Book 1 in the Granby Knitting series
Title: The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Philip Alces
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Rance Crawford is an alpaca rancher, fiber mill owner, and self-proclaimed grumpy bastard. When sweet, charming tenderfoot Ben McCutcheon moves onto Crawford’s rural road, Rance is very aware that Ben makes it a grand total of two gay men in their tiny town, and even though he is instantly, painfully smitten, any move he makes could be simply chalked up to being hard up. Using his best weapon and favorite skill, Crawford launches an awkward, wordless effort to make sure Ben is kept warm during the cold Colorado winter, every last piece of him—especially his heart.
My View – Story:
I recently had a three hour trip to make and so went looking for something to listen to as I drove. I had read The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur Bearing Critters some time ago and found it delightful then and as its only 2.5 hrs in audio it fit the bill nicely.
Listening to a book is always a different experience than reading it. Though we rate the story and audio separately, ones enjoyment, and sometimes, the things noticed about a book, change on audio.
While still found Crawford a delightful combination of surly and teddy bear, some of the phrases in the book struck me as odd choices. However, I don’t remember that from reading it so it might have been the emphasis from the narration that caused it to feel off.
The animals, yarn, and knitting information was interesting and served as unique metaphors. The landscape and setting seemed like the perfect backdrop and I had no problem imagining myself there.
Overall, I really liked this sweet story; it made me smile and passed the time quickly. I now need to reread the series again.
My View – Narration:
The narration was better than some; it was easy to distinguish who was speaking and it was easy to listen to. As I mentioned above there were a few places that sounded off when read aloud rather than to yourself, but if you want an enjoyable, quick, time filler, I recommend checking this out!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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