Listening to audiobooks allows me to multi-task while I play with my dogs or quilt. Having someone read to me is relaxing!
I have enjoyed some of the author's other books. When I saw that this was the first in a series, I bought it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book! I really like books in a series with the same characters and character development.The story had twist and turns and kept me listening so that I had to finish it in a day and a half! I think Andrea Kane introduced us to all of the characters, the roles they play, as well as to leave us anticipating future cases. The narrator did a good job with character changes and made it an easy listen. I can not wait for the second book!!
Fewer characters to keep track of, and perhaps one less red herring. The focus needs to be on the private investigative agency and its personnel, especially in this first book of the series. Hone in on them and pay very little attention to the FBI and what it's up to. I came away having no clear picture of anyone in this book, except the dog. It's an interesting idea, just not very well executed, IMO.
It's an interesting premise, if a bit far fetched. The idea is that an 'outside the law' investigative agency works independently of traditional law enforcement agencies, conducting their own investigations into major crimes. Using methods that are questionable at best, they gather information that they then pass along to the powers that be, helping to break cases. In this book the FBI was pretty much aware that the info had been gathered illegally, and in real life I doubt it would hold up in court. Fruit from the poisoned tree and all that. But in fiction you have to suspend your disbelief sometimes in the interest of a good story. One issue I had was that I had figured out the bad guy almost from the first page. No on else came along to convince me otherwise, so I was pretty bored. There was also a money drop scene that was never followed up on. The money was left in a highly public area with plenty of video surveillance, so they could have just gone over the videos to try to identify the culprit. This wasn't done, and that's a pretty big hole in the story. The main female lead has an FBI boyfriend, and they have a strong sexual and emotional connection. After a couple of fade-to-black bedroom scenes, they suddenly have a graphic, extremely detailed sexual encounter worthy of a romance novel. I'm not shocked by sexually explicit material, but it was out of place here and felt forced. If the author was determined to include it, she should have done so in the first love scene, not this far in. All in all, this story needed to be tightened up, eliminate a character or two, get rid of one or two cliches, and focus much more tightly on the private investigative agency. I'll probably read the next one, but if it's no better, I'm done with this series.
From the moment I started listening to this book I was ready to email & ask for a refund. I refuse to believe that editing could not remove all the swallowing the author was doing. Not to mention where he decided to break. I had to adjust the speed to get through this tale.
The story itself was good. Had the right amount of "WTW" to keep you interested. I did wish the author went back to the parents and Nanny's triangle. Author made it seem as if Chrissy knew what hanky spanky was going on.
There were a lot of characters to keep up with and I didn't get everyone straight on the FI team until the epilogue. I put that more on the narrator than the author.
I would not recommend listening to this book to anyone who does not enjoy stabbing their ears w/very sharp pencils. I do believe this book would be a great read.
Life is way to short to suffer through bad narrations. Skip listening & read the book!
This is the 1st one I have listened to in this series. I will be adding more.
This involved child abduction, and several agencies working together, local FBI, and a new company that is the star of the book. With highly trained individuals and not tied down by red tape, they get things done.
Well written never a dull moment and true to life for a fictitious story, that could happen or probably has somewhere.
I will not be listening to another book by Andrea Kane. Partly because I think gratuitous sex scenes are a waste of space—the interest in the book is a kidnapped child, not the hot and heavy between two of the people trying to find the child. These people are stressed from the hunt for a missing little girl and not sleeping more than a few hours a night, and they want to have sex all the time? Really? The problem with this particular book is that it is so [spoiler alert] obvious from the beginning that the vanished twin sister is the kidnapper, that a reader wants to scream at both the FBI and the crack team led by Casey that is so brilliant they can find and solve issues before the feds can. How could both groups of supposedly crack detectives be so thick?
Perhaps another Alan Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwhistle, who actually does a child's petulant whine rather well.
The performance was adequate. Colby does an excellent job with male character voices, a good job with women's voices, and an execrable job on a female child's voice, but I believe it nearly impossible to handle a child's voice well.
Oh dear. OK, the sex scenes between Casey and the FBI guy were a waste of time and paper, or rather, air. I would rewrite character of the judge, who refers to the little girl as her baby until I wanted to smack her, or the author. The judge is irritating. She seems to have the brains of a high school dropout instead of a seasoned law professional. She doesn't trust the FBI? She marries a sleazeball, and stays married to him? She delivers the ransom money???
Please understand that I read memoirs, historical mysteries, mysteries and thrillers, and rarely ever read romance or steamy bodice rippers. Eww. So some of my comments are naturally affected by my personal preferences.
I don't normally rate books but I could not allow anyone to throw away their credits or money on this one. The writing is simply terrible with repetition and cliches throughout. The characters are incredibly weak and Ms. Kane's description of the surroundings even weaker. New characters are introduced poorly if at all. There are a number of mistakes throughout that a good editor (if not the author) should have picked up immediately.
If you are an avid reader of this genre you could figure out the plot in under 5 minutes it is so predictable and poorly written. No suspense, no puzzle, no feeling at all. There is no continuity, not a single well-written chapter, nothing that would appeal to a reader (or listener). This is one of the worst books I have read or listened to in decades, literally, and I probably read 3-4 books a week.
No, but definitely from this author and narrator.
The performance was horrible - the narrator appeared to have no interest in reading the book (can't blame him really given the content) and was monotonic throughout. Too add to the misery, he must have gotten a cold after the first few chapters and the narration became congested and his narration even worse. I don't think the narrator ultimately detracted from the book - it was very poorly written - but this is definitely not the narrator's genre. His tone never changed, his voices never changed for different characters (or very rarely and never consistently). He may be better suited to textbook reading. Personally I would not spend a credit or money on a book narrated by this individual again.
Everyone but the dog.
Not worth your credits or money. The author needs to revisit her writing abilities, and the narrator his. I can only hope for the readers' sake that if Ms. Kane wrote sequels her writing has improved. I will not be reading or listening to one of her books in the future.
Yes, I found the story flowed well. It was read so the female voices didn't sound like the voices.
Casey is because she is not a me,me person. She wants to help and doesn't care about the glory.
Yes, but unfortunately I could not. Luckily I could rewind a few minutes to refresh the story
line where I left off.
Although, I very much enjoyed the book, it was predictable.
Now, this is not the worst audible book I have ever listened to, but close. (That honor goes to Harlan Coben's first book). I know this because I listened until the very end, but couldn't wait for it to be over. The story is about a kidnapped girl and her (spoiler) return to her mom. I hated the book for a number of reasons, but the biggest issue I had was the reliance hardened scientists placed in Clair Voyant the unbelievably insightful and magical visionary who was able to see things that only the perpetrator could have seen. I only listened to the book until the end hoping against hope that this would prove to be the case. (spoiler) Alas, she wasn't: she actually could see the color of the room where the child was being held hostage. If only Sylvia Brown (a "real life" psychic) were so successful and could have seen that the kidnapped girls she saw on the other side, was, in fact, alive and miserable in a basement.
Other gems: twins are involved and not in a pleasing way. The FBI almost screws everything up, but the day is saved by the insights of a private contractor that only a rich judge could trust. Mafiosi do terrible things, but only to fill in pages and pages of distraction: how do you like your herring? Red. And the leaps of deduction the heroes made to discover the villain defy logic and apparently the author's skill. Some one stepped on the needle in the haystack and then pretended that all the arrows pointed there to anyone who cared to see them.
The book seems to be well-liked by many. This is my effort to direct your attention to other more worthy titles.
OK who didn't know 'who done it' within the first 30-45 minutes of listening to this book?!?!?! Even when a book is terrible I always try to finish to give a chance but pleasssssse.
The people who read this genre of book like a challenge read. Not only do we read these books we watch the genre in movies and tv. We want surprises, something new to pull us in, feel for the characters and best yet not have the book figured out every step of the way. And how about some smart characters too. The judge is well , lets say I wouldn't want to have her preside over anyone I knew. She has no common sense. She can't see the whole picture even when its been presented directly to her, over and over again. In fact, most of the characters are like that. They are presenting the facts and running through scenarios and the obvious is well whats the saying "if it was a snake it would bit them'. I found myself talking back to the book.
The dog was the best part of the book. I won't give spoiler alerts but suffice to say a five year old could have figured this out, even the fill in details. The clairvoyant was the next best character. I believe there are people with these gifts and they are overlooked as quacks (some are but not all) So to insert a believable clairvoyant and actually have at least half the other characters believing her and follow her leads is a good thing.
I like the idea of a private company like Forensic Instincts. There are many people out there that are not law enforcement, that aren't members of the alphabets, that are way more capable than the badged ones but they are looked down upon because they don't have badge or 'special agent' before their names. I know there is at least one other book in this series and I will give it a try just because I like the premise but I certainly hope the author has wised up to realize her readers are smarter than this and want a challenge. FI is a great storyline and would make a great long term series IF the author gives us readers more credit than in this first book.
And can I just say regarding tv reference genre , to put in the book a special agent from the FBI's BAU who's nickname is Hutch (remember I was listening and not reading so I think that's how it would be spelled) that sounds exactly like Hotch, agent Hotchner, who is a special agent in the FBI's BAU from Criminal Minds is well............ reallllllllly
OH and I hope its not the same narrator. He wasn't the worst but certainly far from a voice that could lend itself to the story telling.