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What would have made Cherish & Blessed better?
Above all this book needed a plot and something for the reader to care about. It seems even the author couldn't manage to raise an interest in it.
The 'story' in this book is almost non-existent. It's more a series of scenes in which couples have (formulaic, unconvincing) sex and tell each other how much they love them. Oh, and of course, being gay men, they spend the few minutes a day when they are not have sex and telling their partners they love them, thinking about children and marriage. This is definitely a book written for and by women.
There is a poor attempt at creating some tension with a miscommunication between one couple and the behaviour of one of the children. But I found it unmoving and uninteresting, probably because it was so as realistic as a Dynasty bitch fight.
Would you ever listen to anything by Tere Michaels again?
I would give the author another try because I have enjoyed the previous books in the series, but I will be much more cautious and read any reviews carefully first.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
This narrator is terrible. He seems to be getting a lot of work in this genre, which is very unfortunate. He has two traits which are a constant distraction. The first is that he reads English in a way that suggests that it is not his first language. Not accented, but the emphasis is very often on the wrong word in a sentence. Worse is the way that no matter what the subject matter or character, he reads in a voice of high emotion, his voice cracking as if on the edge of tears. It is almost always inappropriate and very distracting. There is also no distinction between the voices of different characters, which often makes it hard to distinguish which character is speaking (not that it matters in this case as they all say the same things for the most part).
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
If you enjoyed the previous books in this series, perhaps skip this one in order not to spoil it. There is no character development, and no story development that you wouldn't pick up immediately for the next one. I hope that if there is another it is a return to form.
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What did you like best about Cherish & Blessed? What did you like least?
Not really for me due to my compatibility to the voice.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Cherish & Blessed?
I love Evan and Matt
How could the performance have been better?
Was Cherish & Blessed worth the listening time?
Nothing, I'd rather read it.
Any additional comments?
Read the book.