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Poor Production

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

This is a decent book - an entertaining enough story for those, like me, who enjoy a very light-hearted mystery with a supernatural bent. The problem is that the production has very long pauses in the dialog, presumably because the narrator recorded the different voices separately? Either way, it’s stilted, and it jarred me out of the story so much that it took multiple tries to get through it.

I also found the voice of Belfry’s character grating, and one of the English accents is distractingly bad. It’s a shame; I think I might have given the next book in the series a try if the narration/production were better.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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So, So Bad

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

I didn't even make it 2 hours into this book. In that time, I found what little of the plot that unfolds so implausible, the dialog so cringe-worthy, and the two main characters so insufferable that I just can't listen to another minute. Example: what 18-year old has the means to have lunch at the same caliber restaurant where an older actor treats his daughter to salmon, and then takes a girl on a date at a fancy hotel. Couldn't suspend disbelief long enough to keep going.

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Narration Made It Impossible to Finish

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

The narration is insufferable. All of the dialogue seems to be either yelled or whined. I find I cannot even finish this, and am disppointed that I wasted 4 hours and can't bear to listen to the remaining 9.

I have really enjoyed most of the previous books in this series, and I was really looking forward to diving in to this one. However, I neglected to read the reviews and check the narrator, which would have tipped me off to grab the paperback.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining, but not incredible.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

While the story was entertaining and the characters were interesting, this story could have been more than just entertaining. I found myself wanting my heartstrings plucked as much as my funny-bone was tickled.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I found it mostly satisfying. Some of it was predictable, but, delightfully, some of it was quite a surprise.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I'd change the narrators. I found some mis-pronunciations annoying and distracting ("vokka" instead of vodka, for example), and the cadence just wasn't right. It didn't allow me to get as lost in the story as I could have with different narrators.

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Couldn't finish it.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think that anyone looking to confirm a belief that atheists are arrogant elitists will enjoy this book.

What was most disappointing about Penn Jillette’s story?

The repetitive nature and general intolerance that some people (okay, a lot of people) find comfort in irrational beliefs.

What didn’t you like about Penn Jillette’s performance?

I found it angry sounding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Neither a Good Romance Nor a Good Thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

Would you ever listen to anything by Marie Force again?

It would take a lot, but I might consider her work in a different genre.

What didn’t you like about Katie Sparer’s performance?

I feel like her interpretation of the protagonist was often at odds with the character's description. Sam sounded like a flighty, irresponsible twenty-year old with low self esteem and who could not control her emotions. It made me question why anyone would trust her with the kind of responsibility she was given.

What character would you cut from Fatal Justice?

Sam, sadly. I found her incredibly annoying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Summer Distraction but Not for Everyone

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

Reviewed: 08-18-12

This book was such a surprise! It was paced so well that it was hard to stop listening at any point, because I just had to know what happens next. It has the great combination of good character development and interesting plot.

Why I don't think it's for everyone:
- I love it when a book has characters who are fantastically flawed, yet written in a way where you absolutely love them anyway. However, I think some listeners might be put off by the characters' personalities and may not find as much humor in their actions as I did. If you are easily offended by people who are easily offended, this book may drive you crazy.
-This book also peripherally touches on some pretty sensitive topics with humor (hard to say which without spoilers). I found it worked very well, but some might not agree.
-The book mostly comprises emails and notes, with the occasional narrative thrown in. I know some readers don't care for that kind of format.

I gave the story 5 stars because I am still thinking about the characters a day or two after I finished, wondering what they're doing! I gave the narrator 4 stars because it was almost perfect, including a fantastic singing voice. I docked one star because I felt like Bee was voiced in a way that sounded more like an 8 year old than a 14 year old.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Laughably Bad '80s Soap Opera

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

Reviewed: 07-31-12

Why didn't I read the reviews before I wasted a credit?! Live and learn.

It might seem odd to give a book an overall rating of 2 when the performance and story get ratings of 1. But that is because this book was so bad I laughed out loud many times while listening, and that entertainment is worth something, right? It was almost so bad it was good. Almost.

As a fan of some of Susan Mallery's other books, I was optimistic that I'd enjoy another slice of escapist melodrama with funny, sympathetic characters. Instead, this insipid book is a parade of insufferable whiners making eye-rolling-ly stupid decisions, while a cliched villain does everything a cartoon bad guy would do short of twirl his long mustache and try to blow up the protagonist's ranch with Acme brand dynamite.

I think the awfulness was magnified by poor narration. It almost sounded like the narrator was chosen for her ability to provide multiple voices, regardless of whether she could actually communicate content. Inflection in the wrong places, stilted delivery, and every female character sounded like they were whining...especially the protagonist.

This book reminds me to suggest a new feature to Audible. It would be great to be able to sort My Library by narrator, so that I can be reminded which narrators I don't care to listen to again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Solid Baldacci Book

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

Reviewed: 05-25-12

If you???ve listened to books by David Baldacci before, how does this one compare?

This is right on par with the many other David Baldacci books I have listened to or read. The protagonists were more interesting to me than the King & Maxwell series, but not as engaging as those in the Camel Club series.

What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Ron McLarty's voice fits assassins so well! And Orlagh Cassidy is so skilled with voicing different characters. Added to that, the production is so good that I often forget that there are two different narrators.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, but that says nothing about the book's quality. I enjoy reading action / violence, but the visual images are a bit much for me.

Any additional comments?

If you already like David Baldacci, you're likely to enjoy this book. If you're new to reading his books, it's a good representation of the majority of his catalog.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An Absolutely Wonderful Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 05-12-12

I never thought 35 hours would fly by, but they did! An engaging story and impeccable narration make this an audiobook not to be missed. When the book ended, I found myself missing the characters.

Rosalyn Landor's performance is one of the best I've encountered in hundreds of audiobooks. She nearly rivals Jim Dale in her ability to distinctly voice a dozen or more characters. The story is read with such feeling and each character's voice suits his personality so well.

The story was standout as well. One of the markers of a great story for me is one where I am compelled to feel forgiving of characters who do seemingly unforgivable things. The characters are so well developed, which is especially commendable given that there are so many of them.

There are two things that keep me from giving the story five stars. First, the story is set in the 80's and early 90's, and while I found it easy to fall into the era, sometimes it seemed as if the author tried to stuff in too many cultural references to the era. While mostly the stage was set perfectly, there were a few instances where references to technology or pop culture seemed forced, and I actually found myself taken out of the setting rather then plunged further into it. Second, the ending was acceptable, but it could have been outstanding. I won't say any more so as not to spoil it for those who haven't read it.

All in all, a bargain at two credits.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful