Although the story was another great one from author Jeff Lindsay, his reading of it had me begging for it to end! Why do producers allow the authors to read their own work? It was stilted, jerky and monotonous! Nick Landrum read the previous books, capturing the delightfully deadly Dexter's personality so well. Narrators, as well as actors, are TRAINED to read, imbuing life into the books and creating the experience that leaves us begging for more! I am saddened that Mr. Lindsay felt the vain need to step in and screw it up. Would he step in and take over the role of Dexter on TV? Of course not! Because he isn't TRAINED to do so and would leave it for the PROFESSIONALS! Enough said! His speaking voice is VERY pleasant, but a pleasant voice does not make an enjoyable book. The story line was a bit off the deviously dangerous path we have been used to, though I do feel that it is to create more depth in the characters. After all, Dex can't just be killing all the time! The family unit has grown, and with it Dexter has begun to establish emotional ties. I know others disagree, but I think the story itself is worth the suffering through the authors reading of it. Finally I would like to address the reviewers who think a homicidal hero is terrible and are mad over buying and/or listening to this... did you READ the description? What part of "lovable serial killer with no soul" did you not understand?
I enjoyed the presentation of the information in easily absorbed 30+ minute chapters, Mr Landon has a wonderful presence and effectively introduces the subject matter with humor and intelligent simplicity.
By breaking down, and then rebuilding well known and well written sentences, it allows you to perceive the structures involved, giving it the sense that I too could someday write!
The only problem concerning this lecture, is the man needs tutoring on pronunciation. Listening to him say 'senences' instead of 'sentences' repeatedly, put my teeth on edge. This was the subject of the ENTIRE lecture, and he couldn't find the 'T' within the word! Once you have latched onto such a glaring mispronunciation, you discover yourself finding more, especially when the word 'senence' is used well over a thousand times during the lecture. I understand there are many out there who will consider this nit-picking to the extreme, and many will have not even noticed, but imagine reading a book where all of the 'r's' have been omitted, it is not that much different.
A means to purchase the notes mentioned would be nice as well.
A continuation of the first novel
Kym Dakin also read A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY. The first in the series
I really loved the brash and total disregard of the feelings of the men who beat or belittle the women in their lives. Stella's
The use of quilting tools in a unique way
I really LOVE the style of character Kym Dakin brings forth for Stella. She vocalizes the other characters well too. If you close your eyes you can picture them perfectly!
Wife beaters beware... It's a Baaaaad day for Sorry!
Sophie Littlefield brings humor and empathy to a subject many either ignore or avoid. She also points out to us that life DOES go on after 50. We forget that sometimes
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