I love everything Stone Barrington. I am a fan of the series and have gotten others to read/listen to the series. But this one was just not as good as the others. Instantly it was predictable and Stone and Dino were barely in the book. It was a book about everyone else in Stone's life but him. He was the sub-character in his own series.
I believe that you could skip this book and go straight to #26 without missing anything!
So I have seen that some audio readers don't care for the Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington series. So I thought I should explain why I gave it 5 stars. I like the performance as well from Tony Roberts - he's been doing it for so long that if another narrator it wouldn't do the series justice . I give my star ratings based on the other books in the series. I don't rate it against other mysteries by ... say ... John Grisham or Michael Connolly. It is a simple nice fun series. Nothing too serious but enjoyable. This one brings back many characters all at once - and that's why I liked it.
Holy crap! This book kept me on the edge of my seat! I couldn't put the audio down. I kept finding reasons to keep listening. It was that good! Think this will have to be on my top 10 of all creepy books published!
When Ms. Marshall is reading this book I felt like I was sitting right next to just listening to her speak about her family and her life. Her voice carries all the compassion and love that she has for her family and especially her mother. Her performance is brilliant!
Honestly, I just think that this book was written for a whole different age group or genre. I get the horror and the comedy parts. But overall, I just kept getting lost from horror jump to horror jump. Nothing seriously against the book, I bought the book because so many people gave it 4 to 5 stars. So I thought, why not try something different??? Well ... it way different than I like. Some call it a thriller .... um ... I just didn't get that from the writing. Also, some said that they just couldn't put the book down. Well, trust me, I did. I made to the end and still walked off with the thinking of "huh?"
Here's my recommendation to future listeners of this book ... read all the comments. If it's your cup of tea, get it! If not, keep looking.
Nothing against the writer or the listener, it just wasn't for me. And that's cool ...
The antics and characters that are in this book are pure Sophie Kinsella. The quirkiness and resourcefulness of Poppy is only something that Sophie Kinsella could dream up! If you are a fan of Ms Kinsella's earlier works, like Can You Keep a Secret? and The Undomestic Goddess, then you will love love love this book!
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