I purchased this book because of all of the hype and was badly disappointed. Honestly, the premise seemed to me to be a lot like the Twilight stories. Other than the 'porn parts' the story seemed directed to the 12 to 14 yr old girl set. I found the heroine to be completely and totally unrealistic. I mean seriously, a normal, healthy, attractive female of 22+ years - recent college graduate and she had absolutely zero sexual experience.
The narration sounded more mature than the first narrator but only slightly. I would have guessed that the main character was 13 to 16 years old from the dialog and her general demeanor. I will not be purchasing the other two books in the series.
I like Karin Slaughter but I enjoy the novels that are set currently more than these period pieces of hers. There were many, many incorrect things in the story. I am over sixty and I lived in small town in the rural south - much less cosmopolitan than Atlanta - and I opened a checking account with no one's permission when I was 16 and rented my first apartment and purchased a car when I was 18 with no co-signer, so the part about them not being able to have a bank account or rent an apartment without a man is just hogwash. There is no way that a female strong enough to be a cop and carry a gun would put up with the kind of abuse one of the characters does - just not at all believable. Sorry. Just would prefer something more plausible.
The story was good, except for inaccurate history. It would have been much better without all of the abuse one of the characters put up with. There was no reason for it and it detracted from the story rather than adding to it. Almost made the character seem to 'canned.'
Yes, she was good - she's consistently good.
no. I hope Slaughter drops this series and goes back to the stories set currently.
Other than the facts being so wrong and the unnecessary abuse of one of the characters, the story itself is actually good.
Someone else reading it. A pro like Scott Brick or Dick Hill. Lorelei King would have been a million times better than this guy!
Love Greg Iles - hate this narrator's performance so much that I could not get through the first chapter.
In everyway possible. Over-acted, no enunciation, way too much voice inflection. Just terrible, terrible performance. The company that released it would do well to just toss this performance and get someone else to read it.
none. I couldn't get through the first chapter because of the narrator.
I vote to permanently ban the narrator from ever performing on another audio book.
I had A LOT of trouble hearing/understanding the narration. I think it was the production rather than the story or the performer. It sounded like they recorded it in an echo chamber. I could not enjoy the story or the performance.
I usually enjoy the Dexter books but I could not get past the first 15 minutes of this book because the sound quality is extremely poor (on a scale of 1 to 10 - I would give it a minus 1 million - it's really that bad) and the narrator does an even worse job. Really, really bad job and impossible to hear/listen to. I am considering contacting audible about a refund it is so badly produced. Just terrible.
I was not at all disappointed. The performances of Ms. King are always superb. She is the absolute best at what she does! If I could give her 10 stars, I would! This is the second time I have purchased a book simply because Ms. King was the performer!
As to the story: I enjoyed it with one exception. The author simply introduced too many characters at the same time and it was a little hard to follow as a result. You can tell that she was setting up for a series of books in which some of these characters will re-appear. Other than that, it was a good and interesting read.
I have not read anything by S. King in some time, and was pleasantly surprised at how engaging this story was. It was thought provoking and masterfully told. I remember the time just before and after JFK was murdered and King completely captures the attitudes and the overall condition of the country. For the most part, the dialog is spot-on and the narrator does a very good job. I recommend this book to any and every one.
I could not get through it. I tried for 2 weeks to make myself listen and just couldn't. The main character went from being head over heels in love with the victim, to just being friends, to mourning her, to being attracted to someone else, to whatever in every single paragraph. Seriously, this happened at least 4 or 5 times per chapter with little explained motivation. It made no sense. There was no logical thought process. I get conflicted and mixed emotions but this was like a multiple personality disorder on speed.
Over all, the book was very disorganized, plodding, slow moving and difficult to understand. The characters lacked depth and development which made them hard to get invested in much less like or dislike. I do not recommend this book. Sorry.
I felt that there were too many graphic descriptions of sex that were all very poorly written. I don't mind sex scenes when they contribute to the story and are well written but these were obviously gratuitous and canned and it seemed like there was one every other track. The story itself seemed re-cycled and tired. It was predictable to the point of boring. Further the characters were totally one-dementional with zero depth.
I am from the south and very familiar with the accents from the region where the book was set and the performance by the narrator of the female characters was so stereo-typical and false, it was almost insulting.
I will probably never purchase another book by Sandra Brown.
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