I found this installment to the Chesapeake Diaries Series sweet and entertaining. Not a lot of suspense - not a lot of depth, but even if it was predictable, the ending was satisfying and made me willing to revisit the series, the town and the characters. Xe Sands is an above average narrator - easy to listen to without unnecessary drama or inflection.
I enjoyed this book. While I agree with some of the flaws that other reviews have pointed out, I found the story sweet and entertaining. I liked the characters, although I agree that CJ's anger seemed a little unreasonable and over done. Also, it seemed like things happened too fast at times and too slow at others. Nevertheless I enjoyed the setting and the story and was caught up enough to want to read the second book in the series. Additionally, I think Kate Rudd is an excellent narrator and probably added significantly to the audio version of the book. It's not difficult to imagine that a poor narrator could have turned this audio into a totally different experience that was not nearly as positive.
This was a fun and easy listen. The story was delightful and I found I was charmed by the characters. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
I noticed some negative reviews on the narrator, but I've listened to a lot of books and found Kate Rudd to be one of the better narrators I've listened to. She reads a little fast, but she does a great job for both male and female and she puts personality into the characters without overdoing inflections.
This is not great writing - in fact, it's rather shallow and immature. Nevertheless, in spite of myself, I've somehow become involved with the series. The idea - the premise of the story is great - it's just that the plot and especially the relationships between the characters are not very well developed. Things happens very quickly with little or no explanation and I frequently have a "how did this happen?" reaction. The narrator seems to get good reviews, but I think he sounds somewhat forced and enforces the lack of depth. All of this being said - I have to admit to being entertained and I will probably listen to more of the series. Maybe a good female reader would help out a bit.
I think the story might have been ok. Not up to Sharon Sala's usual standards - but acceptable. The narrator however was so bad that it was hard to tell. Doesn't anyone work with these readers - or check to see how they sound once they've recorded something? The inflections were terrible - the characters all sounded the same - old and scratchy and the flow of the narration was totaly off balance. If the next book in the series is read by the same narrator, I won't be trying to listen to it.
I like Michael Palmer and can usually handle "far out" scenarios in any sort of fiction. It is, after all, fiction, but this story made the protaganist seem down-right stupid. Seriously - he's almost murdered - but then goes back to the scene - not once - but twice - and somehow convinces himself that he shouldn't call authorities or any sort of back-up.
Nevertheless I was entertained by the story and in spite of their lack of common sense - even liked the characters. The subject matter was intresting and it could have been a great book - but the events played out in a rush and unfortunately there was an unfinished feeling at the end. Almost felt like a set up for a sequel.
Great story - well written - fabulous narration. One of the surest indicators of a great novel is that you miss the characters when the book is finished. Kathryn Stockett created a compelling story and by the end of the book, if you didn't feel like you knew the characters already - you wished that you could! A wonderful book with a meaningful message!
This is a typical Linda Lael Miller story - predictable, but fun and entertaining. A quick, enjoyable read. Unfortunately, the narrator spoiled it - he made all of the females sound like little old ladies or children. Garrett would be much better off just reading the book and forgetting the inflections. Unfortunately, he appears to be the narrator on all of Miller's most recent publications.
This was a good book - probably four stars. It was entertaining and well written but the narrator was awful. She made everyone sound like they were 80 years old and had a head cold. Actually ruined the story. From now on, I'll avoid listening to anything narrated by Linda Stephens.
Can't say I've ever read an SEP novel that I didn't like. I thought her last two works (Ain't She Sweet and Match Me if You Can) fell a little short of her earlier stories - but this one is standard fair that will leave you feeling upbeat, entertained and satisfied. A fun, quick listen/read.
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