I felt very familiar with Hemi and Reka as they appear in all the Escape to NZ books, but they haven't had a story in their own right - until now. ..Show More »>It's a fascinating retrospective into how they first got together - and a total surprise! But so right ! This Reka is direct as always but not as self assured, although she puts on a good front and Hemi is not the devoted family man. Here, he is single, newly adjusting to the All Black fame and pressure and frankly, a bit too sure of his own charm. Well that has to change ....
Just because a mistake feels good doesn't mean it isn't a mistake, says Reka. Ouch! Hemi has some work to do. And it makes great listening.
As ever, Claire's narration performance is spot on, she can realistically speak the male parts, vary accents and intonation; everyone has their own distinct voice. I was swept up into the story. It's all great listening and I loved it.
I should say that if you haven't read this or any of the books, it won't matter - it stands alone. In fact I would like to come across Hemi and Reka in the other books, knowing what I know now, a different perspective !
"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"
I really enjoyed the story and it was read by one of the most talented readers I've come across so far. I was sad when I finished the book, I wanted i..Show More »t to carry on because I loved the characters.
Claire has an amazing skill for breathing life into some of my favourite Rosalind James characters. These stories are great for the beach or in my cas..Show More »e enjoying the sunshine in the garden. I don't think this series could have better title than escape to New Zealand. Of the three stories Nate and ally's is my favourite sometimes life just can't be scheduled :)
Claire's narration is spot on, she seems to capture the essence of the characters and can switch between male and female voices effortlessly. Her styl..Show More »e is natural and unaffected and VERY convincing! Love her portrayal of young Zak.
Claire Bocking brings this story of two contrasting couples to sparkling life, her narration and capture of the personalities is spot on. Again set in..Show More » New Zealand and with Rosalind James painting her usual vivid picture, this story has the All Black rugby back drop but the story is more about relationships - developing, challenging, faltering, give and take and there's fun, pain and laughter along the way ( and some steam)
Just Not Mine wasn't my immediate favourite when I first read it - don't know why - but on second reading I found more in it and was totally sold on ..Show More »Hugh and Josie. And this audio is just the best! You don't need to have read the book, just immerse yourself in listening and get to know and love the characters as they speak to you. Love the variety of expression, depth and shade of Claire's narration. No wonder she's been nominated for an Audie award because she is fantastic. Rosalind James has the knack of weaving family relationships, teenage angst and child insecurities in with the main romance story. Have a wry smile at Hugh's unwitting selfishness when he is first plunged into single parent world (forgiven because he is a quick learner) . Laugh at Charlie's child perspective on "sexy advertising". Feel Josie's pain and sense of loss. And of course enjoy the relationship! Great story, faultless listening, a winner!
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.
A warm, sometimes hot mix of rugby romance couples
Some books seem made for audio and Just This Once is up there. In some ways, it's almost a series of conversations in that each featured couple tells ..Show More »an unknown aspect of their story - sometimes as a flashback, other times moving forward. It's a credit to Claire Bocking's skills once again that each character has their own voice and shading . This book kept me company in the air on the way home from Australia - ideal because I wasn't interrupted by required work! It's fun too and we all need a little of that ... If you have listened/ read any of the previous NZ books then you will be familiar with the couples and probably be as delighted as I was to hear extra parts of their stories and some new developments. Koti and Kate continue to be a hot couple, ratching up the steam; Drew struggles slightly for once but true to form, squares up and Finn reveals an intuitive side that I hadn't previously discerned. Plus my favourite words of advice to Drew "show her more"! I think this audio is best enjoyed if you have read/ listened to other books because it adds value, but it is more than good enough to stand alone and won't disappoint you. Great expressive dialogue and writing from Rosalind James combined with top knotch reading from Claire Bocking.
I received a free copy of this book. I wasn't compensated or obliged to be positive, this is my honest opinion - I loved listening!
Such fun listening to this book! Here's a funny thing too - I loved reading it but I loved listening MORE! Will's teasing is irresistible, as..Show More » is his irrepressible charm, occasional awkwardness and when he stuffs up, it's even better. Plus, he does a good occasional line in dark and dangerous. Sure, Faith has taken advantage of him, but who could blame her? Well, maybe a teeny bit. But she' s pretty great, so we forgive her. The background double story thread can be occasionally distracting but it adds light and shade. You should be aware that steamy reading makes even steamier listening. The narration is masterful - full of variation, expression, great accenting. How does Claire Bocking put laughter into voices? How does she make Will sound so sexy? Vegas meets New Zealand and it makes great listening.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way or obliged to be honest. Luckily I loved it!
Wow this is a fun listen! I am sometimes disappointed when listening to a favourite book, but not on this occasion. Can a woman narrator do justice to..Show More » male characters? On this occasion, emphatically yes! Emma Wilder really brings the characters to life. I loved grand dad Arthur's gruff life wisdom, he is spot on. Carmela and Graham' marriage revival is an added dimension too. Light and shade, fun, humour, drama - there's lots of listening variety. This is part of the New Zealand series but is absolutely a stand alone book. Ian and Nina take a while to get together but when they do, it's typically steamy. If you haven't read the book you might want to be aware there are some fairly explicit sexual descriptions that the narration really brings to life! I am still not a fan of the 'prince' element but that's a tiny personal point on my part, just being honest. Control and choice are strong themes. Ian isn't perfect- he stuffs up but admits it and keeps trying (got to love him just for that!) and Nina has to toughen up to confirm her self belief. There's adjustments on both sides - just like real relationships. New Zealand wraps around the listener and somehow the vibe and feel of the country is even stronger when spoken aloud. Credit to all involved.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way or obliged to be positive. This is my own opinion.