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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
No, it was not time well spent. I was easily distracted and forgot to pay attention due to the narrator. Minutes would go by and I would miss how we got to the next chapter.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the story, the character development and the underlying mystery. It was a nice change of pace for a traditional historical romance. It will be fun to see the adventures unfold with this next generation of Cynsters.
What didn’t you like about Matthew Brenher’s performance?
I'm sure he is a very nice man and the timber of his voice is beautiful. JUST NOT FOR A HISTORICAL ROMANCE!! He would be great for a text book. Or a non-fiction book about the government. His voice did not inflect one iota of emotion as the story unfolded. There was no excitement, no passion. Just monotone. His female voices were H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E they all sounded like drag queens. His male voices were great but there was absolutely no emotion behind them. I listen to audiobooks while cycling, working out and knitting and was so easily distracted because he did not keep me engaged. I have listed to hundreds of audiobooks and this was absolutely one of the toughest narrations I've ever suffered through. I'm so sorry Mr. Brenher to be so hard on you. Your voice is beautiful but just not for this genre!
What would have made this romance irresistible?
A different narrator. And actually reading it on my own.
Any additional comments?
I love Stephanie Laurens and enjoyed all the Cynster novels so am looking forward to the adventures of the next round of Cynster kids. Any chance you can get Simon Prebble back? No one can read a passionate love scene like Simon. I use "conflagration" in a sentance when possible and that I owe to Simon lol ;)
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Would you be willing to try another one of Matthew Brenher’s performances?
No. It detracts from the story and the characters. I find my self having to go back and reconstruct sentences and phrases to get the intended meaning.
Any additional comments?
I own several Laurens books read by different people. I returned one read by Brenher because his reading completely destroyed the lead character. I kept others simply because I wanted the audio version, but I'm done. When the next book in the series comes out, I will get a print or kindle version. I don't trust the narrators any more. No more 'foppish' Barnaby Adair, Scottish Richard Cynster or Dalziel mispronunciations for me.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I found this book boring from start to finish! both characters lack lustre and considering he was Devils son a big disappointment!
I won't bother with the next book in the series.
also the narrator was terrible. his tone and slowness made me dislike every character!
sorry not a good word to say about this book which is a shame as I loved her earlier books.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful