Wanderlust Impressions: Overall, a VOD Situation

Aliona Savchenko,Bruno Massot

(These two took my breath away!)

Ah, Wanderlust. I so much wanted to love it. I was predisposed to be favorable toward it,  as I frequently do enjoy this light genre and I adore RA narrations, but I have to admit I was a tiny bit disappointed. The writing/story just wasn’t strong enough. It took me a lot longer to listen to this one than the average 7 to 8 hour audiobook. This was partly due to my own distractions, as I spent time watching Winter Olympics the past several days while doing kitchen and laundry tasks, rather than immersed in the book. But there have been other Olympics when I kept an eye on the TV while listening to a better book, so I can only conclude that my inordinate interest in Olympic commentary reflects my general lack of connection to the story. SPOILERS below….

 

The plot was on the weak side. More specifically, the romantic conflict was feeble. I love the genre, so it isn’t about the fact that it has a Happily-Ever-After or is, plotwise, ultimately predictable. That is the just the way of the genre, and if that doesn’t float one’s boat, it’s going to be hard for any romance novel to please. But I appreciate a love story and the feel-good ending as much as the next romance reader. And it’s not that I require an overly large heaping of angst in my romance reading, but I do value a solid romantic conflict, and it wasn’t really to be found here. That Joy and Griffin initially cannot act on their mutual attraction because they are working together, with Griffin hired by Joy’s company as an on-the-job translator, certainly didn’t tug at my heartstrings. This leaves the “time-limit” on their relationship as the major romantic conflict, and it had potential to be quite interesting.

Griffin’s bucket list, written by his dying brother, means he intends to leave Paris for Indonesia in a few short months, to realize the dream of running a marathon there… and after that, he’s destined to go on travelling the world. The problem is, his heart obviously isn’t in it, which means my heart wasn’t really in it, in terms of the romantic conflict. I didn’t feel that Griffin actually had a case of wanderlust, and therefore, there wasn’t actually a believable conflict. (The concept of wanderlust as a romantic conflict was much better explored in Truth or Beard by Penny Reid- Lauren Blakely’s solution for it was, to me, kind of a cop out.) But in absence of a great romantic conflict, a character-driven romance can still be wonderful.

Protective footwearThe characters, then, also weren’t strong enough. It isn’t going well when I find myself eye-rolling during the story. This happened a number of times for me in Wanderlust, and I won’t list all the eye-rollers here. But bear with me while I bitch for a minute, because the heroine, Joy, really lost my respect when she opted to wear flip flops to her first day of work. I mean, flip-flops are unprofessional in most work settings that aren’t the pool or the beach, and especially day 1 on the job! But even if she’s the most casual new laboratory supervisor ever… well, any lab I’ve been a part of (and I totally manned the chem lab supply room and was a student assistant in more than one on-campus biochem research lab for extra spending money as an undergrad), it was a pretty firm rule that everyone in the lab wears impermeable, closed-footed shoes. Perforated shoes, sandals, cloth shoes and for fuck’s sake flip flops? All a no-go. Safety first, Joy! Safety. First.

And then she had a problem when she asked a fellow co-worker for a particular dilution of peach-essence while mixing a new fragrance. The dilution was lost in translation and she wasted her afternoon concocting a mixture that was way too strong. Couldn’t this have been written numerically, just a quick jotted 1:8 or 1:whatever to be sure there wasn’t confusion? Use your numbers, Joy. Use. Your. Numbers.

But enough about Joy. You get the idea. I didn’t buy that she was very bright at all, much less the brilliant new star of the show at the fragrance company. Was her part performed well? Grace Grant gets a B- from me. She did a nice job conveying that Joy is a bubbly, positive type of person, but I really wasn’t digging her British accent for Griffin. Perhaps if I hadn’t had Richard’s voice with which to compare and contrast, I wouldn’t have become so bent out of shape about it, but I just didn’t like it when she narrated his dialogue. I found I liked Griffin during Griffin’s chapters, but wasn’t able to hang onto my affection for him during Joy’s chapters. I frequently found myself wishing this had been a male-only POV, and then we could have Richard reading all the chapters. Dual narration isn’t usually a problem for me, though, so I have to think that Grace Grant is getting the short end of the stick here. I just wanted Richard reading all the chapters. Period.

So on to Richard Armitage as Griffin. He gets an A- from me. Part of this may not be his fault. I was frequently distracted from what he was saying because I was wondering in my head what he thought about the lines he was narrating. For years I used to read romance novels at home, but my audiobook selections (always cd’s from the library) would be from other genres. There was a time when romance audiobooks were few and far between, and male narrators were rare. When I did eventually decide to try a few audio versions of romance novels, I found I had a problem becoming distracted wondering what male narrators “thought” of the material they were covering. For years, romance novels were sort of a guilty secret to some extent- my family and significant others might know I read them, but I didn’t like to read them in public where I’d feel judged for my reading choices. All this to say, I had this preconception that romance novels were mainly read by women and in privacy, so it was strange to imagine a guy reading the story, and I couldn’t help but wonder what the male narrator’s reactions were. Was he laughing at this stuff, making fun of his listeners after hours, rolling his eyes at us? Eventually, as more and more romance novels became available on audio, and male narrators became popular for dual POV and even entire novels, I got over this problem, and now I rarely worry about what the male narrator is thinking. That is, until THIS particular narrator embarked on his first steamy novel. LOL

No TitsSo, RA in the steamy sections- decent, but my own head got in the way of things, and to be perfectly honest, I’ve heard better. There were moments in the narrative where Armitage would lower his voice into a suggestive tone as Griffin contemplates his desire for Joy, but in the actual encounters, I felt he wasn’t 100% invested, at least in the descriptive paragraphs. The writing of the sex scenes was only so-so, but I thought he could have done a little better. The dialogue was narrated far more sexily than the descriptive sections, with a lower register and occasional breathless quality that I liked. Dialogue in general is really a strength for Armitage; it shines and elevates the writing every time.  But the writing itself was just generic fare for sex scenes, and also, certain words or phrases can always annoy me. Tits is one of those words. If I hear “tits”, it throws me right out of the moment. I never want to hear Richard Armitage say “tits” again in this life.

So, RA’s narration of the steamy scenes gets about a B+, and his dialogue gets an A. That dialogue rating should have been an A+, as I really liked the French (I’d definitely love to hear many more lines from him in French), and I thought most of the emotional sections, especially the flashback conversations with Griffin’s dying brother, were narrated flawlessly. But there was one area of dialogue that irritated me. His mother was supposed to be French, and that is the reason Griffin was so fluent in French… so why did his conversations with his mother not reflect a French accent on her part? I actually kind of liked the voice he gave the mother, this voice for an older British lady, as initially it made me wonder if this was an impression of the way Armitage’s own mother might sound on the telephone. Imagining that felt like a small insight into Armitage himself. But then I remembered that Griffin’s mother was French, and I wondered whether Armitage had forgotten that detail, and why the Audible director didn’t ask him to try a different voice? Can The Armitage do no wrong, or was nobody really paying attention to minor plot points? LOL

pink doorAs for the story itself, it wasn’t horrible or completely idiotic, but it just didn’t quite live up to what I hoped it could be. I really enjoyed the picture that Lauren Blakely painted of Paris- I’ve never visited the city, but this book inspired an interest in me to see the colorful doors with quirky knockers, the flowers and gardens with hidden angels and sundials, etc. That was well-done, and the author’s love of Paris shined through. And there were a few funny/quirky details that I also enjoyed here and there, such as Griffin’s friend Christian being the naked guy doing handstands to entertain the canal tours in Copenhagan. And I enjoyed some humorous moments- when Joy has a “proposition” for Griffin, and misunderstanding her intention, he becomes overly eager at the prospect. I couldn’t help but chuckle at Armitage’s delivery as Griffin comes on strongly with a little under-the-table fondling in a restaurant, which leaves her breathless, but grinds to a halt when she explains that the proposition involves her wishing to hire him to teach her French. And I was happily entertained by the flirty name game between “Archie” and “Judy” in the beginning… the way Armitage says the name Judy was rather fan-freaking adorable.

VODSo I didn’t feel that I had wasted my time by listening to Wanderlust. I basically enjoyed the Griffin-narrated chapters in much the same way that I enjoyed Richard’s role in Vicar of Dibley- it was lighthearted fun, with a few annoyances, but pleasurable simply for the novelty of the situation. VOD or Wanderlust will never be my favorite performances, but they were memorable and brought more smiles than eye-rolls.

My personal review: Overall: B-

Richard Armitage’s Narration: A-

Grace Grant’s Narration: B-

Lauren Blakely’s Story: C (I feel a little bit bad about this, as in the author interview at the end, she came across a pretty sweet person and she was really excited about this story!)

 

 

 

 

63 comments

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  2. Servetus · February 15, 2018

    Lauren Blakely’s (apparent) total ignorance of how professional women behave, or what role professional standards play in the life of a woman, was also an issue in the book of hers I read previously. I tried to remind myself that the women in these novels are supposed to be aspirational and probably no casual reader really wants to know the actual details of things like ethics or licensure, but if professional women are reading this stuff, that kind of falls through the cracks.

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    • jholland · February 15, 2018

      It’s things like this that can make or break a novel. I totally agree. (This is why I steer clear of any type of novel involving a veterinarian… it’s so painfully obvious that the author has no clue what it’s really like, never mind the medical inaccuracies.) She obviously went to Paris for research, but she should have gone to a fragrance lab and taken some notes as well. =)

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      • squirrel.0072 · February 16, 2018

        In southern France town: Grasse for example (the world capital of flagrance and perfumes, situated in the magnificent region of Provence).

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        • jholland · February 16, 2018

          Exactly! Blakely probably would have loved the region, and the characterization of Joy could have been delightfully more interesting for whatever insights Blakely gleaned from the fragrance industry. Win-win. LOL

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      • squirrel.0072 · February 16, 2018

        Did you ever watch the movie: “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”, with Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman… a horror thriller

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        • jholland · February 16, 2018

          No, I have not seen that, but sounds like a stellar cast!

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  3. CraMERRY · February 15, 2018

    I like the two too 😍 When I saw them I thought: it’s like Torvill/Dean Then I learned, that Dean created their performance. VERY impressive! Good day for Germany!!!! 😊

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    • jholland · February 15, 2018

      Oh, my gosh. They were incredibly graceful and interpreted the music, each move perfectly choreographed and appeared effortless. Those lifts! I rewound and watched it twice just for the pleasure of such a gorgeous piece of skating!

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      • CraMERRY · February 15, 2018

        It‘s the first gold medal since 66 years for Germany. Yes I‘m proud, WE did it 😁

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        • jholland · February 16, 2018

          I was thinking about my German friends while we were waiting for the results… and I would have been so angry if they didn’t win Gold after that mesmerizing performance!

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  4. Servetus · February 15, 2018

    I have the same issue with novels where the protagonist works in a rare book collection. Most authors apparently don’t bother to research that, either. (It was one of the few things I really appreciated about “A Discovery of Witches” — the author was a historian who’d used the collection the first novel starts out in. Probably most readers wouldn’t realize, but *I* knew.)

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    • jholland · February 15, 2018

      I wouldn’t know anything about the rare book collection… but the genetics in that book were so sketchy to my scientific sensibilities that I did not finish. LOL

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  5. Mel · February 15, 2018

    This is actually kind of funny to me because my son is a chem major and he goes on and on about how much time is spent on lab safety requirements and how some things can literally be an automatic fail. Like flip flop in the lab….that would be one!

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    • jholland · February 15, 2018

      Welcome, Mel! Right? I was really quite huffy about those flip flops! LOL.

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      • zan · February 16, 2018

        Same reaction here to the flip-flops. LOL. My entire career was spent in and around laboratories and I had safety pounded into my head constantly.

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        • jholland · February 16, 2018

          It was funny because Joy was mad at herself for wearing the flip flops, but only because she injured her foot commuting to work. She had no concerns for any type of injury later in the day. =)

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  6. Guylty · February 15, 2018

    I am really glad to read the verdict from someone who *knows* what she is talking about. Because it confirms my impressions, eight chapters in. Yep, I am still stuck right at the beginning of the book. Not even the prospect of smutty bits read by Richard are motivating me to go on with this audio book. My reaction has been like yours: eyerolling. And plenty of big heaves of sighs. Quite frankly, I neither like Joy, nor Griffin. Joy comes across as artificial, and Griffin is far too interested in “breasts” for my taste. I mean, sure, romance novels are about bonking, but where is the *romance* if all the male protagonist appreciates, is the physical attributes?
    Like you, I am also getting frequently distracted by the thought “I wonder what RA was thinking when he had to read that”. Not in an APM kind of way. I don’t believe in the ‘snowflake’ trope. I just don’t like to think that he may associate some kind of qualitative judgment with his agreeing to read this material. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying romance novels but they belong to the realm of fantasy – just like our own private fantasies are pure imagination “for a certain purpose” and do not necessarily reflect RL needs and preferences.
    I really do wonder whether I will ever finish that audio book…

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    • jholland · February 15, 2018

      “When he had to read that” kind of says it all, doesn’t it? LOL. I couldn’t get over it! Now that I’ve listened to the book, I appreciate all the more his diplomatic and professional approach to that audible promotional blurb. LOL. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get lost in the story. It’s always a pleasure to have that wonderful voice in my ear, but I usually devour his audiobooks, and this one took some effort. I enjoyed the novelty but I can’t see myself revisiting this, ever.

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      • squirrel.0072 · February 16, 2018

        Is there someone who can advise him better than he actually is? I’ll do better next time reading the telephone directory’s numbers or even better some delicious cookbook kitchen recipes. Just to make our mouth water, with some audiobooks of him, during a recording session.

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        • squirrel.0072 · February 16, 2018

          sorry “he ‘ll do …”

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        • jholland · February 16, 2018

          I actually think a cookbook would be awesome! Though it might make it difficult for fans trying to diet. LOL!

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  7. zeesmuse · February 15, 2018

    Thank you for telling it like I felt. I’ve gotten 1/3rd of the way in and I”m not sure I want to go further. I’m not a fan of contemporary romance, although I’ve read some nice ones. Gimme a knight or a man in a kilt 800 years ago, any day.

    But that’s me. I might finish it at some point… just don’t know when.

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    • jholland · February 15, 2018

      I don’t really have a strong preference for Medieval or Highland or Regency or Contemporary- I’ve read great ones in all those categories. This just wasn’t one of them. =)

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      • zeesmuse · February 16, 2018

        I just have this thing for tall, dark broody knights in medieval armor….

        and sweat is good.

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  8. SueBC · February 16, 2018

    Thanks for taking the time to review this so thoroughly. Very interesting to read what you thought. One of these days I’ll listen to it I guess, but I’ve opted for The Martian Invasion of Earth right now. (Very glad he doesn’t say “tits” in this one. 😊 Not a sexy sounding word in my opinion.)

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    • jholland · February 16, 2018

      I know! Ugghh I hate that word. Are you enjoying the Martian performance?

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      • SueBC · February 16, 2018

        Yes it’s exciting. A very different experience with all the sound effects.

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  10. nellindreams · February 16, 2018

    Love your review and completely share your impressions. Apart from the chem lab experience that I lack. 😉 And as you said in the last paragraph there were more smiles than eye-rolls in the end. But the range is wide, even among so-called romantic literature and I hope that whenever he might feel the need to read “something light-hearted” again he’ll find a better book template…

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    • jholland · February 16, 2018

      I wonder if he’ll ever dare do another romance again? I think a lot of Lauren Blakely’s fans are super pleased, so there IS a lot of happy feedback. But quite a bit of the opposite or just lukewarm from his fan base.

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      • nellindreams · February 16, 2018

        True. I would not have thought he’d ever do that genre. 😉 As long as there is a grateful audience why should he completely refrain from it completely?
        However he seems to like the diversity, so let’s see what is next.

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      • squirrel.0072 · February 16, 2018

        The Shape of Water ,Phantom Thread lot of good movies in 2018, but without …

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  11. Helen · February 16, 2018

    I’ve been away so haven’t got to this yet… I will but I think I’ll probably be eye rolling with the best! Can’t bear sloppy research, whatever the book. It doesn’t take a genius to run text past someone who would pick up the stupid errors! (There’s a book called, I think, the Glassblower of Murano, in which a master blower makes a glass heart for the heroine and then drops in in a bucket of water to cool it. Doh… did he really want it to shatter to smithereens?)

    I’m also very nervous about the sexy bits!

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    • jholland · February 16, 2018

      Oh, dear. I think even I would have known that this would shatter the glass, and I have no other experience than basic scientific reason. LOL! I love authors that meticulously research their topics, too. The sexy bits were somewhat explicit (though not to the level of erotica). I was too distracted wondering what Armitage was thinking during the passages to remember much detail.

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  12. squirrel.0072 · February 16, 2018

    If you were looking for a grand mother, speaking english not fluently, with a really authentic French accent, no problem I am yours!
    I wouldn’t have any problem, any effort required, to produce results, to appear credible, in achieving that objective. You would just have to send the english book to me. I would really like to record it especially for your off hours.

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  13. obscura · February 18, 2018

    Having listened to about a third of the book, I’m right there with you. I have been a romance reader for years, across various iterations of the genre, and this one doesn’t do much for me. The weaknesses in plot and character development you describe struck me too.

    I skipped ahead to listen one of the “racy” bits (one man shower) and I have to say, it wasn’t particularly sexy. (This is the first time I’ve listened vs read, so I’m not sure if the flatness of the effect was due to the scene itself, or the performance of it though).

    As a fic writer myself, this piece of Armitage oeuvre has definitely provided me with some food for thought though – thanks for the candid review!

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    • jholland · February 20, 2018

      Yes, it was just a little “flat” through the steamy scenes. I’ve heard other narrators throw themselves into it with a little more gusto. I never thought I’d give him an B+ for narration (just the sex scenes- the rest was up to his usual standards). Oh well. LOL

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      • Servetus · February 20, 2018

        This makes me think of those scenes in “Love Actually” where Martin Freeman and Joanna Page were miming sex for a porn film.

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        • jholland · February 20, 2018

          I had to go over to YouTube to refresh my memory! That thought (RA distracted, thinking about traffic gridlock) as he delivers the lines. LOL

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  14. Hariclea · February 18, 2018

    Been tied up for couple of days so didn’t get a chance to answer sooner but THIS! totally agreeing with you on all accounts.

    This is what i wrote very much off topic i another post on Guylty’s blog the other day..
    I have to shamefacedly admit that even in that book i get caught up when he reads! It’s just the flow of the voice, he makes even text which doesn’t flow naturally to feel natural and the harsher edges get smoothed away. I guess this is as good a place as any for discussion about it ;-))) I did get slightly startled in the first scene but in the end i thought he …’handled’ it ok LOL sorry teenage giggle here ;-)))) I just don’t find the writing good enough for the scene to find it really hot. It’s an odd thing. I think it could be if it was better described. Maybe the narration is too elegant for the writing LOL I did get a sense of amusement out of it though maybe because he relished using language he otherwise wouldn’t; I remembered what DT also says about playing naughty, you gotta relish it as when else will you get to do it? But weird how some words sound sexier in his voice than others, i find he wraps his voice much nicer around ‘breasts’ than ‘tits’ and makes it sound more sensual. As with everything there is always potential in his narration , it’s sad when the words don’t quite live up to it. It did make me sidetrack and think about seeing him in grittier roles, even seeing him again in Urban for example , in roles and set ups where rougher language is more casual and natural. Wish there was a role which would roughen him up a bit, you know, Trainspotting style :-). He can certainly do that, but it’s not the voice he employs in this as it wouldn’t suit the general description of the character. And coming back to the book i always get a jolt when the characters switch, meh. The lilt of his voice more than the text almost sucks me in and then dash, you get thrown out again. Well, 4h of sorting and cleaning round the house yesterday were nicer in the company of his voice.. mostly. I guess i’ve proven that i am pretty much addicted to it and i just want him to read to me every day 🙂

    I like to listen to him read basically but obviously not all texts inspire him in a way that will both challenge him and get him to do his best. The story lost me a lot with the fact that i just couldn’t sympathise with Joy. You’re right though about Griffin’s scenes or memories of his brother, those worked and you got a nice sense of that brother relationship , more than with anything else in the book. But i agree, i think he can find better ‘love’ themed material and i also think he can do better with it than either he did in this book or in the poetry he read a few years ago. I hope it’s not a lost cause and that at some point we’ll get an interesting and heartfelt read from him which does deal with the feeling of love on a deeper level…

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    • jholland · February 20, 2018

      I’m all for him trying again on a romance narration, but I would prefer it wasn’t a first-person dual POV so that he could just narrate the entire novel. And I would hope it would be a written a little more intellectually than this one. He needs another chance to impress me with a steamy section. LOL

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      • Hariclea · February 20, 2018

        definitely not 2 people narration! I also found it very distracting to follow dialogue and explanation of dialogue and inner thoughts all mixed up in succession. It wasn’t difficult to follow but distracting from what was happening. i wonder if he can relax enough in an audio studio for ‘luurve’ stuff. Although the poem collection was mostly nice i didn’t think it was very heartfelt, just read beautifully, but bit impersonal. But he can do flirty and very likely dirty much better than this, since he’s done it on screen much more convincingly. Maybe he does struggle with text and no physical context or choreo.

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        • jholland · February 20, 2018

          He does nice naughty inflections on occasion in some of his other audio work. Uhtred comes to mind. He has it in him but I wonder if he just wasn’t as into this book or this character. He may have detached himself.

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        • Hariclea · February 20, 2018

          Sniiif it’s the one i don’t have 😣 but about this one i think he did just read.. i had a hard time liking them at all and he might have too plus i think it was all done speedily. Loss all around about wasted opportunity.

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  15. Hariclea · February 18, 2018

    ah yes and tits….. he only managed to bring this image back in my mind every time and make me laugh 😉
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/science/2016/03/30/longtailedtit3_3603073b_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqpJliwavx4coWFCaEkEsb3kvxIt-lGGWCWqwLa_RXJU8.jpg?imwidth=1240

    and he can definitely stop saying it right now!

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    • jholland · February 20, 2018

      I’d probably love it if he narrated a nature program about the long-tailed tit! Then I’d think it was cute when he said it! LOL

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      • Hariclea · February 20, 2018

        ditto! this honestly just made me want to slap him when he kept on saying it! poor bloke, not his fault really, he might have gotten on his own nerves LOL

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        • jholland · February 20, 2018

          Totally not his fault. But maybe a slap or two would help him choose more wisely in the future!

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        • Hariclea · February 20, 2018

          … erm.. on his peaches 😉

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        • jholland · February 20, 2018

          There would be no shortage of volunteers…

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      • Servetus · February 20, 2018

        Or dairy farms.

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  16. Servetus · February 20, 2018

    I could really see a documentary a la “The Great Sperm Race” about udders 🙂

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    • jholland · February 20, 2018

      It would be hard to improve upon “The Great Sperm Race” for udder ridiculousness but tit sounds like an interesting project. =)

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  17. Perry · February 21, 2018

    We’ve had similar reactions to this book, though I don’t have much other romance novels to compare it to. I didn’t realize it until you wrote it, but now I think I, too, liked Griffin less when he was narrated by the female. I also thought she did a terrible, and different from his, British accent.

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    • jholland · February 21, 2018

      Her voice made him sound so pompous and irritating! It was thoroughly annoying!

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  19. Gratiana Lovelace · April 1, 2018

    Thanks for your review! Glad I took a pass at this RA audiobook. I really wish he would narrate another Heyer book–“Civil Contract” should have enough angst and voices in it for him. Cheers!

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    • jholland · April 2, 2018

      I’m with you… and Audible likes to assign him the classics- why not selections considered classics within the romance genre?

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      • Gratiana Lovelace · April 2, 2018

        Absolutely! Jane Eyre would be fabulous for RA as an audiobook! I would also like to see him play Rochester in a live action film or tv movie/miniseries. Sighhh!

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  20. Cas · April 14, 2018

    spot on! i had to roll my eyes so hard through the entire book, i thought they’d stay in my head forever at some point !
    also, concerning the flip flops in the lab, https://www.facebook.com/AsapSCIENCE/posts/1285473891583638

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    • jholland · April 19, 2018

      Welcome, Cas! Sorry your comment went to moderation and my e-mail program apparently decided that messages from WordPress were spam, so I missed it! That Facebook image gave me a good chuckle! I wish Joy had the ignominy of exam gloves on her unprotected feet pressed upon her by her new colleagues, though it might have cooled Griffin’s ardor just a bit. LOL

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