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I was given a code for one of the authors audiobooks for an honest review after my husband mentioned to her that I loved reading/listening to historical romances.
I'm not sure how I feel about this narrator. When I first heard him speak, I imagined him narrating for a National Geographic episode, that's just the kind of voice he has. One area I question in his narrating skills relates to his method of narrating the characters thoughts. I don't know what he does exactly, but his voice has a far away sound (if that makes sense). This was the first time I've heard a narrator do something like this. While it's different, for me, I think it pulls me out of the story. Edit: After listening to the entire story, I'm still on the fence with this narrator. Overall, he did a great job with the variety of character voices.
Oh, where to start. I love historical stories. With that being said, I had a hard time getting into the story. While I wouldn't say this was a bad story, per se, it didn't hold my attention very well. I get Jeffery wrote his book about Evangeline and her life basically, but with all the similarities between them and the characters in his story, it was just too much. It's like there was nothing surprising about the story at all. The fact the story starts off with Evangeline picking out Jeffery's book in the store, after he specifically went in search of said book, only to have the story in the book (once they start reading together) start off in the exact same way...yeah, not a fan because it screamed unoriginality! It's not like that had already happened in the past. It made me wonder why the author started Jeffery's book off like that.
What was with the constant mentioning of Evangeline's butler and his baritone voice. I'm sure after it was mentioned the first tens times the reader could easily imagine him talking without the author having to repeatedly mention it. The same with the reference to eating cake. I forgot the exact phrase, but it got annoying.
Similarly, the repetitiveness between the story the characters read together and that of their own lives--I don't think that helped the story overall.
Any additional comments?
This was so hard to listen to that I actually gave up. Never really done that before.( I listen to over 420 audiobooks)
I can't tell you if it is the story or the narration or the combination of both.
I can tell you the narration and production are bad!
Story:? Not sure, couldn't finish but it seemed to be a skeleton story as a frame for sexual thoughts and acts, basically boring.
Overall: don't do it!!! You have been warned