The reader was so good that each character lived as an individual voice, and her own voice disappeared. The complexity of the story held my interest from beginning to end. Each character was well developed, complex, and believable.
The "surprise" toward the end when an unexpected twist shocked, but then made perfect sense in the context of the story.
I liked Brooks a lot. I think I would have liked him if I had read the book on paper, but the way the reader presented him made him much more attractive. Abigail seemed a bit unbelievable at first, but the more you learned about her, the more the character as presented made sense. I also liked Sunshine.
Parts of it brought a tear to my eye, but I think my "extreme reaction" was to listen to it again immediately after I finished it. I found a lot of details the second time that I missed the first time, and knowing what would happen in the end actually made it more interesting.
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors, but I think this book stands above many of her others because of the detail and complexity of the story and the excellent character development. I am already planning to listen to this one again in a year or so.
The story line(s) including the subplots about the secondary characters. The mystery itself was well done. I enjoyed seeing a slightly different view of the "boss":Whitney. And as usual, I love Peabody.
Usually it's Eve, but in this one I liked Peabody better. It showed more sides of her character, and although she's a good cop, she's also a woman in the fullest sense and is growing and maturing. And she's able to put up with Eve's extremely bad temper throughout this particular book.
Again, I liked all the minor characters: Trina is a trip, even Somerset showed more than one face. Peabody and McNabb are getting their balance and Charles and his new love interest were well written and performed. But for some reason in this story,or maybe just the way it was performed, Eve seemed to have one mood and one mood only: Angry, aggressive, bordering on mean in her relationships with everyone. She never let down her nasty voice and angry response and by the big rant in Whitney's office I was really tired of it. I get that she's under a lot of pressure (some of it self imposed) and I get that she has flash backs to her terrible childhood. This is usually a good plot enhancer.But her softer side was totally missing in this one. If this was the first and only book I'd read of this series, I'd have to wonder why is was so popular. I was glad that she was taking a vacation at the end of the book. If not, someone would have killed her and ended the series!
I bought this because I read that it was re-released to correct the "sound" of the characters and bring them in line with the rest of the series. Maybe a little bit of Eve got lost in the translation. I want Eve back!
I would always recommend J.D. Robb, but I would recommend that her books be read in order, since character development is so important. This shorter story leaves out a lot of the usual interactions and behind the scenes development. I felt that it was just a little "off" from her usual stories, as if she didn't have time to expand it fully. It even seemed to be read a bit more slowly than others in the series!
I liked the relationship between the twins: the communication that they had together. Would have liked more of it, though.
The end: the children showing their gratitude to Eve, who doesn't know how to respond.
I did listen to it in one sitting. Always want to, but usually can't because of their length.
I don't know why this book seemed to be abbreviated, but I hope Robb gets back to her usual detail and length. Nevertheless, she remains my favorite author.
I have stopped buying the print version of J.D. Robb's books because I really enjoy listening to them. I don't think it's better, just a matter of personal preference. I'll probably eventually buy the print version to complete my collection.
Maybe not on the edge of my seat, but it certainly kept me engaged and interested. I didn't enjoy the overly detailed and graphic violence in this book and when I listen to it again I'll fast forward through those parts. But I loved the award ceremony and the family involvement. I am so involved with the characters in this series that the sentiment brought me to tears. I loved the way old characters were brought back and the changes obviously happening to Eve's character as she matures and is finding her personal side. I disagree with those who found this book lacking because of less interaction with the older characters. I think it's perfectly believable that in an investigation that only lasted a few days Eve would not necessarily interact with all of her old friends. The character of the murderer in this book was very strongly drawn and created a contrast between her two worlds. (But I still would like a bit less of the details of the violence.)
The award ceremony and the follow up meeting with friends and family, closely followed by the scene where Nixie presented her gift. Both were moments of growth for Eve and were extremely well done.
I love Nixie and would like to meet her. But I'd invite Roark too so he could pick up the check!
I hope that Nora Roberts never tires of developing this character. I'll never tire of reading about her.
Yes. Eve Dallas is my personal favorite character followed closely by Rourke, Peabody, and the whole cast of regulars in the "In Death" series. But I recommend that you follow the series in order to get the most out of the subplots and the character development throughout the series. I absolutely believe each of the characters.
I wouldn't say "edge of my seat", but it did keep my interest and my attention. This plot wasn't quite as complex or confusing as some, but it's always interesting to see how Eve gets to the final arrest, even when the guilty party is evident early in the book. But the subplots are just as interesting as the primary plot.
Always Eve, but Peabody and Rourke are close seconds.
Not this one, no. J.D. Robb presents realistic emotions in her characters, but I find that I don't get as involved as with some other books. However it's extremely interesting to me to follow her reasoning and her character development. The emotions that the characters experience always are based on solid detail within the story. It always makes sense.
As always,waiting anxiously for the next in my favorite series.
If I recommended this book, or this series, I would not recommend the audio. Although the story is well crafted and fairly interesting, it just doesn't translate into the spoken word. The reader's monotone voice and pacing don't lend any reality to the performance. I found myself frequently thinking "nobody would use that phrase" or "noone would ever sound like that under the circumstances." It was annoying because the performance actually got in the way of the story. I've read some of this series and it was much more enjoyable to read silently.
None stood out particularly. I like Dutch from previous stories, so although he's not much of a presence in this book, I still like him. Abby is never quite believable to me.
I didn't like anything about it. She brought no life to the story, her pacing was static and boring,and her voice was very monotone. There was never any doubt she was 'reading" and not even attempting to "act" the various parts. I guess I've been spoiled by so many wonderful readers who bring each character to life. I will definately avoid any books read by her in the future.
This author crafted a clever mystery with lots of action and characters, but the characters never became "real". They didn't talk like real people and certainly didn't act believably. Why was Abby always able to convince the Sheriff that she should allow herself to be put into danger against his better judgement? And why did the doctor begin to act like a criminal even though he was guilty of nothing? The idea of a psychic is interesting, but it needs more fleshing out, in my opinion. But for a light read, it's fine.
As usual, Sparks gives us great character development and an interesting story line. Up to a point, it's easy to buy into his premise, even though it's a bit far fetched. But why not? Why wouldn't an ex soldier weary of battle traumas walk across the country to heal and to find someone who has become a touchstone to him? Without giving away the story line, I'll just say that I was with him until the main character suddenly did something so out of character that I turned it off in disappointment, thinking "I just can't believe this story any longer." After finishing the book, I still couldn't decide why that particular incident was included.
The ending which was telegraphed did turn at the end and it was overall a satisfying story with very attractive characters. The boy, the dog, and the grandmother were especially well done and fun to watch. Sparks knows how to give his characters depth and human interest, which is why I keep going back to him.
The character development, especially of the minor characters, which were as fully drawn as the two lead characters. Even the town played a character role and was well done.
The reader's "female voice" and "child's voice" were really terrible and I never could accept his reading of the characters. He made the female character sound weak and insipid. I think it would have been better to simply read without trying to sound female, and leave it to the listener to provide her "voice". I found myself second guessing him throughout and thinking of how it should have sounded. It's not necessary for the reader to "act" in order to get the character across, and in this case, it was the only really jarring element in an otherwise well done production.
I can recommend this, but with the caveat that you'll have to put up with an annoying voice.
Not one of Nora Robert's best. The story was fantasy but even fantasy could be delivered with better character development, plot, insight. And the reader's voice was extremely annoying: always on the verge of breaking, gravelly. I love Nora but was disappointed in this. I would not recommend it for anyone.
It took a while to tie all the characters together, but once I got into it, this was a "can't put down" listen. A complex trial story with background mystery complicated by science fiction (I hope) abilities by the villains kept me focused on the story. The author includes too many characters and relationships to keep straight easily, but none were extraneous to the plot. And at the end there were loose ends which kept this story unwinding in my mind for days after I finished it. Excellent narration by a skilled reader. I recommend it.
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