I totally enjoyed this book! It was so funny. Davis Way is a little bit pathetic (but in a funny way), quite ingenious and completely hilarious. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this book here on audible and decided to give it a try. I bought the kindle book (well worth the $2.99) and the discounted audible book (also well worth the money or the credit). Dina Perlman does a great job narrating but the book reads well in print, too (I mostly listened to it but did read some of it). I will definitely be watching out for the next book in this series. I hope they do an audible version of that one, as well.
3-1/2 stars: Not bad for a novella. I liked the characters but the whole falling in love in one day was a bit hard to believe. However, given that it was a novella, I'm cutting it a little slack. The narrator of the audiobook was terrible. Her voices were fine but her cadence, speed and pacing were horrible. It was only a little over 3 hours of listening so I managed to suffer through it but don't think I could have listened to a full length book with her narrating.
I've been waffling between three and four stars but because the characters are strong and I think the series has a lot of potential, I ended up giving 4 stars. I listened to most of it on audio but did end up reading some of it in print and that may have played a part in my mixed feelings. While there was nothing specifically bad about the reader of the audio, for some reason it left me feeling lukewarm about the book. I found myself enjoying it much more when I was reading it in print.
Maeve is a strong, intelligent, likeable character. She works with an interesting mix of men, some good to work with, others not so much. Interestingly enough, despite the book's title, the "Burning Man" case is not the focus of the book. Early on, an apparent fifth victim is discovered but Maeve believes she may be the victim of a copycat. The bulk of the book is spent investigating that victim and solving her murder. I figured it out (which I think many readers will do, whether intentionally or not, I am not sure), but it was enjoyable to watch Maeve figure it out. The reader is privvy to much more insight and information than Maeve is because we get the benefit of chapters narrated by the victim's best friend. Those chapters add an interesting dimension to the book that would have been missing without them.
The Burning Man case itself was wrapped up a little too easily but it provided action and a bit of excitement to the book which is otherwise slower paced (but still utterly readable).
I look forward to giving Maeve another try but I will read it in print instead of listening to it on audio.
Another enjoyable installment in the series. Nicola Barber does a fine job as Molly, but I'm not all that keen on her male voices or any of her American voices- they all tend to sound the same. While it's not bad narration, it's not particularly special, I'm not sure it's worth a full credit. The whisper synch price might make it more worthwhile.
Another fantastic read/listen in the Harry Dresden series. James Marsters' narration is fantastic and does absolute justice to Jim Butcher's wonderful writing and Harry's sarcastic humor. It truly amazes me how skilled he is at making so many different voices for the large cast of characters. The story itself is fast-paced and interesting. I wish there had been more of Molly in it but otherwise it was a great addition to the series.
This book was very typical Jill Mansell. I like that there are multiple story lines going on, each with interesting characters. The narration was solid (though not outstanding), though I do agree with another reviewer that her voice for the baby Delphi was quite annoying. If you like British chick lit, I'd recommend it.
If you like to listen to Garrison Keillor, you should appreciate this delightfully fun (and funny) parody of his Lake Woebegone books. Phil Gigante gives an absolutely fabulous performance-- his voice, tone and cadence are so much like Garrison Keillor's. Each character has a distinct voice and his accents are wonderful. As you would expect, Lake Woebegotton is full of unique, colorful characters and the story is somewhat slower paced, with quirky tangents and ramblings, much like the Lake Woebegone books. However, it is precisely these things that make the book such a delight. I laughed out loud several times while listening to this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. You do not need to be a zombie fan to appreciate this book. It has its moments of goriness (due to the subject matter), but it's not overwhelming. I am so glad I accidentally stumbled upon this book and decided to give it a try.
The first half of the book was a bit slow and just "off" for me, but the second half picked up and was quite exciting. I could have done with less descriptions of horses and riding, as I don't find the subject interesting and it did not really fit with the story at all. It felt kind of tossed in to me, maybe to give Linnet a personal side, yet all it did was bore me. I didn't care much for Linnet in the beginning but I began to like her more as the book progressed, as she became a stronger, more independent woman. Not sure yet if I will read the second book in the series. Therese Plummer did a decent job narrating, but she didn't wow me. I thought her male voices were actually pretty good but with the exception of a few, most sounded alike. This one was a mixed bag, for sure. Not the worst I've read but definitely not in the top third either.
Wow! What an excellent and original book! I am so glad that I took a friend's recommendation and read this book. I switched between the kindle version and the audio and I honestly can't say which I enjoyed more. The narrator is wonderful and the book is a delight. It was well-written and exciting and kept me up late into the night reading/listening. I didn't want it put it down. I cannot wait to read/listen to the next one.
Another fantastic book in the Chronicles of St. Mary's series! Max and the gang at St. Mary's get into all kinds of trouble again in book two. There's something special about this series that I just can't quite put my finger on. I love the richly drawn characters, the narration, the action, the absurdity and the humor. It's fresh and original and absolutely delightful. I enjoy every minute spent reading (or listening) to these books. Narrator Zara Ramm does an excellent job of bringing Max and these books to life. You can't go wrong whether you read them in print or listen to them on audio (or both, like I do). Read them in order or you won't do them justice, but definitely read them!
I had very high hopes for this book as I am a huge fan of the Dan Waddell series featuring genealogist Nigel Barnes and was looking for something similar. Maybe I set my expectations too high? The mystery itself was intriguing and had several layers which was a plus. I really enjoyed how there were scenes both in the present day and in the last. However, I had trouble connecting with Jefferson Tayte. I never really got to like him very much. I didn't hate him, but I didn't like him either. He didn't draw much emotion from me at all, except frustration several times when I thought he did some things and made some choices that weren't smart. I found myself yelling at him those times.
As far as the performance went, as much as I like Simon Vance's voice, I had a difficult time with him reading this book. His voice didn't fit right for me. I understand the choice of a British reader since the whole book (minus the very beginning) takes place in England, but it just threw me off because the main character is American and while the book is not a first person narrative, it still put me off-kilter a bit. Plus, I was not a fan of Mr. Vance's American accent. I did not like the voice he gave to Jefferson Tayte at all. His voices for all of the British characters were great but his voice for Tayte and the few other Americans were not good for me.
I switched back and forth between the audio and the kindle version and if I had to choose, I would probably lean towards the kindle version over the audio. It was worth the Whispersync price I paid but I'm glad I didn't spend a credit on it.
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