She's Just Great
All of it was good,
I thought the job was just great
I didn't laugh or cry, I usually just enjoy the book's I read
A very good book to listen to, in fact I plan on listening to it again...
Print versions are hardly better than audio editions.
Danielle Burton. She seems to be very strong and fearless despite the tragedy that happened in her youth.
A lot! Kirsten Potter is amazing! I love listening to her and bought 3 other audio books just because she's the narrator.
I like Ann Marie Lee although I haven't heard a lot of her.
Rebecca Lowman I didn't know.
Yes, absolutely. It is very mysterious and thrilling!
the Gadget Queen
This book definitely kept me engaged. The idea of combining the voices of Sgt. D. D. Warren, investigating two bizarre murders of entire families, with that of a mother of a very disturbed child and that of a nurse who not only works with disturbed children but who was the sole survivor of her family's massacre, is quite intriguing.
The scenes in the psychiatric unit for disturbed and mentally-ill children were very difficult, but they rang true, and did much to illustrate the character of Danielle. And I loved the narrator who voiced Danielle.
However, I had a problem with the character of Victoria, the mother of the violent child Evan. She started out sympathetic, but she eventually sounded if she was determined to be a martyr. The trembling voice of the narrator also got irritating.
But those weren't insurmountable obstacles.
As the book started to wrap up, however, things just got too odd. The motivation of the killer was very thin -- avenging an act that didn't really need avenging -- and the discussions of alternate planes of reality got silly when one of the most sensible characters in the book started believing in them. Say what?
So it was enjoyable overall, but frustrating enough that I couldn't give it more than three stars.
Again I like the multiple narrators. That is really a nice part of this whole audio book experience. Live To Tell is another good, suspenseful story that made me want to listen straight through from beginning to end, without taking a break.
While this book's basic storyline is about a very sad subject, no story about crime is a laugh a minute. One reader said it was too depressing but I would disagree. It's another crime thriller and, yes, the story is features a children's acute care psych ward as a main thread and, yes, there is another thread revolving around child abuse but the story threads are not tole distastefully. In fact the underlying theme was handled in such a way that it was an effective part of the story with any sensationalizing about the topics.
This is a crime/detective/thriller and that genre is not meant to be a light-hearted, happy read. I almost passed on this one because of the "depressing" review from one of the readers but I am really glad I read a bunch of reviews and ignored that one. The story was good and I enjoyed the book while, at the same time, mentally acknowledging that the underlying storyline was and is a sad fact of life.
The one thing I have to say (again) is the D.D. Warren character is getting on my last nerve! Her rush to judgement, her sexual obsession, her overall bad attitude is getting to be so annoying I fear it will start to take away from my interest in this series. If male, main character detectives in other authors' books can be somewhat annoying characters but still likable, why can't this female, main character detective be at least a little likable? If I were reading these books instead of listening to them, the parts with D.D. Warren's dialogue would be the parts I would skim over quickly. She is SO annoying to the point of distracting from the stories.
But I will push on with the next one in this series. Maybe the author tones down the acidity of this character as time goes on. One can hope!
Like detective stories and Lisa Gardner is one of the most entertaining detective authors I have read.
If you love the series you will enjoy this novel
D.D. Warren she is always such a multi-layered character
I've only listened to two audio books and both were by Lisa Gardner so I would have to rank them both the same and consider them equally brilliant!
I would have to say that Danielle is the most memorable character that has stuck with me many months after listening to this book.
Again, I've only listened to one other audio book so I really don't have a lot of experience for which to rate.
It was particularly interesting to see where Danielle fit in with this whole story and how it kept coming back to her but yet it didn't seem to have any thing to do with her. Her desire to help and try to help sort out the issues was one thing that kept me listening.
Overall, this was a great book and the narrator's and author has done a wonderful job!
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
A decent listen, narration was a little too dramatic at times. Takes only minor suspension of reality to enjoy and not pick apart the story. I did find myself saying oh come on, but not overmuch. I have istened to other stories in the series and find them to be pretty much the same. Enjoyable, but not great mysteries or thrillers just good light listens that don't take any effort.
I started with the fifth and sixth in the series not knowing it was a series. I just bought the other four and just finished them all. Six books in a row, and sorry it is over. I will have to download more of her books. They have murder, mystery, twists, family, love, they have it all.