I actually have listened to the whole series-- very witty and extremely well written. I originally listened to the first one to see if my dad ( he is a widower) would listen to them while he puttered around his house. This is a great series. I love that this character stays "true" through through the entire series. The personality of the main characters pulls you so strongly into the story that you find yourself wishing that you actually know someone like him. The "lawyering" of the story stays light as does the plot so this is kind of an easy listener-- there isn't a lot of blood and guts so if that is what you want- look elsewhere. Overall, you get a funny story with a great dialog and a pretty good plot.
I did not read the book.
The ex- mother-in law is a really charming character. A little meddlesome , a little pushy but always a distinguished older woman with a lot of hutzpah. The characters personality traits are well thought out and follow through all the way to the end. The story flows nicely with just enough information on the qualities and characteristics of coffee and the many different ways in which to process, roast, grind and brew it tossed in for some interest. I found myself craving a nice , warm cup on several occasions.
The author does a good job of tying all the characters together with giving you enough information for you to form their personalities without droning on and on. she ties each character together in a nice, cohesive flow. The story is light and makes the read very easy to listen to.
The narration was very nicely done.
I routinely listen to the lighter, "cozy Mysteries" as I putter in my garden, clean my house, cook and run my kids around. I love real true crime also but find it harder to follow if I can't fully concentrate on the story. With this being said, I really tried to like this story more because my husband and I go to Napa
once a year to gather our wine!! This story was just okay-- It didn't really ever pull me into the storyline. The characters weren't very strong and the plot, while interesting, just was missing something- - it wasn't meaty enough. I found my mind wandered and I would have to re-listen to it-- not a good sign. Other than lightly touching on vineyards and winemaking, the location could have been anywhere. I feel bad about saying this as I don't want to disrespect the author- I was just never hooked.. and I waited to get hooked- that's why I hung in there almost until the bitter end. I listened to about 4/5ths of it and just didn't really care how it would end so I stopped.
I had read these books along with my mother when I was in college. I loved the so much that I would stay up all night long and read from cover to cover and have read and reread them at least 10 times since. I was nervous about trying one of these books because of prior complaints about the narration. I have to agree that this poor guy not only changes the accents of the characters mid sentence, he also changes the pronunciation of the names of the characters at will which is confusing if you are new to the series. One character is pronounced "Chutik" and he continues to call him "Tuchik". This may seem trivial but the list of characters is very long and many of them sound alike. He changes emphasis on the syllables of the names also throughout the book so unless you are familiar with the story, this might be confusing. All this being said, the story is fantastic-- the most contemporary work I would compare it to would be the Harry Potter series-- I hate to say that but it's true. The main characters are easy to fall in love with and on several occassions I was laughing out loud. There is murder and mayhem and at times it gets gory, but overall, this series will continue to be one of my favorites. I will probbably listen to the whole series even though the narration is awful-- I am hoping that with each book, he gets better.
I love cozy mysteries because you don't have to put a lot into it. They are light and usually pretty amusing. The characters are consistant through out all of her books. My only negative might be that these stories have consistantly "happy" characters who are always willing to go out of their way for others-- nobody ever has a bad day, and Hannah's two love interests never seem to be at odds with each other. If you are looking for something that you can deduce from clues, this book is not for you--just a lighthearted book.
I listen to books on tape while I work out or do housework and run errand so I like them light so I can just set it down and pick it up later. This author reminds me of Janet Evanovich but not quite as funny. The characters are lovable and quirky. I had some trouble with the narrator trying to give everyone their own voice though- took me some time to get over it but once I did I really enjoyed it. Great light, easy listen. I gave it a three but would consider it a 3.5
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