SuseADoodle - "Audiobook Addict!" - Please disregard my "guided" reviews since it appears that a lot of what I wrote has been chopped off.
Well, this is the second book of the series. But since this one was on sale and sounded like a book I would be interested in, I decided to start here.
Now, I have to go back to the first book and work my way through a series that isn't quite long enough yet. I enjoyed this book a lot. And look forward to each addition to the series in the future.
Okay, I'm not sure that I should compare one series with another by different authors but ... I'm going to.
I started the Stephanie Plum books, by Janet Evanovich, with "Plum Spooky" because I am originally from southern New Jersey and wanted to know Evanovich's "take" on the Pine Barrens. Quickly, I added to my collection from that series, but mostly because I enjoyed all the supporting characters like Lula, Grandma Mazur and Connie. Stephanie -- well, she's the glue that brings together all these fun and wacky people.
However, here, Sophie is an interesting character in herself. Her supporting character friends and family are interesting but aren't the draw here. Sophie holds her own.
Onward to the the rest of this series!
mystery reading lawyer
I have NEVER complained about a reader--especially if the book is good. Unfortunately, Gabra Zackman's reading ruined what was already a not-very-good-book. Her characterizations are horrible (her accents deserve minus stars alone) and it is often impossible to tell which character (and, sometimes, if the character is a male or female) is speaking. For the first time in the 30+ years I have been listening to audiobooks, I will make a note of a reader to totally avoid.
Of course, the fact that the book wasn't very good doesn't help: our heroine's sister's lousy husband is murdered; our heroine's sister is accused; other dirt about lousy husband comes out; other people killed; sex in kitchen; killer caught; everyone lives happily ever after. And, during this cliche novel, we get a stereotypical Jewish mother and a lead female straight out of the 1950's screwball comedy--she's strong enough to live alone, write mysteries, and have a nice 401k, but can't stand up to her sister, her mother, or even her 18 month old nephew. Glad I got this one on sale because won't be buying another.
Stay away and use your credits or cash more wisely.
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I thought it was very funny. It really held my attention.
Every now and then a narrator comes along that grabs you instantly and sucks you into the story. Gabra Zackman is pitch perfect in her portrayal of each of these unique characters and makes the story come to life on audio.
Yeah, I just did not enjoy this book at all. Bland story. The real killer was the reader. She spoke with a deeper voice for all the female characters. It made it difficult to see the characters as real people. I kept trying to get past the voice and see the people through my own eyes, but even then the story was a lot of nothing. No real mystery...just a lot of talk like "Well maybe it was this person for this reason". A good mystery needs clues and a twist. Skip this one!
DO not listen to = these women suck -- jdrobb --eve dallas series - better women that count!! wimpy gross women of no char in this series