I was intrigued by the concept of this book, however I feel that the author missed many opportunities to delve into more detail about each of the families' situations. This story could have easily been a 2 or 3 book series, one each for Rachel and Ella's story and then perhaps a final volume that told the story of the extended families meeting. As written, it was difficult to develop a real connection to any character and left me wanting to know more.
I purchased this book because I enjoyed Lee's "Devil in the Junior League". This book just isn't quite the same. The notion that a man reappeared in a dog's body after his death is just a little too much. The marathon sub-plot was also a bit far-fetched. For these reasons, I would be very skeptical about purchasing another book from this author. However, I adored the narrators! I would definitely listen to more of their work.
The editing on this version needs a little work. In the second half, there are many times where the editing failed to clean up the narrator's reading of the same line twice in a row.
I'm not sure this particular book could earn a 4/5 start rating. I did not enjoy the narrator and the story line was very far-fetched. Some fairly compelling plot twists could have been explored more deeply. Instead, there were some that were glossed over. (Ex. breakup w/ girlfriend)
No, I would probably not listen to another M. Leighton book.
Although I realize this is an abridged version of the story, there are huge sections of the book missing that disrupt continuity. There are also many instances where the narrator stumbles and/or completely repeats a section. Perhaps a result of poor editing, however this should never have passed quality control. This is the first Audible download I've been disappointed with.
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