--Voice--the narrator's voice was affected and pretentious. It didn't fit the story, as much as I could bear to listen to.
--I admit I didn't last more than about 20 minutes into the story, because of the narration. But the content was full of cliches and trite statements. Nothing at all seemed real. I just kept thinking, "this is so pretentious and fake that I can't keep going".
I really wanted to like this book, but just could not. The plot and setup are quite promising, but fail to deliver. The characters are poorly constructed, not plausible (even within my highly flexible imagination), and do not develop in a three dimensional way. Net net I could neither relate to, or like any of the primary characters. The overly dramatic reading did not help. What a shame.
I am not a great literary scholar, but at no point did I care if any of the characters lived or died. Predictable plot and a protagonist with an inconsistent personality. Sorely dissapointed that it is being so promoted by Audible...
I enjoyed this book for the most part, but expectations of Michael Munroe being another Lizbeth Salander fall short. Looking forward, however, to Taylor Stevens next book in the Informationist series.
This is a good book if your focus is simply the plot. The protagonist is a female superhero who seems to have endless worldwide connections. She's very clever but there is no context to explain how she comes up with solutions out of thin air. The men in the book all fall in love with her simply because she is beautiful. That's plausable, but the ways in which they live and risk their lives for her is a stretch.
This is a strong start to a series with the Vanessa Munroe character--girl with a past, a specific set of skills, tasked to find a missing girl in Africa. Though as I listened, I kept thinking of the Girl with the Dragon tattoo, it lacks the depth that the Salander character had. I could believe that she had this strange and troubled childhood that led to her current job, but Munroe lacked any vulnerability that would make her a more believable character. In troubling moments, she immediately had to kill someone with her bare hands, handle a knife, shoot a gun, etc.....it made her a little super human and unreal.
What made the book interesting was the intricacies of maneuvering through Africa, her knowledge of languages, that she was intelligent and yes...that she could physically defend herself.
Hilary Huber does a pretty good job with the narration. She's not great with male voices, but with all the books I've listened to, I haven't found many to be.
definitely one of the top listens
her primal fury at the death of her would be partner Ferdinand. But more than this the intelligence that she shows throughout the book
The intensity and dominance of the female protaganoist