Perhaps if the narrator had been clued in to a few important details; for instance: 1) Some of these characters are female, and some are male, and- here's the thing- they don't ALL sound alike. The deepest vocal range in the whole reading is given to a woman whom Abby deems, through a psychic session, "gay"; 2) The main and secondary characters are all purported to be in their early to mid-thirties, NOT -sixties (oh, the irony of hearing Michaels speak for Abby, 31, that she "doesn't always act [her] age"); and, 3) The story does not take place in South Philly-- all Michaels' characters- young, old, female, not quite so female- all refer to things, people, events, whatever, having been 'arrestet', 'decidet', 'educatet', people 'remindet' Abby of other people, she realizes she 'neglectet' to lock something, etc. Clearly, this comes to us from Michaels herself, and is not part of Victoria Laurie's story. It is not charming. Nor, by the way, is the peculiar accent--Southern? Afro-American? Southern Afro-American?- accent Michaels give to 'Mary Lou', a weak-willed victim of domestic violence who lives near Abby.
She's okay, I suppose, but full of contradictions and snap judgments. Ridiculous disregard for safety on blind (social media site) dates--3 margaritas!? Oh, and on that same date, her date--a cop--allows her to drive herself home, after just a brief walk around to get some fresh air. Wha..?Also, she is up Dutch's butt about all details of their shared cases, except when she herself receives threatening photos in the mail---oh well; I'll just call him Tuesday; then, on Tues, oh, yeah, I forgot...ridiculous.
WAIT a minute: You know who did it, but you decide to GO TO SLEEP, and call the cops in the morning?? So much nope. Nope.
No; definitely not. I do not know how Ms Michaels gets narration work; she certainly should not have had this particular job. Main reasons given above.
So many: The drunk driving first date; the trip to Boston--who cares where Abby's sister lives?; the psychological evaluation Abby feels free to give to her psychic clients (see above: "You're GAY!"); the whole infanticide case; why such a grisly vehicle just to show us, and the cops, Abby's powers?
To Ms Laurie and her fact-checker: The well known phrase "I want to be alone" is attributable to the great Greta Garbo; not, as you intimate here, to "Miss Dietrich"Also, even as far back as the 90s, there was this magic feature on phones; it was called *69. So, when Alisson called and you brushed her off then felt bad about it and wanted to call her back but didn't have her #, you could've just, you know. Oh, YEAH, you did use *69, just pages later, you know, when it wouldn't have such a dramatic impact on your storyline!Also. THE KILLER TAKES THE AUDIOTAPE (yeah, audiotape) CASSETTE CASE, but leaves the ACTUAL AUDIOCASSETTE at the scene of the crime!!!???Also, and, more importantly, when (the hell) was all this supposed to take place- meaning, in what decade or era? Some seems almost 80s, some modern, and some is pure 90s. Decide.I think perhaps it was actually written sometime between the 80s- 90s, then attempts were made to inject modern elements into the story for post-2000 release. It just doesn't work.I won't move on to a second installment--not even for $4.95
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.
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.
It's a brain candy book, which I like but the reader makes her sound like she's 60...which would be okay if she was 60, not in her early 30s
Yes, but just to "see" Abby... I have no idea who she is
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.
The story line has great possibilities and starts off all right for the first in a series. As far as the story goes, I feel the author explains too much as if the reader can't follow along. The story takes quite awhile to get started and the choice of expressions for the characters seem unlikely. I will probably venture to the next book in the series but am choosing to read the book due to the narrator not being an appropriate fit with the various characters in the story.
The narrator's voice seems too mature for the age of the characters portrayed in the story. Her light airy voice makes it hard to focus and pay attention when the same voice and depth is used for a 29 yr old female and a male detective. I had a hard time making myself finish listening to the book due to the narrator.
Yes, I could see this as a possible movie.
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!
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!