Amusing, unpredictable, & funny
Graeme Malcolm's performance brings the characters to life.
Hearing the characters speak (in various accents!) makes this (audio)book much more enjoyable than its printed form.
Cleverly written and packed with unpredictable/unexpected plot twists. I'm not crazy about its melodramatic ending; but, all-in-all, it's a good read.
On the surface, this book might seem like a light read. But, it actually is packed with spot-on satire that are delivered in a highly entertaining way.
This book should be called "Out of the Black Land - A Historical Romance Novel"
Yes, Kerry Greenwood is a well known mystery writer (I happen to be a fan of her Phryne series which is set in the 1920s). So, when I read the title of this book, I assumed that it is a detective story that's set in the Ancient Egypt. So, I kept on waiting for a crime to happen & an investigation to begin but none of them ever happened because the novel is not a mystery novel.
I love Kerry Greenwood's works; but, I'm not a historical romance fan. So, this book isn't something I want to read. But, I'm sure that many historical romance fans might love it.
Not all historical romance fans are mystery novel fans & vice versa. And, just because Kerry Greenwood is best known for her fun detective novels, it doesn't mean that she will never write any book in a different genre.
This book's inaccurate label/title doesn't do anyone any good:
- Historical romance fans (who might enjoy this book) might never read this book (in other words, this book won't be able to reach many of its ideal customers/consumers)
- Mystery novels readers who dislike romance novels won't like this book
- Disappointed readers might return this book and will not rate this book highly
I know I will never listen to this audio book again.
Twilight fans who also enjoy cozy mystery stories & light readings.
Kate Reading is a wonderful audiobook narrator. Nevertheless, a well-narrated cliched & predictable story is still a cliched & predictable story.
The main character ... and her very good looking, smart, extremely rich love interest who loves the main character (and no other) so unconditionally. (Sounds familiar?)
This narrator manage to make Vanessa to have a strong foreign accent. She makes some of the girls sound like elementary school kids while Blair sounds like a hysteric 30-something woman. She reads each chapter's title in a harsh, loud, roaring manner.
I was trying to listen to the whole audio book but this narrator's horrible performance makes it hard for me to focus on what she was saying.
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