The sound track. It sounded like it was recorded in a tunnel.
I would listen to the sample first. And I realize that there could have been just a freak problem with the reproduction of my copy.
I don't think she was the problem. It was just not a good recording.
Best was the murder mystery, and glimpses of an imagined future.
Least was the writing, and the awkward bodice-ripper-style sexuality. Honestly, I didn't like the way that the male lead's "assertiveness" was really an unacceptable lack of respect for any kind of boundaries -- I'd have kicked him out, great sex or not.
Nothing jumps to mind. Ok, something about the Irish brogue kept making me think of the Outlander series, in which we actually came to believe in the emotions being shown, unlike here...
She was nimble with the heap of accents that are called for (although why so many are called for is unimaginable to me).
Well, everybody says that the series gets better from her -- it not, I'll be mad I stuck with it!
The second half of the book I listened to mostly at 2X speed, just to get through the plot.
No, I would not try a JD Robb book although I have nothing against Susan Ericksen. The writing is filled with every sexual cliche possibly. It you like to read about throbbing and pulsating and golden orgasms you might enjoy it.
No--I like well-written mysteries and thrillers. And it they are not well-written, they should be suspenseful. I am quitting just about mid-way through because there was a hour-long sex scene that bored me to deep irritation with all of the bad writing. I am not a prude; I just cannot tolerate writing that offers me nothing.
Performance was fine.
I was disappointed. This book is well-reviewed. It's a poorly spent credit and I can not return it because I have had it over a year.
I have resolved to be more careful about buying books on Audible so that I can listen to them within 12 months. What a waste of a credit! I knew that Nora Roberts/JD Robb was very popular, but this foray into the tripe is too much for me. I do not consider myself a literary snob, so I am disappointed. I wish that Amazon had categorized this novel as "romance" instead of "Mystery/thriller".
I started reading this series in 2010 and just started listening from the beginning for the fourth time. I very rarely listen to a book more than once. But this series is like going back and visiting old friends. Seeing the characters interact and waiting for my favorite scenes. If this is your first time listening, enjoy. If it is not then you already know what I am talking about.
The story was the perfect mix of murder, suspense and steamy romance... I needed a book like this after some of the heavier story lines I've listened to. The narration was PERFECT too. I plan on listening to the entire series... starting book 2 tomorrow.
If I wanted a romance novel, I'd go find one. There's a decent murder mystery here (though not great) wrapped around a bad romance novel. If any man ever actually acted the way the male hero in this book does, he'd be locked up rather than laid. I've also never man an abused woman who really just needs a good f*** in the role of a submissive to get over it. Talk about cliches. No, IMO, this is a pulp romance novel thinly disguised as a detective story -- which probably explains why it's so popular. The disguise lets people pretend to like it for one thing, when they really want the other. A bit like claiming to read playboy for the articles.
I was almost immediately unhappy with this book when I started listening. The description fails to mention or even hint that the story takes place in the future. Approximately 50 years from now was my best guess by the mentions of "past" events in the nation. This is not in my wheelhouse. I'm okay with present-day fiction, I love historical fiction, but never have I liked futuristic fiction. I almost stopped listening when it got into mentioning the technology and all voice activated computers and appliances, a ban on guns and police issued laser stunners. But I have liked the author in the past, liked the narrator, and wanted to give Lt. Dallas a fair chance. So I kept listening and just gritted my teeth through all the futuristic things. Maybe if I wasn't so attuned to it, it would hardly be noticeable, but I was, so it was.
Great mystery and pretty much what I expected character-wise. Love Roarke. Perfect gorgeous 'rogue with a good heart' type. The romance was certainly there, and the relationship played a key role, but when the scenes became steamy I thought they did so tastefully, nothing crude or poorly written. While I did guess the ending a good few hours before resolution, and at least components of it whole chapters before the major break in the case that lead Eve there, I missed the dark component which related to her own past. Probably good that I didn't imagine that on my own. A warning - Not for the faint of heart, there was some pretty grisly crime and revolting sexual misdeeds and abusive goings-on revealed during the investigation.
Good overall, aside from the year. I actually thought it was somewhat like one of my other favorite contemporary mystery series, starring Nikki Heat by Richard Castle, from the tv show -- the difference being just that this one was a little darker/more disturbing at the heart than those plots. Despite my distaste for the picture painted of the future, I may just have to read the next book in the series.
Maybe but I wouldn't pay much for it
disappointment most of all. I know the name J.D. Robb but this is the first one I tried. Might be the last ... who knows.
Story just OK but the narrator worse
No, but would not buy another by this author