This is my first book by Nora Roberts. Not sure who is her audience. At first, I thought the book was aimed at teenagers, then women looking for a romantic suspense. The story isn't bad and the audio performance is quite good, but the rhythm and style are wrong. It is like the first and last chapters have been written by a decent author, but everything in between is just there to fill the book. Underdeveloped characters, lots of clichés and repetitions, and rushed ending.
I've never read this author but now I think I know her formula: satisfying tales but safe enough to leave you unscarred and happy with the ending. I think I prefer authors a bit more challenging, even it means visiting the darker regions of minds and humanity.
I liked the authors ability to establish a sense of place within the small Ozarkian community and its characters.
Whelen did a fine job narrating the story although portraying male characters, especially the Russians, was cringe worthy.
Julie Whelan is a great narrator. This is my first Nora Roberts book. Loved the story line but a lot of swearing which wasn't needed. I have never heard anyone say, "man that was a great book but I wish there would have been more cussing, it would have even been better." So if you are not offended by the F-bomb and taking God and Jesus's name in vain it's a great read. I probably won't read another from her.
I thought I'd be listening to a crime drama, and it started out great! Then it became a soap opera, with a clever ending and a sappy epilogue. I 'd think twice before trying this author again! The reader was fantastic though... Very easy to follow the characters by her voice.
Loved listening to this book! The characters are quality. The ending is almost typical, but has a great element of surprise.
How the main character triumphed. I don't want to go into details and spoil the plot.
Great voice inflection. She gave different voices for each character, makes all the difference in a good book. Narrators that are monotone, can ruin a good book.
Very interesting characters and refreshing that there was no torture,and no extreme violence. There was healthy character development and very human interactions plus just the right amount of romance and mystery. My first Nora Roberts book was a real treat!!
Not on the edge but awake and interested from a very comfortable position!