©1997 Laura Lippman; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks
Hard to get into. I am having a hard time listening to this, she just seems to jump around and not get to the point. I haven't completed listening because of this.
If you want a book that is not violent, not many curse words
(I think they say the F bomb once), sex, drugs, humor, or action this book is for you.
The story was good just not full of anything that would put me on the edge of my seat.
I have to say that I'm not keen on women narrators, sorry, a lot of women use funny voices for the man parts, (they seem to try to hard) but I think Deborah did a great job and did not grate on my nerves.
I was hoping for more to motivate me in the series, but I may try the second book in the series.
Reader was easy to listen to but the story seemed choppy and frustrating to follow. Lots of things were left unexplained and parts(mostly various characters actions) made no sense. Ok story, could have been a lot better.
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
I usually don't struggle to write a review. However, this audiobook felt so uninspired that I am having trouble coming up with enough coherent words to write a more competent explanation of my dislike of the book beyond "sophomoric" which is a word I feel I've overused in my reviews of late. I think I would have enjoyed this book when I was in 10th grade but the story line felt too mature for young adult lit.
What I liked about the book: It was set in Baltimore, a city I spent many years exploring and know very well. And, I didn't fall asleep listening.
What I didn't like:
The narrator reads Tess with a sort of immature and snooty voice. Coupled with her brash nature and her disregard for the fact that her actions could have a real impact on people's lives and her inability to grasp that she could be doing more harm than good made me really dislike her. She was arrogant and immature and in some cases outright subversive, attempting to manipulate people instead of just dealing in truth which would have been more believable of an ex-reporter.
The story never really explains or wraps up some of Ava's more peculiar traits. In fact, I felt like Ava becomes sort of tossed away used as a means to get to the story the author really wants to tell. It felt like unskillful writing. A better author would have been able to give Ava more closure without tossing her out with the bathwater half way through the story only to come back and give her some unnecessary post script happy-ish ending that doesn't tie up any of the loose threads of her story.
Finally, we're supposed to believe Tess can make these investigative leaps that are a stretch of logic but she's too stupid to realize the danger she is in at the end of the book? I don't want to give any more away than that but just suffice it to say that given her recent predicaments and her ability to make these insane leaps of logic, it was totally unbelievable that she wasn't more cautious toward the end of the book. For me, this trend of super smart characters that turn around and lose all their common sense in order to create drama and plot climax for authors too unskilled to weave a more believable scenario has become a tired cliché in these types of investigative stories. It's not believable and it's a disservice to the reader and the plot.
I'd recommend skipping this book altogether.
NO, I JUST DON'T DO THAT EVER
TESS GREAT FLAWED HEROINE
THE VOICES SHE USES FOR THE VARIOUS CHARACTORS
NO IN CAR, TOOK ABOUT A WEEK TO COMPLETE
Girl detectives come in all ages and sizes these days. Tess is an athlete who takes her sport, sculling, seriously. Her athleticism is helping her cope with a personal and professional life stalled in her late 20s. The narrator captures Tess very well, I think. The voice and diction match the action described. She takes on a freelance investigational project for a friend and gets possibly a little over-involved in the matter she is investigating. Twists and turns. Danger. Romance. Girl detective can hit back convincingly. Several nicely drawn characters and a lot of local color. I feel like I've been to Baltimore for a couple of days.
Overall it was pretty good. The Baltimore accents were terrible, but the sorry for the most part held my interest. I plan on listening to more Tess Monahan stories.
Reading with no hands!
Floating in a miasma of hodge podge part-time employment and a cloudy future, Tess Monaghan pieces together the facts in an effort to help out a friend.
Acting as a legal investigator, and fueled by faith in the accused and a debt she needs to repay, we watch as a seemingly superficial situation seethes with subterranean complexity. At once realistic and fantastic, Tess bemoans how her efforts to aid are unexpectedly damning. Despite that fact, she must push forward attempting to avoid becoming one of the increasing body count.
Her persistence is paralleled by her singular commitment to pursuing the physically demanding sport of sculling. As we get to know Tess, her friends, her sport and her history, we are simultaneously growing an affinity for the mean streets of Baltimore and Tess' homegrown apprehension and appreciation.
Solving the case, coupled with an epiphany about her life assures the reader they'll see her in action again soon!
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