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Pamela

Sonoma, CA, United States
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No, just NO! Confusing and boring. Not Worthy!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Disappointing. I'm a long time lover of this series but this unsophisticated story is both confusing and goes nowhere simultaneously. Of the tens of familiar characters to draw from, only Pendergast and Constance appear, adding to the myopic feel of this book. And it's not even Pendergast at his best, he feels tired and lacking in creativity. Once the main story is resolved -- the wine theft turned historic shipwreck thread -- and with a lame technique you see in TV shows as a way to catch the bad guy, the authors shift gears into this evil monster story which wasn't hinted at earlier. But then they don't even resolve it, raise the spectre of the return of an uber evil character who has been dead for the last few books, and leave so many things hanging that my head is spinning. But here's the thing, I don't even care enough to try to frame these hanging threads into questions to wonder about. It feels like a tapestry that is unwinding before my eyes. What a shame. Pendergast is a huge, operatic character, but not in this book; in this book he barely has a voice, even if he does drink absinthe. Feels like the franchise has run out of steam, time to hang it up.

16 of 27 people found this review helpful

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kept me listening!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

Having exhausted all the Pendergast books (loved them!), I went searching for a different series as well written. This has a bit of a "Mike Hammer" feel to the lead character, and some of the violence struck me as over the top, but it drew me in and kept my attention. Looking forward to book number 2.

Horrible narration, stupid and shallow story

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

Reviewed: 05-06-14

The author gives me no reason to care about any of these characters, and that's only part of the problem with this book. The protagonist is spineless -- a victim, an heiress, a forensic psychologist who works with the police but who spent the past year hiding out after dealt a bad turn in life. This is not a person I like or want to champion. The narrator's accents for the different characters are so terrible its distracting! Hint: choose a different book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Don't waste your money

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

Reviewed: 04-30-14

I LOVE the Pendergast character, but this is so short and so shallow it is a total waste of time. First, the narration ends a full twenty minutes before the recording does, so the story itself is less than 40 minutes long; its a cheesy trick to sell this as an hour plus recording of a short story. Second, the plot and storyline are so facile, its hard to believe it is written by the same people who wrote RELIC, RELIQUARY, etc. I bought this to tide me over until the next book, but there was nothing there. Nothing.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Not as good

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

Reviewed: 04-23-14

What made the experience of listening to Fear Nothing the most enjoyable?

Suspenseful, but not as good as her earlier work. It feels like the author is turning Dee Dee into a shallow, hard ass, one dimensional character. Makes me care less about her, no matter how suspenseful the book.

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

Not really, I would have liked more developed between the sisters.

Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

I enjoyed the voice of the psychiatrist most, she was terribly odd, which I find interesting. Her physical disorder mirrored her strange psychology, which took me back to the "Burger Man" storyline from a few years ago.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

I like the author's writing, but no more Dee Dee for me. She has become boring and one dimensional. Now, Adeline would be an incredible character to follow.

Not Pendergast at his best, just fine

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

Reviewed: 12-15-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Neutral. I kept waiting for something to really happen, and it never did. The Corrie Swanson character is drawn as self indulgent and never learning from her mistakes, that gets boring quickly. Pendergast is but a shadow in the background of this story, not the driving force as in others in the series.

Would you recommend White Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

No, because it was the weakest of the Pendergast series. All the others were more complex stories, stayed with me longer.

Have you listened to any of Rene Auberjonois’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, all of them and he is a gifted narrator. I enjoy his performance.

Could you see White Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, I could.

Any additional comments?

The story didn't have the twists that mark a Pendergast book, I missed the complexity of the previous stories.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

disappointing, soft core porn

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

Reviewed: 12-15-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story and better narration. The Cain character is interesting but not fleshed out enough, and the Maggie character is just ridiculous.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The second in the series, since I already purchased it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

maybe, but not too soon.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

the story could make an interesting stage play?

Any additional comments?

I love Lisa Gardner's previous books, and this has none of the suspense, terror, or well drawn characters her previous works have. The story is disappointingly straightforward, the Maggie character as well as her narration are terrible, and there are parts that I are just soft core porn in disguise. Very disappointing all around.

Confusing narration, good story

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

Reviewed: 02-20-12

Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Kirsten Potter?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tulip :). Think Abagail was the best drawn character.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kirsten Potter’s performances?

I found this narration sometimes hard to follow. The narrator didn't have enough distinction between character's voices. With so many male and female characters, it helps to have at least two different narrators, or one who can make the characters voices sound more different from one another.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Some sadness, thinking of the terrible things children suffer at the hands of adults they trust

Any additional comments?

This book was nicely balanced. I've listened to many in the series and sometimes the DD Warren character sounds too snarky and cynical. Here, I like how the author changes her ever so slightly now that she's become a Mother. And we get to know more about some of the minor recurring characters, too. Wink and a nod to the Quincy characters making cameo appearances. This author still keeps me guessing, so a delightful listen even when the subject matter is difficult. There is something about the way Gardner writes -- sometimes so honest it surprises me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Implausible storyline

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

Reviewed: 02-18-12

Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or the narrators?

Yes, I have listened to many books by this author and been delighted with both the stories and narrators.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Gardner again?

Yes

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

A bit slow at times, and overwrought at other times. Too much cynicism in the voice of the DD Warren character.

Any additional comments?

This story is so implausible and unbelievable it had me rolling my eyes. The author's other books are well written and paced, but this is just disappointing as it advances. Try any of her other books, especially

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Suspenseful, smartly written. Her best yet!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Neighbor to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print edition.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jason, for his fortitude, his depth, his ability to keep secrets. D.D. Warren, however, has started to annoy me as a character.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not sure, but telling would mean giving away too much to a reader before s/he should know things.

Any additional comments?

This is a suspenseful and very smartly written book. I like when authors bring back characters from their earlier works, and it was done expertly here. Although if you didn't read the earlier work, that doesn't hamper your enjoyment of this story. Lisa Gardner has hit on a formula that works with great characters, and while I have grown tired of James Patterson's formulaic feeling books, each of Gardner's efforts feels fresh and interesting. This listen will keep you on the treadmill longer, entertain you on a long car trip, or make falling asleep a little difficult at night. Highly recommended.