Friday, 4 June 2010

McKettricks Of Texas - TATE - Linda Lael Miller and Celebrating National Audio Book Month

Now, nearly twenty years later, I’ve become totally addicted, and I can’t live happily without an audio book close to hand. And that’s not a bad thing.

Barbara Vey

June is National Audio Book Month and I will faithfully be listening to one or two books this month. Audio books have there pro’s and con’s and it’s an individuals choice if they choose to go that route in terms of feeding their reading addiction.

There is alot to be said for either holding a book or an e-reader in your hand, it solid, it’s there and nothing beats that moment when you have finished a good book and close the back covers - aaahhhhhh.

However

Find the right narrator, reading the right book and you will think you are in second heaven. Don’t get me wrong, these are few and far between and you will know a good narrator when you have heard the voice, most audio that I have listened to I am sure I could have read the book faster, but I would have gotten less done.

For me I need audio books, I am always on the move and I am also one of those people who insist on having noise in the background of my home, so whether it’s the telly, radio or an audio book – I need that noise.

My last audio book  was TATE – the first of the new Linda Lael Miller – McKettricks Of Texas series. 

I have been seeing this series for years and nothing about them have ever really struck me as books I must read,  I have read good and bad reviews about them, but they just never call to me and I was happy to carry on feeding my reading addiction with the many and varied other material out there in book world.

That is until I came across the book on Audible and listened to a sample of the book. I immediately bought it and life stopped for me until I listened to this entire book. I bought it because of  the voice of JACK GARRETT If you have never heard the voice of JACK GARRETT – please click Click to 
Play Sample to hear him.

I am fickle enough to like a “VOICE” and I will admit there were times listening to this guy that I missed some of the book – I  LOVE his voice that much..

McKettricks of Texas: Tate (Unabridged)

The book itself was really good – surprisingly normal even. This newest McKettricks series will revolve around the latest generation of the oil and cattle rich McKettricks brood, there are three boys in this generation Tate, Garret and Austin. I got to meet all three and I loved all three.

Tate is the head of the McKettricks empire, ex-husband to Cheryl, dad to twin girls and the only man to still make Libby Remington heart skip a beat.

Tate is autocratic and despite the fact he is an up and up guy, always willing and ready to do the right thing his word is generally law in them parts of the world.

Despite the fact that this was Tate’s and Libby Remington story, Ms Miller suck me into this book by fleshing out secondary storylines and tossing in what amounts to normal day to day living situations.

Tate and Libby had been together since forever and it took something major to tear them apart – that something came in the the guise of Cheryl, the mother of Tate’s twin girls. This book picks up years later when the girls are six and Cheryl and Tate are over and done with and life moves on for everyone – that is for everyone except Libby.  Libby has never left the small town they live in, other than a business that’s barely breaks even, she was in the same place she was all them years ago now and still in love with Tate.

When one thing leads to another including the death of a close friend, Tate lays his cards on the table to Libby and despite a few minutes of indecision Libby take Tate up on his offer to rekindle their romance and see where they can go with it this time.

The bulk of this book is made up situations and events outside of Libby’s ad Tate’s attempts at romance. Siblings dynamics is explored and I thought that was some of the best scenes of the book. Both Tate and Libby’s relationship with their respective siblings was a pleasure to watch, they had a laugh, they knew how to laugh at each other, the knew each other so well that the expected wind up and pissed off moments really had me smiling – it  showed how close these people were to each other despite their sometimes gruff mannerism. 

The authors filtering the book with enough kids and animals was a nice touch for me. I am a lover of these two things in a book and they had me  laughing out loud at the most incredible things that they say and do.

Real issues were dealt with in this book, mother daughter relationships, the cycle of things that can happen to a family when sickness intervenes. Then there are scenes of people trying to close the rift between family and then there were scenes of small town doing what they do best – pulling together when the chips are down, but not forgetting to carry on small town tradition of gossiping as much as they can ..

As much as all these things appeal to me, they were also the things that niggled me as well, all those things were just skimmed at, nothing was delved into, so I got just enough to make it intriguing, but not both side of the coin in some cases and not enough to really make an impact on the big picture. 

There is one story line which follows Tate and his ex-wife’s relationship with their girls that I would have loved to see go further. While it predictably went where I expected it to go – I would have loved to get more about Libby’s and the girls take on the situation, and even the ex-wife as well as I thought it was a bold move on Ms. Millers part to take that route with their relationship. 

As an audio book, the narrator made this book come alive for me, with the little lit in his voice at the appropriate time and even down to the sarcasm that rolls off Tate more often than not he got that right and it came across really well for me.

Bottom line

If this is standard material for Ms. Miller,  I am no doubt going to be backtracking and checking out more of this Mckettricks clan series. I like her down to earth style, her characters are solid – I got to know them really well - their love, their likes and even some of the stance that they took that I didn’t agree with but I respected them for it.

I was surprised at the everyday feel of the plot, these people are oil rich, but Ms. Miller showed me the people beneath the cars and planes and the corporation. They were hard workers, they were community minded and they rooted for their own with a passion that is commendable.

This is my first book by Ms Miller, but I did not feel as if I missed out on anything, the book can be read on it’s own. She gives little glimpses of the past to make me the reader understand more about these people that she is introducing to us now and I liked it.

I am not sure I can wait for the next book to be transferred to audio, because as much as there are no cliff hangers in TATE – she has me excited about so many unfinished business that I am just going to go ahead and read the next book in the series which is GARRETT.. 

 

MCKETTRICKS OF TEXAS: TATE (Print)

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Publisher: Hqn

Genre: Contemporary Western

Buylink

For divorced dad Tate McKettrick, there are barely enough hours each day to run the Silver Spur ranch, do the suit-and-tie thing for his business and run herd on his beloved six-year-old daughters. But time stands still at the sight of Libby Remington. When they were high school sweethearts, the wealthy McKettrick made a mistake that cost him the love of his life. But now they’re both back in Blue River, Texas. And cattle rustlers, a manipulative ex-wife and a killer stallion can’t keep Tate from trying to win Libby again. 
Libby has her hands full caring for her mother and running the Perk Up Coffee Shop. Caffeine she needs. Tate McKettrick—with his blazing blue eyes and black hair. No way! Oh, heck—yes! But can Tate and Libby really hope for a second chance?

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10 Speak To Me:

Sassy Brit on 4 June 2010 at 11:56 said...

Hi there, EH,

Hope you are well, sweetie, and enjoying the weather.

Love the new banner.

Audio books, *sigh* I just can't get enough! :)

Erotic Horizon on 4 June 2010 at 13:13 said...

Hey Sassy..

All is well and the weather is LOVELY....

Audio books - another converted I see...

happy weekend hon..

E.H>

Chris on 4 June 2010 at 13:58 said...

I pretty much just listen to audiobooks on long driving trips. I think my favorite narrators are Jim Dale (US version of the Harry Potter books) and CJ Critt.

Blodeuedd on 4 June 2010 at 14:40 said...

I wish I got like audio. But it takes so long, and if the voice annoys me then that is it

ErotRomReader (Janna) on 4 June 2010 at 18:29 said...

I'm not sure what it is but I seem never to be able to concentrate long when I'm listening to an audiobook. I always end up rewinding because I missed part of the story.
Fabulous review of this book, hon! :)

Erotic Horizon on 4 June 2010 at 19:37 said...

@Chris...

I must look up those names and get a sample of their work...

I do like Illyana Khadushin - she did the Twillight series... for Audible..

It's nice when narrators stick with you..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 4 June 2010 at 19:38 said...

@ Blodeuedd..

That's one of the things you have to weight up - if it's worth it to listen for that long as compare to investing a shorter time to read the book..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 4 June 2010 at 19:39 said...

@Janna..

I didn't think I would like it as well - but when you have stuff to do - it works..

I will admit, I have times when I miss bits as well -...

Spread your wings and try one..

E.H>

Fiction Vixen on 4 June 2010 at 22:55 said...

I love audio books! My house is much cleaner thanks to them. HA! Seriously, I put the ear buds in and go crazy doing chores, they are done in no time. I occasionally do 're-reads' with audio as well.

Erotic Horizon on 6 June 2010 at 15:33 said...

@FV..

Cool another listener who gets the housework done to the tune of the spoken word...

Re-read audio ..
That a good idea - I never thought of that...

E.H>