©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.
I wish I had discovered this talented author years ago! Lippman is an outstanding writer, with plenty of "literary gems" gently sprinkled within the prose of the mystery. The characters feel real and the scene setting rings true, setting the reader smack dab in the city of Baltimore - superb local color. In addition, the dialog is very natural-sounding.
The only issue I had was with the narrator, who seemed to rush her words so much that I had a hard time listening at the normal speed. I solved the problem by reducing the speed to 75%, which imparted a lovely, soft, luxurious feel to her voice. I will continue to do this as I go forward through the series now.
I've already started to listen to book #2 and am loving it!
This story is so slow I couldn't get past the first couple hours. Could not finish because it was impossible to get into it.
I don't know
She was fine just reading a book with no hook.
I'm not sure as I couldn't get into it.
and a penny for your thoughts
Save your credit. The store is OK with the reader absent. My fifth-grader could have done just as well, probably better.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
I've read a number of the later books. My favorite is By a Spider's Thread. It was a bit disconcerting to read this, the first in the series, because I'm more accustomed to a more experienced, polished Tess... It was good but she was so young & a bit scattered...
I've read a number of the later books. My favorite is By a Spider's Thread. It was a bit disconcerting to read this, the first in the series, because I'm more accustomed to a more experienced, polished Tess... It was good but she was so young & a bit scattered... I guess everybody has to grow at their chosen profession & everybody starts out a bit raw....
Love being read to.
No. Didn't see it from this book.
I thought the best part was meeting some of Tess's relatives. I LOVE her uncles - the one who works for the government & the one who runs the bar! And I love Aunt Kitty. What a supportive family! Tess is super lucky!
Good whodunit - enjoyable, logical solution.
I thought book was a THREE parter because I mistakenly somehow downloaded part 2 twice so when the book ended I was like--what?! I didn't realize the big climax was the big climax. Oops! Wrapped up well, tho.
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
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