REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 25, 2015 Narrator: Greg Tremblay
This collaboration did not work for me. I've liked, or loved, both authors' works on their oREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 25, 2015 Narrator: Greg Tremblay
This collaboration did not work for me. I've liked, or loved, both authors' works on their own and though I went into this one without any strong expectations except to like it enough to keep listening, I found myself bored.
The 2 stars for the little I did listen to. There wasn't anything in the writing to pull me in and keep me listening for a few chapters, at least. I switched to another book, one I had no interest in reading oer listening, and stayed the course - Renae Kaye's The Blinding Light.
Greg Tremblay is not a narrator I get excited about but I think it's more to do with the Rhys Ford Dirty Series audios than his narrative style. I like his voice but that series is one I just could not do and I've, unfortunately, associated Tremblay with those books. It's his pronunciation of the Korean names. I think he's done them so well (I'm not sure, just guessing, since I'm not Korean) that the names reverberate around my head for ages....more
Very listenable despite leaving me not knowing the actor as a person apart from being a horndog. I didn't find the coverage of his movie career, fromVery listenable despite leaving me not knowing the actor as a person apart from being a horndog. I didn't find the coverage of his movie career, from tv actor to award-winning director, tedious as some reviewers did. On the contrary, Marc Eliot had a style which kept the biography moving quickly.
In the end, though, I was left knowing technical data but not much about the man behind the ambitious, driven professional. I wanted to understand, to whatever realistic degree, why Eastwood placed so little value on monogamy, not just be told that he valued his freedom to sleep with whomever he wished, even when he was married. I wanted to know what his friends - and enemies - thought of him. I did not get that at all. I wanted to understand why he found Sondra Locke so appealing and why this relationship failed but all I got were glimpses in the relationship timeline that impacted Eastwood's career and nothing about the personal aspect.
Still, I wasn't bored, to my surprise, and may even be roused to watch a movie or two he starred in. I've only watched a handful of Eastwood movies since I'm not a movie buff but I do know the Man With No Name character and I do think he was hot when he was in those spaghetti westerns, of which I only saw one - the Good, the Bad & the Ugly....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 26, 2015 Narrator: Jonathan Young
The story is set in Perth, where I lived for several years, but apart from some mentions oREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 26, 2015 Narrator: Jonathan Young
The story is set in Perth, where I lived for several years, but apart from some mentions of Sydney and Western Australia, I couldn't tell it was an Aussie-based book. I was very thankful for that as I'd avoided this book because I was afraid it would be like another one I'd read some years back where the hero referred to the women as 'sheilas' and other Aussie talk.
Nothing like that to pull me out of the story here and I found most of the book rather delightful. BUT...I have some quibbles. I felt Patrick's character turned out very contradictory to what I had been led to believe at the start. The way the book opened, the way I was introduced to Patrick's character, had me expecting someone irascible, unreasonable and cranky - like another 'Light' titled story, Letting in the Light. Patrick was a toothless tiger compared to Fae Sutherland's Finnegan. This inconsistency (in the reader's mind) could have been avoided if Jake had not believed everything he was told about Patrick, if he had given Patrick the benefit of the doubt. As it was, I happily believed all the bad press about the poor guy so that even when Patrick explains why he was annoyed, angry, dissatisfied, with the previous housekeepers, it failed to dispel the perception (and expectation) I had of his character.
When Patrick turns out to be a really warm, caring, sweetly caring man, some of the oomph was lost. I'm sure if I didn't have those Finnegan-like grouchy guys or a May-December romance in my mind when I started the story, I might be giving this 4, if not 5 stars. As it is, even though the author corrects Jake's (and my) perception, the effort was lost on me.
There were also a couple of other things that did pull me out of the story, too. This may be due to the fact that I do not know any blind people and its just my ignorance of their world showing, but I did wonder what was the point of Jake telling Patrick what he looked like, and answering "An average, regular man, actually. I’m white, with short, sandy-brown hair and brown eyes...". If Patrick was born blind, how would he know what any color looks like? Or a freckle, when Jake tells him he doesn't freckle? Another one is getting distracted by the world of the blind. I got so distracted by Patrick saying "I don’t have a car because I don’t know how to drive...Learning to drive will be going to the top of my “Things In Life To Do” list." that I stopped listening and started googling about vehicles for the blind. That led to reading about the world blind people inhabit, and I got more interested in that than the story.
Anyway, this turned out to be sweet romance, albeit with an icky part - Jake being present at his mother's labor, as she gives birth to the baby she wanted to give to Jake and Patrick. Yeah. Icky even though Jake says he did not look at his mother's privates.
I could have done without that entire scene, that whole idea of Jake's mom getting pregnant so she could give her son and his lover a child. In second thoughts, I could do without the mother completely. She added a weirdness to the story that shouldn't be there. I suppose, like the inconsistency in Patrick's character, there's inconsistency to the overall tone of the story, too. The mother added that squick factor to what was supposed to be a regular, feel-good, comfort romance. Then again, that's just my perception and not what the author was aiming for.
Narrator: I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would and Jonathan Young's narration was okay. There were several instances where he did not give the correct tone and expression. For example, Patrick is said to say something in a weak voice because he's sick and has a sore throat; the man looks like death warmed over and sounds it, yet Young has Patrick speaking and answering Jake's questions in a cheerful, loud voice. But at least Young's Aussie accent wasn't overpowering....more
PARTIAL REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 20, 2015 Narrator: John Solo
Looks like Grey will remain more miss in the hit-or-miss category of authors. What littlPARTIAL REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 20, 2015 Narrator: John Solo
Looks like Grey will remain more miss in the hit-or-miss category of authors. What little I finished in this 3rd installment gave me the same meh reaction that Book 2 did. Whatever charm I found in the first book is completely missing in the second and whatever hopes I had for the 3rd installment quickly dissipated....more