This book was simple and predictable, and there was barely any suspension of disbelief.
Mediocre story-line aside, I probably would have enjoyed it more if the female narrator was better. I couldn't get over the children's voices... they sounded like the way I talk to my cats... whiny and high-pitched; no child actually speaks like that.
I wanted to give the narration 2 stars, but settled at 3 because Jim Meskimen wasn't bad, and he actually had some inflection and fun character personalities. If he had performed the entire book, I might have given it a higher rating.
Listening to this book was frustrating. It was too long for such a feeble storyline. The worst part was the female voice actor. I do not wish to make anyone feel badly but her main character voice and voice personifications of several characters were brutal. It would have been better without the silly personifications. The author's attempt at humor and colorful description at times was poor. She is no comedian and her dull humor was completely out of place. I will not pick up another Catherine Coulter book. I did finish the book but at the end I could not figure out why I did.
No. It would be a waste of time and with so many other good books to read why would I?
The female narrator did detract so much from the book. I already do not like the feeble attempt to guide me as I hear a book. I prefer one voice reading without personification of characters. Just read me the book.
Stop at 16. Please!!!!
I don't think so
The narrator was okay, but the kids voices were so annoying
The dialog was lame and the plot was ridiculous. I would not recommend this book.
May have turned out to be a good story, but I couldn't get past the reader's baby talk in the first thirty minutes when doing the children's lines......if an author must put three and five year old kids in a book and include conversations with them, the editor should NEVER let the reader try to imitate with baby talk. No child actually talks like this. Gag
Have someone else read the book.
I really couldnt listen past 3 hours.
Jim Meskimen - yes. Deanna Hurst - never again, unless she promises to never do a child voice again in her life
A little slow moving. The reader bugged me at first....a lot of He said She said which I am not used. Overall not great but good.
Yes going to listen to the book that tells what happened to Emma next.
First book by author and the narration was awful! The story may have been good, but the narration was so irritating I just couldn't get past it.
Decent, nice twists. Some of the characters are a bit simplistic, but then I have only read a couple of the earlier books in the series.
Suspense, fascinating and riveting
I was so absorbed in this story, that while I was working around the house I finished in a record time. WOW. I will read more of her books ASAP. Many books in my wish list. Really good.
I'm an avid reader since childhood. I'm a retired science teacher, retired nuclear plant worker and grandmother of three. I love mysteries.
First the terrible narration was a real irritant. Either one of the narrators would have been better than the two of them together. It was irrational how they switched back and forth with all the he said/she said... nuts! The child voices were especially over the top ridiculous. I love listening to books but go with the print version of this for sure.
Second, I had trouble following the characters. I don't know the series so I didn't know who was who and Coulter switches between the first and last names so much it was really difficult for me to keep track. I find it easier to keep track of multiple characters in print but maybe that's just me.
Third, you really have to suspend disbelief in that the characters are shot/injured and hop up and keep going. Only the first guy shot is treated like it was a serious thing. I'm okay with that but some people insist on more reality and if that's you then you won't be happy with this.
If you are already a fan of this series then nothing on earth will stop you from reading this but I strongly suggest you go for the print. This isn't really my favorite genre but I'd read another from this series with a different narrator.