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5 stars until the ridiculous ending

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-19

This was so good, but then came that ridiculous ending! The end felt like a parody. It ruined it. It's so bad it's almost funny. Almost.

This is a great story but the audio is really bad

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

There is another version of this not on Audible that is much better. I highly recommend and finding out one instead of this one

Title of this book is very misleading

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Shocking statistics:
5% of the families in America commit 50% of all crime.
10% of families in America commit 2/3's of all crime.

That's where the science ends.
This is not a book about how crime runs in FAMILIES. <-plural
This is about one singular family.
The stories in this book are anecdotes and hearsay from the criminals in this family. We know that criminals lie. I'm not sure how reliable these stories really are.

But here is what I found really disappointed about this book.
1. The book completely ignores the nature vs nurture debate.
2. The book ignores any and all questions about science, genetics, and criminality.
3. The book ignores any questions about the concept of free will.

Why write a book like this but ignore all of the science around the topic? What's the point?

The author even confesses that other people avoid discussing the role of the family in criminal behavior like the plague because it raises uncomfortable questions about heredity as a source of criminality, and which could lead to reinforcing racism. So what does he do? He does the same thing as everyone else. He avoids the topic.

This book should have been marketed as a crime family history.
I really wish I had known this before I bought it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Very slow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

First, the narrator was ok until he started using a very exaggerated valley-girl voice for the gay character. Some of it was the written dialogue but a lot of it was the narrator who used that rise in pitch at the end of each sentence when the gay character spoke. It got really old. REALLY old.

Now for the story. This is a long book and the pace is slow. The premise is very compelling, but the story really drags in long stretches and could have used a good editor. It's a decent listen but not my favorite Tana French book.

Themes of free-will, identity, character, and personality as a fixed construct are explored.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Surprisingly good!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-18

I was very skeptical going into this one, partly because of the cheesy Hallmark-ish cover of the two wedding rings and partly because I've never heard of this author in spite of all of the 5-star reviews. I went in with no (low?) expectations and that's probably part of why I enjoyed this so much. The plot is unpredictable, the characters are very fleshed out, and the story was well told and well-paced.

Patrica "Rabbit" Williams is THE REAL DEAL!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

So entertaining and real. The author reads the book, and it feels so authentic. I lived in Columbus GA around the same time she was in her teenage years. They are in talks to make a sitcom television show about her and her life!

Latent hostility towards Jews, LGBTQ, etc..

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I was such a BIG fan of her's on Parks & Rec. The book starts out very funny. Her family story is really interesting. Then it emerges, this unsettling vibe -- her tone of voice and understanding what she is suggesting without actually coming right out and saying it. She is never overtly bigoted, but there is definately a latent sense of hostility towards LGBTQ, Jews and others that set off my 'spidey senses' alarms. I was so turned-off, I could not bring myself to continue listening. So disappointing. It just makes me sad. I hope I can get a refund. Please, don't spend your precious money or credits on this one.

2 of 14 people found this review helpful

Great book, terrible narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably not, because the narrator's voice was incredibly grating. I would recommend reading the book.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Great plot that kept me guessing. He did it! Wait, no, he is innocent! It kept me guessing with a believable but fresh plot and very complex characters

What didn’t you like about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance?

Too much croaky vocal fry and sloppy enunciation.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

#MeToo?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Terrible Narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Worst Narrator. She mumbles in this flat, whispery monotone. She sounds like she is bored out of mind. It's so distracting, I can't focus on the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Ridiculous ending ruins this book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Would you try another book from Gregg Olsen and/or Karen Peakes?

Very good UNTIL the convoluted, absurd ending, which resulted in a downgrading from 5-stars to 1.5-stars. I feel the author didn't know how to end this after writing himself into a corner with far too many over-the-top, implausible plot twists so he just drops it on the floor in a giant mess.