I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
The story is interesting and develops well. I enjoyed most of it. Even though I enjoyed it I rated it only 3 stars. This is because of the story being too predictable. There were no surprises. Also Elizabeth Michaels voice doesn't fit the character. She does a fair job with her narration. But, she has a soft voice. This makes it hard to understand at times especially with soft sounding inflections. The main character is supposed to be from Texas, remarks are made about her 'accent'. There is no hint of any kind of accent. Then suddenly a false 'twang' would be inserted almost as an after thought. This detracted from the story. Also the too soft voice made a need to have the volume up high. High volume with an audio book tends to distort the voice. Listening to a soft voice makes it a very hard to understand when there are background noise while walking and such. It makes a need to put earphones and volume on high. I don't like to use blocking out all noise while walking, this being a safety problem. I wish editors would realize this. Narrators need to read in a strong voice. Maybe the recording volume was set or edited too low. The soft voice has me hesitant about purchasing more books with this narrator.
This was a good story line as long as you keep it in context. I enjoyed the story and the narrator did a good job with telling the story. I will follow the series and see how this goes.
"Did not know what to expect from a psychic type mystery but it was very entertaining and well done."
Did not know what to expect from a psychic type mystery but it was very entertaining and well done.
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.