I have never listened to Lisa Unger before. Never even heard of her. I bought this book because it sounded interesting and I am a fan of the narrator. I'm one of those people that like to be reeled in with the first chapter. No playing around for me. So after the first chapters of this book I was kicking myself and feeling a great sense of loss over a credit. I shut it off, not once but three times. It was slow. It was boring. It was everything I didn't want. After a week I decided to give it another try because I hadn't time to download a new one. I stuck with it and I am glad I did.
It isn't an obvious ..'Here it is' plot.. it is slowly being blended around the main character, Annie, and everyone else around her. Her background and the lives that have and still were shaping hers. I don't want to say alot. It is a story better off listened to because after awhile there are things being dropped as clues here and there. You feel sympathy for her and start getting frustrated for her. There were one or 2 places that I wish Lisa had made more elaborate but I did like the part where she found strength protecting her daughter .
This book is a good experience, even if the first few chapters are not ( for me anyway). I will definately listen to another Unger book. I don't think you will be disappointed with this one. Ann Marie Lee gave good narration. I don't understand the reviews that have negative things to say about her because I have heard way worse in some very popular novels to where I didn't turn it back on. Was well worth giving it a 4th try.
I agree with the other audible reviewer who wrote 'What a mess'..the story was all over the place..where did all the killers come from and what in the world happened to them? The ppl that were tortured/killed. where'd they go? And who the heck were some of the characters, getting dropped of somewhat midway and then poof ..gone again. The only thing I knew for certain was that Lizzy herself would be a victim. I'm wondering if the editor actually read this book or just sent it thru knowing it just might sell because of the Lizzy Gardner aspect. Didn't like it. Wouldn't recommend.
This is a typical serial killer book. The killer is text book to how you've always heard they should be. All stemming from a terrible mother and upbringing and really..when did I figure the female detective would be a captured victim? Well within the first 15 minutes of course. It's very predictable..very run of the mill. The narrator..well let's say I would suggest she never try a male voice again. Its nails on a chalkboard, making some sound slow witted and I personally found it agitating. Some books never die quietly either...
I had never listened to Lisa Scottoline before and in searching for a book under the 'mysteries/thrillers' came across this and thought it interesting. I am not sure why it was sitting in that particular genre, I didn't find it mysterious or thrilling. Think the story is more about this mothers undying devotion/love to her adopted son and the conflict that goes on within her in the should I or shouldn't I premise. It was slow and not in a good way so you could put the pieces together, but slow as in constantly saying the same thing/visiting the same problem over and over again just said in a slightly different way. The ending fell off the roadway for me. I thought.. I've waited 7 hours for this? That being said, if you ignore the fact this isn't an edge of your seat who dun it, you do feel the emotion of the mother at some points even tho the story gets a little old, Lisa Scottoline was able to project that feeling on you. Mary Stuart Masterson did an excellent job narrating. Didn't care for the Brazilian accent but the little boys voice she did pretty good. Didn't find it irritating like another reviewer. Think her narration made me keep listening to this book. Its a roll the dice book, just don't expect a lot from the genre its sitting in.
Unspeakable was an excellent book. The story catches you and keeps you wondering exactly what is going on. Different than the rest. It was well worth the credit. But the thing that makes this book was Todd Haberkorns spot on performance. Everyone was so different and well acted that there was a couple of times I wondered if it was actually him. I hope to hear him again ,he was so entertaining. he kept me enthralled. Great choice for narrator. It made this book.
I did like this book BUT, the narrator was almost robotic at times, a couple of times sounding like she was reading a Dick and Jane book, so simplistic were the words/sentences. I got past it but it would creep up again in the next chapter so it never completely went away. Sometimes it did feel like you may have missed something and I didn't really find the reasoning of the killer that enthralling. There wasn't much depth there. And everything seemed a little too convienient with certain things. I felt at a point that it started to loose direction and things got a little more convienient and not told real well. I also didn't care too much for the ending. Anti climatic. Overall tho, I didn't shut it off, the story kept my interest, even with all this other stuff I didn't care for. I gave it a borderline 3.
I really liked this book. When I read the synopsis it sounded intriguing and the story was very well written and even better told. Jennifer McMahon lets you get to know the players and writes in a way that you can do that without getting bogged down. Julia Whelan does an exceptional job bringing all those characters to life with her fantastic performance, I didn't even cringe that much when she portrayed the male voices. So she made this for me. Think I might have bent the other way if someone else had read it. Its a good listen. Not a disappointment.
This is the only book I have listened to from Jennifer Hillier. I didn't listen to the first and found unless I wanted more of the back story to some of the characters I didn't need to. It stood on it's own. The book was entertaining and overall it kept my interest but it was somewhat predictable. I had figured out half way thru who was helping the killer achieve what she was trying to achieve. I found it somewhat irritating that the woman behind bars, 'Abby', was involved in several different relationships, with different sexes, who would virtually risk their jobs because of wanting to please her. So that had me at the 'oh geez' once or twice. The narrator is OK. She did her best to perform the book just found the male characters grating on my nerves but essentially I find most female narrators giving me that same reaction. Was good. I don't have any desire to listen to the first book tho. That might say something. So perhaps if you are looking to get into a series, you should start there.
This was a wonderful book. Yes, it is simple but not in the way of one reviewer said. One lines and childish. It is told by an imaginary friend of a child. An autistic child. I'm not sure how complicated you would want it to be with that premise. It's simple in the fact there are no twists and turns and complication in the plot and for me, it flowed, didn't leave me with question or whys, it was a complete simple story. Funny, smart and witty, this book had me within 20 minutes. I smiled, I laughed out loud , my heart raced and yes, I even felt a lump in my throat. I got this book because it was different from any other book I had read and I am so very glad I did. If you are looking for different, this would be it. The narrator was also very good. Reminded me a little of Kirby Heybourne, one of my favorites. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves audio.
This book was more about the lives of people and how they intertwine, the mistakes and decisions they make, consequences of all those things. I didn't find it intriguing or even find myself trying to guess the who dunnit. Was not mysterious at all. That being said, the characters were well developed and the relationships between them were established in a way that flowed. Liked the narrator, very engaging. So I give it 3 stars, but not for being a well written mystery but because the players were well written. Not for you if your wanting anything gripping.
I did not find this book thrilling or fast paced or a thrill ride. As one reviewer said, it surprises that anyone would. It was OK. Not suspensful. There wasn't a whole lot of detail that went into the back ground of the story and did not find the characters to be that interesting. There wasn't enough explaination as to the 'why's' happening in the story. I found the narrator a little boring. She sounded as if she was actually reading the book as you would to a class, not enough acting it out, gripping you into it. Just boring. The premise of the book could have been a hit, but it's lack of details and relationship between the actors was a miss for me.
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