Library Ed. Recorded Books 2017
CD ISBN 9781501945441 $123.75 Thirteen CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781501971600 $64.75 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781501945533 $109.00
The lackluster performance of narrator Jill Tanner fails to breathe life into this fantasy romance novel. Characters are seldom distinguishable, regardless of their gender or age. The pacing of the narration is often slow, not as a stylistic choice to increase the drama but simply as a quirk of the storytelling. Both of these characteristics distract rather than engage the listener. Characters whose accents are described in the text as lilting instead sound whiny and grating, rendering them unlikable. Furthermore, Tanner's bland narration serves to highlight the author's overuse of certain words and phrases (for example, "grimace"--and "special gift"). Overall, this is a weak production. A.L.S.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2018]
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