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Andie

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  • The Girl Who Disappeared Twice: Forensic Instincts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Andrea Kane brings fans a brand new series with her romantic thriller The Girl Who Disappeared Twice. Forensic Instincts—a team of independent maverick investigators comprised of a techie-genius, a former Navy SEAL/FBI agent, a psychic, and a retired FBI dog—must rescue a kidnapped five-year-old girl. But with so many people who could have benefited from the girl’s abduction, tracking down the culprit will push the team to the limit.

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    This is my first Audible review and my first Andrea Kane book. I really wanted to stop listening from the second chapter - but I just kept thinking it might surprise me. It didn't. The story was far too easy to see through (if you watch CSI or Criminal Minds this story will feel like play-doh), the writing was simple, and the narrator was awful. Actually, I think that it was the narrator that made me keep listening because I was afraid I was letting him ruin the story for me. He had a rhythm he didn't want to break; I expect it was for breathing, but he really seemed like he was trying to read poetry instead of a story. He also had a deeply nasal quality that distracted me, not like a stuffy nose but more like a mouth breather. He didn't attempt to differentiate the characters with the tone of his voice and that made the story difficult to follow at times. In addition, his female and child voices were horrendous. I really hated every minute of his reading and I feel cruel for saying so, but his rhythm and delay probably added an hour to the reading. I was so tempted to put my iPod on double time! While I was certain I knew the outcome of the who-done-it I remained hopeful throughout, but if there is any suspense to be felt in this story the narrator quashed it with his reading. If the story-lines of Ms. Kane's books could be a little more complex in the future I could imagine enjoying a series made up of these characters though.

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