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What made the experience of listening to Settling Up the most enjoyable?
The main character is very easy to relate to and hilarious. Lauren is both organized and neurotic. She is somewhat anti-social but has a good heart. The narrator nails the performance of this character.
What other book might you compare Settling Up to and why?
The main character is similar to Stephanie Plumb from the series by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie and Lauren are both likable, vulnerable, quirky, action oriented girls who get themselves into humorous situations without thinking. Those situations often involve hunky men.
Which scene was your favorite?
Tough choice. This whole book is funny and well-written. The scene where Lauren bares her bald spots to Mac is comical. The scene where Lauren thinks she is hearing the voice of God commenting on her dating life is beyond funny. But the scenes where Lauren is singing show tunes at the top of her lungs to keep wild animals away are the best.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes. The book is light, entertaining and well-written. The narrator gives a first class performance embodying each character.
Any additional comments?
Great book. I highly recommend it. I received this book for free from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for a fair review.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Took me awhile to get into, not sure if it was the narrative or story.
Annie Abate has a beautiful voice so I'm not sure what it was, either way I enjoyed it.
Who doesn't love a HEA
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy by the author, narrator or publisher.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I placed this book into my favourite collection around six chapters into the story. And my decision remains: I love this story. It was humourous to the point that the embarrassing moments had me pause the book so I could outwardly cringe! How someone can mess up situations so charmingly was beyond hilarious. I recall making the same comment about Isla Fisher's character in 'Confessions of a Shopaholic'..
This story is indeed brilliant, it's what any book should aim to do: make you smile and laugh out loud! The story follows a statistics professor who's life seems to spiral out of control with the emergence of a bald spot, early one morning. This sends her on a mission to score a guy, as quickly as possible. But not just any guy, but someone she can settle down with. I'd say she's halfway there, for one thing she certainly knows what she's looking for. She has a precise shopping-type list. Now, if only she could find someone who would fit the mould.
Accompanying her on this bizarre mission, she has her sister and an unlikely candidate of a strange man- her new Blackjack dealer at her local casino. She makes a habit of heading there, she's good with numbers, far better than with people and it calms her. And, Mack, the new guy, dishes out pretty good advice- he seems to have had a run in with love once, and so becomes Lauren's accomplice in her wild quest of finding love. And, he enjoys her stories and tales of her bad dates...A good friendship develops, but do either of them want more? How will thimgs end up, when Lauren's 'perfect on paper' man walks into her life?
There's so much I've left out, for you have no idea just how weird and charmingly insane Lauren is, you have no idea how Mack is such a good man.....I've left out a lot, to allow you the opportunity to enjoy such a story. In need of some advice? Keep an open mind throughout.
With these sort of books, books of the romance genre, there's always an obvious formula for the beginning, middle and end of the story. For this book though, I really kept an open mind, I didn't even stop to check how much I had left of the story....I just went with the flow, and when it went off trail....it was exciting, the ending came as a surprise.
This story reminds me of a philosophy some men I know follow, it goes like this: 'be mean, to keep 'em keen'. The (what I would call) 'ridiculous notion' that respect and adoration isn't required, that it's too boring, and off- putting. I was pleased to find that there was a man in this book who actually cared for Lauren, respected her and treated her well, and challenged the idea that such a relationship can be boring at all. I hate to think that such men are rare gems. But it certainly made the story more beautiful, a love story with a happily ever after. Ther was good banter between the characters, sexual tension- hinting at the obvious, but repeatedly denied, chemistry. The comedy was genius.
The narrator, Annie Abate, did an incredible job of this book. Her voice kept the book light and fun and she performed the voices really well, very talented! Her voice was fitting for all the characters, particularly Lauren!
I've had a chance to read Eryn Scott's work in the past and, for the longest time I thought nothing could top 'A Chance for Sunny Skies'. But, 'Settling Up' did just that!
I received this book for free through the author, in exchange for an honest review.