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I'm a Radclyffe fan but have only listened to her books on Audible. I might've enjoyed this book more if I would've read it instead of listened to audio version. But I just did not connect with this one like I did others in Honor series (this one is major spinoff and segue into Honor book #8). I prefer Abby Craden as narrator for Radclyffe because she makes each character their own & gives an actual performance. That's especially true for Blair & Cam's character/ongoing love story.
I'm sorry but Betsy Zajko just doesn't do it for me as a narrator. She did not make me fall in love with Wes & Evan's story...& she did not do any justice to Blair & Cam in this book. I could never distinguish one character from another because Betsy doesn't even attempt to change her voice. There is little to no inflection, except when she's narrating a sex scene. But even then, her performances almost always cause laughter from me because it just sounds so over-performed & unbelievable. It cheapens the story in my opinion. And she makes it very difficult to follow along with the story in general. It's almost impossible for me to invest in the book and connect with it or the characters when I have trouble keeping up with who's supposedly speaking at any moment. When you're narrating a book with so many female characters, it would go a very very long way to give each of them at least a semi-unique voice. Sigh. I just did not like this one at all, sorry Radclyffe.
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Would you listen to Oath of Honor again? Why?
Yes. I plan to when I get back to that section in the honor series now that I know it is a part of a series kind of.
What does Betsy Zajko bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I enjoyed her a lot she made the hot scenes very enjoyable. She had a good range in voices that made it nice to listen to .
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I really want to smack Russo's smugness right of the side of his face.
It's all so plausible that's the scary part. I did want to tell Evan to get a grip and Wes to stop being so nice but... that's probably the teacher in me.
Can't wait to read Firestorm and Price of Honor.
I saw the summary for this audio book, and honestly decided that it could easily be another cliched lesbian romance novel, full of two dimensional characters, sex, and not a lot else. However, I really loved 'Turn Back Time' and liked 'Trauma Alert' so I was willing to give this a try based on those books because they managed to avoid that trap, and have characters and plots that became three dimensional and were stories that had you caring about the characters and the way the story ended.
One advantage of being a member of audible is the fact that you can return books if you find they aren't quite what you were expecting, and because of that I decided it was worth the risk.
Sadly I wasn't wrong about my initial assessment based on the summary. And unlike 'Turn Back Time' and 'Trauma Alert' this really didn't seem to fit into the 'First Responders' category. In fact, I would have said this was more likely to have fit into the 'Honor' series of books.
Added to that, the recording and narrator are frankly really, really bad. There is an awful echo/reverberation with this recording and that constantly distracted me from the story, and it had me wondering which barn they recorded this in! Plus, at times it was hard to work out which character was speaking because there seems to be no real way the narrator was separating the characters. Far too many recordings feel as though they have been rushed onto the audible catalog with little or no consideration to the quality of the engineering behind the work, so it was a real disappointment to find that even works by the more popular lesbian authors have fallen into this trap.
Too many lesbian novels have fallen into the routine of the two dimension, which is sad because with a little thought they could be so much more. And I feel that this is such a story, that moment in time when an author sticks to what the public have decided they like, and so it gets churned out in such a way that it all could easily belong to the same story without any real separation of character or plot. Given the depth of stories with the earlier titles that I have mentioned, titles by this author that I have enjoyed, this came as a real let down. And that is a real shame, especially from an author who has exhibited such depth in the past.
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