©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.
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.
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!
This book seemed to be firmly embedded into values that I don't think serve anyone well and that I'm tired of. I stopped reading. Perhaps younger women, who believe in the current mores and haven't woken up to how much it is hurting them, would like it.
Maybe, It took longer than usual because I had to keep going bad to understand the story the way it was being read. Just difficult to follow, no character differences. No feeling.
I would have to listen to it again and again in order to be able to absorb this story. The reader does nothing to make it better. I think the story line is good but then come just plain words. No feeling from the reader.
How did or did she?? Heck ya!!!!!!!!!! Totally. If I wanted monotone I would read the book, visually. When you listen, I guess I expect that boost to my imagination through the reader. This should be a redo.
I loved the story. It is always fun to be able to walk through the streets of a novel and know them from childhood. But I was offended by the atrocious failure at Baltimorese and accent.
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