©2003 Lisa Gardner, Inc.; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"With tight plotting, an ear for forensic detail, and a dash of romance, this is a truly satisfying sizzler in the tradition of Tess Gerritsen and Tami Hoag." (Publishers Weekly)
The reviews I read for this book and others by this author made me hopeful that I had found another mystery writer with a series I had not read or listened to. I was very disappointed by this book though. It is really a good story that has some good plot twists and lots of suspense. I even liked the characters. That's what made it so disappointing!! The worst thing is that the narrator really is terrible! It would have been much better if she wouldn't have tried to imitate male voices. The male voices were laughable at first and irritating as time went on. Another thing I found irritating was that there were some hyper-emotional scenes that didn't really seem necessary to the story. I'm not sure if they would have been as irritating if the narrator had been better though. I found myself wishing for scenes to end and just get back to the story. I think I will try one of this author's later books because writers do improve with experience, and the newer ones are read by a different narrator. It looked like this was the authors first or at least an early book.
The Killing Hour was filled with twists and turns along with a multitude of interesting facts about Virginia. What I enjoyed the most was Anna Fields’ style of narration. It took a few minutes for me to adjust to her vocal changes but once I did, they really added to the novel's appeal. She uses accents, volume and tonal changes to enhance the story and put the listener into the novel. I did not find this distracting and am going to check out what else she has narrated.
Overall listening to this little novel was a fun diversion from the everyday grind. If your going on a road trip I recommend it.
Although I am not a great fan of murder mysteries, this one is excellently crafted and many times had me on the edge of my seat. The characters were appealing and fully fleshed out, and the story was intricately plotted but totally believable. Anna Fields did a wonderful job as always with the reading. I can't recommend this too highly.
I learned a lot about the state of Virginia while listening to this book. I was so intrigued that I followed the clues by researching places mentioned on the Internet. I have discussed this book with people more than I have any other books I've listened to. Lisa Gardner made me see a different Virginia than I am use to.
I'm giving this 4 stars due to the above.
I loved this book, the narrator was perfect, the plot was good, the action fast-paced, the characters likable. Great listen! I've already ordered more from this writer/reader team.
Stop, hear this audiobook - I enjoyed this tremendously. The voices were a little cheesy but consistent. Lisa Garnder is a great mystery writer.
The story is weak, the dialog is juvenile, and the plot is threadbare. There were a few characters I liked, but very little depth to any of them. The narrator was AWFUL. All the male voices sounded like constipated women. The accents were pitiful. Do not bother with this book!
I have to agree with others before me, the narrator of this book was awful. Not only was her voice monotone and uninteresting, her attempts at male voices were laughable. As far as the rest of the book goes...I wouldn't know, I couldn't bring myself to sit through more than an hour of it.
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