©2002 Terri Blackstock; (P)2008 Zondervan
I usually enjoy Terri Blackstock's stories. Some are unusual, some will make you think. This story is just a very good yarn. However, the narrator was SO annoying. The attempt at a southern accent is horrible and her portrayal of the young girl was whiny. It seems she wants to portray all Christians as flat monotonic beings without any Joie de Vivre. But then, that may be how they are written as well. They just don't seem to be.. really human - with conflicts and failings, etc. The story is good. A good message. I just wish I could have given it higher marks.
If I had known this was Christian fiction, I would have skipped right over it. I'm glad I didn't. I am a pastor's wife, so I am sympathetic to writers and artists who use their gifts to reflect the truth we find in scripture. However, I have a very low tolerance for mediocre work. Terri Blackstock is not a mediocre writer, in fact the plot and the story telling were very engaging.
The gospel presentation is pretty heavy-handed, so the book is unlikely to appeal to anyone who isn't already persuaded. (I wish more Christian writers and artists would read Victor Hugo, for instance, and get the hint... )
My big gripe with this recorded book is the "recorded" part. Ms. Raudman whines and shrieks her way through the largest part of the performance. If I hadn't been drawn into the storyline the shrill narration would have been enough for me to abandon the book in the fist few chapters.
It's an engaging "lite" mystery. Safe for sharing with your grandmother or your kids. Unlikely to offend any sensibilities.
I bought this because it was highly rated by a reader I follow. The story was well constructed but the narrator was very poor at doing southern accents and male voices.
I skipped about two thirds of the book, but had no trouble figuring out what lead to the conclusion in the last chapters. Christian love, charity and forgiveness is wonderful to many of us, but extremely hard to swallow in such large doses from flat or fatuous characters in this book..
I wish I could get my money back. The narration is over-blown, with a fake-sweet voice used specifically to introduce Christian messages of forgiveness and redemption. There is no character development or even plot development. This is a terrible book and I won't buy any others from this series.
i read this book earier in life and the audio book added a more dramatic flare to it and i enjoyed it i will listen agian
Suspenseful, non-predictable, who-dun-it
The narrators voice was a bit whiney or something. Not that pleasant to listen to, but overall, she did a good job changing characters.
It was easy to keep having ideas who might have done it, but all the way through, the author deftly led us on different paths so you were never sure.
Cape Refuge contains murders and amateur detective work, and plenty of religious messages.
About the murders and detective work. These have more the depth of an Enid Blyton story, less the depth of a Connelly. It's reminiscent more of the Five Find-outers and Dog, less of Harry Bosch. If your intellectual diet is a good murder mystery, eschew this one.
About the religious stuff. It's like the background of a webpage, colored so bright that it sometimes distracts from the content. The religious theme isn't overplayed, but it's certainly not underplayed either. So if you are looking for religious discourses, I suspect that Norman Vincent Peale or Billy Graham will be better bets, though I confess I have read neither.
So who should buy this book? I think if you are looking for a gentle murder mystery, something that doesn't tax the brain too much, and a lot of family and spiritual messages, this book could be ideal.
Some reviews have criticized the narration. Personally, I thought that it was quite good.
I listen to audio books while working.
A number of people commented that this was too religious. It is a book about a Christian couple's murder and their children search for the truth, and there are Christians and non-Crhistians. I didn't find it preachy -- if this had been a Jewish couple's death then it would have been very Jewish faith oriented. However, if you have a thing against people talking about deep faith and struggling to find their faith, then this is not the book for you. I might not read the series but it was a good book. A little formula, A little obvious in the secondary characters lives, but a good book.
Say something about yourself!
Lousy writing, too many adjectives, too much angst, too much overreaction, little restraint, whiny embarrassing southern accents plus pious christianity. There may have been a plot but no way I could listen past the 5th chapter. Life is too short to listen to such drivel.
Something better than this, I hope.
Oh, God no, please spare me.
I didn't find any
An excellent reader with a better regional accent using more restraint emoting couldn't save the writing. This is the first. Maybe they improve. Maybe.
Yes, I might read another Blackstock book but wouldn't want to listen to this narrator. I can tell Renee worked really hard to give her all to the the characters, but many times I felt like giving up on it because of the whining quality of the two main character's (Blair and Morgan) voices. For me it was really hard to listen to! Story was good. Just wish I had read it instead of listened to it.
If I had read the physical book I might be able to answer this question. But listening to it distracted me from so much of the storyline.
Don't know as each narrator brings something different to the characters. Their performance can make or break a story.
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