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suspense between main characters
story line was good but dragged out too much to follow actual storyline
I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers
So boring, I couldn't finish it, I tried but couldn't.
Don't think so.
I think she was probably ok, the story was so boring she didn't have much to work with.
My review of Shiver must begin with a disclaimer. I read only the first few lines of the summary before buying it. As a result, it wasn't until I was about 20% through it that I realized, to my dismay, that I was trapped in a ROMANCE NOVEL. However, I didn't stop listening and what follows are my reason/s why.
From the outset, Karen Robards does a skilled job of writing a piece of pulp fiction. The story sets its course solidly; twenty-three year old single mom, devoted to her child, mature beyond her years, works third shift driving a tow truck, repoing cars to support her child. The setting is the seamier side of East St. Louis, and the streets are mean streets. Sam is fearless and resourceful until the night she picks a late job. Easy enough, its a BMW and prime for the picking. UNtil the trunk pops open and inside is a guy, wounded and beaten. In the brief moment that Sam hesitates, the same hit man who plopped this guy in the trunk now adds Sam to his haul. Just like that, Sam and Danny are thrust together -no pun intended of course- and off goes the story.
I think what kept me going from this point on was the fact that each time the reader feels a romantic moment coming on -Sam oogling Danny's butt or muscles, or what not- the story explodes into some wild act of violence. A particularly taut scene is when Danny, on Sam's phone, listens to the torture of her son's babysitter by the cartel hitmen. In fact, the novel goes on like that until the conclusion.
The performance is also really excellent. The reader expertly captures the attitude, the savvy, of Sam's character. Never mind the proposterous storyline; Danny is not a former federal agent who went over to the cartel and has become a protected witness to save his butt. No, he is actually an FBI special agent pretending to be a protected witness while the real witness is providing the FBI with testimony. Its all a weird melodrama and romance that works because the author, helped immensely by the reader, has a flair and a sense of how pulp fiction (the style, not the film) works and uses that with a skilled hand.
I think having finished listening to Shiver, my only question for the author is who she and the publisher planned to market this to. Fans of Jack Reacher will turn this off about a third of the way through, though they shouldn't, and fans of romance are going to be a little unnerved by the level of violence. Actually, this story has its best chance when someone buys the option for the film. Can't miss. So, give it a chance, like me, you may not be able to turn it off.
Shanon McManus did a good job of it. If she hadn't read so well, I wouldn't have finished listening.
Shannon has a youthful and nice voice, easy to understand for a foreigner.
The beginning was promising and it wasgood that the female main character had a typical "male" job, towing cars.
This story would be more suitable in a teenagers' magazine.
To discriptive and wordy on non important story lines
Not sure, maybe make me shiver.
Very dull performance.
I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.
The writer failed to capture my meditation come up there was no great hug. There is no climax. I guess the book was about a woman having sex in getting a shiver once. This was by far the worst book yet!!! Save your credit. Especially because you won't get back to 10 hours of your life.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
I am a long time fan of Ms Robards. She just needed better editing or an editor that said "Karen, re write this paragraph" because this is a good story. Ms Robards is a Romance/mystery writer and she has some great classics not to be missed.
This should go on sale. Note at 1.25x speed, the pace is now as the author intended it to be. Fast paced with lots of action. The great mother attitude was good, but over done!
This is a new reader for me, ok female and child's voice, but no male voice. If she had, she may have saved this book. A hunk, needs to sound like one. I did use 1.25 speed which helped a lot as I had tried to listen at 1x speed a few times before and stopped.Not positive, but this reader could be AKA Kathleen Early. Ms Early does a good job with Rachel Gibson romances, but fails to have a good deeper male reading voice as in this one.
Audible and author, please record old classics, Night Magic and classic with Sam Easton, solider of fortune. Whatever you do, please record with a reader who can do deeper male voice i.e. Angela Dawe, Karen White, Gabra Zackman or Natalie Ross if you want a best seller.