The characters need more developing.
New to Audible and audiobooks so don't have anything to compare to.
This story was decent, but first the narration. I have listened to other books narrated by Xe Sands and thought they were good. But not in this case. Instead of giving life to the book her narration made me want to go to sleep. The main character and most of the other characters' voices came through with an annoying deflection at the end of most statements that made them sound either very tired or high, or as if they were so cool that they couldn't be bothered to get these last 3 words out of their mouth. One star for Sands on this effort, far from her best.
Story was pretty good, would be ideally suited to a reader who is a parent that has dealt with a difficult adolecsent or a child struggling with addiction or other serious challenges.
The best part of the book was the main characters relationship with Marva. I always enjoy books written about the majic that happens when an older and maybe wiser woman teams up with a younger woman who is trying to figure out her life. As they learn from each other and grow I find myself being inspired as well.
I have to say that it was difficult to stick with it due to the narration! I usually don't want my car trip to end because I don't want to stop listening to my book of the moment, but this one makes me glad to have a break from the annoying narration.
I really enjoyed her first book, so I was expecting a little more from this one. It was a little boring....kind of slow...I think much of this can be attributed to the narrator, though.
Listen at your own risk.
I am about half way thru this book and the story is okay but the reader is awful. I don't know if I am going to be able to finish listening to the book. Before buying this audible listen to a preview.
If you can get past the breathy voice of the narrator, the story keeps you interested. Good overall story.
Make sure you listen to the sample before you buy this. Although I enjoyed the story and the characters, the narrator's voice made the main character, Lucy, quite unlikeable. I'm sure this narrator has some energy, but here, at least, her voice sounds tired, bored and condescending when she's in the main character's persona and most of the others as well. She does well, though, with Marva, who's an interesting character, one of whom I'd liked to read more of!
This is a book I may well pick up the print copy of and so enjoy it the way so many others (see Amazon reviews) have!
This was an interesting story about a woman who is hired to convince a cantankerous, aging artist de-clutter her house against her will. The story kept me intrigued but I felt the author didn't include enough about the artist's hoarding, given that this was the whole raison d'etre for the novel. A good book for listening to while you are driving or doing other tasks - engaging and well written, but not so laced with literary imagery that you have to concentrate deeply to follow the story.
I enjoyed the story very much; however, the narrator was awful. She talked in very hushed almost whispering/mumbling….it was not good at all. Every character sounded depressed even at times when it wasn’t appropriate. This may be a book that I buy in hardcover and read myself.
Primarily a different narrator. Xe Sands sounds like someone from a 1930's crime drama. Since this book was not, it was a total mismatch.
While reading, I frequently wondered how good the book would have been with a different narrator. That's hard to say - This audio book is an example of just how important a narrator is to the success of the novel.
The plot had potential that was never fully realized because of the lack of character development.
I would not recommend the book. There are so many books and so little time. I do not recommend a book unless it is truly outstanding. And many books are outstanding... just not this one.
If the narrator had not spoken like she'd smoked 3 packs a day for 20 years. If she hadn't tried to sound like she was whispering, or sultry , or sneaky. The whole performance was a complete mismatch for this story.
That is hard to say.
However, I really did like the scene where the author allowed you to hear Lucy's thoughts during a 'romance' scene. Clever and well done.