©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
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I am not religious, but I am spiritual. I have read many books with religious storylines that I have enjoyed very much. However there was little I liked about this book -- including its approach to Christianity. I found this preachy and moralistic rather than inspirational. And the mystery was predictable. I knew the "bad guy" long before it was revealed. It made the police seem inept or uncaring. And the characters re all too one-note. The good people are only good. The bad people are only bad, and completely unlikable. It isn't realistic, and I couldn't ever find a character that made me want to come back for more.
Also, the narration is terrible. The Southern accent is atrocious. The Caribbean accent is bad. The voicing of the young girl is whiny. Ugh!
Suspenseful, moving and thought provoking. Characters you really felt like you knew. Eager to read the next book in the series!
Say something about yourself!
Another wonderful suspenseful mystery that kept me wondering up to the end. I sometimes guess successfully the suspect in a mystery but I did not have any idea of this one. It was a great Christian read.
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