I gave 2 starts instead of 1, because I made it all the way through the book (it wasn't so bad that I abandoned all together). The narrator makes the main character, Claire, sound like a total wimp who is about to swoon at any second though her character has obviously endured some tough times and must have some degree or strength and wit. The "love" that unfolds seems so ridiculous in the context of the characteristics the 2 main characters are described to have that I could not even get in to the romance aspect of the story. I will say that I was surprised at the resolution of the mystery so at least that part of the storyline was well done. I will not listen to anything by this narrator again.
I read and listen to mostly fiction but within that will try nearly any genre. I found this to be entertaining enough to continue listening, and would probably listen to another book by this author if I was in the mood for this type of story, but nothing particularly memorable. I did not particularly care for this narrator- the voice was the same for most of the characters (though he did have some variability so was better than a few others I've listened to). The voice he used for women always sounded petulant to me, and the main character (a male) often sounded arrogant and cocky, though I think if I had read the book I would not have intrepreted most of his speech in that manner. The character and plot development were just so-so but the superficiality of the characters and story did keep the book quick-moving. I was easily able to figure out 'where things were going' before it was revealed- and usually I'm pretty bad at that. Overall, worth a try if you're looking for a quick read in this genre but if you want something that is thought-provoking I'd keep looking.
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