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.
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.
I thought the plot of this book was great - it combined romance and intrigue and could have been developed into a great story. Unfortunately, the writing was shallow and amateurish. The dialogue was annoying. If you eliminated every unecessary time someone's name was spoken, the book could have been a chapter shorter. Additionally, we knew Karen wanted to know "why" Charlie did what he did after the 2nd or 3rd time she asked, The next 20 to 30 times she asked could have saved another chapter. While I might not look for another work from this author, I have to say that in spite of being annoyed by the writing style, the book kept me reasonably entertained.
The only thing wrong with Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books is that they end. I normally don't even care for romance titles - but SEP writes stories that are so entertaining and so uplifting, there aren't enough of them. Ain't She Sweet is no exception - the characters, their relationships - it's all there. This isn't any "in-depth" fiction - it's just good old fashion entertainment that leaves you feeling great! Of course, Kate Flemming (A/K/A Anna Fields) makes it all come together. I wish she could read every audio book!
I guess I was entertained - the book did a fair job of holding my interest, but I was also disappointed. Baldacci usually does an excellent job of character development. In Split Second, it's hard to tell if the characters are just plain shallow - or if they seem that way because of Scott Brick's reading. Brick makes every character, in every book sound the same - sarcastic, cynical, shallow and rather unlikable. Maybe a different reader would have really helped, but all in all, this seems isn't one of Baldacci's best efforts.
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