I mainly listened to this book because I was interested in how this family built their company, from a business aspect. The book really consists of the business stuff, the family stuff, hunting stuff, and recipes. The family stuff was good, but I have read lots of "advice about kids and marriage" family books so this was stuff I'd already heard and I fast forwarded through a lot of it. The hunting/fishing stuff I'm not really interested in so I fast forwarded through that. The recipes - well I don't cook and even if I did, not sure if I'd want to hear recipes read, so I fast forwarded through that. But the business stuff, which is the main reason I listened, was interesting! I'm not saying the book was bad, just for me it wasn't all information I was interested in. Seemed a little repetitive with the concepts at times too. Like "We all have different gifts and we all appreciate each others' differences." Seemed like that was said a lot.
The narrator was pretty good, but spoke in an English accent (or maybe supposed to be Irish) which was not something I'm used to so I don't know if that contributed to the fact that I just couldn't get into the book. I quit on it after several chapters.
So I waited for this story to get interesting and become a thriller and it just didn't happen....I listened to like 17 out of 47 chapters and finally got tired of waiting. Maybe it becomes a thriller after that...but I got tired of waiting and stopped listening.
I thought the reader did a great job, he used different voices and really made the story come alive. Too bad the story was so bad. I think what really drove me nuts was that every single character seemed like a caricature or stereotype. The stripper with a heart of gold, the tough but big-hearted detective, the evil personified ex-husband, the devious and vain fixer, the shady lawyer, and particularly the sex-crazed hypocritical politician. I suppose that could make it a satire, but it didn't make a very good story, and the story seemed to go on forever and ever.
I thought this was pretty boring. I got through about an hour of it. Then I got restless waiting for something interesting to happen, and went and looked at the synopsis of the book online to see if I had anything to look forward to, and it looked pretty bizarre and didn't seem like it would get much better, so I gave up on it.
This is the only book I've listened to in the series, and probably the only one I will. I thought it was funny, I laughed out loud a lot, a good story, and the narrator was great, really made the book. Not necessary to listen to other books in the series to enjoy this one.
I got this because it was free and because I really enjoyed this same author's "Driving Mr. Dead." I quickly got bored with it because it took way too long introducing seemingly every character from every other book in the series ever written and not getting to the actual plot. It might have been enjoyable had I read all the other books and knew the characters. But it's too short of a story to spend so much time getting all those other characters into the picture before starting the actual plot of the book. I didn't finish it, maybe got through the first 20 minutes.
The story was just okay...I may have liked it more with a different reader. This narrator read VERY slowly with long pauses. I listened to it sped up 2x which made it seem kind of choppy but at least it wasn't so slow.
I really tried to get into this book but it was just kind of boring and took forever to get to the point, I couldn't summon up a liking for any of the characters. I finally gave up after 5 of 22 chapters.
I really loved this book. If you like "Hunger Games" or what-if type books on what crazy things could happen in the future, this was a very well-written, great story. I liked it so much I'm going to buy the Kindle edition as well. The narrator did a great job with the voices too.
I started listening to this and couldn't get very far into the book so it's not fair for me to rate the story...although it did seem very gory....but what I couldn't stand was the male narrator. He slurred his words and sounded like he was drunk and it was so distracting I couldn't get past it. The female narrator was fine but I just couldn't stick with the story because of the male.
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