It's 2am and I have to get up at 7 to get ready for work. I just couldn't stop listening. The story was good, exciting, interesting with a what is next anticipation. And as a bonus the heroine was 39 years old! I'm so tired of the 28 year olds you find in most romance novels. I really enjoyed this listen, good writing and a good narrator.
This book kept me glued to my Ipod. I couldn't stop listening. I hope they put more of Karen White's books on audio because if The House on Tradd Street is indicative of her work, she is great and I want to hear more.
As a reader from the Charleston area of the SC low country, I was captivated by this wonderful story. I could visualize the "south of Broad" section of Charleston, which is the book's setting, the whole time I was listening. Karen White's characters and her descriptions of the homes, gardens, and knowledge of life in not only historical times, but present day are so accurate, that either she has spent a lot of time here, lives here, or she did a great deal of research of Charleston. Kudos.
Once I got past the terrible accent of the reader, I became hooked on this book so much that I stayed up all night listening and got up early the next day to listen to more. The most disappointing thing about it is that it's the only book by this author available. The characters were left open enough to allow for a sequel, so I hope the author has plans to write more. Well worth the money!
I truly love this book, but I just had to right a review even though i'm not done with the listen yet. I do not care for the leading lady character in this book. She seems to be extremely naive and dim-witted. For me she is truly a distraction and could have been left out. The surrounding character are Awesome and they make the book worth listening to. I would have given this book 5 stars but I took one off because of main lady character.
I didn't get to the story, the southern / german / new york / southern / rotating accent narration was so irritating, I ditched the story. Wasted credit!
Spies of the Balkans
Needs to polish up one accent or the other, but can't switch in the middle of a sentence.
Wish I had my credit back
I am totally baffled by the high ratings this audiobook has received. While I am not from Charleston, I am from the south and have visited the Holy City and vacationed in nearby Isle of Palms for years. First of all, the narrator's attempt at a southern, low-country accent was most unfortunate! But what should you expect... she is from Seattle! However, even if a true southern had narrated, I don't think it would have improved the content! Maybe there is a good story in there somewhere... but what wasn't anywhere in sight (or earshot) was an editor! Some of the phrasing made me cringe and the downright errors (the author had the Mayo Clinic in wrong Rochester!) made me wonder if anyone with a brain had read this before it was published! Thank goodness I bought this in the paperback sale and only paid $5 for it! I'm not sure it was worth that!
Being from WNY, I can tell you I was impressed when she stated a character went to Rochester, NY. I was shocked that she said the Mayo Clinic is there. Work of fiction or not, it's kind of odd to have such a huge mistake. It detracts from the believablility of the story. Tradd St is real as is Legare St. Other than that, it makes me want to go back to Charleston and visit the ghosts.
This was so much fun to listen to...it was hard for me to put it away and really hated for it to end. The reader was wonderful, and the writing was beautiful AND scary!