I don't know what's worse - how Claire discusses coffee info at all the wrong moments or how there were too many things going on for me to care about. Claire's passion for properly made coffee is more like preaching, and some of the themes in this book were just weird instead of edgy. Save your credit. I couldn't get but two-thirds of the way through it before I gave up.
I don't know why the narrator chose to make Billy a screechy mess by the last third of this story, but she sure did. There was little change in most of the narration of details, which made it hard to follow at times. Maisie never really had any life to her voice throughout the entire reading, which was sort of depressing. However, I still found this entertaining as the story was interesting and kept me guessing. Just not as entertaining as the first novel in the series. I say go ahead and purchase this, but don't expect it to be your favorite.
I don't like to criticize what I cannot do, but I don't know who to blame for this production (or lack thereof). I could only get through 10 minutes before I'd had enough. Maybe I'm spoiled by narrators like Katherine Kellgren, Jim Dale, and Johanna Parker, but I think this was a casting mistake. The narrator's voice for Gopher was so grating to the nerves, and Gilly would have been left behind at the airport if he were a real person. I wish I could get my money back on this one. I bet the book itself is a fun, lighthearted read, but unless you can tolerate someone using the same voice for 2/3 of the male characters in the book, I say spend your money elsewhere.
I have read all of the Judge Knott books, I'm a huge fan of Maron's, and I live in NC. However, I just couldn't get into this novel. A lot of it had to do with CJ Critt's sleepy voice. I found myself thinking, "get to the point already". My two star-rating also came from the fact that there were too many details pulling me away from the main focus. I think this book would be better read than listened to. Plus, in this novel, Deorah Knott didn't seem like her good old Southern girl self.
I don't plan on finishing listening to this audiobook and I'm sorry I used my monthly credit on it. Read Judge Knott's earlier stories - far more intriguing.
I hate to give a harsh critique, so I'll try not to do that here. Maybe it was the narrator (she has a nice tone, but sounded more like a news broadcaster), maybe it was the outrageousness of some of the events (the police alone gave me a headache), but I just couldn't get into this. It was a struggle.
I love Sue Grafton and her Kinsey Milhone character, and this one kept me listening, even when I should have been sleeping. Great plot, superb timing. This book really stands out as one of the "must haves".
I've never been big on football, but now I am! JG did a phenomenal job with this novel. The scenery, the character development, the plot...I felt like I was there in Parma. I've read the book and listened to the audiobook twice each now and love it even more. This one is worth it!
This book was disappointing in many ways. I think Nora should take a break and quit spitting out so many books. The main character is so self-depricating I want to slap her. And she complains too much of what she didn't have growing up. It's frustrating.
Another point of frustration has nothing to do with Nora Roberts and everything to do with the narrator. I live in the south, have always lived in the south, and we do not have accents like this woman employs. The hero of the story sounded like a pompous dandy, not a southern good ole boy that you'd want to have an affair with. We do NOT sound like that down here in the land of Dixie. The entire book, read by this narrator and combined with Nora's lack of compelling style, makes it seem like a really bad episode of "Dallas".
Call it a fluke, I don't know for sure, but this particular audibook sounded like it was underwater. I chose the highest quality version, but it still came out wrong. That's the only reason I gave it two stars instead of more. From what I heard, the book seemed like it was going to be a good one. If you buy it, just don't be surprised if you encounter the same thing.
I found this purchase completely worth while! I wasn't very keen on the narrator, but he does great accents and soon I was hooked. This novel took me away, as good books should. The movie seems like ridiculous fluff after having read and listened to the novel.
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