I like Irene Hannon's stories and was glad to see a new one was available. I wish I had bought the print version instead of the Audible recording. While I found the story good, the narration was not. More than once I turned it off and considered returning it. I'm not sure how to discribe what I so disliked. Celeste Ciulla does not do male voices well and there were many times that I wasn't sure which character was speaking. The thing that really annoyed me was her inflection and emphasis. Many times she sounded like a fifth grader that the teacher warned to watch puncuation and to add emotion when you read. Ms. Ciulla is not whiney or shrill, just flat with force emotion. On the whole the narrator ruined this listen for me. She is certainly not the worst I've heard but I will think twice about using a credit on another of her performances.
This was my first encounter with Craig Johnson. It will not be the last. I enjoyed this from beginning to end. I haven't read any of the print versions but will definitely add the author to my list.
I liked many of the characters. Sheriff Walt and Henry Standing Bear are both good. They seem like they could be real people. They reflect characteristics that make them endearing and aggravating at the same time. The long-standing relationship between the men adds to the story.
George Guidall made this listening experience super. He was excellent. You never have to wonder which character is speaking. His voices for the characters brought them to life and gave them added depth.
I listened to this over Thanksgiving weekend. I really wanted to tell family and friends to leave me alone. Obviously that didn't happen so I had to listen to some parts twice. I didn't want to miss anything.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was good. The "who done it" wasn't obvious. I was as much interested in the characters as the mystery. I can't say enough good things about George Guidall. A bad or mediocre narrator can ruin a good book. He made a good book a great listen!
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