I have to say that the reviews here all have valid points but I still very much enjoyed the book. I think the suspension of belief is a key element to enjoying it because there are definitely some scenes that are a little hard to swallow. The pace of the book is slow, but not in a bad way. There are many metaphors in the book that support the slowness; the fact that no one drives over 15 miles per hour in Coventry, how the bones appeared one by one over a period of months, how the judge kept the house exactly the same as the day Josh disappeared. Coventry has no cell towers and gets no cell reception. It's like Coventry is suspended in a time when life did not move as quickly as it does now and I did not think it was a bad thing.
I think O'Connell did a masterful job of weaving this complex story together and wrapped it up well at the end. Oren and Isabel's relationship is implausible, but it was a powerful story line even though they only exchanged about ten words. It takes some talent to write a story where the two main characters never speak but still have such a complex relationship.
I agree that the narrator had some issues. I especially disagreed with his portrayal of the CBI agent Sally. She sounded creepy and mildly insane but we are supposed to like her in the end! It did not happen for me.
I think it was definitely worth the money and I recommend it. Happy "reading"!
Erica Spindler writes reliably good suspense. They're great beach reads with compelling story lines and "The First Wife" is no exception. The characters were well developed, quirky and interesting. I did guess the perpetrator about halfway through the book, but I used the process of elimination to do it so I don't think that's a reflection on Ms. Spindler's writing or story development. It's probably more likely that I read too many suspense novels!
I have listened to several Tavia Gilbert books and I think this is going to be my last. I think she's a tremendously gifted voice actress but time and again her dramatic choices lean heavily towards "distress" on the part of the heroine when the situation or character may not warrant it. In this case, I think Bailey is written as a very strong woman but Ms. Gilbert voices her as an alarmed, frightened damsel pretty much from the start. There were many opportunities to use other inflections - anger, sarcasm, disbelief, but time and again Ms. Gilbert's default was whiny fear when it came to Bailey. Then when Bailey finally did fall apart, it lacked the dramatic punch of a strong character giving in to the situation because we'd heard her whining for the past six hours already.
Erica Spindler is definitely a winner! Tavia Gilbert has all the right stuff to be one, too, but falls short. Please don't let the genre influence your dramatic choices, let the dialogue do that.
I purchased this series hoping for an interesting urban fantasy book, and got it! I am surprised this book doesn't have more reviews and that I had never heard of the author before, because it was really good. I'm also surprised that the price was less than a regular credit - it is certainly worth at least that much and more.
J. D. Horn skillfully brings great characterization, a fast paced plot with interesting twists and a convincing mystery together into a believable novel about the lone "disappointment" witch in a famous witching family. Shannon McManus's beautiful Southern accent and skillful voice acting added to the story's depth, making it one of those rare audiobooks that is enriched by the performance.
So pay this author more, buy the books and enjoy the story because it is definitely worth your time.
I wanted to like this book. I really did!
The characters were confusing and unlikeable. The plot didn't hold my interest. The female narrator was all right but the male narrator sounded like the narrator to a 1970s film strip. I kept waiting for the book to get better but three hours into it I'm giving up because listening has become a chore.
The biggest twist is that Lisa Gardner wrote this. She is usually an automatic purchase for me but this book was a mistake. How is it possible that the creator of the wonderful D. D. Warren is responsible for this book? I'm so disappointed, I'll be more careful of "Not D. D." books in the future.
I can't believe this is a Nora Roberts book!
The premise of this book sounded really interesting so I pre-ordered it. And it was Nora Roberts, so how could I go wrong?
The story is flat, the characters are unlikeable and the dialogue drags. The narrator misses opportunities to turn dialogue into the humorous banter for which Nora Roberts is well known. I read the preview chapters and started out expecting I would like this book. I was so disappointed when I didn't - I couldn't finish it.
The biggest problem is the story. Even taking into account suspension of belief I find it impossible to imagine that an artist and a house sitter would decide they could circumvent the police, withhold valuable evidence and attempt to chase a contract killer all over the world. Themselves. The sheer stupidity exhibited by Ash and Lila throughout the story prevented me from liking either of them at all. Not only is that premise unrealistic, but the idea that the police would actually allow it is ridiculous. Lila and Ash would have rightly been slapped with obstruction charges about 100 pages into the book. Yet the police call and report to Ash - the ARTIST - on a regular basis. I couldn't get past it.
I love Nora Roberts and have bought every book she's come out with for at least the last decade. I respect and like her work tremendously and it's understandable if she misses the mark once in a while. But after the last couple of books I'm going to wait for the reviews to come out before I pre-order.
Ultimately, this felt like a throwaway Roberts book. It fits her formula of three couples, some magic threat, everyone has to fall in love to make the bad guy go away. There really wasn't much that deviated from that route. Of course, it's still a Nora Roberts book so there's no harm in spending the credit. That's why I gave it four stars, although if it were another author I probably wouldn't have rated it that high. It just isn't shaping up to be a series that I'll remember, unlike the Bride triology or the one where they renovated the hotel.
Katherine Kellgren was a fine narrator but her voice sounded much too old for the book. This is a story about young people and her voice doesn't sound that way, especially when she does the Irish accents.
I love Lisa Jackson but I don't know what happened here. This book was one tedious interview after another with vast numbers of characters who overall contributed little. The main character is spoiled and unlikeable. She disregards laws when it's convenient for her and relies on her cop fiancee to bail her out of her own stupidity time after time. There were loose ends all over the place. I finished it because I had used a credit on it, but it took me a month and I got a headache from rolling my eyes so much.
Yes, this is one of those books where the narrator adds a little something extra. Ray Porter knows Joe Ledger and listeners reap the benefits!
The narrator's take on Joe Ledger is exemplary. The sarcasm, the anger, the wit. Fabulous!
I tell my husband that Joe Ledger books are "guy books". There's blood, gore, violence, stereotypical or idealized female characters and loads of sci-fi. And I LOVE it!
This book brings the series back on track from the strangeness that was the Seven Kings. It focuses on aliens, alien technology and alien abductions with a little apocalypse thrown in.
It moves faster than others in the series but still has some of the information dump syndrome that plagues previous Ledger novels. I dislike how Jonathan Maberry adds information that appears irrelevant or overly detailed upon closer examination. The "Joe" parts of the book move the fastest, as usual, and the book itself is an excellent thriller. It's worth the credit!
This book has great characterization, a suspenseful storyline and fast pacing. I was riveted and finished the entire book in two days.
I thought the narration was excellent and it added to the story. Definitely worth a credit. Thanks, Lisa Gardner!
Not really. This novel was excessively produced - two narrators (one to do male voices and the other to do female), sound effects like gunfire, and "suspenseful" canned music played during "action" or "danger" scenes. Music?! Please. We really need music to tell us John Puller is in danger? And bad music, at that?Trust your narrator to do his job without the extra bells and whistles and trust your audience to be smart enough to enjoy the story without them. I couldn't get into this book because just when things would start to get interesting I would wait for the music to end, or the gunfire to go away. I felt like there was very little chemistry between the two narrators and the story was very jumpy trying to switch between the two. It was so distracting I couldn't finish it, and I wasn't invested enough in the characters to get a text copy.
When I stopped listening.
I think Ron McLarty would have been fine if they just would have left him alone.
I like David Baldacci but I really think this story is probably best experienced in a text version. I won't be getting the other series installments and I'm pretty disappointed.
I like the story and the world. Opal is not as strong a character as Yelena and I think her development isn't as realistic and consistent, but it's overall a decent read.
I liked her relationship with the Stormdancer the best.
Pronunciation!!!! Please make it consistent from story to story and narrator to narrator. Some words were unrecognizable, others merely annoying. (Cur-rare, anyone?)
Series Spoiler!!!!! Don't read if you don't want to know what happens!!
I have decided not to continue reading this series because, even though I loved the Yelena series and had high expectations about Opal, I am not going to buy books that depict happy endings for rapists and torturers. I did some googling and synopsis readings - I understand how and why it ended that way, but I respectfully disagree with the creative choices Ms. Snyder made and the impact that has on an audience, especially the younger members. Enough said!
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