Audie Award Nominee, Best Thriller/Suspense Category, 2013
New York Times best-selling author Carol O’Connell has won a wide fan base with her popular novels starring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory. In The Chalk Girl, a little girl is abandoned in Central Park—with her uncle’s body in a tree not far away. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the girl, Mallory takes the case. But her investigation soon leads to a trail of murder and blackmail spanning 15 years.
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"[A] rich, character-driven series." (Library Journal)
Someone must have told the woman that reads this book that she was auditioning for a play. She was so intent on adding flourishes and intonations and all the little things actors do in LIVE performances, that the words were at times lost to the listener.
This is the poorest performance in my audio book experience. Books are written to be read, not performed. The descriptives are in the text and need no amplification by the audio book reader. In this case it significantly interfered with the listeners ability to hear the text. These performances have 'directors" that should understand the difference.
This may be an interesting novel, but I was not going to enjoy it as such by this performance. Many audio book performances are being over-produced and it is a disturbing trend.
I found this story delved into the darkest and most perverted areas of the criminal mind and was quite disturbing. Therefore, it was not enjoyable or entertaining to me in the least. I deleted it after I realized it was getting increasingly sick. I will not be ordering any more by this author. However, the narrator did a good job, as usual. I especially like Rosenblat in the Mrs. Polifax series.
Not O'Connell's but Rosenblat did a good job reading.
Shorter, less detailed and complex. There was almost too much going on. Malory is a little strange and not realistic.
Yes, because Hollywood would fix it up to half way decent.
I could have done without the bad language.
Yikes, this book is unrelenting in it's violence. I usually like Barbara Rosenblat, but her monotone delivery of the young boy's dialogue at the beginning of each chapter was so depressing I had to start fast forwarding through them. I find nothing redeeming in the character of Mallory. I was just a real chore to get through this book and it left me feeling empty and sad. I don't think I'll try this author again.
No, because the violence is so mind bending. If such violence is needed to continue a series perhaps the series should end. Convoluted story line, repeating narration of horror perpetrated by children and adults. The narrator is excellent throughout. Find more books read by her.
Mixed. This book had too many story lines, too much twist. Ending was not so surprising to me if one listened carefully during the book.
Ms Rosenblat's voice is so capable of variance and expression. I always knew who was talking and what they meant. No need for she said, he said as other narrators say endlessly..
I'd rec'd the earlier books. But just like with the Bones series, the violence is so out of control to keep things 'new' that it is ridiculous and not something I want to hear.
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