©2006 Mara Moore and Victor McGlothin; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Monroe's Nightmare in Paradise features 31-year-old Renee, a second grade teacher and self-proclaimed 'Miss Goody Two-Shoes' who, with wild best friend Inez, goes to the Caribbean to 'get loose'. Frustration with her own meek nature and an admission by Inez - she slept with Renee's husband before they married - propel Renee into a one-night stand that results in her arrest for prostitution. When husband Leon won't pony up the fine, Renee is jailed for three months - plenty of time to decide who stays in her life....Bad Luck Shadow [is] set in 1946. [T]he story's hero is Baltimore Floyd, a dashing scoundrel with charisma to burn. Fleeing Harlem and a gambling debt, Baltimore steals into a neon-lit Kansas City, where he holes up in old love Franchetta's cathouse and plans the takedown of a high-stakes card game. McGlothin's tale is sophisticated and sexy, with the plotting and pacing of first-rate noir." (Publishers Weekly)
Both short stories were good but I think they ending bad. The ending just cut off and it seems like there was more thet needed to be told before just ending right in the middle. But all in all it was ok.
May Monroe is a great writer. Her book, which was told during the first half of "Borrow Trouble" was well written, and flowed with ease. The narrator was well spoken, kept the listener interested with her voice, and traveled between characters with ease. The second author did not present the material with ease. It was difficult to "get into the main character" named Baltimore, and the narrator (nor the author) was not able to flow easily between the characters. The second book moved much too slowly, was not as well written, worth only 2 stars, and soon I began to lose interest in the storyline, because it seemed to go nowhere fast. These books should not have been combined into one book. Ms. Monroe's book is highly recommended at 3-4 stars alone, and her part of this audible is one that listener's will not forget!
Love books on tape! It's all about the narrators for me though. No matter how good the story, if the narrator doesn't cut it...
It's been a while, but I do recall this book. It was a great listen. Worth the chip and recommended. I don't like to get into specifics for fear of being a spoiler so I won't say much except that I enjoyed the story.
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