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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend it to a friend, a family member, or even a person I saw on the street. Why? Because it's fun, quirky, and the narrator nailed the three lead characters voices. When you have a favorite book - of which this is one of mine -you worry about the audio version. A narrator's voice can make or break a book and when it's a favorite, that's a lot of pressure on the poor narrator. Well, she did a perfect job in my opinion. Not only did she do an amazing job at Hailey's, Alex's, and especially Sebastian'e voices, but she was amazing when she pronounced foreign words in the correct accent without missing a beat.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Special Offers?
Only 1? From the moment Hailey announces she's a Chinchilla milker, you know you're about to be on an amazing ride. And it just gets better from there. But if I had to pick a favorite moment, well, I can't. Because there are just SO many. When she meets Alex, the first time she talks with Sebastian, or that moment when she forgot her towel and kept her eyes closed so Sebastian wouldn't see anything and ends up taking a spectacular stumble out of the shower. It's such a wonderful story.
Which character – as performed by Hollie Jackson – was your favorite?
She did a perfect Hailey, getting her sarcasm and quirky character down perfect, but I'm also thrilled with how she did Sebastian, because his is a voice that's very important and she nailed it, I think.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The audiobook gave me the same reaction the ebook did - it made me laugh and unable to stop listening.
Any additional comments?
Give it a try. You will be glad you did. It's fun, interesting, introduces us to a parallel dimension Coursodon, and we meet some amazingly wonderful characters. Now I can hardly wait for Book II to get into audio so I can add it to my collection :D
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0 stars/listened & reviewed and asked for a refund
Omfg. I don’t need to know every single thing you do, every step you take, every frigging breath you take. The book is written in simplistic sentences that See Jane Run readers could follow it.
She is made of a lesser density than plastic. Actually, I don’t think she has any atoms, no matter nor mass. She’s a true functioning nothing.
“I’m sure he could tell from my blank expression, I had no idea what he was talking about.”
All telling. No showing. No emotions. No depth. No evoking a response. “It’s dead, Jim,” comes to mind.
Plot? Yeah. As promising as the book description is, it was most likely written by a more experienced person than ML Ryan. Because the book is poorly written and executed. Seriously, although it lacks a climax or fast pacing or death defying moments, Hailey was TSTL. A reader/listener will find themselves wishing and hoping a full blooded entity WILL win over her body. And give her more brain cells and personality.
The audio sample is a prime example of narrator Hollie Jackson’s skills and demand to be heard. I was only able to listen to this book in its entirety because she gave more depth and character to the book than ML Ryan could ever fathom. It was a joy to listen to Ms Jackson; the book barely deserved the time spent on it.
Hailey reminds me of that annoying person we work with. You can’t help but think it would be a joyous moment if a dinosaur came out of nowhere and just ate her, to put her and everyone else out of their misery.
The most decisive point was the cliffhanger. I HATE cliffhangers.
That aside, I rarely rate 1 stars. I try hard not to. But this fully deserved a 0 star and because that’s not possible, it has one. But this star is not illuminated and probably made out of horse dung.