Whatever sort of magic Jason Mott weaves, he has completely captivated me in the 34 short minutes of this prequel. As one who is easily disappointed by this genre, I am actually looking forward to August 27 and the release of The Returned.
The prequel promises much while not giving away anything - a difficult trick to pull off! During this brief introduction to Edmund and his "situation," which is apparently not limited just to him, the narrator immediately brings to life the author's portrayal of the characters' personalities.
Both writer and performer have left me spellbound and anxious for the story to continue. Well done
A short TV news update on the status of the punishment phase in the Jodi Arias trial, as well as a few extra audiobook credits, led me to Picture Perfect. Having followed the trial and all its sex, lies, and audiotapes, and knowing the ending to this sad story has yet to be written, I was interested in seeing Shanna Hogan's take on it all. Ms. Hogan appeared often as a guest commentator on Jane Velez-Mitchell's show during HLNs wall to wall coverage of the trial.
(JVM also published a book on the trial. Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias is a not-quite objective detailing of the life of the young murderess. I say that because the book reads like the unabridged version of JVMs on-air rants about Arias. Having said that, I am quick to add that I agree with most of what she wrote about Arias and I enjoyed the book.)
Picture Perfect is well written. The mood of the book is not as dark and heavy as the terrible crime it tells of. I found that to be a good balance for me, as the reader/listener; it kept the story from becoming too horribly oppressive.
The facts are in keeping with those brought out in the trial. I especially appreciated when the author put "meat to the bones," so to speak. This book obviously is more than a trial transcript. Not only does the author give us details about the two major players in the story, she also brings life to the secondary characters, the friends, co-workers, and family of Travis Alexander.
The author elegantly side-stepped the all-too-obvious temptation to include details of the many, varied, and sometimes unusual sexual activities engaged in by Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander. Thank you, Shanna Hogan, for sparing us, your readers, from the explicit text messages and, particularly, the phone-sex tape.
I found just one problem with Picture Perfect -- the non-ending. Yes, the jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first degree murder. Yes, the death penalty is on the table. And Arias has been sentenced to...? Nothing...yet. Court is scheduled for sometime in September, unless that changes, again!
I can, on one hand understand why Ms. Hogan rushed to publish. I'm sure she wanted to avoid becoming just one more book about a love affair gone so wrong. On the other hand, had she waited for the last bang of the gavel and given us the rest of the story, her obvious talent would have elevated Picture Perfect above the rest that is sure to come.
All in all, a good and easy listen. Well done.
I cannot think of anyone who might truly enjoy this book. The writing is dumbed-down, the story uneven, and the narration poor.
Improve her writing skills.
Voice uneven. Sound like she's wearing braces.
Waste of time and money. I CANNOT believe they are making this schlock into a movie! Well, yes, I can...
I am glad I only bought the first book. Now I just need to figure out how to delete this junk from My Library.
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