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Judith

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  • Playing Dead: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Julia Heaberlin
    • Narrated By Madeleine Lambert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    The perfume-scented letter that turns Tommie McCloud’s world upside down arrives from a stranger only days after her father’s death. The woman who wrote it claims that Tommie is her daughter—and that she was kidnapped as a baby thirty-one years ago. Tommie wants to believe it’s all a hoax, but suddenly a girl who grew up on a Texas ranch finds herself inextricably linked to a horrific past: the slaughter of a family in Chicago, the murder of an Oklahoma beauty queen, and the kidnapping of a little girl named Adriana.

    Kathryn says: "I tried but I just couldn't"
    "narrator ruined this for me"
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    What disappointed you about Playing Dead?

    I am not a native Texan but have lived in Fort Worth for over 20 years. No one in Fort Worth has the accent that this reader used. I was really looking forward to this novel because I have read the author's work in the Fort Worth Star Telegram for a long time. I was extremely disappointed in the reader and the story itself fell flat. I never came to care about the characters and nothing rang true for me. Will I read any by this author again? Probably but I will avoid this reader for my audio books.


    Has Playing Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love a good mystery but this wasn't one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Madeleine Lambert?

    Someone who respects Texas and doesn't give us that west Texas twange...doesn't ring true for a character raised in north Texas.


    Any additional comments?

    Who chooses the reader? I cannot believe that the author was supportive of this choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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