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With the inevitable comparison to Anna Field's narrations of SEP's books, Nicole Poole was always going to have a tough time measuring up. She did an ok job overall but her narration at times sounded robotic and uninterested. Her dialogue was passable but lacked the inherent sparkle of SEP's characters that Anna Fields was so effortlessly able to mirror.
It's interesting that for each new book after the loss of Anna Fields/Kate Fleming, the publisher has gone with a different narrator... For me, I can't help thinking (and have done for a while) that Amanda Ronconi would be a good fit for SEP...
As for the story, I enjoyed it. I will probably go back and read the print version at some point rather than re-listen to the audio. (I've re-listened to the audio versions of Anna Fields SEP narrations numerous times!)
27 of 28 people found this review helpful
Maybe this is unfair, due to the fact that I adore the incomparable Ms. Anna Fields and she is terribly missed, BUT I'm thinking that if a new narrator is set to read a book in a series (already on audio), maybe said narrator should do her homework. Something as simple as a last name mispronunciation should not irritate the listener. HOWEVER, when the last name is Calebow, and this is a major player within the entire series, it should not be pronounced "Cal-i-bow" (short i, short o). That's just ridiculous.
Silly, I know. But it distracted from the story every single time she said it.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Well this book does not disappoint, I have been waiting for it and loved it. 5 stars!!!
Would you listen to First Star I See Tonight again? Why?
Yes. The story has great pace, and lots of twists and turns with supporting characters. I was genuinely sad when it came to an end.
What did you like best about this story?
It's funny and feels very modern. SEP plays with the usual romance cliches without falling into them, and keeps the action moving throughout. The heroine feels like someone you'd want to know - and the hero is appealing without being totally (he's still a millionaire sportsman) unrealistic. Its nice that other characters from previous books are referenced, but you can read and enjoy without having read them.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened to this all in one day. Had it on in the house, and couldn't bear to set it aside, so took it with me as I went shopping, to lunch and then home again. Finally finished it in a bath with a glass of wine. Perfect.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I can’t count how many times I have listened to all the previous SEP books but I was disappointed in this one. Book was only 'read' not 'performed' as had all her previous books
Has First Star I See Tonight put you off other books in this genre?
What didn’t you like about Nicole Poole’s performance?
No magic. Nicole Poole has obviously never listened to previous books and her mispronunciation of Phoebe Calebow really grated on my nerves.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Story was OK but I would not have know it was SEP
Any additional comments?
Still can't find anyone as tallented as Anna Fields
1 of 1 people found this review helpful