No, I would not. The story was not original and the author went to great, far fetched lengths to throw in twists and turns to keep the reader interested. She even branched off with other, random characters that had nothing to do with the plot at all.
I was bored listening to the story and often found myself switching off all together.
The narrator, though expressive and able to narrate the voices of several different characters well, ruined it all with her loud, wet swallowing noises and gasping, It actually made me cringe and wrinkle in my nose in disgust every time I heard it, which was often.
Yes and no. I can deal with a story that may use the "same ol, same ol" idea of a murder, who did it, was it x, was it z. As long as the characters are real and I can relate to them I am happy. The characters in Bad Blood were all one dimensional, I couldn't relate to any of them, I didn't care about any of them.
None for me, no.
I really regret buying Bad Blood. It was a waste of money.
Intense, enthralling, repulsive.
I have listened to a few MC books now and this one is by far the best, as it is the most realistic and tackles hard topics such as rape and dysfunctional relationships. In saying this, however, the woman in me cringed every time a woman (the heroine, most often times) was referred to as a bitch. Even when expressing love ("I love you, bitch.") it made my hackles raise and shake my head in disgust. Deuce beat down a bunch of punks for disrespecting women, but he has no respect himself. Towards the end of the book I got a bit sick of the 2 steps forward, 5 steps back and come closer, go away BS that was going on. As much as Eva is portrayed as a strong woman (and it parts I was so damn proud of her), she ate a lot of sh*t from a man who should have been protecting and loving her.
I have listened to another of Tatiana's performances and I have to say she is quite good. She sometimes sounds a bit whiny and ditzy when portraying women, but she is very good at narrating for the men.
I found it hard to stop listening to.
This was a really enjoyable book and I will listen to another of Madeline's books.I don't want to be "that person" but, with every MC "romance" I have read, the deep rooted disrespect for women, really, really pisses me off. The role women have to play to be part of the club - be sexually aggressive and open to please your man, change who you are for your man, cook and clean for your man, keep your mouth shut if your man cheats on you and don't ever, ever open your mouth and speak up if you don't like something. I don't get why women dig this type of romance so much where the woman pretty much gets used up, disrespected and dismissed if she does not accept this sh*tty treatment. JR Ward knows how to make her men sexy, tough and complex but they treat their women like Goddesses and that is real romance!
Giving the characters more personality, particularly Lily, the boring, sweetie pie push over. Both main characters were as interesting as natural yogurt served at room temperature. Also, having a tighter story line. The story seemed to just drone on and on without any purpose or direction.
No, I wouldn't. Her writing is amateur and her characters yawn-inspiring. The "steamy" parts were not steamy at all. Between the monotone of the narrator and the badly written love scenes, I was not moved in the slightest.
I don't know. I don't think a good narrator would redeem this waste of time.
None. I had to force myself to listen to it to the end and was enraged by the loss of credit for this rubbish.
Don't waste your credit!
The Good Girl would have been better if it was shorter. So much of it could have been cut out and made more succinct. So many times I caught myself totally zoning out with boredom and even when I rewound back to where I had drifted off from I found it made no difference anyway.
It was so predictable! **Spoiler Alert** I knew as soon as Mia was kidnapped that she and Colin were going to become romantically involved and I knew that Mia was behind her own kidnapping. The book was not smart enough to pull off the "twist".
The narrators were ok. Lindy Nettleton was rather good, she portrayed the mother's emotions rather well, though when she put on an American accent when portraying other characters it was jarring.
I would have made a lot of the chapters - particularly the chapters between Mia and Colin - far shorter. Their chapters seemed very long with little substance.
I would recommend the book to a friend, as I found the story line and characters fascinating. This was my first Lisa Gardiner book I listened to and I started listening to it on a 4.5 hour drive and was engaged right from the beginning. The main character's horrific family background got me interested immediately.
I liked the psychopath sister. She was very creepy and mysterious. The power she had to murder a grown man in such a brutal manner and to be able to manipulate another man into killing himself gave me shivers!
Great, solid performance
Hmm... not really.
I have since bought another two book by Lisa Gardiner, but both purchases were reluctant. Lisa's books are good at getting you interested in the beginning, but then when the "twist" is revealed I find myself wrinkling my nose at it and thinking "really?" I don't mind Kirtsen Potter's narrating, she is quite good, though she sometimes annoys me with her over the top "toughness" when portraying D.D. though I think she is only following how D.D.'s character has been written. I don't like Katie MacNichol, her voice had an annoying, whiny tone to it and I cringed when she narrated the little girl.
Same answer as above.
Kirsten Potter is fine. I think Rebecca Lowman would do a great job. I listened to her narrate Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and I thought she did a great job.
****SPOILER ALERT**** to be honest, I think I would have sent the whole book back and asked Lisa to rethink the entire story. D.D. and Bobby are supposed to be the best detectives/ investigators, switched on, smart, on the ball, yet from the beginning they weren't able to work out the husband had a gambling problem and that he owed money to some bad people? That's usually one of the first things cops tend to look at in a case of murder/ kidnap. They're supposed to be such great cops, yet they were left floundering and falling into every trap set out by the main character? I didn't find it very likely and it disappointed me.
I was disappointed by everything in the book. There was nothing at all believable in it, it read like a Hollywood blockbuster - and I don't mean that as a compliment. The characters, most of all the main character were pure cliches of what we "expect" FBI agents to be - tough talking and patronising, with witty one liners spat out as often as possible. The story line in the book has been done a million times over, it even included the revelation of a secret love child! Give me a break.
I also have to mention that the amount of times "honey love" is uttered in the book made me want to puncture my eardrums with a pair of chopsticks. Enough already!
Cody McFayden could have done more research on law enforcement procedure and a hell of a lot more character development to make the entire book more believable and not such a laughable cliche.
The problem wasn't with the narrator, though Michael Kramer has got to be my favorite.
I would have cut every scene out until it was nothing!!!
Waste of my credit and time listening to this drivel.
There is not one thing I liked about this audiobook. Not one. I am asking for a refund.
It is hard to determine what the subject matter was - how to be a doormat all your life? How to be an incredibly immature, narcissistic cliche of a middle aged man? This book was utter nonsense that had one dimensional, boring characters and a plot that went absolutely nowhere.
Both narrators were rubbish. They had completely wrong tones for the characters. The male narrator made the character sound like a petulant college boy and I had to constantly remind myself that the character was a 46 year old man. The female narrator was all over the place, speaking in an annoyingly breathy voice and pausing at odd intervals (not following proper punctuation) which made it very hard and jarring to listen to.
If I could play editor, I would have deleted the book altogether. There is no redemption for this book.
SAVE YOUR MONEY AND/ OR CREDITS AND STEER CLEAR OF THIS DUD!!!!!
I think a person who would enjoy this more would be someone who does not like the grittier, more shocking style of Karin's writing. This was a bit vanilla for me and I found myself rolling my eyes at times, mostly at the horrendous narration, but also at the nonsensical "twists and turns" that seemed to be thrown in just because.
I don't want to bag out Karin's writing - I love her and I love her writing! But to make this book more enjoyable for me, Karin would have had to change the entire plot.I found the whole plot of the book ridiculous, especially once you found out what really happened and why. I actually groaned out loud "Gimme a break." when the "villain" was exposed. It was totally predictable and ludicrous, it actually upset me.
Though it was only a small part of the book, I found the way that Karin portrayed Faith's interaction with her brother, Zeke incredibly immature and irritating to listen to. It has been made clear in other books that Faith and Zeke were never close and why. But their arguments were downright immature and embarrassing to listen to - especially when you take into account that Faith is a Special Agent and not actually 13 years old. The acrimony seemed contrived and lacking any real substance but for petty put downs.
The narrator grated on me something awful! She did nothing for Will Trent's character, whom I adore. She made Faith's 20 year old son sound like a total imbecile with the low, slow, dopey sounding voice. Listening to her narrate the Mexican characters actually made me cringe.
I am a huge Michael Kramer fan. He narrated Triptych and I think he should narrate all of Karin Slaughter's books, as he really captures the mood and characters perfectly.
Sorry, Karin! There were none.
It was time well spent listening to this book.
Since the very first Will Trent series book (Triptych) I was so enthralled by him as a character and his obviously messed up background, so it was good to find out where he came from and who his parents were. It was heartbreaking to listen to the events surrounding his conception and birth.
Absolutely. I love Karin Slaughter's books, she is a brilliant writer.
I did not like the way Kathleen Early portrayed Sarah in the book. She gave Sarah a whiny tone that made me dislike her character.
Yes, to keep reading Karin Slaughter.
I thought that listening to this book was time well spent, as I enjoy Karin Slaughter's books. I love all the characters in the Will Trent Series and enjoy understanding the methods and motivations the characters use to solve a case.
However, I found this book a bit far fetched and also not in line with the rest of the Will Trent Series. Will going under cover as a biker struck me as odd, as he has always been described as looking like an undertaker or an accountant, and yet he seemed to fit in under his cover just fine. I also did not like that Faith wasn't really part of it all. I also really disliked that Amanda Wagner - kick ass extraordinaire, takes no BS from no one - was suddenly depicted as a bumbling, computer illiterate fool.
I wouldn't want to change anyone's story ever.
The only suggestion I could make as a regular Audio Book listener and Karin Slaughter fan is that all her books should be narrated by Michael Kramer. The first Karin Slaughter book I ever listened to was Triptych, narrated by Michael Kramer, and he absolutely blew me away with his performance. His voice really captured the gritty and horrifically violent tone of the book, and his portrayal of all the characters - male and female - was flawless. I also liked how he managed to perfectly capture the Georgian Southern accent.
I have found that all the other narrators of Karin Slaughter's books, in comparison to Michael Kramer, really lack the right tone for these books that have such dark violence in them.
Expressive but boring.
No, I do not think Unseen needs a follow up books. For reasons stated above, I wasn't totally sold on this book.
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