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Great narration, mediocre story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-2021

Awesome narration. It seems Vanessa Moyen is the only person that can pull off single narration for me. Normally I only enjoy dual but she does such a great job!

Unfortunately, the story was underwhelming. When there is more relationship building between the heroine and someone besides the hero, you know there is an issue.

I just didn’t feel there was any chemistry or build up for the main couple. Like I said the h actually spends more time with a different guy who I actually liked more (as he had more personality and I knew more about him).

Even the “bullying” didn’t have much interaction or spice, it was all pranks done by other people. So they just didn’t have any interactions, it was all just her thoughts about him. Which meant I didn’t feel anything for them as a couple.

Even though it was a great high quality audiobook, I won’t continue on with the story.

Great story, disappointing narration.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-2021

I was immediately captivated by this story. It had a successful start that pulled me in. I loved the characters and found the world very interesting. I appreciated the character building and slow burn.
Unfortunately, the story did not make up for the narration issues. For starters, I will never understand the point of getting a male and female narrator, but not having the girl do the girl voices and the man do the man voices! I thought Brandon Utah did an okay job of the girl voices in his chapters, but I HATED Heather Costa's attempt at the male voices and her accents were even worse. Also, nit-picky maybe, but I hate a badly done Aussie accent. At least Brandon attempted, even though it sounded a mix between American and New Zealand accent. But I don't actually think Heather tried to do accents at all, never mind change the tone of her voice for different characters. I could not tell if she was narrating a man or woman's voice and especially couldn't tell which character she was voicing. The Scottish accent attempts were pretty bad too I thought.
Anyway, I don't mean to be harsh, but I am used to a higher standard with my audiobooks (just finished the Haret Chronicles which had amazing duet narration with multiple successful & absolutely seamless accents). I just can't help but feel like this is several steps down from that and also such a missed opportunity to have two narrators but not a propper duet narration!