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I'm not a huge reality TV fan but if I had to pick a "favorite" it would be "Survivor". Rosalind James puts a twist on reality TV by having the story center around a pioneer theme circa 1885. Without giving too much away . . . pairs on the show spend weeks living much like the homesteaders that settled the midwestern/western states. James does a brilliant job of giving insight into the struggles of daily life that settlers experienced while trying improve the land. She even addresses the injustices brought about by the Homestead Act. Of course, this is romance and James also does a fantastic job in this area. Twin brothers Gabe and Alec are selected for the show, as are couple Scott and Mira. Throughout the story of how the game progresses, relationships evolve including a new one between Gabe and Mira. However it's not just their story. James weaves the other contestants into the story so that we get a good picture of what they are like as well as helping to reveal the true nature of Gabe, Alec, Scott, and Mira. As always, James adds just the right amount of steaminess to the story. If you don't want some slightly dirty "encounters" (including a sizzling session of shaving down by the stream) done in a tasteful but provocative manner, this book isn't for you.
Emma Taylor does an outstanding job with the narration. She gives individual voices to each character (of which there are a dozen+) that are easily recognizable as their own. Her rate and inflection are very pleasant and she does a great job with the right amount of emotion--nothing unbelievable because it's so over the top. In fact, Gabe really comes alive and I liked him even more in the audiobook (I had also read the print book). She gave him just the right amount of "rakishness" while still preserving his "gentleman" tendencies. Her Mira came across as sweet but not in a sickening way while preserving her quiet strength. Characters I didn't like when I read the book REALLY annoyed me while listening--and not because of a poor performance but because Taylor does them so well you really hear them if that makes sense. The book is a great one when read but Taylor's performance really takes it to the next level, bringing everything to life.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own--If I didn't enjoy the audiobook, I'd have no problem stating so.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Good fun summer read. Narrator was good too. Not great but did a nice job. I am downloading the other books in the series.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful