I must confess that I couldn't continue listening to this book.
The narrator has a lilting, iambic pentameter style that might work well for children's poetry or fairy tales but not for a 17 hour narration. I typically listen to audiobooks on my hour-long commute. I could really only take a few minutes of that voice every day without needing an espresso. I don't want to be lulled to sleep; I want inflection, emotion, and so on. The story seems interesting and I might read it someday, but I will not listen to it as narrated by Susan Duerden.
Just to be clear, it had nothing to do with the accent. Although I am an American, I have listened to many narrators from England and usually enjoy them.
I would love to hear this narrated by someone else. It seems like an interesting story.
No, I don't listen to books more than once.
The main character, Robert. His wry observations made the book for me.
Robert, but the narrator captured everyone well.
It wasn't an extreme reaction, but it certainly made me laugh. It's not really a comedy but there are plenty of chuckles.
I don't usually enjoy legal thrillers, but I did like this one. It's a classic story of someone wrongly accused, but with fun twists and turns.
I liked the main character's relationship with Mia. The book was an easy listen/read. I enjoyed Suzanne's voice more than James' though he did a fine job.
I assumed early on that was the likely outcome.
No, the story has been told.
I think the author brought up some issues that need to be addressed. I've known people like the main character. The acts perpetrated on her are life altering. Overall, it was sad. Her story is real. If you read it, know that it's not an exaggeration. This happens to real people. Can't say more without adding spoilers.
I would not.
I wouldn't have read this book. The narration helped.
The premise has endless potential. The author chose to continually focus on how a super soldier could torture and kill. I expected some of that, but that's about all there was. I kept waiting for this book to take off, but realized that's just what the book is - light on ideas or insights and heavy on gore.
Apparently, a lot of people liked this book. Read their reviews and see if it's for you. I got 7 hours into it before quitting. In those 7 hours there was no action. Really, none. It seemed like the author wanted to convey how boring PI work can be. I liked the main character but not enough to keep listening, hoping something might happen.
She could have added SOME action early on, she could have made me care more about the victim early on, and she could have edited some of those long, rambling sentences that served no plot purpose.
Scenes with his sidekick, Robin.
The scene where he interviewed the cop in the bar was deadly boring.
Narrator was ok; just didn't like the story.
Didn't like the main character enough to care what happened.
No, I don't listen to books more than once.
The ending, but the entire book is good.
Try one of these in the series. There is sufficient humor to make the characters believable, but not so much that it detracts from the story. The bad guys are dark but the stories aren't so dark they're depressing.
I would not recommend listening to this book as narrated. The story might be Ok, it not a little slow.
Faster pace, more likable main character, better narrator.
The voices of several characters sound like pirate voices. And when he tried to do the daughter's voice, it made me laugh it was so bad. The narration was too distracting.
If I didn't have to drive anywhere.
I might try another by this author if a different person narrated it.
The main character is a believable guy and the pacing of the story is perfect.
Wil does a great job, as usual.
It was a sweet moment when Wade and "H" met in person the first time.
I rarely enjoy a book this much. I actually looked forward to my long commute so I could dive back into the story. I am probably much older than others who might be drawn to this type of story. I have never played any role playing video games and always wondered what the draw was for my son and his friends. The descriptions of the Oasis were very well done, the characters were compelling, and the story moved at a good clip.
When Eve was actually investigating
It amazed me that it took this so-called detective over 2/3 of the book to think to interview the person that I figured she would interview first. I guess J. D. Robb has quite a following, based on the positive reviews but I found it plodding and boring. I think this genre of not-quite-romance but not-quite-mystery is popular among some readers/listeners. If you like a fast paced book with a believable detective, look elsewhere.
OK, slow, average
Never download another J. D. Robb book
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