A real plot and a better narrator. This sounded like a fun light series and I am always looking for something I can dive into as I spend a lot of time listening to books.
I was so bored the first 4 chapters I would have given up on the entire book, but I was on a long flight and had no other reading material, so I kept listening. I kept hoping it would get better. Sadly, it did not. Perhaps I was so distracted by the AWFUL narration that I couldn't really give this book a fair shot.
Amanda Ronconi could probably have saved this book. Elizabeth Michaels does not have an unpleasant voice, but she need lessons on pronouncing words and using different voices. Everyone sounded the same except when there was an inadvertant south Jersey (or south Philly?) accent.
There should have been more consistency/fact checking.
This felt like a high school English assignment which was "padded" into the first of a series. Other reviewers have indicated that the series gets better in the later books but I just can't force myself to listen.
I loved Abby's readings and her intuitive phone messages. A very clever way to make a relatively unknown subject more real.
As I said, I loved Abby's readings and "phone" messages. I also like the fact that the author didn't concentrate all her writing on the psychic, but actually wrote a pretty good mystery too. She also created some good characters, especially Abby's sister Kat. I hope she's included in future books.
I don't think I have, but I will look for more of her readings.
I really enjoyed the relationship play between Abby and Dutch. I thought the dialogue was pretty on target. I got a kick out of the light hearted way the author would let you into the psychic mind of Abby. I loved the way the mystery unfolded bit by bit around the discovery of clues which weren't that hard to remember from one chapter to the next. It was just a nice easy listen. Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.
Less detail about things like clothes, food, house, etc., more content on the storyline. This book could have been cut by a third and would not have lost anything.
No, definitely not. There are times when her writing is passable, but other times it is way too long winded and becomes boring.
The weird way Abby's voice, and character, becomes a caricature of herself. Other than that, she was very good and easy to listen to.
The dull writing about minutia is dreadful; it's really annoying. I kept listening hoping that this type of thing would change... it didn't.
Loved the book. Only rate books for my own benefit for later purchases. Going to download next books in series now!
Maybe not edge of seat, but still enjoyed listening.
This one ranks up with the highest. I really enjoyed it.
Abigail is so clever. I found her saying things that you want her to say. She is independant yet not hardened. She is able to take care of herself but inspires others to care about her. I like her gumption.
I enjoyed her voice. It helped me picture the main character and she did well on the others as well. She seemed to have as much fun reading the book as I had listening to it.
I loved the scene with Abigail and her sister - just ordinary sister stuff. Then Abigail starts a reading for Kat out of the blue and Kat runs to get a book to write down what she is saying. She apparently puts great trust in her sister's abilities.
I would never go to a psychic myself and I would not recommend others to do it. But the character is enjoyable and I put this in a good read catagory.
Have always loved books and I find that as I have gotten older I find this way more enjoyable then listening to the radio.
the very best
her fighting with the killer and being stab and discribing the pain of the blade being in her arm
she was fantastic
Abby's reaction to seeing how her sister takes such care of her.
Ms Victoria's books are magic and her stories spin a wonderful spell on there reader.
to the point of being a frustrating. Maybe Abby is so psychic that she forgets common sense. Decent reading helps keep the story moving but there are much better series to enjoy.
No - especially not Elizabeth Michaels. I found her narration challenging to listen to, at best. Her intonation was unnatural and she didn't have any continuity with voices. Every so often, her accent would change abruptly. I would give Victoria Laurie another chance if I received a sterling recommendation for a particular book of hers, but I won't pursue it.
It has made me much more nervous to buy other books in this genre from Audible. I've been mostly lucky with my buys, but this, along with a couple of other purchases, has made me hesitant to just get something. I really like Juliet Blackwell's series and grew to appreciate Xe Sands' narration, but I'm afraid to tackle new series now. This dominated my drive from NY to WI, and it was a disappointment.
No. See above for details. Another thing of note - Abby Cooper is supposed to be in her thirties, but Ms. Michaels sounds like she's in her fifties or sixties. It gave me some serious cognitive dissonance to work through.
There was no one character that stood out to me as fundamentally not belonging. The entire story was poorly crafted. Very few characters struck me as realistic or consistent. I found Abby the most challenging to believe, from her insistence that she is really a boring person ("vanilla") to her inappropriate outbursts with the law and other individuals. Her character straddled a particularly hormonal fifteen-year-old and someone with a personality disorder, which I have trouble believing a semi-successful 30-something businesswoman would be able to maintain. That being said, I didn't find any primary/secondary character especially realistic.
I have never given a one star review before and I find myself wondering if I'm being too harsh, but mentally reviewing the story and experience of listening to this, I can't justify applying another star to any piece. The mystery was painfully obvious, there was far too much foreshadowing, the language wasn't consistent with the time period/age group, the characters and relationships were unlikeable and unbelievable, and the series of events felt off. There were some funny turns of phrase, but that wasn't enough to salvage this for me. I really like this genre, as a rule, and am fine with a certain amount of predictability and unrealistic happenings (that's what makes it fun!), but there was almost nothing to latch onto for me here. Other reviewers enjoyed this, so take this with a grain of salt, of course.