Derwood, MD, US | Member Since 2012
Though the premise was intriguing, I felt the author fell into many stereotypes when describing and giving voice to the various characters. Much of the story was far-fetched, so you REALLY had to suspend disbelief at the gullibility of the main characters. The author definitely was formulaic in the need to include the sexual scenes in such a detailed way for what she must perceive as necessary for her targeted audience. So much of the story was predictable; this was a sort of "comfort read" for me, as I knew I would not need to exercise much imagination or thought to figure out the plot lines. Sort of like comfort food - when you want to be entertained, but not to have to work too hard.
Interesting in that one must truly suspend belief that a person's closest relatives could not determine that there was an imposter in their midst. It was just a little too easy for everyone - in particular the protagonists, who predictably fell in love despite knowing nothing of each other and randomly being placed in close - very close - proximity. How is it that the characters - none of them - can figure out that something is just not quite right? Especially the contrast in behavior/personality of pre-accident Carole vs post-accident Carole? Just doesn't add up!
Ummm. Not so much.
Disappointment in wasted time. I suppose I persisted in reading, hoping for a little twist, or something unexpected. But it never happened. For this reason, I describe the book a "comfort read". No need to actually think nor work through any plot twists. There really are not any. Chicken soup for the lazy reader.
Such a disappointment, when I can imagine such a superior novel. It's like the author doesn't have the faith in her readers that they need a bit more to chew on. It is the authors who treat their readers with intellectual respect who deserve their devoted following. I am new to Sandra Brown novels, but I am oh so disappointed. I will not be seeking any further enlightenment nor engrossing tales from this author.
Just the facts.
The only other story I can think of that deals with similar issues might be "Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes. The protagonists in both stories must overcome profoundly different disabilities, but their strength of character makes them intriguing, occasionally confounding, yet extremely relatable.
No, I haven't, but I found his character portrayals spot on - exactly as I would imagine these characters to sound. And...he had quite a range to cover: middle age obsessive man, young, enthusiastic boy, grizzled, stoic elderly father, sympathetic elderly mother, and young, vulnerable mother. Impressive.
Edward. When I began listening to the story I thought I had mad a BIG mistake! Yikes. The voice, the detail, the awkward character. But I stuck it out, and every chapter I found myself truly routing for Edward, and when he built the Blue Blaster, I knew he was someone I would love to have as a friend.
Great book, and I would highly recommend. I was disappointed when it ended, as I really was moved by the characters and wanted more. Though it did end where it had to, I suppose. Neat, happy ending ... which might be my only complaint. On the other hand, as a means of escaping reality, an excellent choice!
I have to say, I was truly interested in hearing Penny Marshall's life story! but I found her voice and accent so grating that I just could NoT continue! There may be something wonderful to come, but I will never know. I just cannot listen any further (I made it about halfway through before I quit).
The only thing truly miraculous in this story is that someone as course as Ms Marshall could actually find the success she did. I soooo wanted to like and admire her, but I just couldn't after reading her perspective. From the press she receives, she sounds amazing and admirable, but this book certainly does NOT communicate these attributes.
Blech. Not my cup o' tea!
No. No. No!!
Don't waste your time unless you are a fanatic Penny Marshall fan.
there were definitely moments when I enjoyed the book with its unique, colorful characters. However, I frequently found myself having to go back to try to recall who was who - the narrator has a unique voice, but there is very little differentiation between characters. thus, I had trouble recalling who was who and what their particular relationships were to each other. The narrator's voice, at times, became quite grating and distracting to the central story. I believe this story would have benefitted from additional readers, or at least, a narrator more capable of adjusting their timbre, pronunciation, and point of view of each character. In fact, midway through the book, I just quit, as I could not really immerse myself in the story, as a result of the number of characters who all sounded, at least to me, interchangeable.
I don't know about the author - she did tackle an entertaining topic, different from mainstream novels (not quite comedic, though with very comedic scenes, not quite dramatic, though there was definitely drama, interspersed with humor, and suspense, though this was lighthearted and a bit far-fetched). The narrator's voice I found extremely grating; I will most definitely avoid any of her work as I select future titles). Her voice actually overwhelmed the story to the point of frustration.
No, most definitely not.
L.G.'s assistant, Audrey, while she served as a pivotal character to illustrate certain stereotypical characters, was particularly annoying - again, there was so little voice differentiation that it was difficult to know who was speaking throughout the story. Perhaps if the character displayed more varied personality or temperament, I might have been more successful at becoming engaged in the story.
I ordered this book on the basis of so many positive reviews. But I must say, until the very final hour/s of the story, I had NO problem setting this book aside to bury myself in another, more engrossing, and better articulated tale. So...it took me quite awhile to finish. I did enjoy the ending, but the path to get there was just too awfully painful. Maybe it's just me, but I found the narrators voice grating and un-imaginative. It's too bad, I wonder if, in the voice of another with more of a vocal range, I might have enjoyed the story more.
Narrator a Gem!
I am not usually a big science fiction fan. However, I found this book a wonderfully creepy escape from my usual mysteries, novels, and histories. Mulgrew really made this story! Her capacity to fully inhabit each character allowed the reader to imagine appearances, and motivations were well covered. I loved the original plot and incorporation of the inexplicable during a "typical" moment in time. It takes a lot for me to award 5 stars - the fact that I felt each category merited 5 stars reveals one of my favorite listens to date. Such fun to read - you will not be disappointed with this purchase!
Yes; it's a quick read and a great idea for anyone to do to capture family history, perspective, and complex relationships.
Bringing generations together
The narrator was excellent. He truly conveyed the unique personalities and hidden agendas of the various characters via his accents, menacing tones, sense of fear, confusion, and the various complex relationships between the characters. It was an engrossing tale, as the protagonist is pulled deeper and deeper into a web of deceit and varying levels of manipulation where nothing is as it initially seems. The characters are very well developed and relationships fleshed out. The ending is satisfying and enables the characters (and reader) that some justice
Yes. Lots of twists and bad guys.
Although a minor character overall, I loved the main character, Rob's, grandfather. Loved his personality and contribution to the mystery solving. Quirky and lovable.
How well do you know those you know?
Would recommend; good story, great narration.
This was a quick read and well-timed for the holidays. I'm not typically a big Sherlock Holmes fan, but it was a light, though predictable story. No twists or great mystery here. Even the sleuthing seemed rather obvious, without a clever angle. I can't compare this to other Sherlock stories, so not sure if they are always this simplistic. On the other hand, if you're seeking a simple, entertaining read, you could do worse. It was a great commute listen :)
I enjoyed the accents - the narrator was quite engaging.
Nothing stands out.
So - your goose is cooked ...
Yes; quick, witty observations. Self-deprecating, though clever & relatable.
Scene with his son requesting curse guidance hit home for me.
The personalities of his family members, discussions related to family portrait. Also loved his frustration at lack of curiosity of new neighbor related to his career. Many chuckles.
Keep it up, Jon! We need the laughs.
Enjoyable, amusing, relatable
Consistently: this is the last time....
Great intro to Audible. Sound quality excellent.
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