I love dogs, but if I had wanted to read a book about dog training, I would have purchased one instead of a novel masquerading as a romantic thriller. To make matters worse, the narrator was one of the worst I have ever listened to. Her style is a combination of choppy, sing-song and baby talk. I am about half way through and don't know if I can bear to waste the time finishing this book.
Early nora was very entertaining. Maybe too many books made her writing banal. I stopped reading her for years but decided to try again. THE SEARCH is a waste of my money. There is no plot to this story up to the second chapter in part 2. That's where I stopped listening. i need something to make me wonder what will happen next or how it will happen. NOTHINGS happening,so far, in this book
I expected something better, something that was more about "The Search" and less about the romance of the main characters. I was put off by the crude language and the details of sexual encounters of the two main characters. There was such potential for this book, and it did not deliver.
I really enjoyed this book and the indepth detail of dog- training and furniture- making shows Ms Robert's took the time on research. I just wish that there were secondary characters or story lines that expanded and made it not so one dimensional story.
Nothing special. But for $9.95 I'm not complaining too much. However the narrator's voice is wrong for this book. She sounds like pollyanna, even when talking about serious things.
I really didn't care for this book. The characters weren't as fleshed out as their canine counterparts. The serial killer plot line was contrived and banal; it lacked any sense of impending danger. At no point in this book did I feel trepidation for the main character. There was no flow between the converging story lines. It felt very disconnected, very nebulous. I've read Roberts before and been swept away. This story left me feeling bereft of a good read.
The story may have been saved by a narrator that had the talent to infuse some life into the characters but even that fell flat. I got the sense that someone did extensive research on dog training and then quickly assembled a formulaic storyline around that research to justify the effort. The resulting main characters are lifeless and the story lacks any real suspense. Too bad because there was a lot of potential here but the author and the narrator didn't lay down a good effort.
In other Nora Roberts novels I've been able to "see" the caracters in my mind's eye but not this one. I read other reviews that referred to this book posessing the sharp repartee between the characters but I must disagree. If that saving grace was ever present it was flattened by the narrator.
There are many good Nora Roberts books out there to be read or listened to but this isn't one of them.