I purchased this story to get some background on the beloved musical version, and to compare the differences. However, this book was hard to keep up with because the narrator is very monotone and dull.
Upon to recent release of a Flowers in the Attic remake, my interest was again sparked in the Dollanganger series, which I had read many, many years ago as a teenager. This book, second in the Flowers in the Attic series, spans the 15 years after the children escape from that dreaded attic, but connects the tale with vivid imagery and shocking plot twists. The narrator's soothing, almost sultry, voice and tone suit the story that serves as the voice for Catherine Dollanganger/ Foxworth/ Sheffield, told from her perspective. However, there are many odd breaks and strange pauses in the recording, allowing the listener to break their concentration and question subtext before starting back up again. This is due to an older recording and a poor recording at that. However, this is still one great listen!
Alone in a hospital room and hopped up on pain meds, an older J.P. Beaumont has nothing to do but think- about past cases of course. However, this book is not merely about solving a homicide case, the story takes you into J.P's personal life for a paralell secondary plot involving his time from Vietnam and some "coulda, woulda, shoulda's," making for an interesting read.
One of my favorite things about this author is that, unlike several murder- mystery authors, her books sound as good as they read. Some authors (*cough* James Patterson) write novels that are good when read to oneself but terrible when read aloud. The dialogue is contrived and sounds silly when read by an actor. This is not the case with J.A. Jance. Her novels are pleasurable to the eye AND ear.
J.R. Horne is the perfect voice for the protagonist in this book, and the twists and turns kept me sitting in my car in my garage actively listening to hear what was going to happen next. Some of the audio towards the end was a little muddled- it sounded as if they re-recorded a few parts and the audio is different for random phrases, but I did like the 20 minute author's note at the end of the book, detailing the history behind the characters inspired by real-life events and people.
A great listen!!!
I have been an avid JA Jance reader for years- and this tale is as good as her others, if not better. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and kept listening because I was engaged the entire time. This story had two plots that overlapped slightly and extended the suspense beyond the main mystery of the original plot.
I would love to see a J A Jance book made into a film, and while I didn't love the narrator of this version (her voice was too gravelly, which carried over too much into the characterizations), I can envision several actors bringing these characters to life.
This was an amazing tale- that is suitable for all ages over 13, yet interesting for adults as well. The narrator is one of my favorites, and reads the rich tale with clarity and honesty. I found myself sitting in my car to find out what happens next.
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