Columbus, OH, United States | Member Since 2014
I think that the narrator's southern drawl was a bit much for me. I also think that the series set-up is not that promising. The mystery itself and the various side-plots are a bit predictable.
I think it's just not that complicated enough to please me. I like cozy mysteries and police procedurals but I think that I would give my gold stars to Louise Penny and Donna Leon and some of the thrillers I have heard on Audible. This is a good light mystery.
Southern, cloying, annoying
I don't think so. That woman who is on Mike and Molly perhaps.
I don't think I will pursue this series. I think it tries a little too hard to be cute. Oh, and did I mention cleavage? How many times are we treated to a description of ample cleavage? I'd rather hear about personality traits.
No, I would not try a JD Robb book although I have nothing against Susan Ericksen. The writing is filled with every sexual cliche possibly. It you like to read about throbbing and pulsating and golden orgasms you might enjoy it.
No--I like well-written mysteries and thrillers. And it they are not well-written, they should be suspenseful. I am quitting just about mid-way through because there was a hour-long sex scene that bored me to deep irritation with all of the bad writing. I am not a prude; I just cannot tolerate writing that offers me nothing.
Performance was fine.
I was disappointed. This book is well-reviewed. It's a poorly spent credit and I can not return it because I have had it over a year.
I have resolved to be more careful about buying books on Audible so that I can listen to them within 12 months. What a waste of a credit! I knew that Nora Roberts/JD Robb was very popular, but this foray into the tripe is too much for me. I do not consider myself a literary snob, so I am disappointed. I wish that Amazon had categorized this novel as "romance" instead of "Mystery/thriller".
There was little substance. The characters were mainly stereotyped wealthy New Yorkers. The plot is that their smugness gets a little bit rattled, but then they can return to "Eliteness".
It has changed my opinion about the kinds of books reviewed and praised by the NY Times. I will do much better "due diligence" before I invest in books again.
I think that the narrator was just fine; she could not have done much better with the flimsy material.
I would have said: "DO not publish this book". Or I would have given it some sort of Trigger Warning: Wealthy Smugness to Ensure"
It's a summer romp. And I should have stuck to the genres I can trust and the authors I have tested.
I think it would be a good book for those who like to get into the minutia of people's lives; but for people hoping to have a typical Lippman mystery, there's going to be disappointment
I have read other books by her. The Tess Monaghan series reflects Lippman at her best. Her stand-alone novels are widely uneven, ranging from excellent to disappointing.
I thought that the narrator did a fine job. Linda Emond is a Broadway actress and singer who has a very pleasant voice.
I think not. I might get it from Netflix.
I am a bit torn. It is NOT just a mystery. It is NOT a romance. It is insufficient as a family saga: I feel as if it is, like Pirandello's play, "Six Characters in Search of an Author", "SIx plot lines in search of unity".
If anything, the genre is anthropological or sociological. Ultimately a letdown. I would recommend that Lippman fans procure this from the library and see what they think. Or give it a speedy try and return it if you are not swept in with the first hour.
Yes, I enjoyed the book. I might not listen to it a second time because I recall the plot, but I would read other books by the same author.
I liked both Charlie and Oliver.
I was amused, but not extremely so.
This is a fun romp/caper.
The female narrator elides her words so that they are extremely difficult to understand. For example the word "Balconies" sounds like "bakkanies" I had to give up after 15 minutes of tortured attempts to comprehend.
Maybe but I would need to sample the narration first.
Listening to her words meant that I could not follow the plot line. I guess I cannot comprehend and listen at the same time!
Please avoid this unless you are fluent in navigating thick Italian accents. The book might be superb, but we cannot get around the narration.
I wish that an explanation had been provided. It is heinous to listen to a mystery for several hours and then have the murderer be revealed with not one single word as to motive, means, or opportunity.
It has made me very wary of listening to free books.
The narrator, however, was quite good.
Probably the very first one---the set-up because I was oblivious to the face that the denouement would be such a let-down!
It was a good traditional murder mystery in a time-honored genre---there was simply no mention of any motivation or means.
I was terribly disappointed!
Yes, I would. It is a good story with a great narrator and a complex mystery is woven. The tone is a bit breezy and tongue-in-cheek, which makes it a good listen for lighter moments.
Learning about the background of Max Tudor, a former MI5 agent turned Anglican priest in the small village of Nether Monkslip.
Max Tudor although other characters, who are less developed are memorable. I hope that some of them continue on in the series.
I found it gripping and I enjoyed the homage to the traditional Golden Age of the British cozy mystery and the small town. I could imagine Miss Marple set down here. I like the town shops and the fair. On the other hand, I suspect that the author is am American because there are some non-Britishisms that I caught here and there, (but do not recollect).
I plan to continue with the series. It is the equivalent of "comfort food" for me. I hope that the minor characters will return and be better developed. Some readers might not be entirely comfortable with all aspects of this book--it is very contemporary despite the fact that I kept thinking it was the 1930's. Mentions of google or the internet sometimes seem jarring in contrast with the Olde Tyme Englishe Fayre.
Not from Lori Roy. Marguerite Gavin seems to be a fine narrator. I cannot believe that this book won an Edgar!
The title, "Bent Road" is a misnomer. It should be straight and tedious road. It's very slow and tedious, plodding and repetitious, and the characters do not stand out in any way.
I liked her voice and she did as well as she could with the narration. In the end, however, if the words are ploddingly tedious, the best narrator cannot make a book come alive.
I was disappointed---even angry---because this book has won an Edgar Award for best first novel. I suppose it looks atmospherically at dysfunctional families in Kansas, but the view is too claustrophobic for the listener.
I have decided to abandon listening after slightly over 2 hours. I don't care about this book or the characters. I listen to books because I like to be gripped and curious and eager to return. When I dread the "listen" it means it's time to toss the book. If the first two hours do not pull me in, why continue with a purgatorial listen?
It was a listing of terribly unhealthy fast food consumed by a very large family. The narrator felt so very sympathetic towards her cousin, a new member of the KKK.
I will never fall for a "deal of the day" again without doing much more investigation. This "mystery" was a disaster for me. None of the characters had any character except a love for fast food. The narrator cum "detective" is mainly memorable because she loved sausage biscuits. Having moved to Boston, she evidently could find nary a sausage nor a biscuit. Is this book an advertisement for Hardee's and McDonald's?
Too much Southern, too much lightness--I really did not like her drawls and wondered seriously if the speed on my iPod was off. It was not.
I was angry and disappointed. I did not like the trite treatment of race; I did not like the huge cast of greedy characters who cared more about the menu than the death among them.
I won't be fooled again. This is most certainly the worst "read" I have had on audible.com.
This was an intricate mystery that captured and sustained my interest. It was sufficiently plausible that I did not feel that the author cut corners or courted incredulity.
I think that the idea that it seems inevitable that you will die on a certain date -- by murder -- is intriguing. How does one cope? How does one gain credibility with the police?
She has a very effective voice.
It enthralled me.
I plan to listen to the other books in this series; this is the first one I heard but it's not the first in the series.
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