Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale
Grade : D

Narrated by Kate Reading

Can a beloved narrator turn a bad book into a good listen? In this case, no. Blythe reviewed the print version for this entry into the Others series at AAR and gave it a D+, liking the fae aspects, but not much else. I should have paid more attention to her review before volunteering to review this in audio. If reviewing in print, I suspect my grade would be even lower than Blythe’s.

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I’ve read a number of the Others series but was immediately confused. The author’s website reveals that while this was released in November 2011, it should be read “before” many of her other books as it takes place before many older books in the series.

Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale focuses on Corinne and Luc, our hero and heroine, with much told from Luc’s POV. For the most part I liked Ms. Reading’s performance of Luc but she seemed to struggle a bit with Corrine’s voice. At times she gave Corrine one of her typical, smart aleck voices but more often than not, Corrine just sounded flat. This isn’t surprising. We know virtually nothing about Corinne other than that she’s Luc’s heartmate and is very irritating. That’s it.

Most of the book takes place with just Corrine and Luc on page; I never had difficulty distinguishing one from the other. When another character appears, Ms. Reading gives them a unique voice making it easy to understand who is speaking. Corinne and Luc’s emotions are heard clearly with Ms. Reading’s narration: anger, sorrow, and passion (and they have a lot of passion). Their tongues tangle, their mouths mate, and Corrine’s body worships Luc’s.

My problem isn’t with the narration. Ms. Reading continues to be one of my favorite narrators. I intensely dislike this book. In fact, this will be the last time I venture into the author’s works, either in print or audio. I will definitely seek out further narrations by Ms. Reading; I’ll just be more selective about the author’s work she’s narrating.

Breakdown of Grade - Narration: B and Book Content: F

Reviewed by LinnieGayl Kimmel
Grade : D
Book Type: Audiobook

Sensuality: Hot

Review Date : October 5, 2012

Publication Date: 2011/11

Review Tags: Audiobook Kate Reading

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LinnieGayl Kimmel

My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.
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