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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.<br/><br/>Getting all that legal stuff out of the way, I will say that I gladly would've bought this audiobook. I love this series and have read all of the books, and this is the most heart wrenching in the series. There is something about lost love, all those years that went by when the couple wasn't together, and the "lost baby" story (I only like it if there's a really good reason) that just breaks my heart. I've only recently started listening to audiobooks, and this narrator is the best I've heard. She puts you so far into the story, it's hard to stop listening. My reaction to an already highly emotional book was, as I said in the beginning, heart wrenching and visceral. This only makes the eventual reunion even more satisfying as a listener. <br/><br/>I highly recommend this book both in print and audio and I can't wait to take another trip to New Zealand to catch up with the rest of the All Blacks. The author has the gift to make you care what happens to these new friends (what, they're not real? say it isn't so!) and never stop wanting more.
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Where does Just for Fun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Having listened to probably 50+ audiobooks, I'd say top 10. I'd give the story a 4.5 if I could + the 5 on the narration. The story is good but just not a huge favorite of mine BUT I know I will listen to it again and again.
What did you like best about this story?
It centers around a potentially heavy topic--a fling that results in an unplanned pregnancy and for various reasons the mother is left to raise the child on her own. Even though Nic could have been an arrogant jerk about the whole situation, he "mans up" and steps in. At the same time, he is sensitive and not overly manly. I love how Emma and Nic's relationship grows, including those pesky bumps along the way. I also like how this is a very real story that people can relate to but it's not heavy or depressing.
What does Claire Bocking bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her accent, portrayal of different characters and the amount of emotion so reads with is spot on. Unlike a lot of other narrators, she doesn't over-emote or have weird or awkward pauses in her reading. She's very fluid in her transitions. The written story is great in itself. Ms. Bocking takes it to the next level with her narration. Even if I hadn't read the book prior to listening to the audiobook, I'd still highly recommend "Just for Fun" because it's the "whole package" as far as audiobooks go. The narration is phenomenal and the story is solid and moving.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Nic's response when Zack goes missing . . . how emotionally wrecked he was about did me in.
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
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What made the experience of listening to Just for Fun the most enjoyable?
Claire's narration is spot on, she seems to capture the essence of the characters and can switch between male and female voices effortlessly. Her style is natural and unaffected and VERY convincing! Love her portrayal of young Zak.
What other book might you compare Just for Fun to, and why?
Love all the Escape to New Zealand series but each story stands alone
Have you listened to any of Claire Bocking’s other performances? How does this one compare?
She just gets better each time. She gives each person a different voice but it all sounds natural and uncontrived. The more I listen to other narrators, the more I like her!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
The beauty of audio is you can combine it with other activities so I did...2 days !