I was glad to see Nora Roberts coming out with a book that was not a part of a trilogy, but this is a very disappointing book. Shallow characters, basic plot, the good guy is all good, etc.
I miss the author who wrote Birthright - prolific is only good if the books are good.
Like many others I have been a fan of SEP for years. I have all of her books, even the last two. Those last two were far below the previous ones, but they were readable. I could not get through even half of this one. Maybe because it was audible which made the dolls even more annoying and creepy, but I actually hated it so much that I could not finish. Every character in it was pretty much unlikable, the plot was trite, even the dialog was tired. I am definitely returning this one.
This was a nice book to listen to while driving or working around the house. A little slow getting started, but the main characters were interesting. My only real issue was with the narrator, who did a fine job overall, but evidently was unfamiliar with some of the words and would mispronounce them. For example the word "coup" was used several times, but it was spoken as "coop".
I am not a fan of series books - the first two or three are usually good and then the stories either start to repeat or are just full of filler. This is the fifth book in this series and there are definite signs of fatigue. Lily is suppose to be this really powerful witch, but all through this book she is weak, needing rescue several times and pines for her lost love through most of it. I finished the book, but if there is a sixth in the series I am not sure I will take a chance. I have enjoyed the first books of the series.
The narrator was very good, and a lot of the story was good. The dialogue was very well written, the story line was a good one even though it was a little drawn out, but the "hero" of the story was super annoying. Basically he whined throughout the whole book about his disability - he seemed to have a pity party in just about every chapter. I fast forwarded toward the end just to get through with the book.
The story is OK, not very deep and I would like it to be more about hacking than how inept she is around people. The narrator is fine with Lexi's dialog, but when she tries to do accents, they are so bad (especially Italian) that it is distracting from the story.
This book started off really bad - trite and boring, but the narrator was so over the top dramatic that I could not keep listening to see if things ever got any better. I tried twice and turned it off almost at once. She was loud and dramatic in just about every line she spoke. Could not imagine a whole book listening to this. I am not a fan of Ms. Robert's trilogy books but was willing to give this a try. Not happening - returning today.
This is a really light weight book. The premise sounded interesting, but it never delivered. None of the characters were ever fleshed out. I stayed until the end, but I had to forward through chapters to do it.
I liked the novel was based in Texas and was faithful to how things are there. I did not like the main character. It was very hard to feel very sorry for her since she was so sure she was wonderful and beautiful and evidently without a clue.
I felt that it was a cop out - an easy answer that left everything up in the air.
Yes - her voice seemed a mix of southern and texan, but still clear and understandable.
This story seems to really be mostly about the history of country western stars like Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette. The mystery part really was small and really easily figured out. The narrators did a good job but the two stories running together about the murdered woman and her friend were rather irritating and I could not really llike either woman.
For a long time anything that SEP wrote I bought immediately and loved and re-read often. This one is part of what is becoming just so-so books from a formerly great writer. The last three-four books have been disappointing and this one continues the trend. There were characters that seemed re-cycled from older books, seemingly token PC inclusions - a multi-racial child, gay relationship, veterans with PST - really?? These are important issues, but here seemed to be just included as a way of checking off a list. The e-book was far shorter than some of her other ones, but seemed to drag, to the point I actually fast forwarded twice.
I will not be re-listening to this book and cannot recommend it.
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