Always love Suzanne Brockmann books - this one had a nice story that kept you engaged. However the readers slow voice with a lot of stiltedness (is that a word) made it a little annoying and grating. And her voice is so much older than the female character. I don't know if she was trying to modulate her voice like Bostonians but it was not pleasant. Loved johnny though, as a character.
I would change adding all the boring details listing stores.
Probably not listen to another by author but definitely by narrator.
Enjoyed the story of the customer who paid with money kept in their sweaty armpit.
This story was really one for people who lived regionally in Bryan or Defiance Ohio. Or maybe someone who was a die hard Kmart employee. Too much minute boring detail on the actual stores and the history of stores that came and went. Was expecting more of a frolicking bunch of stories of customers and that came way later and not enough. And it always felt like the stories were too short - where were the fun descriptive details. I felt like there were some hidden things or private jokes in some of those stories that weren't to be shared with the listener. I have worked in retail in a small private five and dime and was looking for more. The Narrator made this book a good listen - he was very talented.
That we didn't get to hear much. Susie did most of the talking and said it all and left Jillian only to agree. I wanted Susie to be quiet so I could actually have Jillian tell in her words.
Too much talking
Susie, step aside and let your guests talk.
Yes, enjoy this series. Have been waiting a while for this character's story and it is a good one from the start. I am also enjoying this new narrator - he doesn't detract from the story and brings his own brand to it and makes it little different than the previous ones.
All of them, finally getting a deeper look into Steele's team
Don't let the other reviewers comments on the narrator deter you from this story. While I enjoyed Harry Berkeley for the other ones, he can be a little bit over dramatic. This narrator gives this story a fresh voice and does the storyline proud. There won't be any confusion on who is speaking. Just jump in for a good Maya Banks adventure.
Okay, this is more about the author and the book and less about the reader. The author likes to throw in every phrase he possibly can when one will do. It's tiresome and indulgent and screams "see how many words I know, aren't I clever?" He can't just say - "she was nervous", he has to say in 5 more phrases "her pulse raced, her pulse raced like she was running a marathon, like a marathon run by ..., blah blah blah." So when you're listening to an audiobook, it's magnified a hundred times. You want to say, "we get it, move on or shut up". The reader has a good voice that matches the character but the words she has to read are so tedious and tiresome. I'm struggling to get through this.
I liked the plot and characters of this book. Had some real excitement and unique "murders". Only had two small annoyances, the reader had such a gravelly voice that took some getting used to but never really felt right and the author threw in some "copspeak" lingo that wasn't familiar and felt ostentatious and was unnecessary. Would recommend this to anyone.
I've listened to a lot of E.Lynn Harris' stories and like the characters who show up again and again. In some parts of this book everyone was too nice to believe but overall I could accept them. The readers of all his stories are good and I always find it easy to get into the story. A few times the audio repeated sentences but that was okay. A few more "evil" people or "evil" acts would have added spice but maybe next book.
I love S.E. Phillips books and audiobooks and loved this one too. The reader did a wonderful job and made all the characters sound authentic. It's a story that draws you and keeps you and you don't want to stop. Love all the southern touches and have listened to it twice already.
I enjoyed this book and the added interest of gems and jewelry. The reader was okay but the scratchy voice used could be a little off-putting. It kept my interest and moved at a good pace with some good twists and turns thrown in. Once in a while the plot seemed so obvious to me that you wanted to yell at the characters to think logically, but that means I was involved in the book so that is a good thing. Would read another by this author given the opportunity.
Great book. The reader did the characters very well and enhanced an already great story. Interesting twists and turns to the story and you get drawn in to the story immediately. I will definitely try other books by her.
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