REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK & REREAD; JUNE 2013 Narrator: Tom Wopat Length: 5 hours 10 mins
This audiobook by Simon & Schuster is supposed to be an Abrid...moreREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK & REREAD; JUNE 2013 Narrator: Tom Wopat Length: 5 hours 10 mins
This audiobook by Simon & Schuster is supposed to be an Abridged version but I noticed that as I listened, the story was following the unabridged ebook exactly, unlike the abridged audio version of Karen Rose'sYou Can't Hide which is very clearly(and disappointingly abridged!). This audiobook is 5 hours+ - one third shorter than many of SB's usual books, which is why I'm wondering whether the ebook I was following is an abridged version (is there such a thing an abridged e-book?)
I enjoyed this SB so much better with the audio accompaniment. Tom Wopat did a good job. The suspense came through and my negative impression of Wick, when I tried reading the paperback in 2003 and threw it away, was complete absent. Obviously, my expectations of men have become realistically lowered:p
Though the romance is not as prominent as in SB's earlier books, it's still very much there and much better than her newer books like Play Dirty, which has no romance at all but is pure suspense and should have come with a warning for SB fans like me who know her for her romantic suspense.
This is one SB audio I will be listening to again and if an unabridged version comes out, I will buy it (depending on who's narrating).
----------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF EBOOK REREAD; DECEMBER 2011
Well, this fared much better this time around. More 3.75 stars - which is miles better than the one-star DNF it was when I read it back when it was published.
I didn't enjoy it as much as the later SBs because the plot, while intriguing, didn't pan out as good. I found Rennie hard to warm up to and Oren, Wick's partner before the latter took his "indefinite leave" from the For Worth police dept, was a pain in the bum. He may have Wick's interests at heart and so constantly harps on Wick's behavior and actions concerning Rennie such that I felt like a teenager being nagged by my mother every hour, on the hour.
The romance definitely took a backseat in this one even though Wick's attraction to Rennie is stated early, as is Lozada's obsession with her. Then throughout the rest of the 400-page book, the rush to get Lozada before he gets them takes precedence over everything else - which I have no complaint against...except that it's not as suspenseful as I expected it to be.
Wick, on a positive note, is nothing like the impression I had of him the first time I encountered him. I found him attractive and likeable despite his being tormented by guilt over his brother's death.
REVIEW OF EBOOK & AUDIO; JANUARY 9, 2014 Narrators: Cassandra Campbell & Macleod Andrews
The Story: A 5-five star story for the first half. Afte...moreREVIEW OF EBOOK & AUDIO; JANUARY 9, 2014 Narrators: Cassandra Campbell & Macleod Andrews
The Story: A 5-five star story for the first half. After that, it was ruined by the '80s Harlequin-style heroine (don't-you-dare-touch-me-ooh-fuck-me-or-I'll-combust).
If not for that, Hunted would be about the best Robards I've read, though I can't say I've read a lot of them. I have not read anything she wrote in the last ten years because I had the impression she'd moved away from romantic suspense to mainly suspense with just lip service to romance and I'm unashamedly a romance reader.
I'm very surprised - and disappointed - that an experienced RS writer like Robards would regress in this manner. I prefer my RS books to have a strong romance and hot, explicit sex - but only when it's appropriate and both MCs must want it with absolutely none of that 80s category romance attitude from the heroine.
In this latest offering, Robards fails at that so spectacularly, I can forgive those non-romance reading reviewers for panning this book.
Nevertheless, I can give Hunted 4 stars because the action/suspense thread is very good. It’s gripping, had me on the edge of my seat even though it is precisely because I was so riveted, my annoyance at the sex and sexual internal monologues was heightened. Each time, I’d mutter “just fuck and get it out of your system!” so that we could move on with the story.
The Narrators: Having a male and female narrator is great but not when the book is merely carved up and read by each narrator by chapters rather than each narrator reading the gender-relevant part. It’s a wasted opportunity to just have each reading both male and female! It may be cost-prohibitive to do it the other way, though, and I can accept that. Just a minor gripe.
Cassandra Campbell’s Caroline was good. Her Reed was horrible because she gave him a nasally twang. I’ve noticed quite a few female narrators do this – give the male lead a nasal voice and accent as if that automatically makes him sound male. It doesn’t so please stop. If Campbell had given Reed her natural voice and just kept the Louisiana accent, it would have been alright as her natural voice is warm and husky. Since she’d already given Caroline a higher voice and no accent, it would have been sufficient to differentiate between the two without making Reed sound like some small-town hick.
Macleod fared better in that his Reed was excellent and his Caroline didn’t sound like a guy in drag. Just makes me wish for a dual-narrator audiobook where the male narrator did all the male parts and the female spoke the heroine's and other females'. (less)
I enjoyed this very much in audio. One of my fav LH; the other being After the Night, though both such different books.
I didn't care for the narrator, though, even though she's won accolades for her work on the JD Robb books. I thought DtP was rather poorly narrated, with several mistakes. Story-wise, this is a 5-star RS. Audio - 3 stars. If this were reproduced in audio, I'd buy it again even if it's by Erickson, as long as the mistakes were corrected.(less)
I expected a light romance, hoped it wouldn't be too short and that the writing would be passable (never read or heard of Darien Cox) and less than ha...more I expected a light romance, hoped it wouldn't be too short and that the writing would be passable (never read or heard of Darien Cox) and less than halfway through, this was already a 5-star read. It stayed that way right to the end, giving me a lovely HEA for two very likeable individuals.
The plot is as the blurb describes but very nicely-executed. I found the writing crisp and the scenes flowing smoothly with no wtf moments to pull me out of the story. I found the characters and their actions/reactions realistic and yeah, exchanging sexual favors for a good grade is, apparently, more common than I thought. Though this wasn't really the case with Ben and his professor but rather spoiler the story, I'll leave the details to you to find out.
I didn't like Ben's friend, Dom, all that much, but he fit nicely into the plot since it was because of him that Ben got to see Coyle outside of the classroom. Other than that, Dom just got in the way for me since I wasn't interested in anyone else besides Ben and the professor.
While I'd say it was relatively angst-free, it did have a delicious tension to it because I was dying for the moment when Coyle finally loses his control and gives Ben the fucking he was provoking the poor professor into giving him.
The chemistry between them was hot and that delicious tension came not just from the 'porny' tone but the romance that it developed into. I was glad that little scene between Scotty (or Scott?) and our MCs was resolved right there and then, which is one reason why I do buy shorter books - if it were a longer one, it's likely this scene would have been strung out over several more pages or chapters and Big Mis-driven stories do get tiresome, don't they?
In all, a very well-told story with a whisper of D/s which I thoroughly enjoyed and the only complaint I have is that it's not available in audio.