This was a great story, but the reader/readers ruined it -- some of the *emotion* was so rigid and forced, it became painful to listen. I stopped a couple of times and went to other books, but eventually finished it. In the future I'll avoid books listing these readers.
Edges into fantasy and romance novel territory read with a very saccharine voice. Magic rings that help solve the crime. NO,no,no.
It started off good enough, if you can get past the computer generated voices, but it was so drawn out and unbelievable. The FBI was so lame, they should have all been dead by Part 2. Don't waste your money, move on and try something else.
The starting is good. Then the story is becoming too unrealistic. Side stories not interesting. The woman narrator voice is very irritating and unpleasant.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
I've been keeping an occasional eye on Catherine Coulter for years. We share a family name, so her books always grab my attention - but I haven't read romances since I was a teenager. (We're not related - and, for that matter, I'm not related to that other infamous Coulter either.)
When I saw this on Audible, I was excited. I like FBI procedurals. I like a hint of the supernatural and inexplicable, and I've unexpectedly (for a mostly non-fiction reader) become a fan of Preston & Child's Pendergast series. I like the idea of a woman FBI agent, too.
So, I was set to enjoy this book - and I guess my expectations were too high.
What bugged me the most was the sudden leaps of logic, or illogical leaps to conclusions that several of the characters made. I'd be listening along, and all of the sudden would think, "What? Why?"
Some of the characters did some particularly stupid things as well - and I'm not talking about being attracted to an unattainable man, either.
So, I was I was annoyed. Very annoyed.
The Audio performance also annoyed me. The performers themselves were fine, but the problem was that the narration went back and forth between a male voice and female voice. Which, in the case of male or female characters talking worked, but when it came to inner voices and descriptions - it was random.
I really wish I'd had a better experience.
I am a former fan of C Coulter (reading) but this is the second one I have listened to on Audio and it is a total disaster with the readers Coulter is hiring. They are ruining her books! It will be hard to get through this book, they read like first graders. They don't have any idea how to make the characters sound serious or real. I am so disappointed the second time around. I tried this because it was a different reader than the first one but still a disaster. I am a true fan of audio but the readers are the ones that can make or break a truly good book.
More believable FBI agents, rather than the bumbling idiots they seemed in this book.
Not the genre, but maybe this author or the narrators.
Just not exciting enough,nor was it believable.
Paul Costanzo's performance was very flat and largely spoiled the book. Renee Raudman's performance was fine. The overal story was fanciful.
Didn't care for the multiple voices and the way they "read" their lines. Did not seem natural. Also the plot and the characters were unrealistic.
I've enjoyed other Coulter books, so this one did not meet my expectations.
Not as good.
Seemed to be "reading" a script - did not sound natural.
I am a life long student. I love to study and learn and I enjoy factual books but also well research novels. At age 75 I have read lots.
All of them were so real to me.
the total depth of the situations
The humor and feel level of these stories
I just enjoy reading them and that is what I read novels for and I am always sorry when the books in this series ends.
I hope Coulter keeps this series going or starts a new one as good.