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review 2018-04-14 02:01
I'm not really sure how to say this but...
Free Falling - S.E. Jakes,Dorian Bane

well, quite frankly this one bored me. I have a couple of theories why and I'm honestly not feeling the least bit shy about admitting that this time around I'm pretty sure the book and I can share the blame on this one.

 

'Free Falling' is the first book in S.E. Jakes 'Extreme Escapes' series or the second I'm not really sure because when I look this series up on GR it shows that there are 10 books to 'Extreme Escapes' and the listings seems to be a combination of some previously written smaller series by this author. The first story being 'Bound for Keeps' shows as being book #5 from her series 'Men of Honor' and from the sounds of the blurb the characters from it aren't a part of this book so I figured I'd be ok in terms of following the story and from that perspective I'm pretty sure I was, however, the next couple of books in the series are books the first two books from the series 'Hell or High Water' and then we jump to Dirty Deeds book #1 from a series with the same title, 'Dirty Deeds' and then it seems to jump back to the 'Hell or High Water' series...ok, I have to say this is a bit confusing to me because I'm kind of wondering where that leaves the rest of the books from the 'Men of Honor' series? Should they be read before starting this? After? Maybe it doesn't matter? But it also has me wondering how connected any of these stories are...so really does it matter what order they're read in at all? 

 

Blue's a thief and Mick's a mercenary but the one thing that's obvious from the word go in this story is that they have a history...at times it actually feels like a lot of history and some of it may have occurred in another book in another series I don't know. But after reading the blurbs from those books it doesn't seem like it and without having read the books I can't be sure. However, as far as background for the individual characters I felt like we got more about Blue than Mick in this story, but we did at least get a bit about both of them and while it may have zero effect on this story in terms of understanding. That bit of previous history for me helps me to establish a bond if you will with the characters. It's nice to feel like you're there from the beginning rather than just getting plunked in the middle.

 

And for me getting plunked down in the middle of what turned out to be a rather prolonged mating dance between these two men but at the same time they had this perpetual game of 'come here, come here, come here...no get away, get away...wait come here...' going on and for me that game becomes real tired real fast and I become a bored person. I think if I'd been there for more of their relationship in the early stages maybe when they  first met a couple of subsequent encounters I might have found myself more invested and ultimately more interested in that moment when they both realized that they wanted to be together...I can't really say for sure but what I do know for sure is that from start to end this one just let me feeling disconnected and wondering if maybe I should have read some of the other books first? 

 

At the end of it all I just know this was me...

 

However, I did manage to pay attention long enough to be able to say that my issue was definitely in regards to the story and not connected to the narrator...sorry Mr. Bane, I truly didn't forget or ignore you.

 

Dorian Bane was the narrator for this one and I do want to make note of the fact that his efforts did not go unnoticed. While I liked Blue's voice for me the winner was Mick. Mick had that husky gravelly voice that held a slight edge of ongoing frustration and anger to it and for me that was so reflective of Mick, who I quickly came to identify as someone whose anger and frustration was a constant simmer beneath the surface and given what he did for a living this felt like it should be a natural emotional state for him. He deals with the part of humanity that quite frankly most of us would rather pretend didn't exist...Mick's voice very definitely worked for me as did profit with his subtle English accent and huge helping of snarky, attitude. So yeah, the narration for me on this one was definitely solid.

 

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An audio book of 'Free Falling' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

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review 2017-11-25 08:00
The Picture Of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde,Jeffrey Eugenides

A friend of mine told me about The Picture of Dorian Gray and she is quite a fan of it. I wanted to read it as well, to see if it really was as good as she said.

 

I enjoyed reading it. For me, it wasn't the best book I've ever read and there wasn't much surprise for me in it (my friend told me the story) but it was still interesting to read in my opinion. It took me quite some time to finish the book, but that hadn't to do with the story.

 

It was also the first book I read online (instead of on paper; it was a free read on GR and this was still before I had an eReader) so I had to get used to that as well.

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review 2017-09-04 21:27
(Audiobook) The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dramatized) - Ian Hallard,Aysha Kala,Big Finish Productions,Oscar Wilde, Marcus Hutton, James Unsworth,Alexander Vlahos,Miles Richardson,David Llewellyn

This was interesting.

 

This audiobook is actually made up of several parts. There's a dramatized version of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, interviews with the producer of the adaptation, the author of the adaptation, and Alexander Vlahos (the actor who voices Dorian), the first installment of the Confessions of Dorian Gray series, and a selection of music.

 

To take each of these in turn:

 

The picture of Dorian Gray (adaptation/dramatized) - This is a full cast dramatization of the story, and not a narration of the actual text. It sort of reminds me of the full cast adaptation of Carmilla with David Tennant and Rose Leslie that I listened to a couple of years ago. I found it to be quite delightful. The cast were all excellent at their parts, with high marks going to Alexander Vlahos as Dorian. Being a dramatization, things that were subtext in the original work were brought right out into the open here. Some things were changed a bit, but they very heart of the story, and all major plot points were there. If you don't mind adaptations, I'd say this is worth a listen.

 

Interviews - Are pretty much standard interviews. Interesting, but nothing to write home over.

 

The Confessions of Dorian Gray (This World Our Hell) - The basis of the series is that Dorian Gray is a real man, and that his friendship with Oscar Wilde is what prompted Wilde to write a book about Dorian. From what I gather, the series follows Dorian throughout the passage of time--stories are set in different eras. This one is set in 1900, and it finds Dorian in Paris visiting Mr. Wilde, who is on his death bed. It's not an overly long story, maybe about 30 minutes total, but I did find it entertaining, and might look into others in the series.

 

Music - The musical selection by James Dunlop was quite lovely. It's something I could see myself listening to more than once for sure.

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text 2017-09-04 20:59
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dramatized) - Ian Hallard,Aysha Kala,Big Finish Productions,Oscar Wilde, Marcus Hutton, James Unsworth,Alexander Vlahos,Miles Richardson,David Llewellyn

Yep...the remaining 17% of the book was the music.

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text 2017-09-04 20:18
Reading progress update: I've read 83%.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dramatized) - Ian Hallard,Aysha Kala,Big Finish Productions,Oscar Wilde, Marcus Hutton, James Unsworth,Alexander Vlahos,Miles Richardson,David Llewellyn

Chapters 38-45 make up the first installment of The Confessions of Dorian Gray, so it appears that chapters 46-62 are comprised of the musical selections.

 

It's lovely, haunting music, btw...

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