Ok. Let's get real.
Yes, the narration runs hot & cold, just like all the other prey books. However, in this book, he narrator has turned 'the fairy' character into Tangina in Poltergeist. I kept waiting for her (him) to say "go to the light".
The story is totally over cooked. There are far too many characters to even remotely follow. Less than halfway through, I gave up on trying to keep track of who was who. And since all the voices were basically the same, it's easy to not care.
I've listened to all the Prey books that audible offers in chronological order and this is the weakest, by far. Had I not already prepurchased more of the series, this would have been my last one.
Did not enjoy. A disjointed story about the human condition. Too many characters and storylines that are left open-ended.
It's the same Stephanie Plum formula with a few new variables.
Bond capture fails because Lula screws up.
Stephanie can't decide between Joe and Ranger.
Bella hates Stephanie.
Some weird side story.
Lula gets mad at being called fat.
They eat chicken and donuts.
Granny goes to funerals.
Granny fits the modern granny 'shocking' stereotype.
Stephanie loses/ruins several cars.
Stephanie's mom is disappointed in Stephanie's life.
Stephanie is in peril and Ranger rescues her.
Stephanie comes through.
You now have the basic story of the last 5 books. Time to change the formula up.
Lula is excruciatingly annoying. Granny needs less focus. Stephanie needs to grow up. The narrator is fabulous, despite the terrible stupid story/dialogue.
I am revisiting this series on its own - not in the shadow of Harry Bosch, whom I adore. This book is a not quite as strong in the main plot, but is well written and really stands as a second book. It suffers a bit from transition-itis, meaning a bit of exposition and character discovery that is important but distracts from the main plot. It's still a very good listen, but not as engaging or suspenseful as Lincoln Lawyer. Still, completely worth the listen and not just because it's there.
I love serials and Mickey is worth investing time in.
I originally listened to this after a binge of Harry Bosch books and just relistened. I loved it. Excellent narration, good story, and very engaging. There were a few painfully slow parts, but overall, a very fun listen.
This is not a Harry Bosch book. Don't get it if you want that darker noir crotchety detective style. If you want a fun ride with new characters but by a trusted writer, do it. Worth the credit. By far.
I have no problem suspending disbelief over the premise of having a double. A Tale Of Two Cities has no problem overcoming such a far fetched idea. This book, not so much. Without giving too many spoilers, the idea that a police force is going to place a detective undercover for the murder of a nobody and with no suspicions of larger criminal activity, is where they lost me.
The narration is wonderful, with my only complaint being not enough vocal individuality for each character, but the attempt was made.
The book is too long and the climax, rather underwhelming. By the time the reveal came around, I just didn't care. And after the big reveal? There's still like another hour of book!
I really wanted to like the book more and really tried to suspend disbelief, but I couldn't wait for the book to end.
This was difficult for me to get through. The first part is horribly boring and I get that it's exposition, but really unentertaining. The book then drones on and on and on. Seemingly unrelated things all end up relating, even though they are a huge stretch. There are too many characters to keep track of unless you keep a chart or binge listen. I did neither, so by the end, I had no idea who half the characters were.
With all the words, by the time you get to the final 5 chapters, details are skipped over while other events never seem to end.
The foreshadowing of times to come (fingerprints in the eighteenth century?) is too smug and happens a number of times. A rape of a drugged male by a female is given almost no attention and the character basically carried on like it was nothing but a bad dream.
Great bedtime listening for me since I couldn't seem to listen for more than 20 minutes.
90% of the book is fairly interesting and exciting and detailed, then you hit the end and there are huge detail gaps and and serious rush to finish. It was like the author hit his word limit and had to end so voila, it ends and you have to guess as to the details.
The narration is adequate, but is extraordinarily staccato at times, to the point that it detracted from the book.
An obviously male writer with the female protagonist being an unachievable ideal of beauty (except for that lucky 1%), in need of male rescue, a victim over and over, and irrational but convinced by the know it all man. Of course, they fall in love immediately after she comes 3 seconds from being brutally viciously graphically gang raped. Whew.
A decent listen, but other than the lead male, everyone else is a stupid caricature. The main protagonist is Jack Reacheresque and I would be interested in reading more with him.
Lots of bad cliches and slow moving through much of it. The ending is an obvious set up for a sequel.
Heroes x X-Men set in 1920's NYC, without the charm or great back stories.
Entertaining, but I would not recommend it to anyone over 13.
A lovely story with interesting characters. The only negative was the amount of jumping around with multiple story threads. To me, this makes it difficult to invest in characters. Because of this, it took awhile to get going and into it.
The final chapter was a bit heavy handed, but wonderful and beautiful. You did kinda have to rack your brain to remember who was who and the audio version of the book made the delineation of some stories cloudy, but not to the point of anything overly negative.
The narrator was very good, with a few pronunciation issues, but overall was fantastic.
I do recommend. Especially great vacation book.
This was the worst narration I've ever heard. The gasping for breath before each sentence becomes a complete distraction. Within a chapter, I spent my time going nuts over the breathing rather than listening to the story. I ended up spending time waiting for her next gasp rather than caring about the actual words.
I stupidly bought the first 3 Plum novels unheard, assuming the narration would be on par with Lorilei King; I was mistaken. I couldn't finish this book because of the narrator.
So many reviews don't mention the wheezing, so I can only assume that it's more evident on headsets or that others don't let bad editing and gasping bother them. Boy, I wish I were one of those!!
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