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.
It ranks very high as a book, but not an audible book, based on the narrator who sounds quite old. I still have to give it good reviews based on the quality of the writing, and it is possible to just think of Abby as a cooky old grandma and still enjoy the listen.
Maybe the Stephanie Plumb series? Just based on the humor and murder.
Her voice came across as forced and phony. She has some weird Jersey accent that doesn't fit this book since it takes place in Michigan. Also, she sounds quite old, which makes me think Abby is in her 50's or even older.
I couldn't handle this narrator all at once, otherwise, yes! I did download the second one in the series right away.
The book is great, but it is very hard to remember that the main character, Abby, is only 32 when the narrator does a super bizarre jersey inspired old lady voice. There are no love scenes in this book, which is good because I wouldn't be able to take her seriously. Her voice comes off as super phony.
...but about the only kind of book to listen to while too ill to appreciate really well-written or well-narrated books. You can fall asleep in the middle of one chapter and awake in the middle of another and not miss a thing! (winking/smile emoji)
The story I thought was alright, from what I heard. What I could not get past was the fact the narrator sounded like she was computerized. I finally had to stop listening
Didnt even get that far
A new narrator
Like I said from what I heard I enjoyed the story so I think I'll have to read the book.
College Student that loves to listen to audio books!!!
Yes! It is a good read for a road trip! Very fun characters and story.
Abby is my favorite! She is so much fun and witty!
The humor and wit in the voices of the characters. I found myself driving and laughing out loud at the things that the characters say.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A fun mystery that had a good story and believable characters. Abby is a no nonsense girl who has a gift that she yields with conscience and integrity. She tends to shy away from any interaction with police cases because of doubt and implication, however, on a blind date she is mistakenly sucked into a conversation about a current missing child case. A week after the date she finds out that her mystery man is a police detective and the game is on when one of her clients ends up dead.
This was a cute cozy that kept my interest and I was happy to get back to. The narration went perfect with her character and I will look for more in this series for a feel good fix.
I liked the mystery and how the visions that Abby got played into it. There were places where the story seemed to bog down with too much detail.
A few, who are real mystery buffs
Worth the listen for a first book. But I won't be going any further into the series.