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Nearly quit in the middle
Drawn out, pedantic and unfocused. I fast forwarded whole chapters and missed nothing. This author is off my TBR list.
There are a handful of authors whose work I can listen to over and over. Patricia Briggs is one of those authors. Her prose is wonderful, her character and story development is rich and interesting. Her ability to portray complicated mature relationships is lovely. This book is high on my list of favorite retreads.
Did I love it? No. Did I finish it? Yes. Will I listen to it again? No. Will I buy the next in the series? No.
Could be better. Could be a lot better.
If you don't mind heroines who make questionable choices, this is an okay read. The narrator is not the best. The voice and the inflection do not match the character. This book is a better read than listen.
Unsophisticated writing, story might have promise
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This writing style is not what appeals to me. This author explains. Instead of "sky an ocean of azure" we get "blue sky". Picture me wincing. The writing doesn't draw the reader in. It's unlikely I'll make it all the way through the narration. Today is my second attempt and . . . yeah, it's not making it. Strike two is the narration. You cannot tell from the narrator's voice who is talking. Women and men all sound exactly the same and the reading is definitely yawn-worthy. Ugh.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hollie Jackson?
The writing isn't that great so there's not much for the narrator to work with but each person should have a unique personality and that doesn't come through. Whether that's equally the author and narrator's fault I'm not interested enough to examine.
Any additional comments?
This is probably a great book for a teenager or someone who likes more simple things. The writing just isn't sophisticated or complex enough to appeal to me.
Good narration cannot make up for the story's lack
What disappointed you about The Drafter?
While I enjoyed the Hollows series this series starts out with a complete stinker. No ethics, no morals, no joy, ONE likable character (NOT the main one, unfortunately) and a story that could be written handily in 20 chapter instead of the over 30 it took. From start to finish it's mutable ethics, greed, immorality with NO redeeming finish.This could have been an awesome story (note the character changes below) if the main character IMMEDIATELY got the knitted Morse code list instead of tearing it almost completely out (she KNOWS she leaves messages for herself - it is inconsistent with her character to rip it out before figuring it out). Deciphering the code would have allowed a story line turn that would have been MUCH better than what went to print.The story would have been more believable AND interesting if she was better at leaving herself clues (for example, made short self-vids and put them on cloud storage somewhere, put coded notes behind pictures, wrote in blacklight ink on the backs of things or a plethora of other surreptitious message-leaving things), had consistent and immutable gut instincts/morals and didn't flip from patsy to heroine every chapter. A hand written diary? With glass technology? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? That she can be so smart in some areas and so completely vilely dumb in others is beyond credibility.The most egregious issues with the book are a) excessive length to get the story told . . . it could easily have been four hours shorter and b) the constant flip of nearly every single characters between good and evil incarnate. This made ALL the characters unbelievable/unlikable and the story trash. Ugh.I HATE books where the main characters don't have morals, ethics and standards. HATE them. Human weakness is one thing but I want to see a character strive to overcome, attempt to achieve great things, come out on top despite stiff odds. To have a book like this with NO redeeming values is a complete waste of my time and money. Ugh.
Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Harrison again?
Certainly not this series. How this book got past the editor completely baffles me. Half of it could easily have been cut. Someone got grotesquely lazy on this one. This . . . yeah, not happening. If this is the author's current trend I'm out. SNIP Off my author list. Gone.
Which scene was your favorite?
The first chapter. It gave the book such promise.
What character would you cut from The Drafter?
Every single one except Taff and Squirrel. Rewrite - the main character to someone a little more believable; the head of Alliance (she should be a stinking rich bitch WITH MORALS AND INTEGRITY or what is the point); Jack, a piece of shit who flips from good to bad to good to bad to someone I never want to read about ever again; the strong male lead to someone more consistent, believable and trustworthy.
Any additional comments?
This book sucked.
Mostly ugh but future promise
What did you like best about Ash? What did you like least?
It's an okay reading, it's an okay story (the amount I listened to) but it's very bodice-ripper teen mentality which isn't to my taste. Some maturity on the author's part and a reader that knows more words might improve the listening experience.
Some notes for the reader. Please, if you don't recognize a word look up how to pronounce it. I winced at the multiple mispronunciations. To the author and the reader, "anyway" does not have an S at the end. Truly. Look it up.
I didn't finish the book. It's one I will never listen to again. Books to me are like music. If they make me wince I don't finish and I don't listen to the story again. Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Eileen Wilks, Jennifer Crusie, Molly Harper . . . this is a short list of authors I listen to over and over, the stories never getting old.
Did Ash inspire you to do anything?
Any additional comments?
There's future promise here for both author and reader.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Disappointing, boring, predictable.
Would you try another book from Nancy Martin and/or Suzie Althens?
I love Nancy Martin's other series but this one was a huge disappointment. As soon as the rich woman disappeared and a comment was made about no death cert it was downhill from there. Ugh.
What could Nancy Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Less nit-picky detail, better research, a more interesting story, less boring characters
What three words best describe Suzie Althens’s voice?
okay. Haven't listened to anything else by her but don't see why it wouldn't be okay if the story was.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything?
Most of the detail. This should have been a short story but even then it lacks interest.
Any additional comments?
I can't believe I wasted a credit on this. Jumped from ch 13 (dog got knapped) to 23, listed for a couple minutes, jumped to final chapter. Ugh. Waste of time.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Exhausting to listen to
Would you try another book from J.R. Rain and/or Francesca Townes?
I like J.R. Rain. I have a lot of his books. I won't buy another audiobook in which Townes does the narration. The work doesn't flow, everything is said as if the sentence has an exclamation mark at the end and her reading doesn't match the character of the protagonist. This is NOT an enjoyable listen. I have the ebook and will go back to reading. Ugh.
Would you be willing to try another book from J.R. Rain? Why or why not?
I like All the Samantha Moon books. They're fun to read.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Francesca Townes?
The lady who does Andrew and Ilona Gordon's books would have been great.
Was The Witch and the Gentleman worth the listening time?
Absolutely not. I didn't finish listening. Ugh.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
Cropped and chopped
I am a huge Anne McCaffrey fan and was enormously disappointed in how this book was edited and read. Key parts of the story line which developed the characters and showed the development of their relationship were missing. The delivery was nearly monotone. This was a huge disappointment. I don't care for abridged editions of anything, but this was worse than most.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful