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Now there is a different narrator from that of the first four books. I hate to say it, but the old narrator spoiled me. The new narrator just doesn't measure up in terms of a good New Jersey accent. A good Jersey accent even if it's a little over-the-top, which I don't think it was, made it that much more "fun". The new narrators voice range is also limited compared to the first. Therefore the range of characters isn't as distinguishable. Looking ahead it looks like Lorelei is the narratorr for all Plum books from this point forward. This leaves me in a quandary: I enjoyed the Stephanie Plum series but I don't care for the new narrator - what do I do? Clearly I'm not going to enjoy them as much as I used to. Miss Evanovich why would you do this?
If you enjoy Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie a Plum" series, you ought to enjoy this book, and vice versa. The plot is good, it's not overly long, the humor of the main character is just snarky enough. There aren't any villainous characters making surprise entrances at the end to frustrate your logic. Still, I just wasn't sure who done it until the reveal. Excellent read when you get tired of Kafka works :-). Enjoy yourself.
I was looking at 5-stars all the way as I was listening to the story. After about 10 or 11 hours in however, I was becoming weary. Suddenly my interest was waning and I was so tempted to skip ahead to the end. Horrors! :-). The story is fun and interesting and probably would have been just as good if it had ended about two hours earlier - like when you-know-who was shot in the head. Too much of a good thing I giess. The narration was typically excellent for Deaver's books. Still, It's certainly recommended.
The second book in this series was offered in a deep discount, so I bought the first book (this one) to start the series. If I didn't already have the second book, I probably would not have bought another, at least with this author / reader combination.
I'm a plain old Midwestern United States citizen who has listened to quite a few books well performed by readers with accents (British, Australian, East Indian & middle-eastern). I've enjoyed all of the, until now for the accent was just too heavy and/or was read too fast. Many times I had to repeat parts and part way through i just said "the heck with it!" and stopped trying to understand the missing dialog. In the end, it was not my most enjoyable experience.
I have most of Glenn's books but this is the first including Ms. Harriet Parke. I found the writing/dialogue juvenile. The imagery was far to weird for a period in time not that far removed from the pre-Republic era. For the first time in my life, as I was listening to the book, from scene to scene I thought, "I could have written such a better storyline"; and I'm not a writer! I have no doubt in my mind that this book was rushed from conception to publication. It could have been so much better. So so much better.
Actually I'd be interested in a re-write of THIS book by another author. Agenda 21 has the potential to be a great read and a great movie.
Because I was continually distracted by the poor writing, the negative impression carried through to Ms. Lavoy's performance. As this was the first time I've heard her narrate a book I'd try at least one more by her before I make a firm decision.
I appreciate your work Glenn, but this is a real stinker!
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