad I had the paper book as well

Enjoyable story, but I was hoping for more focus on Clare. I did not enjoy the background noises, shuffling, laughing and swallowing of saliva. Also I imagined Dr B kinder than she interpreted it. Clare was read beautifully

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  • Marenghi
  • castaic, CA, United States
  • 09-16-11

Dreadful audio quality

While the story was lovely and the characters engaging the whole book was ruined by poor audio quality. There were constant "breakthrough" laughs and chatter. Bad form for an expensive book.

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maudlin

Tiresome. Trite. Dimestore philosophy and literary references that add nothing to story. A few cute scenes and characters wrapped around sentimental cliche.

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REALLY good!!

After the other reviews I was hesitant to get this but I REALLY liked it! The narrators both capture the characters, the thoughts, the emotions, the tone. Cornelia is at first surprisng, and yet once you get to know her, the narrator sounds just like you think Cornelia should. And Claire's narrator,not a child at all, portrays the thoughts and feeling perfectly. There are some very poignant thoughts and the narrators really do bring to life the main characters. The interepretation of the male voices was not as great (especially Tao) but they're passable. The story is simple and yes, predictable, but the thoughts and the observations throughout are interesting, sweet, and touching and, I thought, worth the experience.

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Distracting Performance, Interesting Story

Would you try another book from Marisa de los Santos and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

I like Marisa's characters, but the performance was incredibly distracting--lots of saliva sounds and background noise from Claire's reader, and overacting in Cornelia's reader :/

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Good story, but

I enjoyed this story but found it annoying that in many parts you could hear talking in the background. If that would have been fixed, it would have been much better.

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Better when read instead of listened to

What disappointed you about Love Walked In?

"Belong to Me" is one of my favorite books, so I thought another one by the same author would be a no-brainer. After listening for a couple chapters, I realized I had read this book sometime in the past. I don't think I finished the book either.

If you’ve listened to books by Marisa de los Santos before, how does this one compare?

I've only read books by her before.

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance?

The voice she used for Martin made me nuts every time I heard it! It totally didn't fit with his "movie star" gorgeous persona.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I love Claire's character, but the rest are too "dreamy" to be believable.

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  • Susan
  • Duchesne, UT, United States
  • 02-14-13

Great story

Would you consider the audio edition of Love Walked In to be better than the print version?

I really liked this book. I think I would have liked the print version better for one reason. The voice of Cornelia was perfect. The voice of Claire did not fit and to make it worse, there was talking and laughing behind her voice. I found that very distracting. If I hadn't liked the story so much I would have quit.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Walked In?

The realization of love was one of my favorite moments. When love just hit.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book almost made me cry. It was definitely a story that pulled me in and moved me.

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Disappointing

Would you try another book from Marisa de los Santos and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

Probably not. The story has interesting parts but is tied up too neatly and rather unbelievably at the end.

Has Love Walked In turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not necessarily.

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance?

Jennifer Ikeda's reading of Cornelia is very annoying. If there is "overacting" in reading an audiobook, this is one example of it. I almost couldn't get past the first part. Her performance of the male voices is also quite awful (the girl's father sounds like he's constipated) and it's hard to listen to them. The woman who reads the girl's voice is much better though there is a lot of background noise and, at some points, as other reviewers have said, you can hear people laughing in the background. Very poor production.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe.

Any additional comments?

I will make sure to read reviews before I buy an audiobook next time.

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Great author, not so great narration

Would you listen to Love Walked In again? Why?

No, but then I don't listen to or read books more than once. Unless it's

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator who plays Clarice is slightly annoying but not horrible. Just a bit too perky for me. The narrator in Clare's part is not good. You can hear her swallowing and at times it sounds like she could use a glass of water. Too many mouth noises. To top it off there are several times you can hear men talking and laughing in the background. Once when my house was quiet and I was alone I actually thought someone was in the house! Whatever you do don't listen to it while wearing headphones. The mouth noises are far worse then.

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