REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 22, 2014 Narrator: Brian Pallino
This was just plain bad. It felt like a section from a gay boy's blog entry. It was severREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 22, 2014 Narrator: Brian Pallino
This was just plain bad. It felt like a section from a gay boy's blog entry. It was several paragraphs of disjointed musings and thoughts, switching between several tenses. I don't mind this because it can work with a 1st Person POV but in this case, I couldn't get a handle on the story even though I get, from the blurb, that this prequel is about Hunter struggling with coming out alongside his out-and-fine-with-it lover, Max. All I got from the 2 hours listening was that the author was struggling with telling a cohesive tale.
I'm concerned now because if both the author and, I the listener/reader, had such a hard time with this short prequel, how will we fare with the sequel, Taking You Home, which is 7 and a half hours long?
By the way, I found it hard to believe that Max, a stockbroker, not some teenager, is a virgin. Never had sex with either a boy or a girl. I can accept Tarzan, but not a gay (and out) stockbroker.
Pallino's voice suits MM but his narrating needs polishing. He misses the right inflection on many occasions but that could be because he, too, couldn't follow the writing....more
2.8 stars for being a "page-turner". I listened to the unabridged audio.
I haven't listened to a non-romance in a long while even though I have bought2.8 stars for being a "page-turner". I listened to the unabridged audio.
I haven't listened to a non-romance in a long while even though I have bought several non-fiction audios. As a general fiction (not sure what genre Sheldon falls under) book, this only made three stars because it was very fast-paced but also very unsubstantial.
I thought I'd get a mystery without the plodding police procedural but when it finally wrapped up, I felt the entire tale was told so quickly, in different little scenes that before I knew it, the story was over and I was still unsatisfied.
I've only read one Sheldon book, Bloodline, back in 1980 and recall enjoying it, even remembering the male protagonist's name, Rhys, after all these years. By comparison, if I had read MN&N first, and read it today, it would likely be my first and last Sheldon.
MN&N felt like a few episodes of a TV series from Sheldon, the screenwriter - over before you know it. It's not how I like my books to be.
Still, because of Bloodline, I went ahead and bought several Sheldon's from Audible and managed to borrow the unabridged version of the Bloodline audio....more
I found the action scenes too unbelievable. Glenn's torture and wounds are such that it would be impossible for him to escape his cell, over power a gI found the action scenes too unbelievable. Glenn's torture and wounds are such that it would be impossible for him to escape his cell, over power a guard, run up and down stairs with bloody feet, jump into a jeep and escape.
The action and suspense in these romantic action/adventure must be done realistically for me to be invested in the plot and the characters and I didn't get that in this book. I bought the ebook and Audible based on the numerous positive ratings and gushing but I'll stick to murder mysteries from now on until I can find a romantic suspense author who can write realistic torture/escape/action scenes.
Joyce Bean narrated it well, though. I did not like Bean's early audios but her voice and narrating have matured....more