Author Bailey Griffin introduced readers and listeners to romance and intrigue in Regency England with her breakout story: Simply Suitable. The danger and romance continue unabated in this newest release, Perfectly Proper.
High-spirited Morgan Westfall leaves the family estate to search for her brother, Jack, Earl of Rathbourne and agent for the Crown. She is accompanied by rugged Highlander rogue Tristan McTavish. Danger dogs their trail, as well as the smoldering sexual tension between them. Adventure, romance, plots against the Crown, and treachery lead beautiful Morgan Westfall on a journey that may not be…Perfectly Proper.
The story was interesting and the writing seemed very good, but I couldn't get past the amateurish narration. I prefer performance readings, like Justine Eyre and Jim Dail. These narrators, especially the woman, sounded like they were reading a menu. And the American accent for a story in an English setting was all wrong for me. I'm interested enough in the story to download it to my Kindle.
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Disliked the graphic filthy descriptions and hurried to turn off and tried to have this book removed from my list. Had no idea I was getting into such garbage. Cannot recommend.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
First of all the story is set in England and the gentlemen is Scottish. Both of the narrators spoke with no accent. My 5 year old reads with more emotion. I was very dissapointed with the narrating.
Has Perfectly Proper turned you off from other books in this genre?
No just the narrators.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kendra Morgan and Max Turner ?
YES YES YES
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
will never order another book with these two as narrators.
The summary drew me in and the plot sounded good in theory but the first forty-five minutes were consumed with explaining unengaging back-story.
Aside from that, the narration was such a hurdle that I had to give up before the end. In fact the awful performance is all that sticks with me - reminded me of listening to the class all take turns reading aloud in high school.
This book was a real let down as I otherwise enjoy having a narrator of each sex do the performance. When we met the Scottish love interest who sounded just the same as the English one, it grated so much I had to turn it off. Unfortunately the American accents just didn't gel with the English Regency setting of the novel.
I have listen to alot of books. And this is tradgic. Having two narrators is not a new thing. It would by nice not to have pauses between voice changes. And this is an english story with American accents. The narrators seem to stumble over the words. I am writing this and I have only listen to 45 mins of the book. It is a shame, I think that the book would have been good if it had other narrator.