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Cary, NC, United States
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The Original Publishers were Right

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

Reviewed: 05-17-19

This is nothing but a want to be, feel good listen for pearl clutchers who are mourning the "loss" of 1950s, white picket fence America. It was sanctimonious, puritanical drivel and the narrator read so slowly I had to bump it to 1.5 speed to tolerate it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

This One Missed

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

Obviously since I've read 27 of these books, I love this series but this one was terrible. Eve was a mean witch with a "B" and the second murder was an awful distraction. The end picked up a bit hence the second star but it was the worst "In Death" book I've read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Hits Hard

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

Let me start out by saying my grandmother had Alzheimer's and I wrote a paper on it in PT school. I had a little bit of a knowledge base and a personal connection to the disease starting out. I don't know if that might have had an effect on my opinion of the book but I thought it was something that I should explain for context.

Next I will point out that normally when the author narrates, it's a total disaster. Ms. Genova, however, did an admirable job. Her pronunciation of the word "Alzheimer's" as though there is a T after the L was irritating but not terribly distracting. As she is not a professional narrator, she does not have different voices for each character but typically that wasn't a point of confusion as the text did a very good job of explaining who was speaking.

The characters were all slightly self absorbed at different times throughout the story and I found myself not really liking them. However, there is no denying that they were suffering and dealing with their experience the best way they knew how. I certainly had plenty of empathy for them.

Watching Alice decline is heartbreaking but so accurate. By the end I was in tears and I do not normally cry. This story does not sugar coat the pain of Alzheimer's nor should it. I hope that the recent breakthroughs in understanding this disease lead to better long term treatment if not a cure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Depraved

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-15

I've listened to and enjoyed many dark novels. To describe this as dark doesn't go far enough. E. E. Borton has an agenda. He vilifies our entire justice system as week and ineffective with story after story of bad guys that walk free. He then goes on to glorify vigilante justice. About 1/4 of the way through the book, the characters all loose their minds and turn into despicable psychopaths. The reader is supposed to cheer them on as they all go on this convoluted revenge journey!? No. They were no better than the sicko who started the whole mess. I won't even get into the fact that the story was ill planned and took random turns, introducing characters as they were needed with no back story so it appears they came out of nowhere. I will not be reading anything by this author again.

Rourke! What happened to you?

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Rourke was an unbelievable jerk throughout this entire book. I love his character in all the previous books but he was a chest thumping boor the entire time. Bring back the suave dude we've all come to love!

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I Disliked this from Start to Finish

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-13

There was a point where I thought maybe this was going to turn around into something interesting but I was wrong. All of the characters are selfish and unlikeable. The one saving grace was Edwards did a remarkable job of portraying a young person with Down's Syndrome. The rest of the story was dull and unremarkable with the sudden switches between characters making it difficult to follow the story. It also had the feeling that the author was following a prescribed list of writing tips to include, for instance when Nora answered the phone, to build suspense, you should talk about how she remembered this moment in the years to come.... It all added up to an aggravating slog through an uninspired story.

Ilyana Kadushin did a decent job with what she had to work with but there was no variation in her inflection except for Phoebe and that never truly sounded correct to me.

Definite pass on this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great Story Until the End

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

This story had me captivated. I listened to it eagerly awaiting the point where the 2 story lines converge and everything would make sense. There were hints of something supernatural going on and I loved that we didn't know what that was. Then in the last 1/4 of the book, the main character turned into a terrible jerk and the story just ended without a resolution. The author seemed to think he was so clever that we wouldn't have any clue about who was behind the murder but that part was pretty transparent to me. I was so incredibly disappointed with this book esp since it started out so well. Skip it.

Plus, the narrator didn't even try to do an Irish accent but he did appear to have a bad case of dry mouth as he can be heard smacking, gulping and swallowing throughout the entire book. This is a MAJOR irritation with me so some may not find it as obvious but I'm extremely sensitive to it.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

Sophomore Slump Defined

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

I wasn't completely overwhelmed with the first book but wanted to continue the story so I got the second. This book was not as good as the first and I really struggled to get through it.

Clash of Kings is a transition book. People are moving around with little blips of action. I found most of it to be quite boring.

The worst part about it was how Martin introduced magic. It was thrown at us out of nowhere and was ridiculously over the top! It left me scratching my head saying, "Did that really just happen?" I told my husband it was a "Jump the Shark" kind of thing and when he got to that point, he completely agreed with me.

Probably what I was most disappointed in was where he brought some of the characters. Catelyn esp let me down. She became a bit of a whiner. We never hear from Rob and he's turned John into a bit of a jerk. Too much time was spent with Dani and nothing was accomplished. Everyone just maneuvered into position in this book

I have started the 3rd book in hopes that this was just the sophomore slump many authors go through.

Average Fantasy Stuff

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-13

Martin is a decent author and his characters are complex and strong but I wouldn't put him at the top of my favorite fantasy author list.

The book jumps from person to person which is normal in a book this long. Some people like this, others do not. I don't mind it but I do enjoy some of the characters more than others.

Many people have complained that main characters get killed off. Those people must not have read much fantasy because in every good series I've ever read, main characters get killed off. This is not a romance novel or a Stephen King novel where the hero is left standing with all his favorite people. The fantasy genre is known for killing off main characters. This is why I truly believe this series is as popular as it is because of the HBO version of it. People who would normally never read a fantasy book are picking it up because of the amazing job HBO does with their series.

That said, what HBO does best is skim over the less glamorous parts and highlights the action. Martin tends to get bogged down in political minutia and I find myself tuning out. The first 1/2 of the book was slow to ramp up and the second 1/2 is where all the action happens. To me it was a very typical introductory book to a very long series but not my favorite series.

I will listen to the next and most likely the entire series simply because some of the characters are very cool. I would not put this in the same league at Tolkien or Sanderson but he has potential and a neat premise. I'd like to see where he goes with it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

As Expected

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-12

As is the case with most sophomore novels; this is not as good as the original but it's not terrible. I didn't think the first was great. This fell off a little.

There is the obligatory split between the young lovers, a lot of action and teen angst. All of which is the crux of most YA fiction. Roth goes into a little more character development in this book but they all still appear to be pretty straightforward. The action is a little too pat and action movie-esque. People are constantly getting shot and persevering. I've never been shot but I imagine a bullet wound to my leg would completely put me out of commission and almost certainly I wouldn't be able to jump a train with one in my shoulder. But alas, there is that necessity for suspension of disbelief.

One thing that really started to irritate me toward the end of the book is Roth's overuse of, "I/he/she said." to delineate who was speaking. Many times, it would have been obvious who the speaker was without it but and in the cases where it was necessary, it would have been prudent to use other words, eg: exclaimed, shouted, mumbled etc... Here is where Roth's age and inexperience as a writer was most evident. A little variation goes a long way. Even my second grader knows to do this! I think even Emma Galvin got tired of reading it since by the end of the book, it sounded like she was saying, "I said" with a sneer! It was only minimally distracting however.

I will listen to the 3rd book when it comes out, however, unlike The Hunger Games, I am not recommending this series to my husband. He was too irritated by the teenage angst in THG to put up with it in this one.

I hope Roth continues to write and grow as an author. I think she has a lot of promise and some interesting ideas.