"I'm Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I've never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella.
"Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared. So, I've enlisted the help of the Zimmerman twins - the reclusive architects of America's most sensitive electronic networks - to help me navigate a bewildering maze of leads to find her.
"Along the way, my path collides with a sexy government agent and a rich, handsome lawyer, both of whom seem to have the hots for me. Hacking, espionage, sexy spy-men - it's a geek girl's dream come true. If it weren't for those gun-toting thugs...."
©2010 Julie Moffett (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
Great story, well paced, well narrated. It was serious in the right places and funny when appropriate. The espionage is light but not in a bad way. I don't like overdone romance and this had just enough to keep things interesting without being over the top. This was a fun listen and I can't wait for more by this author, hopefully continuing the characters in this story.
I liked the narration. She did do a really bad Italian accent, but I thought her voice was pleasant and easy to listen to- the other accents were GREAT!
I liked that Lexi could laugh at herself.
As above the performance was GREAT except for the Italian accent.... It sounded a little more like Dracula... but otherwise I thought she did a good job
The story is OK, not very deep and I would like it to be more about hacking than how inept she is around people. The narrator is fine with Lexi's dialog, but when she tries to do accents, they are so bad (especially Italian) that it is distracting from the story.
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
Someone who likes a reader with too much saliva and a bad concept of timing, enunciation, pronunciation and general charm.
If someone clever had been hired. The prose is not bad. I keep trying to find "good" american authors. With the right voice, this could have been zippy and entertaining.
The reader who is not a character but who ruins the book. I could not finish the book.
I feel sorry for this promising author to be saddled with such an awful reader.
Th narrator is just SO bad that it's overshadowing any good that this book might have been. She's is a slow talking, over-enunciator, who is making everything sound cheesy with her over-the-top "harlequin" voice. I get that this is a categorized as a Harlequin production, but if she could just read it like a normal person, it could read like cute heroine, chick lit. She's also a saliva-heavy reader....ug.
I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and I've learned that narration is 80% of the experience, at least. I'd like my credit back, please.
I am pretty picky about narrators and almost didn't get this one because of the reviews. I'm glad I got the book anyway because it was a fairly fun read, and the narration wasn't bad enough that I returned the book without even finishing it (which I have done a few times). This narrator wasn't even bad enough that I plan to go for the print version of any book she narrates that I'm interested in, which I do for some narrators. That being said, I should mention that my biggest pet peeves are over-acting and weird voices, like when someone reads in a voice that is too breathy or childish or whatever. This narrator spoke in a normal voice. Though she often sounded like she was reading a cue card (which I guess she sort of was) instead of sounding like a friend telling a story, her acting wasn't over the top, just not oscar-winning. I can live with that, along with a few mispronunciations I noticed.
HOWEVER, if bad accents are a particular annoyance to you, DO NOT get this book - it will make you want to jump off a bridge. There were many characters of various nationalities in this book, so there were many accents to perform. I wouldn't expect any narrator to get them all perfect, but this one sounds like her only exposure to non-American-accented English was from old Dracula movies.
These stories have a little bit of everything. Mystery, romance, action, adventure, cops and robbers. I think the author wrote a great series and it's nice to read and listen to a story without vulgarities. I can listen to it in the car with worrying about who is on the car with me.
Perhaps it appeals more to teen and/or preteen girls.
It put me to sleep several times while listening during mid day.
I did not find it interesting, but it would have been improved had it held my attention for more than brief, sporadic intervals. The narration could have been improved by using more realistic accents and something other than a stacato vocal presentation. This may have been a better read than it was as a listening experience.
The plot was marginally intriguing.
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