I thought this book was great! I don't generally like ghost stories, but this was an exception. The plot held together, and the characters were realistic. Angela Dawe is a super reader - I think she pegged every character with her voice. Worth listening to more than once.
When I first began to listen, I didn't think I'd like the narrator's voices, but by the time I'd listened to a couple of chapters, I was beginning to like them, and by the end, I was very impressed. I also enjoyed the storyline, crazy as it was, and thought the characters were interesting and well-developed. In fact, I listened to it twice, because I thought I hadn't quite appreciated it enough the first time. Well worth listening to, if you like Jennifer Crusie and fantasy (I loved Dogs and Goddesses and Agnes and the Hitman, so that may give you a clue as to my tastes!)
I've enjoyed the "flower" series and was eagerly looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to the others. There were inconsistencies in the plot, and way too much verbiage - as though the author had too little plot. And the "heroine" was a spoiled, irritating, and selfish woman, who didn't deserve the rather dull hero. Even Kate Reading - a fantastic narrator - was unable to save it. I did finish the book, and was very pleased that I actually got through it!
I love Amelia Peabody books and tend to listen to them over and over. Barbara Rosenblat is a wonderful narrator, and extremely consistent. However, this one - unlike the others - was abridged, and it was done very poorly. I found myself wondering the motivations for all sorts of actions by the Emersons, and getting frustrated because I could not follow the story. In the end, I bought the book so that I could figure out the story.
I don't think I'll ever buy another abridged audible book - please put this one out again - unabridged.
This is a wonderful tale, told with humor and knowledge. I've listened to all the books in the series, and this was definitely the best. Amelia can be a bit egotistical, so injecting some more "objective" narrative can be a relief. And this narrator - Barbara Rosenblat - is fantastic, with a range of voices that is truly awesome.
Rarely have I heard or read a book quite so compelling. I was drawn into the history of the family to the extent that I began to forget my own! And the narrator is extraordinarily talented. I'm not sure what I could listen to next that wouldn't pale by comparison.
I love all Evanovich's works, even the ones that are not quite her best. But this one very definitely is, with all the humor, mystery, and, of course, sexual tension you could want. Definitely one worth staying in your car and listening to when you should be doing something else.
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