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I enjoyed 'Out of the Ordinary'. Author Jen Turano writes fun characters and enjoys humor. I pictured Audrey Hepburn playing the leading Lady (Gertrude) and Colin Furth as (Harrison). As I said in the title, this is a clean, wholesome story. No worries if listening to the story while others are around. I like to listen while sewing, crochet/knit, basically, doing something.
Narrator Lauren Ezzo speaks clearly and with great articulation. She does not distinguish between young ladies (Gertrude, Temperance, Permilia, or Constance) nor the men (Harrison, Asher, Garrison). But you know when a female is speaking versus a male is speaking. The author takes care of letting you know which character is talking. I enjoyed her voice and storytelling (except for audible gasps)
Ms. Turano creates a fun cast of characters. The story lines were easy to follow. I liked that there were more than one story line. It lead to a bit of mystery. Unfortunately, much of the humorous situations fell flat. I'm not sure if this was due to the delivery of the narration or because there were too many in a scene that I didn't have time to appreciate them. I'd have to try reading the book versus the audiobook.
I only gave the performance 3 stars (no option for 3.5) due to the loud gasps throughout both dialog and narration. The majority were oddly placed and distracting. There were also a handful of mispronounced words. I would definitely listen to other productions by Ms. Ezzo, but I would first listen to the sample. If there are gasps, I would pass. From her samples on Audible, this is not her normal narration style. I'm not sure why she chose this style for this particular book.
I was given a free copy of the audiobook. It was a pleasure to review. I would recommend both author and narrator.
This was a delightful clean listen. I really enjoyed it. it is sorta stand alone but i think i would have enjoyed it even more had i listened to the first book in the series first since the characters are in this story too and i got the impression that the relationship that bloomed in this one, started in the first one.
The characters are well rounded and believable. i would love to read or listen to the other books in this series. The narrator was also easy to listen to.
i was gifted a credit to review this book and give it and honest review, this is my honest review.
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The story was OK but it is not for me. I just found it slow going and I lost interest quite quickly. I also did not find it really that funny.
However, others might like it more then I did. It is a clean read with some interesting characters, so it suitable for all.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.