One unexpected and hotly fought-over little boy, two dead bodies, and a series of home vandalisms throw Texas attorney turned island chanteuse Katie Connell into a tizzy. Juggling all of this, Bloody Mary cravings, baggage, and the bad guys too, she waffles between the jumbie house that brought her back from the brink and the man she believes is the love of her life.
©2013 Pamela Fagan Hutchins (P)2013 Pamela Fagan Hutchins
I really enjoyed the story and want to know what happens next!
I did not love the narration--the narrator voice was quite good, but the accents were not.
yes, I kept wanting to go back to it!
The ladies voice kept me intrigued the whole way through!!!! She helped me feel every emotion of the characters, such an amazing job!!
I have not read the print version but I have to believe the accents is part of the charm.
She is Katie - you believe it...
The storyline is okay, but the narrator needs to know her pronunciation. It is "relevant" not "revelant", "nuclear" not "nucular". She sounds poorly educated, sadly in company of a former President... She added an "r" in a name early on, and the other verbal mistakes put a damper on the listening experience. I hope that if Ashley Ulery narrates more of the Pamela Fagan Hutchins books, she will take more care with her speech.
I don't often listen to fiction, but this series has swept me away. It is truly like taking a great vacation with some good friends.
I LOVED the actions of the jumbie the most. I never knew exactly what was going to happen, and the way Katie interpreted her experience of the jumbie was always fresh.
Yes, but then you have to say goodbye so fast! I don't like finishing books all in the same day because I like to let the characters sit with me a while.
The ending of this one was hard....it made me want more right away. I couldn't let it sit like that.
Character was a stupid dislikable idiot most of the time unless the story needed her to suddenly see the obvious to move the story along.
I read the first book and listened to the second. I think the inflections of the reader weakened the main character.
How does a "brilliant" investigator get scammed over and over? Why kill the sister?
Listened to entire book in 2 settings. Loved the story. It along with Book 1 "Saving Grace" was my weekend binge. I'll read the next in series soon.
I enjoyed the first book by the author with Katie and Annalise. This one had very little plot and what it had was so predictable that it was boring.
The romance aspect was overplayed in the book - if I wanted a Harlem Romance I would buy one. Focus more on creating an interesting mystery angle with a little more suspense. The characters also need to be more developed - they were very 2-dimensional in this book.
Where do I start? The pace was too slow to hold my attention. The fake accents were so bad it was a distraction. I was born and raised in Texas, and her southern accent was so exaggerated it was insulting. I don't know her background, but all LA actors seem to think Southerners have to sound stupid to be realistic. And throwing in the Caribbean lingo was so bad it was awful.
maybe on Lifetime, otherwise not a chance
Voice Talent Extraordinaire!
Best: I loved the Annalise story line. There could have been much more of that.
Otherwise, for the majority of this book, I felt like I was listening to an audio version of This Old House. The story droned on and on, especially about some sort of water catchment thing. I couldn't figure out where it was going and had to stop the story several times because I was bored. Honestly, I wondered why countless chapters were included other than to increase the word count. Sure seemed like a lot of filler.
The narrator Ashley Ulery is pretty good, but she has a habit of inclining the pitch of her voice at the end of every sentence, similar to the way wet-behind-the-ear newscasters do. I couldn't help but laugh once in a while. I thought she was a bit mechanical at times, as if she were reading the news. Unfortunately, that took away from my experience for the first few chapters until I was able to get past that.
Ashley seems to think each and every island person has a monotone drawl. It was great that she attempted to differentiate Caucasians from islanders, but she could have added a little inflection, mon.
Maybe Volume 1, but this one needs to be refreshed first.
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