Yes. J.A. Konrath is a pro at writing a hard boiled mystery but his special weapon is his comedic talent. It is the perfect companion to the violence cops face each day. This man has literally had me laughing out loud throughout this book and the first one in the series - Whiskey Sour. I will indeed listen again in the future for any hidden gems I might have missed this time round.
I love the relationship between Jack and her partner.
Dick Hill always brings a great experience & Susie Breck has become Jack Daniels. And she had to earn that from me. I wasn't sure I liked her in the beginning. But she is just right.
Dick Hill is a master story teller. I can actually see the facial expressions from his voice.
I don't like to talk story line. I think it could easily be a spoiler and I do not want to rob anyone of their enjoyment of this book.
Yes. J.A. Konrath doesn't squander words. He isn't a writter who uses filler, for which I am grateful. But know this, he can express more and paint a picture of each scene better than 100 other authors who use 3 times the words. Consequently, I am able to visualize what is happening as it I were a fly on the wall. I'm off to start Rusty Nail, the 3rd book in this series.
Absolutely! Because it is extraordinary. Nothing is expected, nothing is as is seems. It grips your attention & takes you on one heck of a ride. And I'd stand in line to buy a ticket!
If I told it would be a spoiler and that would be cruel. This book is too delectable to spoil any scene.
I love Geelo. I sure I'm spelling her name wrong & I apologize. Shannon did a wonderful job on all characters but I feel she captured Geelo perfectly.
Made be laugh, cry, cringe, gasp, shudder, quake & sit on the edge of my seat.
I read the first book on this series quickly but took my time on this one. Now that we know many of the players, this 2nd book is more in depth, more twists, turns & surprises so I only listened when I could savor each word. And savor them I did. Hats off to the author. He is a gem!
Absolutely. It has everything to provide entertainment. It has humor, mystery, secrets, love, betrayal, the South and magic. And the perfect balance of each. The author describes the characters, the situations and the scenery quite well but doesn't turn the descriptions into filler.
I found everything about this story enjoyable. I had just finished a great book and like many readers, couldn't find another to hold my interest. And I tried a dozen. I purchased this on a whim and I am so happy I did. It caught my interest right away and kept it all the way through. Now I will have that trouble again.
Shannon was just right for this book.
Yes and I tried but finally fell asleep at 1AM and I'm usually asleep by 10:30. Woke up and the first thing I did was to start listening until I finished. No TV, no phone calls, no housework........
Yes! I will be buying the next book in the series as soon as it is released. Fortunately that is next month. This author is a treasure and I can't believe my good fortune in finding him. Pure entertainment at its best.
I loved most that I grew up and still live in this area, recognizing and feeling a part of the places mentioned in this book
The author pulled me into the story, it was authentic for this area. Her descriptions were so well done I could see the characters, their faces, their mannerisms.
The narrator was distinctive, easily understood, and spoke with the correct accents or in my way of thinking - no accent.
I practically did. I listened until bedtime, forgoing TV and was back listening first thing in the morning.
I hope this author write more books, hopefully set in the same location. I can assure you I will buy and listen to them.
No, I wouldn't. It is rare I read books more than once as there are so many books I want to read. But that does not diminish the talent of this author or my enjoyment of this book. I will make it a point to read her other books.
No. That is what I meant by "In the neighborhood......." It was almost a thriller, almost scary, almost a mystery, etc. But not quite. I was never scared, never on the edge of my seat, but I listened almost constantly. I enjoyed the story line, the characters, their different perspectives, the back and forth from the past to the present. Many excellent elements.
Cassandra Campbell makes everything more enjoyable. And Kathe Mazur is excellent as well. The two of them together was a real treat.
Yes, there were a few but if I told what they were i would spoil the story.
The only complaint I have is the story ended a bit to abruptly for my taste. But perhaps the author is planning on a sequel. Still, it was a bit like Thanksgiving. Many, many, many hours shopping for, preparing and serving the dinner. Then 30 minutes eating and your done. I suppose I just wanted to savor it a bit longer.
The synopsis was intriguing but found the book fell shy of it's potential. If I could change the book I would have had it live up to the synopsis.
It was much like a great trailer for an movie but you discover all the enjoyable/funny parts were in the trailer, leaving little else to enjoy at the theater.
It was all very depressing, dowdy to me. I always picture the stories in my head and this was in sepia. Not even the clearer designation of black and white. Just sepia.
I realize I am in the minority in not enjoying this book so maybe it was me. I expected a little more pizazz, a little magic, but felt bogged down by the drudgery of slogging through a morose story.
Always love George Guidall. He is an exceptional narrator and without his talent I couldn't have finished this book.
Again, maybe it was me. We all have times in which none of our clothes please us, books don't resonate with us, our hair won't please us, we are restless and can't find anything that will happily occupy us. Maybe not liking the book was my fault entirely. It was very well written, the characters were well done. But for me there was no spark.
Someone who is interested in soft porn and a book without a story.
Maybe a little.
From the preface to the end
I tried to scroll thought the gratuitous & repetitive sex scenes. Not possible. It was as if the author was required to write so many words but never came up with a plot so she copied from a very poor porn movie.
No. It was a sweet book, but it was a tab boring to me.
No, I think it is a bit too slow of a pace for my friends to enjoy.
Jim Broadbent made the book more interesting and he is what kept me going.
A slow stroll with Harold
The book was well written and very sweet. Just very slow.
I haven't seen the print version, but after listening to this book with these narrators, I know I picked the best venue.
Absolutely!I have listened to this book in a little over a day. (began yesterday) I put off everything I could to continue listening.
How? I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The plot is so intricate & well thought out it was truly like playing Cerebral Twister.
Everything. I have my few favorite narrators & honestly hadn't heard of them, but I can tell you Julia & Kirby's voices painted a picture of the facial expressions, the body language, the emotion each character was exhibiting/feeling. Not one word sounded as if it were being read. They are now on my lists of favorites. It is narrators like these that keep me buying audio books.
There were many moments that moved me to the edge of my seat! There were many moments that had me shaking my head in awe of how well thought out the 'plan' was. I hesitate to say much as I don't want to give anything away & if I tell you what moved me I will. It is very exciting to hear the story unfold, twist, turn, etc.
I have read some reviews & honestly put off listening to this book because some ppl didn't like the ending. They felt it wasn't a finished book. I started reading it yesterday due to a complete stranger saying how much they enjoyed it. And I am so glad I did. The ending wasn't what I expected, which is the whole point of a good book. But it was finished. No Alfred Hitchcock ending leaving it up to your imagination. This is a very good book and I will read more by this author and will look forward to more by the narrators. They were seamless.
I was young during that period and I most appreciate the reminder of how some people were treated and things have changed, yet how they haven't changed enough. To say we have a Black President is indeed a huge change, however, to me, we should be so far beyond that being an issue.
There were several narrators and I loved them all. Absolutely fantastic voices that I could listen to 24/7. Seriously, I always give a second and third look at books with any of these narrators. These women are the very best!
There were many but to tell them would be a spoiler. Let me say this: if you have any emotions at all, you will laugh, cry, be shocked, feel fear, you will love and you will have a strong dislike for some. You will feel saddened by what was acceptable, victorious for small strides made, and hopefully determined to stand for what is right, even if it puts you at risk.
The author takes you back (not so terribly long ago) to a time in history and makes you feel what it was like to walk a mile in some shoes (both black & white) that most people could never fill. It should be required reading. It was a time when bullying an entire race was not only approved of but encouraged. Shameful.
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