I felt a bit ambiguous after reading the first book in the series so I decided to give this second book a try. I won't be reading more.
The story was OK, but very predictable with nothing really interesting or fun enough to overcome that issue. The characters are OK, but not likeable enough to make me want to hear another book about them. There was also a strong incest related portion of the storyline that I found really creepy. It was related to animals somewhat so maybe it shouldn’t have bothered me, but it still just made me cringe every time it came up.
The narration was also a problem for me. The narrator did a decent job technically – she enunciated well (though almost too well in places so it sounded forced), did a reasonable job of differentiating the characters and varied her tone and cadence to keep from sounding boring. I just couldn’t stand listening to her voice.
To be fair, maybe it’s just my personal preference, but she has a quavering, almost “old lady” quality much of the time, which made the characters all sound whiney and angry. I read paritally to escape real life frustrations so I hate listening to a bunch of whiney, angry people for hours on end. I think the author meant for the main character to come across that way to some degree (she’d been through a lot of loss and change and wasn’t adapting well), but the narrator’s voice made all the characters sound that way and it annoyed me so much that I just couldn’t get into the book.
This certainly wasn’t the worst book or narration, but I didn’t enjoy it.
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