The story was good, but the narrator's voice drove me nuts. She used a breathy and mechanical voice for Stacy, the main character.
Enjoyed the characters.
Amy's choice of slow mechanical, breathy voice for the main character drove me nuts! I don't think I will order another of Amy's books without a pre-listen
First of all I had to speed up to at least 2 1/2 or maybe three times the speed.
Second the narrator had one of those voices that was super calm the whole time, even with the jokes they weren't really delivered in a way where you would find them, like I don't know, funny.
Third, I couldn't figure out why she was investigating the crime. The police said they were investigating but she was the only one working. Seemed like the male characters had no backbone.
Finally, she was non committal about everything, which is part of her story but really, everything.
For me, the story was dull, the narration was one-note, and I just didn't care about any of them.
The narrator is clear and can make voice distinctions and has diction and pronunciation down cold, but there was no variation in ... mood? I get that this is supposed to be a "serious" story, (crazy witches in capes and arson and drunks in a weird bar with with a dominatrix owner/manager and a Great Dane dog/familiar) but, in my head, there would have been some humor to go with the anger. And the lead characters were all angry. And serious. Yikes.
The author can write a scene and sentence; she is absolutely capable with the mechanics of her craft. Her characters were clear -- I could pick them out in a crowd. Or maybe a mob. An angry mob. Or at least a snotty one.
But maybe it is just me. I will not be revisiting this author nor this narrator, but absolutely, YMMV.
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
I am glad I bought this on daily deal or I would be getting my money back. I think the people that read and rate this book enjoy a lot of the worst sitcoms, revealing their standards. The narrator has the range of emotions of a potato, and the voice of a 12 year old. This sounds harsh, but I am dismayed at the standards of I guess the "average" listener. I love a good mystery, I love occasional mysticism, and I require a good writer and narration, you won't find it here.
I don't think I know anyone that would enjoy it. I didn't even finish it because the story just wasn't going anywhere. I thought that the concept sounded like a new series to try but was disappointed.
I couldn't stand the narrator's speaking pattern!! It was so annoying that this could have been part of the reason I couldn't get into the story. I thought this was a character choice because of the personality of the character. However, whenever she spoke lines from the character she didn't use that same pattern, so it left me annoyed!!
It didn't really have any redeeming qualities because maybe if the story had been stronger, the narrator wouldn't have bothered me so much.
Narrator was boring. Story took a long time to get there. I ordered this from a special at Amazon and it was the first time I read this author. Won't do it again. If the narrator had used some expression in her storytelling she could have limited the overuse of he said, she said. I finished the book only to see if it got better. It didn't. It seemed like the main character (Tracy) was a Stephanie Plumb wannabee and the author missed.
No. See commenst above.
Boring, unexpressive, boring.
fun listen it was full of twist and turns liked it when i was listening to it but when i got time to write the review i had problems remembering the storyline i had to go back. i had oh yeah that one moment. is worth the listen.