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This story just dragged and dragged

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-2020

Heavens! What a painfully tedious book this was to listen to. Many times the judge in this case admonished Haller to hurry up and make his point, and he was right to do so. THE FIFTH WITNESS just dragged on and on. The only things that save this book was the continuing development of the Mickey Haller character and a couple of twists within the overall storyline. This is not a book I can see myself coming back to. Peter Giles commendably narrates this book. I enjoy his narration of Haller, the main character. There is also enough breadth and skill when he is narrating other characters, including female characters.

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One of my fave books is finally in audio!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-2019

Narration: I thoroughly enjoyed the dual narration for this book. I think Wilder and York did a terrific job in bringing the characters to life. Emotions were expressed well and the pacing was appropriate to the story. Book Review: There is plenty to love about THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT but upfront, I have to admit that I have a huge crush on Thomas Popov. He is everything I love in a romance book hero. He is a romantic soul and is not ashamed to show the women in his life how he feels. He does not play games. He is sexy. He is thoughtful and kind. He is a good father and provider. He is not perfect; he’s just flawed enough to make him seem like an actual person, and one that I would love to meet in real life. He has more appeal than any 53-year-old man should! With my gushing out of the way, let’s focus on the story. The plot and prose flow effortlessly as we follow the lives of Amy and Thomas. They both have grown children, Amy is divorced and Thomas is a widower. When they meet, their attraction is obvious and like any new relationship, there’s the excitement and giddiness of finding a person you click with. I love reading about the times they spend together because they take immense joy in being with one another. Their relationship also compels them to consider and make peace with the past. Their thoughts are honest and often bittersweet. There are no big dramatic moments or manufactured angst here. Mae Wood has delivered a story about appealing characters with real life issues who meet, fall in love, and give us readers a delightful romance to indulge in

A narration fail.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-2019

Karen Chilton did an excellent job narrating A Princess in Theory. However, her narration of A Duke By Default is painful in comparison. Her attempt at the Scottish accent is just plain awful. I managed to listen for nearly an hour before giving up. The book is going back onto my to-be-read pile and I've returned the audio version for a refund. This is definitely one example where both characters should have been represented in the audio sample.

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Fans of old school Kristen Ashley will rejoice

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-2017

2.5 stars - It was OK/I liked it

Complicated is an audio only release for the first six months. My review is based on the audio version I listened to.

AUDIO
I am a regular audio book listener and I relisten regularly to other Kristen Ashley books that I enjoy. With the odd exception, I typically first read the written version of a book before listening to the audio version. Having to swap my usual methodology meant I listened more actively than I usually would. It wasn't difficult. If anything, I easier recalled names, places and circumstances as the story went on.

Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon were the narrators. They did a great job. Their voices were age appropriate. Voice changes for other characters were different enough so that I never wondered who was speaking. And their version of voices for the opposite sex was good. It's a unique skill and I have listened to several audio books where this is poorly done and my enjoyment of the book suffered. I will definitely be on the lookout for other books Lance and Erin have narrated.

My one criticism, and this is not unique to this audio version at all, is on occasion, the tone of the voice does not always reflect the emotion described. If a character is described as sad, happy, angry, tired etc. then the narration should follow. There are times this didn't happen and it caused me to rewind to check if I had missed anything.

Not living in the US nor having a great interest in accents, I cannot comment on the accuracy of the accents. I realise there are regional differences but it's not the kind of detail I focus on. The speech was clear and understandable which means it passes the test for me.

STORYLINE
There are parts I enjoyed and others I thought were underwhelming.

Fans of old school Kristen Ashley will rejoice. Anyone who has enjoyed the Colorado Mountain, Burg, Dream Man, Rock Chick and Magdalene series will likely appreciate the return of such a storyline; a small town, main characters circa 40 years of age, ex wives, children, families and the baggage they bring and a murder to be solved.

The downside of this is I found the overall story to be somewhat stale and a repetition of what has come before. There were many times when the language, mannerisms and even fashions could have been copied from other KA books.

Some of the dramas that occur in the book also felt... perhaps not forced but deliberate? Deliberate in the sense they were used to drive the story and characters but were not in themselves integral to the outcome. Any other incident/circumstance could have just as easily been substituted without the main characters altering course.

My favourite characters were Greta and Andy. They were brilliant and even though it arose from hardship and tragedy, I loved the portrayal of this sister and brother relationship.

I enjoyed learning about Greta's second job as a lounge singer and I liked the music choices. If nothing else this book introduced me to Annie Lennox's song 'Cold'. I've never heard this song before and I loved it. When it's first mentioned in the book I urge you to stop listening/reading the book and listen to the song.

In conclusion, KA fans will likely give this a big thumbs up but for me it's 'same same but different'. Now go Google that term if you're not familiar with it. 🙂

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