humor, romance, suspense, mystery, relationships, dogs, law-enforcement
Another Crusie book guaranteed to have you snorting your caffeine! It's got a vintage house full of dogs named after physicists, more situational humor than a Mel Brooks movie, an embezzler,the bomb squad, and more. I first read it years ago and several times since, it never seems to lose its appeal!
This time I got the audio, and the narrator has the desired level of enthusiasm but the most annoying voice I've come across in a long time. I honestly would have preferred an AI.
Not my favourite Crusie book, but light and funny. The first time I listened, I gave it 3 stars, but now I have listened to it many more times and the more I listen the more I like it. I don't know why, but this applies to most Crusie books.
Good characters and the performance was very entertaining. Predictable ending but with a few twists and turns to make the trip worthwhile.
For what it was this book was an enjoyable listen. It kept me entertained for an afternoon.
I love Jennifer Crusie's novels, I just hate how short they are. Prior to getting into my critique of the story I want to address Stauffer's narration. This is the first time I have heard her narrate and within the first 15 seconds I was convinced she would butcher nit, her voice sounded scratchy and very young, in the next thirty seconds she had me hooked and kept me on the line the whole time. She really did a good job treading the humor in this book, she was able to deliver every punch line, I was very impressed.
I really connected with the characters in this novel. I don't know any other authors who can imbue every single person, as well as the animals, with depth, personality and wit (yes, even the dogs were witty) in 6 hours. Crusie is really very gifted. At one point one of the characters mentioned typing on a type writer and that really jarred me, that is how effortless this story is I didn't even realize it wasn't immediately contemporary. This is a wonderful story, and so so sweet, I wish I could listen to it for the first time again.
Your mileage may vary
This book is fine, but when I was taking walks and listening on my phone I could get distracted by something I saw and my attention would wander. Not typical for me to have to back up so often because a book isn't keeping my attention focused... It's a cute enough story, but isn't quite as good as most by Jennifer Crusie. If you purchase this book, and it's your first Jennifer Crusie, please give her another chance.
Both author and narrator combine to make an entertaining listen. Ms. Cruise does a great job with her characters and making them enjoyable to get to know. Her characters always have an affinity for animals, what's not to love?