The story is average and simply not that memorable.
I like that the reoccurring characters continue to mature and change.
The performance gets a mixed review. The narrator is good except for when she shouts in an attempt to portray Mary's hard of hearing father. Unless you can do a voice well when reading aloud it is best to read in your normal voice. I was tempted to forgo listening when she was shouting, totally unpleasant to listen to. In addition the narrator's attempt to sound like the young girl involved failed to be pleasing as well. It was just lacking authenticity. The narrator's normal voice was okay on the ears and hopefully she will improve.
No. I found the book really fell flat midway through and from then on the story was contrived and rather boring.
Well this is difficult because the one character's voice (Peabody) was so annoying that my opinion as to whether listening was time well spent varied. I read these books and I hear what I think the characters would sound like in my imagination. When the narration is so bizzare or out of character it can influence the interpretation of the story. There were two characters who the narrator was so far from my interpretation of what they sound like that it really took away from enjoying listening to the book. Peabody sounds like a ditz, somewhere between Komer Pyle and Daffy Duck. Yes she is young and from the equivalent of hippie parents, but "gee whiz, golly" she is supposed to be Eves partner with a quirky personality who is intelligent and qualified if still learning. as well.The other character who totally missed the mark was Trina. She is a hair and makeup artist who manages to trick Dallas into looking beautiful through her treatments. I think she is clever in getting Dallas to "spa" up so to speak by guile. Perhaps her voice would sound French or contrived. The narrator portrays her as a Bronx native with a 25 year smoker's voice.The narrator does a very good job with Dallas, Roarke and Dr. Mira. The other reoccurring characters are also portayed in an acceptable manner.
This story felt like it was taken from bits and pieces of prior plots. While the author tried to make an unexpected plot twist as to who did it, she failed. I had it figured out way before the end. So it was as interesting as her previous books in the series and if you haven't read the series I suppose it is good. From my perspective the last few books have been a yawn. The characters are stuck and are not ageing or changing which has to happen if you want to keep your readers interest.Please give us some new interest. Let Eve and Roarke have a child, or let Peabody and her boyfriend either mature in their relationship or give them a conflict to create interest. It would be nice to have more focus on some of the other reoccurring characters. Mavis, the reporter girl friend and most of all more plots involving the butler, Sommerset could easily be the basis of a book. Have a story that would dig into their backgounds.My first choice would be to let Eve and Roarke grow up, they can't stay in this honeymoon stage forever.
I think she did the best with Roarke. She did a good job with the Irish accent, which became more pronounced when he was being romantic.
No, they always screw up the casting.
From now on I will wait and check future installments from the libary. The plot line has stalled and is so stale that the new books are just minor changes of previous ones.
As with any audio book the book may succeed or fail largely on the talent of the narrator. In this instance the narration is exceptional. The narrator gives each character a somewhat unique sounding voice without crossing the line where it sounds corny and unrealistic. There is just enough of a difference so as to enable identification of the character. The characters voice is also in line with how the author portrays the characters. While this is the first time I have listened to Jonathon Davis narrate a book, it will not be the last. I plan to search the lists to see what other books he has been involved with in providing narration.
My favorite character was the male lead who remains nameless for the first half of the book. His behavior and character are a result of former traumatic experiences. The author does an excellent job of developing his character within the plot.
Initially it is unclear wheter the male lead is a criminal or a good samaritan. My favorite scene is the one where he befriends the neighbors viscous and abused fog, who he later rescues.
The compassion the male lead demonstrated for the abused dog and for the15 year old girl who was raped by her degenerative brothers were the moments I found particularly compelling. His kindness and care of the 15 year old was clear evidence of his real character which until that point was uncertain,
This book was far better written than any of Ms . Brown's earlier works and I would highly recommend it.
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