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Barbara Blanks aka StFlossie

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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-06-19

Have Robb and Ericksen gotten bored with the characters? Ericksen is especially disappointing--her character voices often blend together--hard to tell who is who. Even Roarke barely has an Irish accent at times. In other books, the voices are distinctive--she made the characters come alive. It is the characters that have kept me coming back and back again to the In Death series, because the story lines themselves really aren't that great. Seriously--they aren't. But I just love Dallas, Peabody, Roarke, Feeney, McNab, etc.
Robb has her characters repeating themselves--in their heads and/or out loud, using dialog to explain points that have already been made.
So much of the humor is missing, too.
If I had started the series with this book, I likely would not have tried another one. The only other In Death book I was disappointed in was Dark In Death--it just seemed to drag. So, if this is your first JD Robb book, try some of her earlier books. Don't judge all of them by this disappointment.
Oh yeah -- the poetry left with the victims is really bad poetry, too.

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Endless repetition

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

How can Jodi Taylor write such a good book in one series and such horrible ones in another. I skipped through Book 1, the title of which I've already forgotten, so I don't why why I bothered to try Dark Light. I wound up skipping through it, too. Jodi can't say one thing without saying it again immediately at least two other ways....and then repeats what she just repeatedly repeated again a few lines further on. My god woman, just get on with the story. Disappointing.

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Ho-Hum

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

Reviewed: 08-12-19

Couple divorces, wife remarries, kids grow up, blah blah blah...
I listened to maybe two chapters, skipped over to the last hour, then skipped to the last 5 minutes.
If I missed anything, I don't care. Characters were ho-hum. Story was ho-hum. Reader couldn't do better than ho-hum because the story was so ho-hum.

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Not bad, not great

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

Reviewed: 08-09-19

Not very amusing, but a quick listen, a bit educational, a bit fun. Cleopatra, asps, centurions. What else do you need? An oxen stampede? Oh yeah --that too.

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Better than expected--& thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 08-09-19

I'm not sure how or why this ended the way it did, but the quantum physics aspects were actually pretty interesting. Wally Roux sounded typically teenage-ish, 13-14, new boy in a new school, dealings with his mom, the dad he lost--and then had again in a different dimension...don't ask. The one clinker was Wally supposedly walking 3-plus hours to & from school in Atlanta heat because he didn't want to ride the bus. I don't buy that at all.

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Satisfying sequel to The Nothing Girl --

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

Reviewed: 08-09-19

I'm glad Jodi wrote a sequel so we could see how Jenny's life changed. It was amusing, tender, mysterious, with a bit of supernatural thrown in. I empathized with Jack the donkey and am pleased with the resolution there. Thomas the golden horse makes a reappearance. On one hand I'm glad Jenny doesn't miraculously become a non-stuttering superwoman. On the other, she is tiresome with her wimpy-ness. Generally an easy listen, but again, Jodi tends tor repeat points instead of moving on.

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Could have been shorter, but enjoyed overall

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

Reviewed: 08-04-19

Loved Thomas --Jenny was a little tiresome at first. Jodi Taylor writes an amusing and intricate story about an invisible golden horse, a stuttering girl, and other interesting characters. But she has a tendency to repeat herself, giving more description than necessary, and especially Jenny's struggles with her stuttering, lack of self-esteem, and her whole process of growth. Her humor, especially at unexpected times, is what keeps me listening to her books.
Oh yeah, loved Marilyn, the other Thomas, and the cat. Great cat.

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I stayed with it despite some problems

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

I loved Jodi Taylor's "Just One Damned Thing After Another," so gave "White Silence" a try. It has humor, although not as much as "Just..." The primary issue I had with Silence was the repetitious descriptions, thoughts, actions. Elizabeth Cage, the main character, couldn't ..say...fall down--she fell down, something happened when she fell down, when she fell down she felt this way, and how in the world did she fall down and why didn't she do something differently. Better editing could have cut at least two hours off this audio. Cage --she wasn't unlikable, but I didn't care much for her. First she was too passive, then she let others rescue her, then she became too aggressive, then what started out as one special power turned into several, and the whole thing ended with a wide-open entrance to a sequel.
As I said, I stayed with it, I enjoyed it up to a point, but it could have been a lot better than it was.

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Love the offhand humor

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

Reviewed: 07-24-19

After listening to Just One Damned Thing After Another, I went looking for more Jodi Taylor books, and found several of her short stories. The Very First Damned Thing is a prequel to the first book, which you can listen to first, but it doesn't really matter.
I increased Jodi's reading speed to 1.25--she reads a little more slowly than Zara Ramm does, and I liked the faster pace better. Whatever flaws there might be in the story line are unimportant to me because I enjoy the history, the irreverence, the humor, and everything else. These are just fun reads.

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  • Just One Damned Thing After Another
  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm

Unexpectedly funny-- loved the reader, loved Max

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

Reviewed: 07-23-19

Zara Ramm did a terrific job of reading, especially when the irreverent Max was speaking and thinking. I had a little trouble getting into the story--can't remember why, but once it clicked, I really started enjoying it--except maybe it went on a bit too long. I was never entirely clear on who the villains were toward the end. There's also the puzzle of time moving more slowly in the past than in the present/future. The travelers could be gone for 3 months in the past, but it might be only a couple of hours passing in the present. Although at one point, I got the impression of a month passing in the present with only 11 days passing in the past. Confused? Yeah, well, really it doesn't matter. Frankly none of the other characters stood out that much for me, but I enjoyed Max so much I didn't care. I liked it enough that I will likely try some of the other books.

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