The narrator always makes a story come alive. This narrator was excellent! Her voice brought a certain fierceness to the southern girl, Cat Ferry. I am a Louisiana girl and the description of everything was portrayed perfectly. This story has so many layers and they are revealed in such a way that it keeps the listener engaged. There is honestly never a dull moment!
I do not want to give too much away. One of the most memorable moments are the constant conversations with her grandfather. The epiphanies she has as he speaks, breathes, and lies!
Loved her accent! It didn't seem to over the top like some narrators. You can tell some narrators are clearly faking the accent. Her southern accent doesn't sound rehearsed. Very natural and pleasant. It made listening very easy to this southerner.
It made me laugh, think, and shake my head at the depravity.
I am the Evil Mama
If the heroine would have had something to make her more lovable.
This heroine was an immoral alcoholic, pill-popping, beautiful woman who supposedly had men falling in love with her; yet in the first part -- didn't want to waste my time with the next two parts -- who somehow had men falling in love with her and yet rationalizing her binges? Not happening in my lifetime. Yet she expects her married lover to "do the right thing" when she finds out she's pregnant? I just couldn't find anything that would make anyone love this perpetually needy woman enough to leave his family for. Maybe I've got too many needy, drug users too close to me to figure I needed to waste my time listening to 18 hours of whining....
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. The story and characters keep you engaged throughout.
The plot had plenty of twists and turns and kept you on the edge of your seat.
My favorite scene was when the main character was fighting for her life on a log in the middle of a river.
If I had the time, it certainly would have kept me interested enough to listen to it in one sitting..
Tell us about yourself!
It will be difficult to write much without spoiling the story.
Several of the threads seem like the "same old things", but just when you think you know what's going to happen next, there's a new piece of information (some of it not true.)
The main character is carrying so much emotional baggage that it is a miracle that she gets out of bed in the morning! Yet, her expertise keeps her in the loop with the agencies trying to hunt down a serial killer. I was grabbed from the beginning by her situation and couldn't stop listening until all of the threads were truly bound off.
Geographically the stories include New Orleans, Natchez, the Mississippi River, and Angola Prison. This, with many characters, is a challenge for any narrator. I found some of the attempts at variations in the "southern" pronunciations annoying, but not enough to ruin the listen.
I highly recommend this book. However, it is not a quick listen nor an adrenaline rush so be prepared to sit back and get pulled into Blood Memory.
If you can get around the HORRIBLE southern accents of the narrator (and also mispronunciations of scientific terms) then the book is pretty good. First part is slow, but the second and third parts go so fast that it's worth it.
I would say yes, if I "read" books twice, but once I finish a book I'm very unlikely to read it again. Although I did love this book.
I can't think of any comparisons
She did a PHENOMENAL job capturing the characters identities and emotions with her voice
I became obsessed with getting through just one more chapter and finding ways and the time to listen to it
First, the good: an author that doesn't shy away from the dark thematic realism of our country. There are awesomely gritty elements to the protagonist's uncovering of her past that would make your more sheltered reader cringe. Personally, I didn't bat an eye at the abuse and incest elements, which are horrible but real parts of our world I'm familiar with - but the segregation and racism depicted in modern American are jaw-dropping. Even the idea that this story was told in our modern world, not in an alternate timeline, was so difficult for me, although I know the Southern US is very different when it comes to race relations, especially in rural areas. That said, the most difficult part of the experience was listening to the narrator's accent, which grated on me like nails on a chalkboard. I wouldn't have minded the southern accent in the dialogue since the characters were southern, but the narrator herself had the accent which I personally find unpleasant.
Don't generally listen to books twice.
There was a lot of depth to the subject of the book plus it was a good mystery. It was different than your average mystery.
She is an excellent narrator. One of the best I've heard when it comes to women. She has lots of subtlety and wonderful dynamics to her voice. Terrific.
Well worth the purchase. I think I even lucked out and got it at one of the sales.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
I did not read the printed ver.sion
Suspenseful. A great story and narration.
The whole story was great, the ending was complete but I do hope there is a sequel to see how Cat is doing.
Yes. Great listen. Excellent story. Reader voices, accents, and pace were all good.
Any Greg Iles thriller. They're all complex, character driven, twisty tales.