This isn't my genre, and normally I'd give any book with the word "psychic" in it a wide berth, but it was a "Daily Deal", and I've had good luck with those, so I went for it.
I liked it. This isn't great literature, you understand, but as a nice, casual, interesting summer listen, something a little different, it was more than fine. The "psychic" element in the book didn't come off as weird or kooky, but merely as interesting. All in all, it had a well-constructed plot, interesting characters, and was well narrated.
The ultimate test? If I came across another Abby Cooper book, I'd probably go for it.
I'm really enjoying this series. The premise is fun and the plots are interesting. However, I am putting the narrator on my "Banned" list. Her pronunciation is terrible. She butchers certain words repeatedly. Her voice is not unpleasant to listen to, but after about the 10th mispronunciation in the first 5 minutes it gets annoying. I will finish this series because I like the characters, but I won't be listening to another book with this narrator.
Really fun and easy read. No stress at all. Abby is not the "hero" type but she gets involved in crimes and helps to solve them. A cozy mystery series with a phychic twist. I think I'll read this series in between more intense books to take a break!
The narrator in no way ruined this book for me. I'd been looking at this book and series for awhile but kept putting it off because of all the negative comments on the reader. I decided to give it a try anyway and I'm glad I did. My pet peeve is monotone readers, but Ms. Michaels puts emotion in her voice to try to convey when Abby is amused or angry and during conversations you could tell which character was speaking. As another reviewer said, she was fine. I won't hesitate to get the rest of this series or other books she might read. I have to admit she won't go on my list of favorite narrators along with Marguerite Gavin, Kate Reading and Scott Brick but they can't read everything.
I'd recommend this series if you're in the mood for a light cozy-style mystery. The details on her psychic insights, the way they come about and how they work, add an extra dimension to the story and make up for some of the shortcomings of the book. I agree that at times Abby seems very childish but perhaps that was the author's way of showing the heroine wasn't perfect. I did get attached to Abby and Dutch and want to hear how Abby's psychic intuition helps solve more cases in the other books.
This was a very compelling story with characters that you care about almost immediately. The on/off relationship with Dutch and Abby is something to look forward to in the books to follow. The only downside was the narrator. She is unable to do a range of voices, and reads with unusual inflections at odd times. I only wish there were a different reader for the following books, but alas, I must try to get past it so I can enjoy the series.
First let me say I enjoyed the "BOOK" and I do mean the book. The narrator is another story. This is the first time ever that I could not finish listening and purchased the actual book to finish. The narrator was just annoying. There is no other way to describe her. I am usually very tolerant of narrators but even I couldn't finish this one.
The concept is refreshing and this book would have recieved a much higher rating except for two very irritating factors: the narrator's voice is much too old for the character and "liar, liar, pants on fire" was vastly over used. PULEESE!
A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!
I hadn't heard of Victoria Laurie before listening to this, the first in the Psychic Eye series, and it was such a gem to find.
Since this book, I've listened to a lot more in the series, or read them in ebook format. Love this series, but this, the first, is my favourite!
The Charley Davidson "Grave" series by Darynda Jones - like the Psychic Eye, these books have a funny female investigator with supernatural or special powers.
Abby, for sure - but this is probably because she is the first-person narrator of the book.
It was so funny, and very light, and entertaining. It was just what I needed to pick me up at that time.
If you feel like a nice, light listen, with a funny narrator who has a knack for sticky situations, and a sexy potential love interest in the FBI, and if you don't mind laughing out loud when listening in public, get this book.
I had read the negative reviews on here before this purchase, however, I enjoyed the ghoul series so much that I thought this might really appeal to me....not so much.
This book was simply annoyingly repetitive. I will stick with this author though and just focus on the ghoul series instead as that one is cute and funny!
Laurie could have come up with some new phrases besides...liar, liar pants on fire....
I like science fiction and fantasy. I get regular recommendations from a librarian. I have converted all my "reading" almost exclusively to audio-books because of my vision. I am very particular about the sound of the reader/actor's voice. My profession is quality analyst; make of that whatever you wish, but the fact remains, I know of that which I speak.
The narrator sounds like a woman in her fifties, stripping verisimilitude from the story at its roots, specifically for a clairvoyant in her early thirties. The story has enough redeeming qualities, but as I listened, my mind's eye kept picturing the dowager aunt from Downton Abbey.
Not remotely, I am enjoying many other paranormal detective stories and female detective novels. I think this series has a place among the genre, like "Medium" had its place among cop-shows.
Find a younger narrator and ask the director to avoid letting the character openly whine, especially during the ranting soliloquies.
Annoyance and disappointment are the primary reactions this book provokes. I feel it is hypocritical for a psychic to "jump to conclusions" when confronting serious situations.
Abby Cooper is too jaded to be believable; She is rude, irreverent and self-centered. But that is not the reason I dislike this book; she whines, most unbecoming a psychic of her obvious stature.