Crave Me: An O'Brien Family Novel: The O'Brien Family, Book 3 (Unabridged)
by Cecy Robson
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RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O'Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson “
Great story, but torn about the narrator
How I Feel About The Story
I have been following the O’Brien family from the first, and had been waiting for Wren’s story. I always pre-order the ebooks and read them as soon as they go live. For those who enjoy watching a brood of siblings develop not only in their individual books, but also as they unfold across the series, there is a lot to appreciate here. We see the bond between the O'Briens deepen as much as we see them work to achieve their own romantic HEAs. The individual characters and their family bond really pull you into the story.
Wren’s tale has a lot of joy and warmth, but there is also an undercurrent of harsh life experiences to balance things out. We have a ‘villain’ of the piece, whose machinations speak to the current social and cultural climate in a way that never trivializes or makes Wren’s dealings with him into a parody or caricature, which is too often an unfortunate effect in some novels (exploiting trauma for a plot device). It’s a delicate line to tread, and Ms. Robson does a fine job.
Though there are times when the dialogue can be trite or a little forced, this is the exception rather than the rule and does not long distract the reader/listener from an interesting plot and endearing characters. This really is another fine book in a great series.
How I Feel About The Audiobook
Unfortunately, this is where my review takes a bit of a turn. However, I will start with the strengths before getting critical.
Tara Langella’s characterization of Wren was spot on; she imbued Wren with the perfect balance of snark, sass, strong, and, sweet. I loved those parts of the audiobook. Ms. Langella really brought Wren off the page.
That being said, I wish a male narrator had been hired to read Evan’s parts. When a book is told in dual gender POV book, there should be a male and female narrator for the audiobook. The Evan sections were a real let down for me, even more so, because I truly love his character in the book. I tried really hard to keep an open mind (or ear), but Ms. Langella’s attempt at a British accent often pulled me out of the story and sometimes I found myself speeding up the narration to get through it. It is a shame, because I really did think she did such a fantastic job narrating Wren.
If Ms. Robson decides to have audiobooks made for the other O’Brien stories (and I sincerely hope she does), they should have both a male and a female narrator to help the audio version better achieve what her books already do, well-delineated individual characters who can't help but endear themselves to the reader.
I would recommend reading the book, even if you don't listen to it. The O'Brien's are a great bunch.