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I really did not care for this book. I think the premise was good - a woman in prison for 20 years for murdering her daughter. But did she do it?
Also, the narrator was very good. Good accents, good differentiation of characters.
But - the good stuff ends there. At least for me. The quality of the writing is borderline romance novel. Which in itself wouldn't be bad - but, the story and the bad writing and weak characters just dragged on and on and on. Even that could have been ok if there had even been any point in the continual dragging out of the story, but there really wasn't. It was just blah-blah-blah.
Seriously - this book could have been (should have been!) six hours, not twelve. I listened to the first five hours, got fed up and quit. Then I decided I did want to know how (or if) the mystery was solved, but without having to put up with the boring characters and bad writing. So - I skipped ahead to track 12 in part 2 of the book. Listened for 30 minutes, then skipped ahead to the last hour. And - I really just needed to listen to about 40 minutes to have the whole story summed up, and I feel like I didn't miss anything at all.
It is, as another reviewer pointed out, not for absolute beginners. It is a series of dharma talks by Joseph Goldstein, a prominent vipassana teacher renowned for his work in the West.
Roots of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield, which is also a series of talks on Buddhism.
A sense of peace, and experience. He is a teacher, and verbal transmission just seems to work better.
Being aware, being present, being compassionate.
A few earlier comments indicated that track 6 was out of place - this has been fixed and the audio plays very well.
Yes - this was a good mystery, a fun listen, and I was able to revisit two characters who I really like.
Harper - the female lead and narrator of the story - was my favorite. She's interesting, has super-natural powers, and is actually rather complex for a simple tale.
When they find out the mystery of Harper's sister's disappearance (a mystery that has plagued Harper through the first three books).
Not extreme. This book was good, I recommend it. It had funny parts. It was a fun listen.
If you liked the first three books, give this one a go - it solves a lingering mystery.
Hilarious. Sexy. Action-packed.
This Grave series (Charley Davidson series) reminds me a lot of Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye series: both are really fun, both have a strong but odd female lead who also has "extra" powers (Laurie's character is psychic; Jones' character is The Grim Reaper and talks to dead people), and a fun male lead, and both are mystery-solvers!
Of course, Charley was my favorite! And Lorelei King has to be one of the best narrators EVER.
This book made me laugh out loud in public places! I had been in a down mood when I found this book, and it was just what I needed.
This is a fun super-natural romantic mystery novel that kept me smiling. I have read or listening to the first four books in the series. I have number five ready, and am excited that number six has just been released!!!
If you enjoy the original Frost books by R.D. Wingfield, you will probably really enjoy this book. The narrator is excellent (the same as for the original books, I think), Frost is his usual disorganized and yet brilliant self, and the writing is very well-done.
In this book - the second written by Wingfield's successor, James Henry - we see Frost's conflicted relationship with his wife and with PC Clarke; we see the friction between him and Mullet; and we see the good rapport Frost seems to have with most unlikely people - felons and coppers alike.
This was a fun listen, with parts that made me laugh, and did not get too sappy or emotional, so it stayed pretty light.
I hadn't heard of Victoria Laurie before listening to this, the first in the Psychic Eye series, and it was such a gem to find.
Since this book, I've listened to a lot more in the series, or read them in ebook format. Love this series, but this, the first, is my favourite!
The Charley Davidson "Grave" series by Darynda Jones - like the Psychic Eye, these books have a funny female investigator with supernatural or special powers.
Abby, for sure - but this is probably because she is the first-person narrator of the book.
It was so funny, and very light, and entertaining. It was just what I needed to pick me up at that time.
If you feel like a nice, light listen, with a funny narrator who has a knack for sticky situations, and a sexy potential love interest in the FBI, and if you don't mind laughing out loud when listening in public, get this book.
This story was not what I expected, I suppose, and so I feel cheated because it did not have the resolution of a real mystery or suspense novel. I don't want to give any spoilers but, well, unlike other legal thrillers, this one does not provide an investigation and capture of the real criminal....
This book was good in other ways, though. First, it provides a look into the Italian judicial system, which is especially interesting now in light of the Amanda Knox case. It's a system that seems bizarre to North Americans, I am sure.
Second, and best, was the narration. Sean Barrett (the narrator) did an amazing job conveying the personality of the novel's protagonist and narrator, the lawyer, Guido. He also was amazing at capturing different voices throughout the novel, and especially good at the Senegalese accent of the accused.
So, it wasn't an awful book, but I felt very cheated without a proper solving of the case. The story is really just about Guido coming to terms with his life situation, dragging himself back into life, taking on a very challenging case, and defending his client.
I bought this book as a Deal of the Day, so I don't feel too peeved. But I would have been very annoyed, indeed, if I had used a credit or paid more than $3 for it!
I have read several Peter Robinson's DCI Banks books, and have enjoyed them all. In this novel, there are two mysteries which unravel side by side - the 35 year old disappearance of Banks` friend, and the current disappearance and murder of a teenage boy. This one was not my favourite, but it was definitely a well-crafted story, and introduced a new female detective - Michelle Hart - who works with Banks as he delves into his past.
This is the first Banks novel that I listened to (the others I read on my Kindle), and while the story was good, the narrator was dreadful, and it took me half the book to get past the bad narrator and enjoy the tale.
Why is Ron Keith a poor narrator? Let me list the ways :
-he sounds, throughout the novel, like he is telling a joke, and working up to the punchline. It feels like he is repressing laughter. So annoying.
-At several points, he just doesn't get the tone right. For example, in one part, the narrator says something like, "It wasn't me" in a loud voice, then says, "he whispered". Well - then whisper it!!!!
-Another problem is the accents. Nobody seems to have a different accent at all, and yet Banks says to Michelle, "I thought that's where you were from by your accent". Well, what accent, I wonder?? Hers and everyone else in the book speaks the same.
One thing, though - the narrator did do okay differentiating between the characters. So, that's good.
I was able to mostly get past the narrator and enjoy the story, but I'm sure I would have enjoyed it much more with a better narrator. I will make sure to never listen to another book narrated by Ron Keith.
Fast-paced and complex.
How the series characters, especially Tony and Carol, develop a little more. And I really, really liked the story, too. The only reason I gave it four stars and not five is that I'd like more men in the stories, too.
I don't think I've heard Doyle's other performances, but I will definitely keep an eye out for him. I thought he did an excellent job narrating Cross and Burn, capturing accent, mood and voice superbly.
Once I got started, yes, I could have kept listening. In fact, I listened to the last half of the book straight through one long night when I had insomnia. Very engaging.
The crimes in this book, like others of McDermid's novels, are harsh, but, in my opinion, this book is a bit less gruesome, a bit more gentle, than the other books in the series. And I liked that. It was far less harrowing than The Retribution (that preceded Cross and Burn), and had a solid storyline, a really good mystery and British detective/police procedural.
The narrator was excellent, and really captured the characters' voices well. I liked the concept of a psychologist and a detective pairing up.
I would have made the story a bit more gripping, and a lot less predictable. I seriously figured out a lot of the plot and the ending super early on in the novel. I kept listening anyway, but would prefer a better-crafted plot. Additionally - some of the events were completely unbelievable.
She did a really good job portraying all the characters. I think my favorite character was a minor one - Joseph.
Note - there are quite a few minor characters in the novel, and they have NO bearing on the main plot. I also found Chloe, the main character's 16-year-old niece, totally unnecessary, and VERY annoying.
I know this is the first in a series. The others may pick up on a couple of loose threads, but not necessary at all.
This is not a bad book at all, and I think the two main characters - Freida and Karlson (a psychologist and a cop) - are a really good investigative pair. It would be interesting to see how their professional relationship develops.
But - I am not sure that I will read or listen to more in the series...
Painful. This book is really lame - at least for me. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a weak and unbelievable story that's mushy with romance. Maybe I've outgrown romantic thrillers.
Basically, the main character, who was the serial killer's victim 16 years ago, and whose baby was killed by said killer, is asked to come back to help with the case when the murderer re-emerges 16 years later. Yeah. Okay. Let's just pull a damaged victim out of hiding to help catch the guy.
The main male character is okay, has a strained relationship with his adopted son.
Blah blah blah.
I just can't bear to listen to any more.
Get this book if you are a fan of romantic thrillers. You might like it. I prefer no romance with my murder, whenever possible.
If Audible had a "Donate Your Used Book Bin", I would throw it in in a heartbeat.
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