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cynthia

FORT WORTH, TX, United States
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A Really Good Read

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

I bought this book on one of Audible's sales and didn't really know what to expect. It was a pleasant surprise how much I enjoyed this listen. We watch the evolution of a small Georgia town from the days following WWI through the 60's. There is a murder mystery that runs through the story, and the three chiefs who try to catch the murderer. Although we know who the murderer is early on, that is not the point. When will he be discovered and by which chief? A strong thread of the book is how the town's black community is treated and the changes that begin to come after WWII. Although sometimes painful to listen to, I think the author handled it well. These are not cartoon character villians, but only too indicative of some of the types I met growing up in Texas in the 70's and 80's. You see how change slowly comes to the town, driven by good people who know things have to change. The thread of the murder is what drives the story, but the author gives us a lot of information in the setting and characters of the small town of Delano. I thought the narrator was excellent. He sounds exactly as you would expect someone in a small Southern town, and the accent is not over done. I have no idea if he is putting on the Southern drawl or not. It certainly sounds authentic. I can't say the same for the few times he attempts a British accent. Fortunately there is not much of that dialogue! The only small flaw is in the editing. At the end of a chapter the narrator so quickly says "Chapter --" after the last word of the previous chapter that I kept rewinding, thinking I had missed something. But this carried through the whole recording. This book is hard to classify, but I highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I really wanted to like this, but....

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

No doubt the writing is good and the narrator is excellent. While the book was evocative of the era, I found the story line almost unbearable. I was reading it for a book club so I persevered, but about 3/4 of the way through I thought, "I can't take much more of our two whinging, unlikeable main characters." I found the story trite and couldn't really find anyone to care about in the book. Maybe that's just me. Before I got into it, I expected to love it.

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Another Great Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-14

I'm a Karin Slaughter fan and a fan of the series. This one lived up to expectation and revealed a little more of the Will Trent character. It's like peeling an onion; the author gives you a little more insight into him with each book. I also enjoyed the return of Lena, and learning a bit more about her. If you're already a fan you will enjoy this book. If you're new to the series, while it can be read as a stand alone, you will enjoy it alot more if you return to the beginning of the series.

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You need to try this series!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-14

I love mysteries but I'm usually not a fan of what I consider "cosy mysteries". Often the characters in these stories can be caricatures of stereotypes and seem silly. The Royal Spyness series avoids this by setting the series in an interesting historical period, and uses humor to make the more extreme characters an interesting part of the story. I am listening to the series in order and I enjoy it more with each new listen. My greatest praise goes to the narrator, Katherine Kellgren. I don't think I would enjoy the books half as much if I was just reading from the page. Ms. Kellgren gives a true virtuoso performance. Please don't ever try a new narrator for this series! She has such a distinctive voice for each character that you get swept up into this world. Yes, these are light mysteries, but extremely entertaining. If you love anything BBC set back
in time then this is the series for you.

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Great Addition to the Series

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

Reviewed: 04-05-14

French has an interesting concept; bringing in a secondary character from a previous novel and making them the main character in a new book. And she doesn't always pick the most obvious character. Her stories always have so many layers and reading them (or listening) is a pleasure. My only complaint is the wait it too long between books! I'll be buying the next one as soon as it's available.

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This is a Fantastic Series!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-13

I haven't liked an author this much since I first discovered Dennis Lehane of Mystic River fame. Tana French's books keep getting better and better. The Ireland atmosphere is a character in the story as it is descriptively brought to life. And has there ever been another author who has done this: had a different leading character in every book, passing along the lead story like a daisy chain? It's not obvious which side player in the novel you are reading may be the star of the next novel. Each has their own compelling story, and this one was no exception.
The main character is not initially the most admirable character, but as his story unfolds, you begin to see why he acts the way he does. Although I did figure out "who did it" before the end, it didn't spoil it for me, so beautifully was the story written and so perfectly did it play out.
The narrator does a great job. The Irish accent helps set the atmosphere for the story.

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This Will Keep You Up At Night!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

This mystery was an unexpected pleasure. I had no real expectations, but the story just kept getting more and more interesting as it gathered momentum. Toward the end I couldn't stop listening because I wanted to see how it turned out. Although everything is there, I didn't see the solution to the mystery. The characters are interesting and complicated. If you like mysteries that keep you guessing with characters you can emphasize with, give this book a try.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This Will Keep you Guessing!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

Where does You're Next rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the more entertaining mysteries I've read in a while. The plot takes a twist I didn't expect, and I like a story that is a step ahead of me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this book while I had a rather undesirable painting project going on in the garage for a couple of weeks. It made the hours pass much more quickly, and I would go paint, just to listen to more of the story.

Any additional comments?

This story had interesting characters. The main character, in particular, was well developed.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A Delightful Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

Would you listen to A Royal Pain again? Why?

Yes, I have ordered the whole series when it went on sale.

What did you like best about this story?

It is an easy, enjoyable listen. I like the time period it is set in, as well as the London setting. The characters are interesting and the story has enough twists and turns to keep me interested.

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This is one of those books that I think is much more enjoyable on audio. Ms. Kellgren puts so much expression into the various characters, and her accent makes the story seem more in it's setting. She does an excellent job.

Any additional comments?

I only give 5 stars to books that I find spectacular in some way, so a 4 star rating from me is very good. I liked this book enough to buy the whole series, and I think that says it all.

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Surprising Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-06-13

What did you love best about Still Missing?

It took me a little while to be captured by Still Missing. I read Room not too long ago, and I thought it was going to be another captive story. I wasn't prepared to listen to a whole book about this poor girl's captivity. But the story changed and that was when it really got interesting to me. The ending was sort of a surprise and it kept me listening. I thought the narrator did a good job. This was an entertaining listen and I'm glad I selected it.