Wife, Mother, Sister, and Friend
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.
But I did not like the heroine being angry all the time.
The author artificially stretches out suspense scenes which bothered me. For example: someone is coming and Sam has to do something fast, but she stops to talk, the other guy says hurry, she thinks about something else for a minute, and then finally she gets back to doing what she is supposed to do. The reader is thinking come on come on get it done. The author drew it out to prolong anxiety, which is ok as a writing technique, but this was excessive. I didn’t like it. Another example: a killer enters the house. The good guy is aware of the killer and needs to escape out a rear window. But the author goes on and on for several minutes inside the good guy’s head thinking and pondering instead of quickly fleeing out the window. I’m thinking come one come on get out of there. I think reading the physical book might be better than the audiobook, so you can skip over these ponderings.
Bottom line, there’s a lot of suspense and some good action. It’s mostly one long chase. Drug cartel thugs are chasing and torturing people. They are after Sam and Marco. Sam does some neat things. So does Marco.
You need to suspend disbelief at the end. I’m usually willing to do that, but this one bothered me.
Two characters’ hands are bound with plastic zip ties. They are in a helicopter which crashes. They both are thrown from the helicopter with no injuries and the zip ties were conveniently gone. I’ll accept the no injury part, but I think the author should have had them find something to cut the zip ties. Those things are stronger than seat belts. I can’t believe the zip ties just fell off - with no injuries to the wrist. Also Dan had some help nearby that seemed too convenient.
The thing that bothered me the most was Sam. She was angry, annoyed, and sarcastic toward Marco and others for 99% of the book. It was not fun to read. Here are some of the words ascribed to her: vibrating with hostility, fierce look, stern look, dark look, dirty look, stiff, irritable, truculent, scowl, glaring, tense, angry. Sure, Sam had good reasons to be angry, but I would have preferred a different way of reacting or different conversations.
I had problems with the narrator Shannon McManus. Her reading was fast and kind of staccato. She didn’t use enough emotion or pauses. She needs to perform, not read. The weakest parts were the passionate scenes. She showed no feeling, like she wanted to quickly read through it. Also, her voice sounds like a teenager which is not bad but might not be the best fit for this book.
Genre: romantic suspense
her voice is good. the action in her voice is fun.
the start was good, then it bombed. and did not come back. so I am disappointed.
try again, but stick to the start. kill the sex. everyone has sex in there try it without. I thing that is what throw the author.
the little kid was cool
This book was on the edge of my seat, and I just couldn't believe the ending. It left me wanting a book II.
The best memory ever in this book is how tender hearted this man was to her son.
When they could not take the desire between them anymore and always wanting more to happen such as a future between these two lovers.
It made me almost cry at times when they were on the run and nearly got themselves killed. It was so awesome how they would fight their passion. The ending was more than I could ever have hoped for that she finally will get a good life with a man who deserves her and will she marry him already!
This story is so canned and predictable that it is painful. On top of that, the language Robards attributes to her leading woman and man is painfully boring and, at times, demeaning. The narrator did an okay job - not terrible, but certainly not star worthy. Everyone sounded the same.