Author. Audiobook lover. UberGeek.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I think Alyssa Bresnahan did a great job in narration. I think her voice lent well to Harper. I have to admit, I was a little off-put by what I thought was a very monotone performance, but after the book was over, I really felt Alyssa had captured the Main character, Harper and I couldn't imagine here being voiced by anyone else.
Harper and Tolliver are not really sleuths, they seem to be drug into these situations kicking and screaming. Harris seemed to waiver from time to time. Are they trying to solve the mystery? or Are they just helpless by-standers caught in the cross-fire.
I found Harper to be weird and not in the good way. If you picked up this book because you loved the light hearted, peppy Sookie Stackhouse, then you will be disappointed. Harper was a little hard to relate to, but am starting to warm up to her. I hope that continues in the next book. She's strong and has a sharp wit, but at the same time seems totally dependent on her step-brother, to the point of not being able to function without him. I'm having a really hard time with her relationship with Tolliver, her step-brother. I don't think it's health. Yes I know...not related, were teens when the parents hooked up....but still I'm a little off-put by it and the total dependency Harper has on him.
There is a lot of backstory to this book. We learn a wealth of details about the characters childhood, outside of the accident of Harper's that gave her the gift of body location. While I really enjoy the fleshing out of characters. There was a lot for such a short book.
Over all I enjoyed the book. The story was a fast listen and I rushed to get the next. I have high hopes that the characters will develop more and they will jump into the mystery solving business with both feet (no more wavering).
Good plot and well written. There's just something that brought it down a notch. I think it's Harper's weakness, she always has to overcome her fears to be able to act. This gets a bit boring after a while.
Defiantly, Charlaine Harris is a wonderful writer of para-normal stories. This series is a real twist on the para-normal. I got this because it was a sale book but I will get the rest of the books because the story line and Ms Harris seem to really hit a home run
The story has so many twists and turns you never really were sure up until the second to last chapter as to what was going on. It was a real paranormal mystery thriller to the end
I thought she did a fine job and look forward to the next book in seeries
There were several but if I mention it will be spoilers and it is a mystery and can't give away the plot.
Ms Harris is a fantastic writer, short stories, Sookie and now Harper. Even if you use a credit it is well spent with this book.
I wouldn't listen to this recording again because the narration went from just ok to annoying. For the first quarter of the book, the reader's cadence was so slow and halting that I almost put the book down. She seemed to get in to it after a while, but her style was still halting and not confident. She tended to mispronounce words and put the wrong cadence on words that were emphasized. Will avoid her. As for the story...entertaining, well written, great characters. Not as clever as the Sooki series, a bit more of a serious detective-type tale, but very entertaining. I'll read the next one in the series in a print or Kindle version.
It's a good story that held my interest although I had the parts put together about a 1/3 of the way in.
Loved when she talks about how she does her work.
I'd most likely see the film. I love Charlaine Harris-styled story's
Love to listen to historical fiction, paranormal, romance, and general fiction while commuting. Audiobooks help make the drive bearable!
This was a fun, light read. I've listened to quite a few books - while this doesn't crack my top favorites list, I still found it enjoyable, and occasionally found myself staying in the car longer than necessary to hear a bit more.
Imaging Harper and Hollis at the gospel choir while Tolliver likely pouted at the motel was pretty funny.
I haven't heard her other books, but I can say I think she did well with a slow southern drawl.
I laughed out loud at a few points. I did get pretty annoyed by some of Harper's tics.
Charmaine Harris usually writes enjoyable books, and this one didn't disappoint. It was worth a credit to me.
I'd give just about ANYTHING from Charlaine Harris a try since I LOVED the complete Southern Vampire series. The story had enough believable twists & turns to keep me listening to the end
I liked how the story used the main character's "gift" to best advantage to move the story along. After all, someone who can "know" ONLY how a deceased person died has a limited range of "special" information to offer, so a lot of the story moves along by her intuition, her chutzpah, her wit and happenstance.
Good pacing, but the first thing I noticed was that the voice sounded "older" than 24 yrs old; maybe I'm just too accustomed to the perky, sassy voice of Johanna Parker who narrates Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries (True Blood) series.
The premise & main character (Harper) are intriguing enough to draw me into more Harper Connelly stories!
After reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I decided to continue with Charlaine Harris because I liked her style. A positive about this book is that it is very well written and is definitely more mature than the Sookie novels, but the negative couldn't overshadow the positive. This book started off very interesting but after an hour I began having a hard time listening because it became boring. Unfortunately, it continued to be a letdown. Never really drew me in like Gillian Flynn would. Overall, I would consider this book one of my least favorite.
A poor climax that took forever to achieve.
She did not sound like a woman in her early 20s which made it hard for me to see the character as being her age.
The relationship between Harper Connolly and her brother bordered on incestuous which was very uncomfortable, to say the least. I found myself cringing everytime there was an instance of them touching.
I chose this book after finishing the Sookie Stackhouse series, which I loved. I knew from the description that this would be darker and more serious but I still had hopes. I did enjoy the story but had it figured out about an hour before the end of the book. The narrator's voice didn't match the character. She didn't sound in her early 20's, plus her voice has a nasal quality which was distracting and at times made me rethink wanting to finish the book. It's not that she's a bad narrator, but perhaps would be better for non-fiction. She sounds as if she has a head cold, plus her voice lacks animation if that makes any sense.
It was okay... The Sookie Stackhouse series is by far better than this book and the first aurora Teagarden book. I was not very attached to the characters by the end and the predictability of the plot made it seem to drag out too long. However, I will give the second book a chance.