After listening to Tilly Bagshawe's "Adored" on audio CD, I was beginning to despair for the chick lit genre - - that is, until I stumbled on to Quent...moreAfter listening to Tilly Bagshawe's "Adored" on audio CD, I was beginning to despair for the chick lit genre - - that is, until I stumbled on to Quentins. Now this was more like it! Even though abridged, Maeve Binchy's story was captivating and great fun to listen to on audio CD. The narrator was excellent, altering her voice only slightly to let you know who you were hearing speak. The "bad guy" was truly evil, but amazingly, was evil without the constant use of 4-letter words sprinkled throughout his vocabulary.
It is clear that Ms. Binchy knows how to tell a good story with interesting characters. I can't say I would be one of those fans to read every one of her books, but I will certainly be game to try another of her stories on audio CD.(less)
Let's see - - if you are beautiful and wealthy and have a great Hollywood name, you can pretty much berate and belittle everyone around you and they'l...moreLet's see - - if you are beautiful and wealthy and have a great Hollywood name, you can pretty much berate and belittle everyone around you and they'll still come running back to you. Now, let's add a little humility here when that beautiful face is totally ruined by a madman that you knowingly hooked up with, and who has also ruined you financially, and VOILA! You are instantly a far better person. To top it all off, we add a gorgeous uncle who is a TV star and who is the equivalent of a saint, and his best friend who is also gorgeous and races between being a stupid saint (for loving our abusive heroine) and a juvenile jerk who throws temper tantrums (i.e., lies to and sleeps with a budding Hollywood waitress/actress).
On the other hand, there were times when listening to this story was---well, fun. Some of Bagshawe's ideas were great; the young actress so confused by an erratic upbringing that her own personality is warped; the glamour, glitz and brutality of Hollywood; the family in England trying desperately to hold on to the family estate. But then she ruins it with foul-mouthed expletives that are doubly shocking when heard in rapid succession on an audio CD, and with story lines that are poorly and hastily resolved.
If that weren't bad enough, the audio CD is read by a young English woman who has clearly done some work on accents, as she has a passable American accent throughout - - - with the exception of the way she pronounces our heroine's surname when she is being "American". I'm sorry ma'am, but if you want to have an American accent, please acquaint yourself with our nasty "a" sound in the name McMahon. No matter how you slice it, and no matter what part of our country you are from, it is NOT pronounced "McMonn". The fact that the name is repeatedly used throughout the narrative makes it even more grating.
All in all, this is one to skip. Save your eyes and/or your ears for better material. (less)
I really liked this book, and would read another one by the author in a heartbeat. He clearly understands the life of a young boy - - -the things that...moreI really liked this book, and would read another one by the author in a heartbeat. He clearly understands the life of a young boy - - -the things that matter, that affect how a boy feels about life and his parents, life in a small town in the 50's. Then throw in a bit of voodoo magic, a mysterious murder, and lethal moonshiners - - -how can you miss!(less)
Perhaps not quite the caliber of The Hunger Games, but I still found this book to be a fun and exciting read. Just the ticket for the gloomy after-Chr...morePerhaps not quite the caliber of The Hunger Games, but I still found this book to be a fun and exciting read. Just the ticket for the gloomy after-Christmas blues, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series!(less)