Audio Slave Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Title: Neanderthal Seeks Human

Series: Knitting in the City #1
Author: Penny Reid
Narrator: Jennifer Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Publisher: Caped Publishing

Pub Date: March 2013
Story Rating: 4.5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 Stars

Our thoughts...
Smart ~ Amusing ~ Addictive

I have the distinct feeling that Penny Reid loves what she does. The stories she writes feel more like someone telling a personal story; situations are relatable, laughs come naturally, and dialogue is comfortably conversational. Reid’s humor often reminds me of Carol Burnett; the humor and jokes are smart, not dumbed-down and mindless. This helps make the stories stronger and humor more organic. And anyone who has ever watched Burnett perform can easily see how much she enjoys herself throughout the whole performance. I love this attribute in a person, in a story, in anything. Loving what you do is so important and it can be quite impactful. Reid’s enjoyment is infectious.

Janie is oblivious, and I mean completely oblivious, to all things related to the opposite sex. She has a “Natural propensity to observe life rather than live it.” Some readers may wonder if her level of obliviousness is realistic and let me tell you, it most certainly is. I am very observant in all things outside of how I’m viewed by others. Believe me when I say Janie’s limitation is very genuine. People who are acutely aware of themselves, such as Janie, often find it easy to assume how others are viewing them instead of reading the obvious social cues presented. This is problematic for Janie because she is “completely blind to the obvious.”

Neanderthal Seeks Human is full of life, humor, and excitement. This is a truly fun read not of the mindless variety. There is substance behind the humor, as well as strong characters and a well-planned plot. I really enjoyed this book and I’m excited to finish the entire Knitting in the City series but particularly Janie and Quinn’s story.

Jennifer Grace is a solid narrator but wavered a little on occasion. Janie would become whiny at times, especially when talking to Quinn, and Quinn’s voice came across as a bit bland and flat. What I loved about her performance is how she really got into the characters. Each person has a strong and distinct personality that shines. The story plays like an old radio show or watching a movie with your eyes closed. There is passion, tension, angst, and so much more present. This really helped contribute to my obsession to finish this story quickly. I became wrapped up in the story because the image in my head was vivid and animated. I will seek this narrator out in the future.

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