I wanted to like this book. The premise sounded interesting and different so I purchased it. Yes, I had listened to the sample and knew the narrator had a southern drawl.. what it didn't say to me was.. 'Her voice hardly ever changes. No matter what the situation, be it funny or panicked or serious.. it almost always stays the same'.. This in turn makes it seems like the chapters I have listened to have all run together in one big sentence. The characters are flat, don't know if this is because of the narration itself or because they are just that..flat. I do know however that I was having a hard time deciphering the ppl because the narrator made them all the same.. blending them all together in one big whirlpool. I did try to get past this.. hoping she would get better as the book evolved and I hate to say it, I am on 5 hours of listening and I don't think, no, actually - I know - that I can no longer put myself through it. Those are 5 hours my ears will never get back. Even thinking about turning it on again sends a cringe down my spine. Would rather have a pinched nerve. ( ok just trying to express my distaste and telling you it is not worth it) IF the book is good, it might be better on paper. Having Madeline Lambert read it is the biggest mistake that was made. Definate Thumbs Down...
Writing a review on a book, just based solely on 'the book' when it's audio is hard to do. The concept and overall story was different and left us all wishing we had a lawyer like the main character Teddy. It's well developed ,even tho farfetched: there wasn't unanswered questions and had a good ending. On to what makes an audiobook.
I had never heard of the narrator before. Yep, I listened to the sample. In that 4 minutes I started thinking of detectives of old. Of smoky rooms and crinkled suits, a red flashing ' Rooms Available' sign the only light in the room. That is what Vance's voice made me think. I started the love/hate almost immediately. His deep, drawn out, extremely slow baritone grated on me. Made even worse when he did female voices and worse still, when his deep voice went even deeper because it lowered the IQ of that character. I found myself wondering..can anyone light a fire under this man..just move him a little quicker in the telling? Give one persona a quick wit and sharp tongue and let it come out about 3 paces faster? Everyone sounded dull witted. I won't even touch the 'love scene' because before it even happened, before I even knew it would, I said to myself ' Please don't let this man do a love scene. Please!' And then boom it happened. I fast forwarded.
At some point, I took a deep breath and tried to focus more on what the author himself was writing and not so much on that very distinct telling. So, I shook myself of the 1946 'The Big Sleep' mode, tried to appreciate what Vance was bringing to the table and that is how I can give it 3 stars. The story was good. But it is Audio and you are rating that also. Would probably be better read on paper.
This was required reading when you were a young teen. I had never thought of listening to the audio version until I was recalling classic books and it popped up in my memory. Leary, because you never know with audio versions, I bought it. I wasn't disappointed. Perfect narrator for this time honored book, Jeff Woodman made it seem like a new novel to me. Great experience. Highly recommend.
It carried on the same way as The Flowers in the Attic. Floating from one book to the next easily.
That it tied up all the threads that may have been hanging since the first. And so well written ending.
I have.I this specific series, The Flowers in the Attic ( the book before this one) her narration is priceless. I could not imagine enjoying it more and it was because of her
It did all of those things. Broke my heart, made me elated, made me feel so satisfied that sometimes things do come full circle.
Please do listen to this series. I am the paperback fan, reading it more than once and I am so happy I chose to listen t it. I am on to the third, with different narrators and hoping they do V.C Andrews just as much justice as Ms. Bresnahan has.
I did. Read this as a teen, I mean. The paperback that sits on my bookshelves still ,all these years later. The whole series perched lovingly third row down. They are classics to me. Pages worn, corners folded over. Maybe a stain or 2 from as many times as I was lost in V.C Andrew's words. She helped establish my love of books and great writing. So that made me a little concerned to listen to the audio. We all know that even the best of books - can go down with bad narration. I hesitated . Would my classic dark suspense treasure be ruined if read aloud to me?
My worries went out the door within 5 minutes of Allyssa Bresnahan's well spoken voice and because of her I fell in love with the book again. Even though I knew the story well; there were so many times I felt it the first time hearing it. Every character different, 'The Grandmother' alive. Bravo to your performance Ms. Bresnahan,, I felt every word, saw it all play out before me. I learned to love this book all over again in a completely different way 35 years later. Thanx for that. Put it on your list . It will not disappoint.
I agree with the other audible reviewer who wrote 'What a mess'..the story was all over the place..where did all the killers come from and what in the world happened to them? The ppl that were tortured/killed. where'd they go? And who the heck were some of the characters, getting dropped of somewhat midway and then poof ..gone again. The only thing I knew for certain was that Lizzy herself would be a victim. I'm wondering if the editor actually read this book or just sent it thru knowing it just might sell because of the Lizzy Gardner aspect. Didn't like it. Wouldn't recommend.
This is a typical serial killer book. The killer is text book to how you've always heard they should be. All stemming from a terrible mother and upbringing and really..when did I figure the female detective would be a captured victim? Well within the first 15 minutes of course. It's very predictable..very run of the mill. The narrator..well let's say I would suggest she never try a male voice again. Its nails on a chalkboard, making some sound slow witted and I personally found it agitating. Some books never die quietly either...
I had never listened to Lisa Scottoline before and in searching for a book under the 'mysteries/thrillers' came across this and thought it interesting. I am not sure why it was sitting in that particular genre, I didn't find it mysterious or thrilling. Think the story is more about this mothers undying devotion/love to her adopted son and the conflict that goes on within her in the should I or shouldn't I premise. It was slow and not in a good way so you could put the pieces together, but slow as in constantly saying the same thing/visiting the same problem over and over again just said in a slightly different way. The ending fell off the roadway for me. I thought.. I've waited 7 hours for this? That being said, if you ignore the fact this isn't an edge of your seat who dun it, you do feel the emotion of the mother at some points even tho the story gets a little old, Lisa Scottoline was able to project that feeling on you. Mary Stuart Masterson did an excellent job narrating. Didn't care for the Brazilian accent but the little boys voice she did pretty good. Didn't find it irritating like another reviewer. Think her narration made me keep listening to this book. Its a roll the dice book, just don't expect a lot from the genre its sitting in.
Unspeakable was an excellent book. The story catches you and keeps you wondering exactly what is going on. Different than the rest. It was well worth the credit. But the thing that makes this book was Todd Haberkorns spot on performance. Everyone was so different and well acted that there was a couple of times I wondered if it was actually him. I hope to hear him again ,he was so entertaining. he kept me enthralled. Great choice for narrator. It made this book.
I did like this book BUT, the narrator was almost robotic at times, a couple of times sounding like she was reading a Dick and Jane book, so simplistic were the words/sentences. I got past it but it would creep up again in the next chapter so it never completely went away. Sometimes it did feel like you may have missed something and I didn't really find the reasoning of the killer that enthralling. There wasn't much depth there. And everything seemed a little too convienient with certain things. I felt at a point that it started to loose direction and things got a little more convienient and not told real well. I also didn't care too much for the ending. Anti climatic. Overall tho, I didn't shut it off, the story kept my interest, even with all this other stuff I didn't care for. I gave it a borderline 3.
I really liked this book. When I read the synopsis it sounded intriguing and the story was very well written and even better told. Jennifer McMahon lets you get to know the players and writes in a way that you can do that without getting bogged down. Julia Whelan does an exceptional job bringing all those characters to life with her fantastic performance, I didn't even cringe that much when she portrayed the male voices. So she made this for me. Think I might have bent the other way if someone else had read it. Its a good listen. Not a disappointment.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.