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Don't Let Go audiobook cover art

It was okay

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-19

I've read or listened to several of Harlan Cohen's novels and always enjoyed them, even the Myron Bolitar books though I am not drawn to sports-themed material. This one has a few distinctive features, such as the relationship between the protagonist and his twin brother and the mysterious events at the heart of the book. But I could have laid the book aside without finishing it and that would have been okay. I never felt driven to find out what happened.

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What a great listen.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-19

This book impressed me with its pacing, compelling story, and ability to keep my curiosity level high throughout. Some really great twists and surprises. The author is a new favorite in the company of writers such as Ian Rankin, Michael Connolly, Michael Robotham and others of their standing.

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Disappointed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-19

I've listened to most of Carol Wyer 's DI Robyn Carter audiobooks and have enjoyed them. This time, I was annoyed by repeated changes in tense and point of view. Plus, the monotonous narrator who lacks the ability or willingness to expressively differentiate the characters (except for the young child) added little. Everybody pretty much sounded the same, including men and women.

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Joanna Penn rocks!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

In this title, as in every one her books that I've read, the author is so sensible, knowledgeable, and generous in the amount of relevant detail she provides as to set a new and higher standard for other writers in this field to aspire to. She is encouraging, empowering, and yet realistic--a gift for anyone considering an indie writing career. I offer her both kudos and thanks!

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Secrets of the Dead audiobook cover art
  • Secrets of the Dead
  • Detective Robyn Carter Crime Thriller Series, Book 2
  • By: Carol Wyer
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman

Narrator makes book less enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

This is my second Carol Wyer book and is as good as the first--not spectacular, but solid. I love police procedurals set in England and this fits the bill. The detective and her colleagues are believable and for the most part likable; the others who are not meant to be likable are indeed off-putting. But the entire experience is marred by a dreadful narrator. She has the softspoken voice of a kindergarten teacher, not a good fit for reading a police procedural with a reasonably tough female detective as the protagonist. But worst of all is her unfathomable habit of pronouncing the article "a" as a long a (to rhyme with day) the way an insecure second grade reader might. She is capable of using the more typical schwa and does this part of the time as well. I could find no rhyme or reason for her choices and it became quite distracting and annoying. Don't think I can bear another book read by this woman, who otherwise has a pleasant voice, just mixed with bad casting here and a peculiar pronunciation habit.

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Un-put-downable? Not for me. Unfinishable.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

I found this book promising at the start--the setup is interesting and the protagonists likable. But after 5 chapters of outward loveliness and charm (albeit with hints of darkness), I wanted the author to get past the build-up. I understood the hints way back when they started. It was an engine that kept turning over but wouldn't start. Give me ignition before 20% of the book is behind me. There wasn't anything interesting, just waiting for something really bad to happen after a lot of telltale behavior on the husband's part. I didn't want to witness anything bad happen especially to the sister and it was just taking so long I had time to opt out. To me, this wasn't suspense, but annoyance.

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Extremely deep and revealing

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

I expect that John Piper's delivery is not appealing to everyone, but I want to hear what he says with his own voice, just as I prefer to hear a singer/songwriter deliver their song rather than someone else covering it. His passion for Jesus, for the scripture, for precise meaning is all there in the way he brings the sermon. This is probably the best sermon series I have ever heard and I know I will return to it many times. Some of his insights I have heard preached nowhere else. Piper may not always be right, but he is brilliantly uncompromising in saying what he believes--and is convincing in the bargain.

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Mixed bag--very good in places but with big flaws

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

The author does a great job with some types of scenes--particularly action. You feel the pulse quickening and the suspense building. But in other ways, the author doesn't do the hard work of storytelling, Instead, he essentially "cheats" to get a resolution. I think a lot of readers must be so taken with the writer's good points that they give him a pass on the really weak points. Maybe I'll wait and try Erika Foster, Book 7 or 8.

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS POINT UNTIL AFTER YOU'VE READ (OR LISTENED TO) THE BOOK

The person responsible for the death at the heart of the novel isn't responsible in the way one expects in a murder mystery. A tragedy is not a crime, even if it follows on another crime.

The person who is responsible for deliberately causing other deaths doesn't come onstage until the very end. He is simply mentioned. There is no real introduction to the character, let alone any character development until the detectives are hearing the truth from someone involved. So as a reader, I just felt jerked around. There was no, "wow, of course" or "I never would have guessed" feeling. My reaction was "come on now". I didn't care anymore.

The truth comes to light with two very unsatisfying elements--an obsessive ex-cop makes the crucial realization--and tell me why Erika or her colleagues couldn't have heard the key sentence when they listened to the audio which they had before she did?

The second of those unsatisfying elements comes when the character who is the pivot point for the twist is brought into the station There she refuses to say anything, then suddenly, for no apparent reason, pours it all out in what works like a flashback. At least in an old-fashioned murder mystery, passe for many years now, the detective has figured things out before he explains what must have happened and who did what. This character just recounts what she knows.

There were also smaller irritants like the Melodrama Mama, the obnoxious sister, and a few inconsistent details (such as how old someone was) and how the family discovered that the girl was missing.



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Not a penny dreadful, but dreadful nonetheless

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

Just my personal reaction. I found it stiff and boring with a raft full of unappealing characters and preposterous situations. It was more an antiquated pastiche of a British mystery than an actual British mystery. Richard Jury may have turned out to be a decent fictional detective, but I simply couldn't make it that far. I realize I'm in the minority here, given the ratings, but this is definitely not my pint of lager. Those of you who enjoy, enjoy. I will not be back for more of the series or the author.

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Ending disappoints

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

Good ride in some ways. Rebus on the wagon for once was interesting and so was the Aberdeen focus. But the ride ended up taking me nowhere. Two criminals with a strange link are at the heart of the book and in the end there's no satisfaction to be had in the hunt for either.

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