I can't even tell you how many times I've listened to this book. It gets better every time. The first time I actually enjoyed it much less than the subsequent listens. The characters are all flawed and yet there is something likeable about them. I really think it does boil down to characters with Dickens.
The story was fine. Nothing new or exciting. Just average. The narrator is clearly talented in some respects but made this weird choice to use a breathy weird voice for the main character. Some of other character voices are less annoying. The other reviews that speak of the narrator have it spot on. I had to turn it off and take a break more than once because it was unbearable. I hate to say it but I will need to really want to hear a book badly before I will again purchase anything read by Xe Sands.
We've already heard much of his story. I think most of this book could have been intertwined into a book about any character we haven't had a book about yet. I found this long and quite dull. I barely got through it.
A terrible last book. I'm utterly disappointed. I didn't have any expectations about how this series should have ended, this just feels lame and too tidy. All the other criticisms were on the nose. A boring parade of characters from past books. With no good reason for them to be there. It's really too bad as this was a really good series to begin with that was dragged out for too long and ended pathetically. I'm really, really disappointed.
The story is good, engaging, sometimes funny but would it kill the author to use the word PURSE???? Seriously. These books weren't written in 1950, who called their purse their pocketbook in the 1990s when this was published??? And why is she constantly referring to her pocketbook and her grandmother's pocketbook, etc, etc, etc. It really, really got on the nerves. The narrator was great, good performance I thought other than the odd mispronounced word.
I'm sick of listening to one of the characters go on and on and on about wanting another baby. She can barely juggle work and the kids she already has and wants another one? I know it's just a moral dilemma to make the story interesting but honestly it took her way too long to come to a conclusion. There were WAY more interesting characters and stories that could have bulked up the book. This one was just ridiculous and tedious. I just didn't care anymore. As long as that story line ended I really didn't care what the conclusion to it was.
Somehow I thought there would be more story to the story. There was only the one major focus for the entire book and then, as a side plot, Sookie and Eric. I have to agree with others that a lot of this book seemed like filler fluff. Sookie runs errands. Sookie visits friends. Sookie has lunch. Sookie daydreams about this and that. But, again, little story. And the story that was the focus did nothing to further this book series. I guess that since the book series is supposed to be completed within another book or two, this wraps up some of the characters, but it just didn't further any of the major characters stories. It just took some of the smaller characters out of the picture. It was like a book designed to tidy up some loose ends and get them out of the way for the big finale. Hopefully the big finale is more satisfying than this was. The end was really just like someone quit typing at the end of their sentence without bothering to finish a paragraph.
I have listened to the previous books in the series and had liked the main Character in the past but am finding her to be less and less likeable. I can't put my finger on what it is. Naming her boobs "Danger" and "Will Robinson" is just moronic. Not funny at all. There were other things she was naming along the way which had the same effect. Made her sound like a dumb girl. I thought the point of these books was that she was supposed to be a sort of Kick butt female sleuth character. She seems to end up being injured or involved in things due to her stupidity more than anything. And the abrupt end was extremely unsatisfying. It felt like the writer just gave up and didn't bother to conclude anything. Obviously holding out for the next book in the series. I'm getting very tired of being strung along by Authors so they can sell more and more books. Tell me a good story. One that I can read and is concluded within the novel. If you wrote a series of novels that were better stand alone books, I wouldn't feel so annoyed, I think.
On the up side, the narrator was very good. As she has been in anything I've heard her read. Very talented lady.
Not sure I'll read the next book in the series. I feel like I'm reading schlock written to pay the bills instead of to entertain the reader. It's very disheartening.
Between the over the top Chicago accents and multiple narrators I found the narration more of a distraction than anything. It didn't help the story or make it better in any way. Terrible, terrible narration. The story was OK. Somehow I expected it to be funnier. I've listened to one of this author's short stories before and it was really, really witty and funny. I was hoping for that in this book but it really wasn't funny at all. And the killer was way over the top considering the cause for his acting out. How he was wronged simply didn't equate to how he acted out.
The story was at best, OK. The characters weren't very fleshed out or interesting. I couldn't understand why there was a love interest between the main character and the "hot" male protector. Other than him looking like an underwear model, her immediate draw to him, wasn't clear and didn't make any sense. The whole story was really, really weak. And I had read reviews from several places before buying this and everyone claimed it was very funny. Guess I missed that because there were at best only a couple funny bits in the entire book. And the narrator, although she spoke clearly and was easy to understand, used this ridiculously thick southern accent that didn't really make sense with the characters. And the way certain words were pronounced in the accent ("him" was "heeym") just made everyone sound way too back woods. It's not like the main character lives up a mountain with her too near relations. She is supposed to be a daycare worker in a city. Overall it got annoying and took me out of the story several times thinking about why things were being spoken the way they were. It was very distracting.
Not sure what the hype is about. It was a really detailed book with a lot of descriptions and some were really interesting, some not so much. It just ended up being OK. Not great, not wonderful. Not sure I would read it again though. And I found that disappointing. I think a circus setting is marvelous and the idea of magical people controlling it was interesting too but was never made into anything that wowed me. The storey disintegrated into a love story about two people we really didn't know much about personality wise and didn't care that much about. They were not the most interesting people at the circus but the interesting ones didn't get their stories told at all. Over all it was like a novel trying to pull in trends from other books that were big hits. Steampunk, wizards and magic, forbidden love, etc, etc. It was almost like the writer was trying so hard to hit all the trends that they forgot to write a good story. The descriptions of some of the stuff were interesting but descriptions of settings do not a good novel make unless they make the STORY more interesting. This just didn't grab me. But the narrator was great!
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