The Mallory series of mystery books by Carol O'Connell is definitely an acquired taste. I have read all of them and always look forward with great anticipation to each new installment. For some reason, however, when I read this book the first time, I just couldn't get into it and put it down after a few chapters. When I saw it was available in audio format I decided to try it again and I'm so glad I did. I became thoroughly engrossed in the story and really enjoyed the reading. I would recommend it to any Kathy Mallory fan.
Elizabeth Lowell is one of those authors that I automatically buy whenever a new book is released. I wish I had listenend to a sample of this one because I was ready to abandon the book after the first minute or so. I did finally get through it but I will be sure not to buy another book narrated by this person. The story itself was not one of Ms. Lowell's best but it certainly would have been improved by good narration.
I have loved *most* of the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips but every once in a while she writes one I just can't enjoy. Fancy Pants, the first book in this series, is the only one of her books I've had to leave unfinished and I've tried it twice. This book was another one of those and it was made worse by the absolutely terrible narration -- I didn't like the reader in the last book of this series and she was even worse in this one. If you're like me and you can't resist trying all of SEP's books, I would recommend reading and not listening to this one.
Every once in a while I get a book that I just can't finish. This was one of those. There was no plot -- it was just all feelings and misunderstandings. I usually enjoy Suzanne Brockmann but this must have been an early one of hers and definitely not one of her best.
I've enjoyed all the Tami Hoag books I've read / listened to up until this one. Her books always include some romantic elements, and they're usually pretty well-done but this one was so cheesy and over the top I just had to stop listening before the end. Perhaps it was written for a differnt audience than her other books -- like a Harlequin romance series?
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