I am speechless. I have always enjoyed Janet's books, even the somewhat bizarre "Wicked" series. But this one seems to be so contrived. The plot is unoriginal, the narration is poor, Lorelei King even makes a mistake, says "what--oh" and then reads it right. I have never heard that in an audio book before. I just didn't like anything about this book. But in order to be fair, I listened to the whole thing. It took me two tries to get it done.
This could have been so much more. Even with what I am sure the author thought were unique twists, it was so predictable. The narration was very uninspiring. I felt rather than giving each character his or her own special voice, the narrator was just reading aloud.
I won't try the other books in this series.
This had the potential to be a good story but it was so predictable that I guessed two of the three "secrets" long before they were revealed by the author. The characters were very stilted and unbelievable and the dialogue was so elementary that I felt I might be listening to the adventures of Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. Part of that blame goes to the narrator who had a very annoying voice and sounded as though she was telling a story to a group of pre-schoolers. I just didn't enjoy this book at all.
The great Joan Hickson, marvelous as Miss Marple, was a very poor narrator. I could barely understand much of the book. Perhaps it was a case of age, but Miss Hickson sounded as though she had a mouthful of marbles.
Call me a hopeless romantic, it is true. I enjoyed this book very much and am lookiing for more by Ms Robards. I thought the narration was excellent. All in all, it did not disappoint.
I have all of the Royal Spyness books on audio. I have listened to them each about three times in the last year. They are fun, romantic, interesting and so darned enjoyable that I want to know when Ms. Bowen will be writing more. Does anyone know?
The narrator is fantastic--I love Belinda's voice and really, all of them. Her "Wallis Simpson" is hilarious.
This book was a disappointment. I really didn't lilke the narration which, at the very least, should have been done in a faux Italian accent. I certainly didn't like the gruesome aspects of the story. A really good writer can get the image across without using such graphic description. I would not buy any other books by this author or narrator. It was just not a good experience. I do feel that the publisher's description of the book was misleading.
I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. It followed the predictable formula for Janet's books, but I never tire of it. The mystery is interesting and the characters are fun. I can't wait for the next Evanovich book or the next collaboration. Lorelei King is just the best.
Nothing could help this book
very good voice
The writing was tedious, unfocused and pompous. The characters were ok, the naration was exceptional but nothing could save this book. I truly despised it. The story could have been told in about three sentences if one eliminated the garbage meandering of the author.
I started to listen to this last night. After 30 minutes or so, I determined that it was so far out and so grim that I no longer had any interest. Also, I could not make head nor tails of what the dickens was going on. Something about the Grim Reaper stealing away with Souls of dead persons. The title does not give one a hint as to what it is really about. I am disappointed that I spent my good hard earned money on this book.
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