This was like listening to an episode of "Murder She Wrote". The reader even sounded like Angela Landsbury. There were about 200 characters and none of them were very memorable. And I need to check the publication date because the characters were talking about getting a car phone in addition to their "Cellular Phone". Just and out of date and out of touch snooze fest.
A more original story and more unique characters.
Great disappointment. This book is one mystery cliche after cliche. The author just didn't seem to know much about police from anything other than TV shows. Stupid stuff like "Don't leave town". The chief was a homicide detective for 2 years but in the first 15 minutes of the book she didn't know basic forensic stuff. The police in her department (every one has a nickname) swear and talk on the radio like the Duke boys but when she needs them, they are all professional CSI/Investigators.
I liked the concept of an Amish woman turned police officer but it was a huge fail.
I think that this series has played itself out. The story was kind of dull.
I'm going to give Star Force a rest for a while. I couldn't wait for the next one to come out after my first listen and now I'm just no longer interested.
The reader does a good job of using voice to differentiate characters. I actually like him as a reader very much.
I just couldn't wait for the book to end by the last third.
I hope that this is the final book in the series but I'm sure it isn't. The last 3 hours of the book just dragged. There was a ridiculous fight scene near the end that had to make even the most die hard fan grown. In the last 10 minutes 2 characters are taking and character 1 asks character 2 if they can just go the evening without talking about something (trying not to spoil anything) and character 2 says "sure, I just want to make sure you know . . . " then rambles on again for another minute. Then character 1 asks again if they can not talk about it again and character 2 says "yes, as long as you understand that. . . " then rambles on again about pretty much the same thing.
No. The book was fine. It is over 100 years old and shows some wear, but is an interesting look into the past. My real issue is that the narrator is just so bad. Let me explain. He has a fine voice for audible. But he emphasizes words and syllables in the middle of sentences and pauses in the middle of sentences for no reason, that the sentence loses its meaning or causes confusion. He doesn't just do it on occasion, it is throughout the entire book. It made listening to his version of this book so unenjoyably that I will never listen to a book with this narrator again.
Terrible. Why pause in the middle of sentences for no reason? Why the emphasis on words or syllables in the middle of sentences? How did this get past the producer?
I'm very surprised as the production quality of this book seems well done that the performance by the reader was so bad.
Gripping? Heart Pounding? Edge of your Seat? Where? It is a bunch of boring, and frustrating, flashbacks to the 70's. Yes, I realize that the 70's were difficult for women in the police departments but an other male police almost raping a female officer? Officers not responding to backup calls and instead calling you honey and telling you to take care of it? In one scene, the woman officer doesn't shoot a man as he is attempting to rape her partner because "me and my husband don't want a loaded gun in our house" tee hee. The book is just not believable for me.
I just could not believe the story. Yes, fiction, but at least make it realistic.
This book starts out O.K., I liked the concept and it had potential. But in the end, this book doesn't deliver. The characters are pretty bland and the island challenges are just too much to believe. And the "mysteries" were too much. For example: (not from the book) . . . ice is made out of water, water is wet, the soinso must be hidden in the island wetsuit factory! or some such BS. In the end, it is like listening to a 8 hour episode of Scooby Doo.
OMG, this was the worst book I've ever listened to. It was 10% "mystery" and 90% bad bad bad "romance". Note to the editor; putting 'ly' at the end of a word does not make it an adverb. ". . . he said, huskely" or "as he drank thirstily" or ". . . she whispered throatily". The description sounds very good but this book is terrible. My wife may divorce me because it was all we had to listen to on our car ride to WI. Avoid this book and hope that the author stops trying to write books. Just bad. . . so bad.
Wow, this book was bad, I didn't even go past part two. I listened to better writing in my English 101 classes in collage. The descriptions where as basic and uncreative as anything I've ever read and the characters were clich? after clich? . . . the weight lifter was big and dumb, the small town reporter was naive, the big city reporter was smart but bad . . . and the worst character of all is the main character. A shy, easily embarrassed, whimpering woman police officer with no backbone (no department in the world would ever hire her). It was so irritating to even listen to I go angry just thinking about what the author was thinking about when writing this book. Apparently everyone in Canada (in this book, anyway) is kind of slow and/or uber liberal.
The Narrator sounds like Howard Kosel and the voices she uses make everyone sound like they are 10 years old. I've listened to about 3 dozen books now and this one was the worst.
How did this book get 3 1/2 stars? Let me set the picture for you, the main character is a "forensic bureaucrat". Yes, seriously! The characters are not engaging, there is all kinds of behind the scenes "plotting" there are tons of characters that you meet for 2 minutes then who are referenced throughout the rest of the book and you can barely remember who they are and the plans that the protagonist comes up with are far fetched and kind of silly but they still work perfectly. This book is 90% boring dialogue and 10% boring "action". Read some of the Prey books by John Sandford but save yourself agonizing hours with this one.
I really wanted to like this book and the actual story and the parts about the terrorist were excellent but the main character, I mean come on! Supposed to be some 'witty' former NY police detective, however nothing he said was funny. I dreaded every part where the main character was the narrator. Also, most of the other characters were written with the same kind of spoken language, that coupled with the narrator's inability to change his voice for the characters make them all blend together. Good story . . . poorly written main character. . . what to do. The story kept me interested but the writing was very poor in my opinion.
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