FBI agent Ford MacDougal - "Mac" - is recovering from a terrorist car bombing when his sister appears to purposely drive her Porsche off an Oregon cliff. Curiously, Mac felt as if he were in the car with her as she sailed toward the sea, even though he was really in a hospital bed on the other side of the country.
By the time Mac arrives in Portland, his sister - Dr. Jilly Bartlett, a medical researcher - has come out of the coma she's been in for four days. But after a few scant hours with her brother, Jilly vanishes without a trace. In searching for her, Mac gets a different story from everyone he encounters. When the local sheriff enlists Mac's aid in a puzzling murder of an elderly resident, Mac little suspects that the case connects to his sister's disappearance. FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich (last seen in The Target) join Mac to ride shotgun, only to find their search leading from a small town on the Oregon coast to the rain forests of Costa Rica. Together, they must escape relentless pursuers as well as the hostile jungle itself before discovering the true nature of the evil at The Edge.
©2006 Catherine Coulter; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Coulter keeps serving up adventure, intrigue, and romance until the very end." (Booklist)
I liked the book but the narrator made it feel like a cheesy crime novel with the voices; normally I'm a big fan of it but his female voices were horrid and that SQUAK! made it hard to follow, I found I was going back often just to catch what was said.
Overall content was good, story has some holes but I'm willing to try the next book just to see.
The story line was at times interesting if not Illogical and even preposterous but the innappropriate dialogue between characters was so childish it was painful . I had the distinct feeling I was reading a novel written by a 8 grader. The narration was most annoying making the overall experience too much to endure. Sorry, but this one is not worth further discussion.
If the Edge is typical of Catherine Coulter's writing, it will be my last read.
The narrator was horrible with the female voices. He made the characters, who should have been strong women based on their professions, sound simpering and weak and in need of saving. In fact some of this was the fault of the author, but the narrator made it even worse.
The story didn't need all the foul language, or the in depth sexual description! it could have stood on his own without all the extra! I had to fast forward through several parts.
They used a guy for most of the book but they had access to a female, she played small part. Which didn't make sense to me. It's much better, performance wise, to use both male and female to read for the male and female characters.
The story was weird even for Catherine Coulter... It was the only one I've read/heard written in the 1st person. And I think I've read all of the FBI TILLERS, by her. But the story was off... Almost as if the writing style had changed. The outline, the plot, the lack of an "edge of your seat" twist. It just seemed like those things were different if not lacking. And the ending is unlike any others that she's written too.
Honestly, I bought the audio because like I said I'd read the book before but for the first time, ever, I didn't remember the story. Either it was that bad or so unlike her other books I filed it under a different author. One whose books I stop reading if they fail to bring me in after the 3rd chapter.
I did not want to do that with this book because I was wondering why I couldn't remember the ending & if course I was had to know that.... I think I'd rather not have finished it!
Would not recommend this book to a friend or enemy. The story line is not believable and the ending is not worth the read.
I love Catherine Coulter but this is not one of her better works.
The performance was poor. I enjoy the strong female characters in most of Catherine's books, but the narrator of The Edge ruined this. He should NEVER try to read as a female unless they are whiny, weak and helpless. He also has an annoying trait of reading half a sentence and then continuing the same sentence like it is an after thought.
Not an easy listen. I like to listen to book series so basically made myself finish. I like get to know the characters and follow their actions in sequential books. This book had trouble with the fluidity of the characters and what went on in their lives (i.e. marriage, children, etc.)
Did not enjoy the narrator at all. Sounded like someone was reading a play script. Voices used for characters didn't match visuals created from narrators in first books.
An author should stick with one narrator throughout their series so the persona of the characters is consistent - provided they are a talented narrator.
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