I have enjoyed Sandra Brown's books for some time. She keeps getting better and better. I couldn't put this one down for long. It kept me guessing until the end. And the ending was terrific.
I don't usually take the time to write reviews but in this case I hope to save you from wasting your credit like I did. This may be a great read, but it is a terrible listen! Stephen Lang can not do voices. He is most irritating. I suffered through two hours before I had to chalk this one up to a loss. His idea of a southern accent is unbelivable, he reads the female lead like she is an airhead and he sometimes forgets which characters he has assigned which voice. He ruined this book for me. He is so bad that I will always be checking future purchases to make sure he is not narrating. If I had his number, I'd tell him he owes me an audio book!
No, it is not pronounced "Don Quicks-Oat." Go to jail.
Sometimes an actor's interpretation of a character is merely distracting; in this particular instance, it's wrong to the point of making me regret that I didn't read Chill Factor instead of listening. Stephen Lang does a credible job with characters that are meant to be 'played' for grins, like a just-the-facts-ma'am FBI director. But with one of the key protagonists, he couldn't be farther from the mark.
I'm talking about "Dutch," the ex-husband of the heroine. This is the character that sophisticated Lily is said to have found so charming and "erudite" when they met that she fell for him immediately. But as voiced by Lang, Dutch is cursed with a specific variety of overdone Southern accent that screams "inbred backwoods moonshiner." You can't even call it a drawl; it's as if Dutch is a slow thinker who struggles to speak; the polar opposite of anyone that magazine editor Lily would ever have found attractive.
In fact, until I got to the part of the book where Lily reminisces about their early relationship, and how Dutch captivated an audience when he spoke at a fundraising event, I actually there to be a backstory that would explain the horrible mismatch between the sophisticate and the yokel. He isn't written dim-witted, but he certainly SOUNDS it here.
If Dutch were a minor character, this off-the-mark performance wouldn't matter much. But if Sandra Brown meant to create the tension of a possible three-way love triangle between Lily, Ben Tierney, and Lily's ex-husband, Lang's portrayal of the ex makes it impossible to even imagine Lily and Dutch together in anything but a shotgun wedding.
Tight writing by Brown, and a suspenseful plot. Too bad the audiobook misses the mark.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
yes, Mr. Lang is very good
He has a rich voice. Very surprised how good he was reading this story
Hold your breath
If you like a mystery that keeps you guessing and guarantees surprises, read/listen to this book! Sandra Brown at her finest with another multi-layered plot including unpredictably complex characters. Although this story takes place over a period of just a few days, it delivers like an epic.
I found myself changing allegiances among characters over and over as bits and pieces of the puzzle were revealed. In this story, it's just as tough to identify the good guys as it is to peg the bad guys. You gotta love it!
Wow, this was my first book by this author. After, 250+ Audible books, this was a breath of fresh mountain air. Very inovative plot line, and well thought out characters. Nice plot twists and fantastic ending. Narration was even well done. A definite must read for any mystery/suspense/who-done-it readers. Enjoy!! I will definitely purchase more from Sandra.
This was my first, and last, experience with Sandra Brown. Every character is a cliche' and the main plot and subplots are all over-the-top. I'm not finished yet, but I fully expect to hear the words "heaving bosom" at some point very soon. The narrator, too, is grating on my last nerve. I can't say it any better than an earlier reviewer did...he makes all the male voices sound like Forrest Gump. Thanks for that, btw...as I finish the book I'm going to think of 'Jenny' every time he says Lily!!
This book was fantastic! This and Envy are my favorite of Sandra Brown's. I would love to here more like these two stories. She really writes a good mystery/suspense, we want more!
I have been a fan of Sandra Brown for a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Worth the read. The narrator is good. I've known some people with Dutch's mentality - he sounded believable to me!