This is a G-rated, family-friendly, cute, short, sweet, feel-good story. Mystery is a bit of a stretch for adults, but that's the price of having a ..Show More »kid-friendly tale. In any case, I would definitely recommend this audiobook for when you're in need of or have a desire for a cute, fluffy listen with very minimal drama and angst that you can share with the whole family.
The narrator does a good job and has the right tone for this type of book. Her male and female voices were reasonable. She was clear and easy to understand, and there were no problems with her pronunciation.
Some reviewers stated that the narration was too slow, but don't let that sway you from the audiobook. I listen to MOST audiobooks, including this one, at 1.25 speed because I believe, in order to enunciate clearly, the narrators HAVE to read more slowly than in usual conversation, and 1.25 usually works well to bring recording speed up to what I consider "normal" speed without elevating the pitch to chipmunk status.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review. The number of stars is based on where I believe this audiobook rates with other audiobooks of the same type, length and general feel-- not where it rates in comparison to all audiobooks of all time.
Repeated phrases get annoying but the story is good. What isn't is the voice used when Polly is, I think, supposed to be showing concern. It sounds li..Show More »ke baby talk for heavens sake and instead of genuine concern, she just plain sounds phone. Please fix. I've already read the third one and this is common to all three books.
Would have made Polly a stronger lead. I really enjoyed the story but was a little let down when Polly was so insecure about her looks. I can unders..Show More »tand if this was a novel and we needed character development but for a short story it just didn't need it.
A current mystery with a connection to one from 20 years ago
This is a very good mystery, and I was torn on my rating of this audio book. I had read the book previously and gave it a 5-star rating, but I'm one o..Show More »f those people who read their favorite books over several times. When I had a chance to get the audio book from Liz I was excited to have the chance to listen to it while in the car. The 4-stars are for the narrator.
I had never listened to a book read by Jennifer Fournier. The narrative parts of the book and her interpretation of Polly, for the most part, are very good. She is easily understood, has good diction and pronunciation, and reads at a good pace. She changes inflection for the various characters. When Ms. Fournier switches tone for other characters she needs to consider this is a book for adults. Her interpretation of Rooster is a cross between Santa Claus and the Big Bad Wolf. Occasionally she makes Polly sound like a 6-year old, especially if she's been caught taking unnecessary risks and has to explain her actions.
That being said, I would still recommend adding this book to your audio library. Ms. Fournier is clear and concise in her reading. It is easy to follow the action in the story. It is great to be able to listen to the book while engaged in some other activity that prevents reading, such as driving, cooking, needlework or other actions such as those.
Liz Dodwell is one of my favorite authors. When a young woman is found dead, being guarded by her Irish Setter, Polly believes it's murder even though it is ruled accidental death. It also seems to be connected to a disappearance of a child twenty years ago. This is a great mystery with twists and turns and an ending that took me by surprise. Seeing Red is a stand alone book but a great part of the Polly Parrett series. It is such a treat to be able to listen to the story.