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By Layla on 05-15-18
I have not read book one but I did not feel that I was missing anything.
This book is an interesting read in that it is about family and the drama that comes with it.
The narrator I thought was OK, she voiced the characters but I felt the male voices sounded strange.
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By jstep on 07-09-18
Religious undertones that I hadn't been expecting.
Worth the Time, Waltham Academy, Book 2, by Laura Jackson wasn't quite what I had expected. The overall premise of the book is good and man, did I feel sorry for poor Lindsey! This book had some religious undertones, which didn't bother me, but I just hadn't been expecting them. So if you don't care for books with a bit of a religious undertone, then I would recommend staying away from this one. That being said, it's a decent YA story dealing with some the battles of growing up and dealing with jerks at school, peer pressure, etc. as well as some more major issues such as finding out that everything you though about an absent parent may just be completely false. I would recommend this book for more of an older YA crowd, as there are some more serious issues and sex is a topic periodically.
Giselle Lumas' narration wasn't bad, per se, but it wasn't great either. She handled the narration well enough but I found that I was unable to really get into the story as much, as there wasn't as much emotion in the narration to bring the characters to life as I've come to expect from many of the Audible books that I listen to. In addition, the audio recording was hollow sounding and somewhat distracting. It wasn't as hollow sounding as some narrations that I've listened to, but it was definitely there. A good, quality recording and a bit better editing (there were a few spots where there were other technical issues with the recording) would have made a star's worth of difference in my rating. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.
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By Natalie on 05-06-18
Good for Young Christian Fiction Readers
Thank you to Giselle Lumas for providing me with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.
Worth the Time is a coming of age story that follows Lindsey, a young girl trying to find herself as she changes from a teen to an adult. Lindsey is a lonely girl who has never met her father and isn't particularly close with her mother. When sent to a shelter for her community service, Lindsey meets Sutton and finds out that her life isn't actually so tough.
The Good Stuff
I really liked the balance between Lindsey's story of meeting her father and slowly building a relationship with Sutton. The backstory of Lindsay's father was really interesting and he was really likable.
The narrator, Giselle was very right for this story, she had a very calming voice and kept the dialogue flowing very well, even at points when it seemed to be a little forced and badly written.
Sutton was a really likable character. I'm so used to reading the shy girl falls for the popular boy but not so much the other way around. It was really interesting to read.
Not My Cup of Tea
As mentioned above, some of the dialogue didn't really seem to flow, the narrator did a great job of making it work but I think had I been reading it I may have given up because it just didn't seem natural.
When I read the write up for this story I wasn't aware that it was a Christian fiction.
I don't really mind a character having a religion - whether it's Christian, Jewish, Muslim...it adds to the character. This one, however, really went to town with teachings. After about halfway I was getting sick of hearing the word Jesus, Preacher and God. It was more or less the word out of every character's mouth.
This story would be perfect for someone who is a lot more interested in the Christian religion but for me, it did get very long and very annoying.
The story that followed Lindsey was quite nice and well split between meeting her dad and learning more about Sutton. However, I did get very tired of the Christian talk and probably wouldn't have gotten so frustrated with the book had I known that it was very Christian themed. It would definitely be well suited as Young Adult Christian fiction, but it's just not for me.