Don't waste your credit. Cassandra Campbell is an excellent reader. She gives wonderful voice to the characters. The story itself is more than disappointing. Nora is unlikeable and vacuous. I kept waiting for something to give some point and meaning to the story but like the rest of the book, the ending was pointless and disappointing.
I have been an audible member for many years and this is the worst book I have ever listened to. It was recommended at the end of the latest Walt Longmire book and I thought I would give it a try. How bad is a book when you can predict what the next line is before it is read? Chock full of cliches. The narrator was awful. The book was set in Nashville and the main character was from Alabama. Ms. Forbes couldn't make up her mind and went back and forth between no accent and a bad southern one. I am sorry I wasted my credit.
I was looking for a new detective series to listen to and thought I would give this one a try. The story was just silly and the characters are flimsy and quite stereotypical. Worse yet is the narrator. Very annoying, especially the Swedish UNESCO character. I felt I was being yelled at through most of the story. This was the first in the series, there are quite a few, so maybe they get better. I recommend skipping this one.
I am a David Sedaris fan. In the past I have found humor in his dark comedic storytelling. This book, however did not elicit one laugh. Some of the stories have fable like tones but for the most part this book is just a downer. Disappointing to say the least. If you are a fan, read the other reviews and wisely...skip this one.
I purchased this audio thinking I would enjoy another Swedish author's work but...this book is boring, disconnected and barely has a thread of story throughout. I thought the narrator annoying at times. The whole Chinese history lesson seemed tedious. I don't know if I disliked the book because of the narrator or disliked the narrator because of the book's plot!
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