I've been listening to audio books for years and have been an audible subscriber for ? 10 years maybe? A long time anyway.
Other reviewers had problems with language pronunciation. I did not. I don't speak French, so it all sounded good to me.
My review concerns Kathy Reichs' books. I've listened to about 8 so far. And I must say that I enjoy the forensic stories, but the predictability is beyond doubt. There is always someone who goes missing. There is always a threat to Dr Brennen that she ignores and acts surprised by. She always repeats the french name of the unit in Montreal that she works at multiple times. Dr Brennen usually gets hurt in some way, major or minor in the end but someone miraculously saves her from certain death. If you don't mind all of that, the books are fine for light listening!
I enjoyed the book though the narrator grated on my nerves at times. As I've seen the TV series for quite a few years it's hard to picture different people in the role. Tempe is a lot braver and less fragile in the Television series.
This is a pretty cut and dry detective story and mystery. Those of us who have come to love the Temperance Brennan from the television series won't find her here, however. There's little resemblance to the quirky, rational forensic anthropologist we see on television and the character as she was originally penned. The Tempe from the novel is a divorced recovering alcoholic with a grown daughter when we meet her, and while she's a likeable enough protege, I was really hoping for the internal monologues of the character from the TV series, and it's simply a different person.
This was really good. I can't believe I put off listening to it for so long. The narrator while not my favorite did a reasonable job. She certainly kept me listening.
A good narration might have rescued the book.
I haven't. I saw the TV show and thought the book would probably be better. I was wrong.
The narrator sounded bored and annoyed having to read this book. That didn't help.
It's hard to like a book when the main character is so unlikeable. I saw that the other books in that series have other narrators. I might give it a try to see if that helps because over all I like the idea of the books.
I always enjoy books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat so my reason for returning Deja Dead has no reflection on her. This is the first book I've tried from the author, Kathy Reichs and since she has high ratings, I'll give another one a try before "writing" her off my future choices for good. She obviously appeals to a great many readers/listeners.
It crawled along and the main character was very unappealing. I simply found nothing redeeming in her. Nobody she works with seems to like her either, including her own family. She's opinionated and, as much as I like strong, independent heroines, she's just boring and rude.
Simply speaking, she becomes every character I've heard her do, giving them life and personality where they may not with other, more monotone narrators. Her women characters sound like women and her male characters sound like men; all due to her great range.
Sorry, the main character, Dr. Brennan... Which, of course is impossible, so I'd change her personality!
I loved the layers in the story. It wasn't one or two dimensional. There were many layers that led you in different directions.
I have to be honest. At first I didn't care for this book at all. I LOVE the tv show. It's probably my only well one of two TV shows that I will not miss. This book, is not that TV show. I had to get past that before I could enjoy the book. I went into the book thinking the character would be the same as the TV show. She's not. In the setting of the book she really couldn't be. As I went on with the story I realized that and was able to enjoy the story.
I really enjoyed the flipping back and forth between French and English. Ms. Rosenblat has an excellent command of the languages.
I can't say that I did. I was however extremely happy I'd read it and look forward to reading/listening to more.
For me I really had to seperate the two. The book from the show, the author from the writers, ect. I would be curious to know how many people went into her books with the same expectation as I did. Cudos to her for a wonderful story and a well written character. Now that I have the two characters seperated in my expectation of who they are, I look forward to reading more of her work.
Good story, annoying reader.
Too much breath
I originally thought the main character would be like Bones on TV, but although she had the same job and name, it was not the same character. That was okay and I got past that. But the reader's breathing was very annoying - you could frequently hear her in-take of breath and I found that distracting.