I enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse books as much as anyone, but I chose this book because it sounded interesting - not because of the author. I'm not sure what happened here but this book come across as amateurish -- nothing much happens, there's endless rumination about irrelevant things and we're given lots of pointless details. I found myself wondering if this was one of the author's early attempts at writing and it got published simply because of her success with the Sookie Stackhouse series.
When I read the other reviewers comments about the book being slow I thought I could handle it. I was wrong. And they weren't kidding. I have made it through 6 hours of the 7 hour recording and I have given up. Nothing has happened and I realized I just don't care about the resolution of the mystery. I also agree with the other reviewers that the narrator reads the book in an essential monotone, which doesn't help matters, and that Harper's relationship with her step-brother Tolliver is creepy.
I had a hard time getting into this book and the narrator came across as monotone at first. I found this all very surprising as I began reading the Maisie Dobbs books in print and loved them. I assumed I'd love this audio book as much as I had loved the print versions. Not so much. I found the solution somewhat unbelievable as others said, but ended up enjoying this in the end. Still, I'm still lost about the beginning of the book... I zoned out repeatedly when first listening to this.
My understanding is that this was the author's first book, and it shows. The writing is a little clunky and over-descriptive at times. (For example, the author seems to have an obsession with how much makeup women wear; every female character is described by the amount of makeup she does or doesn't have on.) This book had a distinctively macho tone that I wasn't sure I enjoyed. The author also seemed to have a penchant for over-use of similes that almost sound like cliches (e.g., the head of the local mob has "eyes the color of money.")
However, the world the main character, Harry Dresden, Wizard, inhabits is interesting and creatively thought through. Some supernatural murders that have occurred and Harry Dresden is the one to help the police investigate. The solution is summed up at the end of the book though I'm still not sure I understand the motives behind the murders.
At the end of the day, I enjoyed this book, but probably would not have read another in the series had it not been for other reviewers telling me to stick with it. This is true - the author finds his stride in the third book of this series in such a way that it makes the first two books worth it all. Definitely recommended -- stick with it until you make it to Book 3 and you won't be sorry!
As for the narrator - he does a lot of sighing and huffing and puffing that I found irritating after awhile, but, as before, he also seems to hit his stride in the third book. Worth it.
I found this book to be cheeky, sexy and a great mystery. The main character has a world view that had me laughing out loud, which was a little embarrassing when I was grocery shopping or waiting in line at the post office. The various voices that the narrator does were fabulous and I listened to the entire series back to back.
Essentially, the main character is a supernatural being that was born in a human body and who has no idea of her own back story. Her process of self discovery, as well as discovery in the form of her PI work were interesting and kept me listening. The best part of the book was the main character's goofy outlook. She never seems to fail to end up in a ridiculous situation, which I could completely relate to. She might be a supernatural being but she has the same problems (or maybe more) the rest of us do.
The book is told from a distinctly female point of view, so I'm not sure they have widespread male appeal, but I truly enjoyed every second of these books and I can't wait for the next installment.
I should state that I am not really sure how good the story is or isn't -- the reader is so awful that I had a really hard time paying attention to the story or caring about any of the characters. That is very sad because I have adored every one of the Dexter books up until this one. I tried searching to see if the old reader had also performed this book but to no avail.
I really am interested in hearing more about Dexter and his new baby but the reader is so horrendous I may just go buy the paper book. His renditions of female characters - Rita, Deborah, Astor are about equivalent to nails on a chalkboard. I'm hoping that Audible will bring the old reader back and maybe have him do a reading of this and the next book so I can find out what happens... Until then, I guess I'm off to another series. A real shame.
I downloaded this nearly a year ago and whenever I finish an audiobook away from my computer I go back to this and listen to a little more. I just can't listen for long. The story is fantastical but... somehow extremely boring. I don't even really care anymore what happened to this woman's grandfather or the mute wife of the tiger or the muscian woman who married a gay man or Death's nephew who is traveling around in his own private purgatory. Those all sound interesting, don't they? Somehow, in my opinion, the author managed to make them all boring. Despite my repeated best efforts, I just don't care. At this point, I keep hoping they'll all die so the book can just end already.
Loved loved loved this book. I agree that the person reading the book was miscast. I think he was trying to get across that the main character essentially has no empathy, but instead it came across as monotone. Otherwise, the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I was very skeptical about the supernatural element, which I thought was going to be a cop out, but instead I found it fascinating. I want to know more. I'd really like it if one of the characters went to the Vatican library or something and researched the issue because I'm dying to understand what exactly John is fighting. I literally stayed up all night listening to this. Best book this year.
I downloaded this ages ago but was so upset by the premise of the good guy being "caught" that I stopped listening. I tried again and finished the book in a day. The story was pretty engrossing and I enjoyed trying to figure out "whodunnit." Having said that, though, there were parts of the story that I just didn't follow - in particular, the part where the tv judge/attorney stymies the police with superior logic that completely lost me. I also wasn't sure I bought how closely the police were willing to work with a reporter but, ok, suspend disbelief. In the end, I couldn't stop listening. As for the performer(s), they didn't bother me. That said, my husband finds almost all my audiobook narrators irritating so maybe I have a high tolerance.
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