Captivating main character, good mystery storyline, readers voice for the main character sounds too old for the age of the character, but I got adjusted to it. First of a series, I will be listening to the next ones also.
What a wonderful idea for a book. A young woman, Harper, is struck by lightening and finds that she is able to hear the dead tell her how they died. She and her brother travel together around the country to help grieving families find their dead loved ones, and in some cases identify how they died, by natural causes or murder.
The author tries valiantly to guide the reader into Harper's world. She and her brother grew up in a home with parents who were drug addicts. They had only themselves to lean on and trust. Their bond is very tight. I found a couple of times it felt a little too tight, almost bordering on incest. But this doesn't detract from the book. It just makes the point that Harper has a damaged psyche from the childhood trauma of negligent parents; then being struck by lightening and awakening to the new scary "gift" she now possess. She feels she should try to help others with this gift she has of communicating with dead people, but people don't always appreciate the answers she gives them about their deceased loved one.
So I would say that listening to this book was a bit interesting. But it would have made such a difference if it had been read by a narrator who had more expression in her voice. This book was read in a dry, emotionless way that totally detracted from any expression of feelings the main character was experiencing. When the narrator changed voices to represent another women or as a man it was difficult to know who was talking. All of the voices seemed to be a slight variation of the same. She attempted a southern accent at times, which didn't sound realistic. I do know something about southern accents, my parents were from Georgia and their drawls were genuinely from "down yonder" in the southern state of Georgia.
I would recommend this book if you can deal with the readers monotone voice and if you aren't bothered by a woman who leans a bit too heavily on her brother. Is it a normal brother/sister relationship? Its not a poorly written book, but certainly not one of the best I've ever enjoyed. It has promise but if I read a sequence to this book I hope that Harper begins to trust her own abilities to deal with difficult situations and will wean herself off the childlike need to cling to her brother.
This is a good ghost story, good characters. I expected a little more of the campiness of the Sookie stories but found I really enjoyed this. I will continue to read/listen to this series.
The plot was intriguing and definitely kept my attention throughout.
I was curious about this character as I am addicted to Sookie Stackhouse. Harris could never keep up with my unsatiable desire to read Sookie books! I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to this new character, Harper, and her brother, Tolliver.
I've read all of Charlaine's Sookie Stackhouse series. I wanted to try the Harper Connelly series since the Sookie series is coming to an end.
I have not listen to any of Charlaine Harris books. This is the first.
Probably not. Maybe if it was on DVD or and HBO Series, I'd watch it.
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).
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
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