When Lovita Mae Horton wins a trip for two to attend a cooking school in Paris, she invites her best friend, Sue Jan Pritchard, along. Their joy is short-lived however, when they find out the trip is to Paris, Texas. Sue Jan has family there - Aunt Lila and Cousin Pouncey - but discovers her eccentric Cousin Pouncey has just passed away.
When Sue Jan's unique antique platinum engagement ring goes missing, they suspect she lost it when saying her last goodbyes.
With her wedding only a few months away, Lovita, Sue Jan, and Aunt Lila decide to unearth the ring on their own. Instead they dig up the dirt on an international ring of art thieves intent on brushing them off for good.
©2012, 2014 Linda Kozar (P)2015 Linda Kozar
The story was ok but the performance was awful.
Where in the world do they come up with these narrators? Don't they ever listen to them before they give them a book? This is so disappointing - the first book was great and the narrator was absolutely perfect. This is one of the few books, and I've listened to hundreds of them, that I simply could not listen to. I wasn't even able to finish the first chapter and that has never happened before. It was absolutely excruciating. I will read the Kindle version but just cannot tolerate the audio. Truly, truly horrific.
What the heck happened here?! I listen to around two audio books a week due to traveling for work. The voices she makes are hideous! Absolutely the worst I have ever heard. I am so disappointed because there is no way I can ever READ this book, so here I am less than 10 minutes in and having to decide to I just skip book 2 in the series or suffer through this?! I really can't! It is THAT bad! Now don't mistaken this as a bad review of the actual story. I haven't even gotten through chapter 1. So I don't know. Please re-do this audio book so I can listen.
I listen to audiobooks while I drive for work......from 500-1000 miles every 2 weeks. So that amounts to a lot of books. This narrators rendition of Sue Jan's voice (and all the characters, really) was so ear-splitting I actually got a headache listening to two chapters. I listen through the Bluetooth in my car, and I found myself turning down the volume at Sue Jan's voice, then having to turn it up with other characters. Very distracting to driving......AND the story. I'm probably going to read the rest of it (only because it's a series) and will keep an eye out for this narrator. I realize reading a novel aloud must be difficult, but this is not the series for her. Sorry. I only gave the story 2 stars because I don't remember it.
No, but only because I've listened to another one that I enjoyed.
Um, the ear splitting voice that gave me a headache in two chapters.
Where's my Tylenol? Thank goodness I have no more patients to see today. Pullover and buy another book.
I KNEW IT, I JUST KNEW IT!! I should NOT have purchased this book. It was the 2nd in the series and the first was very good, as you know, if you read my review but I had listened to a portion of this one and Sue Jan's voice was enuf to drive a person up the wall!!! I only purchased it because I wanted to know what would happen next but honestly, I fast forwarded it in some places.
The story wasn't the best either, just okay but the narration of Sue Jan's voice is absolutely CRAZY to listen to.
I did buy book 3 and am just starting it WITH A DIFFERENT NARRATOR (thank goodness) and I'll let you know how this one goes.
OH, I found a good little series... check out the "Shelby Nichols Adventures"... This little gal gets struck by lightening in the 1st book and it gets real interesting from there on... you know, a special power? Like this series quite a lot... good narration, VERY pleasant voice and the stories have been good. I'm on my 4th in the series right now. Give a listen and see what you think?
I hesitate to criticize narration as a general rule because I think it's much harder than writing the book, but I have to warn everyone out there about this one. The Amazon reviews were good so it sounds like reading the book is the way to go on this one. I only gave the story 2 stars because I couldn't stand to listen beyond the first 90 minutes so I really couldn't say if the story was good or not.
The narrator tried so hard to focus on voices/accents that she forgot the basics like consistent volume and clearly articulating the words. Some voices were SO LOUD that I had to turn the sound down. Then the next voice was so quiet and mumbled that I had to turn the sound back up. This happened so often that I got frustrated at the need to constantly adjust the volume and I couldn't even follow the story. The worst part though was Sue Jan's voice. It was extreme and awful - high pitched, VERY loud, whiny and horribly screechy. It literally hurt my ears, which was a problem since she's one of the main characters.
I strongly suggest you skip this one in audio. The narrator for the first book was fine so hopefully they went back to her after this book...haven't checked that yet.
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