The best-selling author of more than 35 novels, Irene Hannon has garnered two RITA Awards and a slew of other honors. Vanished, the first book in the Private Justice series, follows reporter Moira Harrisons, who strikes a pedestrian while driving late one night on a wooded road. Dazed from the crash, Moira sees a second man appear at her window and assure her everything will be all right - but then she passes out. When Moira wakes, both men are gone, and a mystery awaits.
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I like Irene Hannon's stories and was glad to see a new one was available. I wish I had bought the print version instead of the Audible recording. While I found the story good, the narration was not. More than once I turned it off and considered returning it. I'm not sure how to discribe what I so disliked. Celeste Ciulla does not do male voices well and there were many times that I wasn't sure which character was speaking. The thing that really annoyed me was her inflection and emphasis. Many times she sounded like a fifth grader that the teacher warned to watch puncuation and to add emotion when you read. Ms. Ciulla is not whiney or shrill, just flat with force emotion. On the whole the narrator ruined this listen for me. She is certainly not the worst I've heard but I will think twice about using a credit on another of her performances.
This story held my interest from the beginning, despite the rather lame accents the narrator used on occasion. I will definitely look for more by this author.
The synopsis was very intriguing. I was so excited about listening to this book at first. The first chapter or so was very interesting. However, it turned out to be very disappointing. It wasn't really a mystery because we found out from the very beginning who the bad guy was. To me it seemed to be much more of a romance book, which I tend to avoid..I got tired of hearing how much the characters wanted each other (so repetitive). A 4 or 5 star book for me needs a lot more suspense and mystery, more character development and a narrator who can make each character come alive and doesn't have distracting intonation. I was also disappointed that there wasn't more mention of God. I thought this was a Christian author. I like inspirational books that have a spiritual lesson we can learn from, but that's just my preference.
I did not care for the narrator at all. She had very odd intonation at the end of sentences. In addition, I didn't care for the voices she used for the characters.
It's hard to say. I felt like I didn't really get to know any of the characters very much. There was certainly not enough character development in my opinion. I did find the male detectives a bit annoying. They acted like teenagers with their teasing and going on about how "hot" the lead female character was.
Unfortunately, I will not be purchasing anymore books from this author or books read by this narrator.
Yes!!! the narrator was terrible. I couldn't tell when she was suppose to be a man or a woman. Most of the time when she took the womans part she sounded like a little teenager. A woman can't narrate as a man but men can imitate a womans voice.. Her previous books were excellent with the male narrator! Returning this book!
Will not buy Irene Hannon's book without a male narrator.
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