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Read this excellent book. The audio narrator is miscast.
I have no idea what goes into casting decisions but I can't imagine who thought Jeff Cummings, who has not narrated a ROMANCE before, was the right choice for a major new release in ROMANCE. He voices the HEROINE in the dreaded drag queen, breathy, I'm-so-blonde-and-dumb-as-mud-but-I'm-perky style that causes romance readers to grind their teeth. Please. As if that weren't bad enough, the ghost (a major character with a lot of lines) sounds whiney and annoying -- far from how the character is written. His hero voice is nothing to write home about either -- gruffer and ruder than he's written.
Producer? Director? Why didn't somebody clue him in?
There are so many talented narrators, both male and female, who could have hit a home run with this highly anticipated book. Narrators who GET romance. Mr Cummings buffoonish performance pretty much convinced me that he has a low opinion of romance and its readers. I don't think he liked what he was reading -- and it shows.
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I love Lisa Kleypas as a historical romance author but she still has to convince me as far as contemporary romance. Dream Lake isn't a bad book, but it just wasn't more than average. Surprisingly, my favorite storyline was that of the ghost - I'm generally not a big fan or the paranormal as a plot device and was afraid the ghost was going to be annoying and too much of a stretch. His story line was actually the most poignant and he elicited quite a few laughs from me during his scenes with Alex.
The narrator, though, is a different story. My main problem is that it's a man. It was jarring and distracting to have a man narrating a sweet romance novel - stick with women for this genre, please! He also gave the heroine, Zoe, a weird, detached voice that was quite irritating at times. He did a decent job with Zoe's grandma's voice though.
All in all, a pretty average and forgettable listen. I'm not sure that I'll be listening to the next book in the series (I assume it's going to be Justine's story with the video game company guy but my interest has not been piqued enough to look forward to it).
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