Yes, but you only need to read/listen to half of it. It's very repetitive.
The whole concept is interesting and he does get much credit for his "psychopath" test. No question there. But nothing really new after that.
I read the Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout first. Her book was newer (2007 compared to 1999) and referred to this one so I decided to give it a try. This book was a bit too self-congratulatory for me and repetitive without giving insight or answering basic questions. It's more a series of the author's experiences and how revolutionary he was in drafting the psychopath test. Stout's book went more into possible causes, contrasting and comparing which gave one things to think about. Maybe it was unfair to compare Hare's book to Stout, but I really got tired of him halfway through and I find this subject matter riveting. Based on the first book, I would have second thoughts about listening/reading a second book of his.
After reading the synopsis, I was not sure if this was for me or not, but as my book club selected it, I had to try it. But I listen through the first chapter, let alone 10 hours. The performer speaks in the audio version of typing in all CAPS! No emotion or modulation, a monotone, and every sentence ended almost in a question. I mean every sentence. Had to return it. Ill try the Kindle version and see if I can power through. The premise of the book, very young forensic genius in downtown NY office, also seems a little out there especially with her crack team of an interactive computer, former "BAU Navy Seal, FBI agent total package guy"., etc...I'm not hopeful, but Ill give it a try. I've been wrong before and admitted it. If I am, I will amend this review...at least for the written version...That's why I gave the story two stars, since I hadn't really gotten into it and it may turn out to be quite good. Benefit of the doubt at this point. The audio version is just plain bad.
This novella was very cute, showing the 19 year old Georgiana and her first meeting with (SPOILER ALERT) Mr. D. OM. A nice tease before the next book...I don't know that I can wait a whole year! :)
Great characters. I like the plucky, common sense, not too reckless heroine. I also like the interplay with the Inspector as it is more believable than the false type of animosity that is used to build tension. It is easy and pleasant to listen too. . However, I was disappointed at the end when (SPOILER ALERT) Daisy arranges to have the guilty party escape so as not to face charges and not create pain for those involved she has come to like. Even though it might have been for the "right reasons", it didn't sit well, even as a lite mystery story. And then to have the police somehow unbelievably agree, it just seemed wrong. I understand justice and fairness (and even Hercule Poirot let some guilty go free as it was the right thing to do), but here it did not seem warranted or just. Still, I will continue with another book or two in the series as I do like the main characters. The audio presentation was great too.
I know this series has received rave reviews and I can understand it. But I am done with Molly Murphy. Too bad, because I really liked many of the characters in the series. I have also enjoyed the audio performance by Nicola Barber. This disappointment has nothing to do with her.
The main frustration for me has been the "evolving" relationship between Molly and Daniel. I almost gave up the series at "Oh Danny Boy" . However, I plugged on believing it might get better or Molly would come to her senses. No such luck. I'm sure men were much more like Daniel back then. However, fictional men for fictional heroines don't have to be. Here is a strong willed feisty heroine in love with a guy who doesn't seem to have any good qualities except a good job. Her increasingly simpering responses to the big Mama's boy are just not in character with her other qualities. The endless forced confrontations between the two, which always start with him yelling "Molly...", are tiresome. Her responses to him have made me think less of her as a heroine, not more. I have to say, I was disappointed in this book that Daniel actually recovered from pneumonia! I was hoping Bowen might give her a fresh start. I did initially purchase the next book in the series (In the Family Way) as I thought I'd come this far, I should finish the series. However, I returned it after listening for a couple chapters. No more.
Having said all this, Bowen's other series, Royal Spyness, is still delightfully refreshing and funny after seven books. The hero and heroine in that series are much better matched and believable. I hope it continues that way and I'd recommend that series. But as for Molly Murphy, I've enjoyed her wit and the various areas she has taken us to (sweatshops, suffragettes, Ireland, etc.), but I'm done. Her best adventures were without Daniel.
Not thinking amputating three legs off a dog by a bumbling idiot was comedy.
It has turned me off of the author which is too bad as I liked his other series (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency). There the heroine has compassion and wisdom. Wonder what happened here.
See above - What editor thinks this will appeal to to masses? Obviously, this was not meant for everyone, just a niche I guess.
I see from other comments that the amputated dog apparently "gets back" in the end. Nice, but still a thoughtless premise. I stopped reading after that chapter. Any humor or enjoyment from the "three stooges in one" hero was gone. If you like animals, pass on this one.
Having said that, the performance itself was fine and I would listen to another book narrated by him, hopefully he chose a better one next time.
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