I like a cozy mystery as much as the next one, but this one wasn't worth the reduced price nor the time it took to listen. The main character is a 20 something computer programmer who returns to NC when the grandfather who raised her is critically injured in a mill. Her husband is a professor of literature who is constantly quoting The Bard. They do not make for exciting listening, especially since the narrator sounds like she's in her 50s and doesn't do the South or young voices justice.
The book was written 20 years ago, which is perhaps why the characters come off as such racists, but to me it was very disconcerting. I mean it was 1993, not 1953.
The only positive is that I didn't know who the murderer was until the last chapter.
Facebook had this scrolling on my feed the other day and when I read the blurb it looked kind of interesting, plus it was free. I thought what the heck, I like free. I bought it and discovered that the free part was only the first third of the book, which I find really annoying. Still I wanted to know what happened to Simon and Kara (well mostly Kara) so I bought the rest of the book (99 cents, can't even get coffee for 99 cents). Then because the whispersync version was only $1.99, I got that too, so I could continue knitting my sock.
So what did I like about the book? The characters were pretty well drawn and both had compelling backstories.
What I did not like about the book was the continual use of f**k, f**king, f**k me, etc., seriously, it seemed like if the author didn't use the word at least five times on each page, she went back and rewrote. We get that these two were hot for each other, but there are other words. And her description of Kara and Simon having sex were at times laughable.
The narrator was pretty good, although I would have liked it more if she could have picked up the speed just a tad bit.
I like my books to have a little more story, a little more character development, and just a little less crudeness. But that's just me.
Cordelia always had a crush on her best friend's brother, Aiden, but it takes the aftermath of her father's death to bring them together. Along with a murder plot against her, because she seeks out the mother she thought had died when Cordelia was a baby.
So the story is a little bit unbelievable, but I like how Julie Garwood brings this three part series to a close.
The narrator was pretty good, the male voices were not as good as they could have been and she reads a little faster than I like, but I would definitely listen to her again.
In the last installment in the story of the Lear Sisters, it's Rachel's turn in the hot seat. As with her sisters, Rachel is cut off from the family money and has to make her own way. The trouble is, as I see it, her sisters were at least trying to be grown-ups when dad cuts them off, Not so Rachel, who is in her 30s and still kind of working towards her doctorate, while living in the house dad bought and not working at any paying job.
Enjoyed the first book in the series, the second was interesting too, this one was just too long and the characters were just a bit dim.
While I liked the narrator in the first story, she is now getting on my nerves. Every time the writer says so and so laughs, the narrator goes ha ha and I want to throw my phone at the wall.
Other than that and the fact that the Lear Sisters appear to be self important snobs, I like the books and the character growth.
I really enjoy reading Heather Blake's books, I also really like the books she writes as Heather Webber. In fact, I had already read The Goodbye Witch when the audio became available and I purchased the audiobook thinking it was the one I hadn't read.
Maybe it's because I've read these characters and have a preconceived opinion of them, but I was not thrilled with the voices the narrator gave them.
Sometimes the narrator can take away from the overall entertainment of an audiobook, but Susan Ericksen adds to the story.
I put off reading to the J.D.Robb books for a long time (I mean it's sci-fi), until one of my friend convinced me that it wasn't the science fiction that makes the stories. She was right. It is the relationships between the characters and the murders Eve Dallas and her team have to solve.
Things I don't like about the books; calling women sir, the sniping between Dallas and Summerset.
A Lot Like Love has a great premise. FBI enlists the help of a billionaires daughter to cause a diversion so the FBI can bug a local business owner believed to be laundering money. In return, they will get her brother out of prison, where he is serving a sentence for hacking into Twitter.
I liked the story and the characters were well drawn, but the narrator did not do justice to the male lead.
I think I would recommend reading this as opposed to listening or, as I did, get the whisper-sync version so you can give the characters the voices you like.
I got this book on my Kindle, then bought the Whisper-snyc version. I liked the parts I read much more than the parts that I listened to, because the narrator's voices annoyed me.
This book was not as I expected, it was more like Charmed (the television series) although where the action is over in a minute or so with visual, this just went on and on. Also, for the first in the series, the reader/listener doesn't really get to know who they are.
I'll admit I am a fan of the TV series and when this book was offered as a daily deal, I snapped it up. The book's characters and the series' characters have little in common. This might be because this is book nine and the series as only been on for one (or maybe two) seasons and the characters have progressed in their relationships. This disappointed me just a bit.
That being said, A Serpent's Tooth was a great book and the narrator was very good. The plot was different from most mysteries and the locale is not the usual locale. Listening to this installment makes me want to start listening at book one, which says a lot.
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