REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; FEBRUARY 3, 2014 Narrator: Dorian Greyhound
I enjoyed the audiobook very much. Greyhound is an excellent narrator. He gave the diff...moreREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; FEBRUARY 3, 2014 Narrator: Dorian Greyhound
I enjoyed the audiobook very much. Greyhound is an excellent narrator. He gave the different characters distinctive voices so it was easy for me to tell them apart. Like Paul Morey in Calmes' A Matter of Time, Greyhound's MCs' voices were easy on the ears - Reegan's tenor vs Saul's deeper gravelly one. Cammie, Saul's loyal secretary, has her own voice. I know of listeners complaining that male narrators make their female characters sound like a drag queen. I've never had that problem.
One plus about audiobooks is that I don't encounter spelling errors:D There have been times,too, when the author's grammar was incorrect but the narrator read it out correctly. I have yet to encounter the opposite:P
As for the story, without repeating the details already in the other reviews, it did take me awhile to follow the reasoning behind Reegan's urgency to retrieve Sylvia. All that talk about time loops sounded interesting but it did pull me out of the story somewhat, though if I were the author, I wouldn't view that a bad thing because I was fascinated enough to stop and think seriously as to whether it could be plausible.
What I did not find so realistic was Saul's reaction to the bio bracelet. He asked, “Can you really track her with that thing?”. Tracking devices and bracelets are already commonplace today, circa 2014. Why would Saul, who lives in 2020 be so amazed that Reegan's bio bracelet from 2145 can track Sylvia? But that's just a niggle.
Though it is insta-love in that the bulk of the story/romance takes place over 2 days, it's like one of Karen Rose's romantic suspenses. They also take place over a few days but are packed with developments for the storyline. The characters are involved in these developments at such an intense level that time doesn't figure in their relationship changes from one level to the other.
My main question mark would be for the conversation Sylvia had with Saul in the second-last chapter. Sylvia tells Reegan she wants to talk to Saul. Alone. It turns out Sylvia wanted to talk about Lisa, Saul's dead sister. Lisa is a very touchy subject for Saul and he has even been loathed to talk to Reegan about her. Yet this woman, Sylvia, who the book says Saul has "yet to say more than a dozen words to the woman," because through the entire book has either been on the run, in hiding, or unconscious, has presumed it was her duty to tell Saul how he ought to feel about Lisa's death. I would consider it very odd, and certainly presumptuous, if someone I've known only 2 days and spoken a dozen words with, turned up at my doorstep to tell me how to think about something that is clearly private and personal!
I took out one star for that. That was the only part I had a negative reaction to. This is one audiobook I know I will listen to again and because Sylvia's presumptous, albeit well-intentioned act stands out so separate from the story, it can be easily skipped without causing a break in the flow. I get that the author feels Saul's guilt over his sister's death needed to be addressed but I'd have preferred that Ms Drew made that conversation between Saul and Reegan, or even Cammie. If Sylvia's presence was really needed, it would gone down better with me if Reegan was present.
This was going nowhere for me until towards the end. For a novella-length story, it dragged on and had me keeping an eye on the page number to see how...moreThis was going nowhere for me until towards the end. For a novella-length story, it dragged on and had me keeping an eye on the page number to see how much longer before I decided to ditch it.
Nevertheless, I was curious enough to want to know how Jem and Ted end up where they do so I plugged on valiantly. This was a mere 2-star read until the final leg where it moved up to 3. I'll leave it with a 3-star rating but that's being a tad generous.
For three quarters of the story, it moved sluggishly through when Ted finds himself in the Victorian era. Everything there - his encounter with Jem, their developing relationship which had no basis to begin with (IMO) and Ted's going back and forth from present-day London - felt shadowy and muffled like I was seeing through a dirty window or listening through water-clogged ears.
I skimmed through several pages as I got bored. This was nowhere as enjoyable as Muscling Through the only other book I've read by this author.(less)
Sex from take-off to landing, after which I had no motivation to continue on to the sequel.
Wasn't bad only in that I finished the book which, these da...moreSex from take-off to landing, after which I had no motivation to continue on to the sequel.
Wasn't bad only in that I finished the book which, these days, is laudable for both the book and me. Curiously enough, I did not detect any gnat behavior so I'm somewhat puzzled by the reviewer's comment that the two men don't have the brains of a gnat.
The story, in this prequel, is fairly simple - just read the blurb and insert lots of sex. Nothing goes wrong with their plan to escape the planet and they arrive back - to have more sex. Neither man does anything TSTL, there are no alien tentacles involved in the sex (or anything else), lots of TLC between the men (once they've declared love, not war) so if you're in one of those moods for unadulterated smut, this would help.
I did enjoy it but once Derek's and Lark's relationship was sorted out and established, I was done. I prefer it when the author writes it as one story, especially when it's not a long book but giving a clear division as it is in this case, there's always the danger that I'm not taken with Book 1 enough to read (or buy) Book 2.(less)
I've enjoyed some of Morrow's previous releases, even the werewolf ones and I rarely read paranormals. BC, by comparison, is a rather poor new release...moreI've enjoyed some of Morrow's previous releases, even the werewolf ones and I rarely read paranormals. BC, by comparison, is a rather poor new release. The story had great potential which the author did not exploit at all. 2 and 1/2 stars.(less)
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 2013 Narrator: Charles Carr
I only bought this because of Charles Carr. It's a pity the story couldn't match Carr's narrating...moreREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 2013 Narrator: Charles Carr
I only bought this because of Charles Carr. It's a pity the story couldn't match Carr's narrating skills and I also couldn't help the impression that he wasn't all that impressed with the book either. If you really want to experience Carr's skill with characterization, listen to The Hardest Thing by James Lear. Not just the sample - it's too short to be useful - but the entire book.
I've enjoyed this writing duo's books before but this one fell flat for me. I'd bought the first version, titled Pandora Project: Runaway Star and it was a dnf. I was hoping this newly-revised version (so it's claimed) would be better but it isn't.(less)