REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 2013: 2 stars for what I managed to read Narrators: Renee Raudmann & Paul Constanzo
I can't even remember what I read/list...moreREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 2013: 2 stars for what I managed to read Narrators: Renee Raudmann & Paul Constanzo
I can't even remember what I read/listened to, just that what little I did get through was nowhere as good as a Sandra Brown or Linda Howard. It was actually so boring that even though there are many romantic thrillers from the late 80s and the 90s which are comfort reads, I now realize why Coulter rarely pops up on my radar.
I've tried a couple of her FBI books and found them wanting, too. I had actually tried Beyond Eden and found that pretty bad but somewhere at the back of my mind, was the thought that I found Coulter's old contemporaries enjoyable. Not satisfied with the mistake of buying the audiobook of Beyond Eden, I decided to try False Pretenses.
Conclusion: no more Coulters for me. Not even gonna attempt her historicals which I do recall enjoying (as much as I am able to enjoy a non-Heyer historical/Regency)
The dual narrators style is something I definitely could like but unfortunately, non of the these have been for good books:( Raudmann and Constanzo did an adequate job, Constanzo faring better than Raudmann who can get a little nasal. Together, they're still okay enough that I'd buy another audiobook by them.
I'd love, though, is a Natalie Ross or Kate Forbes team-up with Dick Hill or Victor Slezak doing the excellent Baltimore series by Karen Rose.(less)
I started on this right after I finished DJ Manly's Busted, and enjoyed it just as much. In this case, I wasn't hankering for more, as I did with Bust...moreI started on this right after I finished DJ Manly's Busted, and enjoyed it just as much. In this case, I wasn't hankering for more, as I did with Busted, because what was told was sufficient. It was a light read, despite my feeling there was enough there for a more substantial story. If there had been a bit more, if I'd been given some chapters into John and David going out as a real couple, I think this would have been 5 stars. As it was, the story kinda ended at 'Charlie' being forced into ending his hooker sideline and becoming David again. So, on second thoughts, maybe this book isn't as sufficient as I said earlier:0
Where it ends is really where the story should begin and this first installation would have become a prologue. Of course, this may be the author's intention since I saw she's into series and Working Boys may be a continuing saga the way Little Lost Boys is.
This was my first JP Barnaby even though I had bought several books by her but, as is usually my case, never got down to reading any. Since I like her style here, I'll be starting on her Little Boy Lost series which I've had since the first installment was published.(less)
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK 4 SEPT 2013: 1 stars Narrator: Nicholas Boulton - 5 STARS!!!
THE NARRATION: Ohmigawd...what a terrible thing to do to a narrator lik...moreREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK 4 SEPT 2013: 1 stars Narrator: Nicholas Boulton - 5 STARS!!!
THE NARRATION: Ohmigawd...what a terrible thing to do to a narrator like Boulton. Okay, he's not blameless since he accepted the job. If I were him, I'd only accept doing audios for Georgette Heyer and no other historical romances.
And again, omigawd!!! Nicholas Boulton has a voice or what. If I could have a wish where audiobooks were concerned, I'd have Boulton narrate every MM audiobook - or pair up with another male narrator. Sigh...I can just imagine it - Boulton as Ty and Crisden (or LeFleur, David, Morey etc) as Zane. What a powerhouse MM narrating duo that would be!
And he pronounced 'scones' the correct way ('scONs, instead of Joyce Bean's 'skoanes' in Linda Howard's Cover of Night.
To hear a sample of Boulton's voice so you know why I'm carrying on like this, click here for the Audible link.
Oh yeah, imagine I was listening to Boulton then switched to Guy Veryzer and you can understand why I gave the review that I did for the audio of Deadly Wrong.
THE BOOK: ONE FRICKIN' STAR. I have never read a Laura Kinsale and never would if not for falling madly in lust with Boulton's voice. So far, the only historical/Regency romances I've enjoyed have been Heyer's though, to be fair, I haven't read many by US authors despite the numerous rave reviews for writers like Kleypas, Foley, Chase et al,
Midsummer Moon features an absent-minded professor type as the heroine and what I thought would be a sexy, dashing, duke ala Heyer. I got one half right. I found the premise promising even though I confess to a fondness for the typical Regency scenario - Almacks, haughty dowagers, arrogant dukes and earls, feisty heroines, scintillating dialogues. MM had nothing close. In fact, it's the worse historical romance I've ever had the misfortune to read/listen.
Words fail me to describe how terrible I found the writing and how I cringed at the thought of Boulton having to narrate this drivel. As I said, though, he accepted the jobs, has done at least 3 Kinsales and there are more in the works. I shudder at the thought.
And I deserve what I got because I'd bought two more Kinsales just because of Boulton's voice.(less)