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The Man from the Train audiobook cover art

interesting story, dubious execution

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

The narrator does a good, solid job so let's get that out of the way.

The topic is interesting but the writing a bit lacking. The attempts at wit and comic relief are rather annoying, their timing is particularly off. My biggest issue, however, is how derisive they're about speculations when it's others doing the speculating, while remaining very impressed by their own. Century old records and reports will of course necessitate assumptions to fill in the blanks, but is there need to be so arrogant? Worse part is they may not be, just come across that way, thus the comment about the writing.

Anyway, I wouldn't pay full price for this but if this type of stuff interests you, and you can pick it up on sale or something, might be worth it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Prose and Cons audiobook cover art

Going downhill

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

The first book in the series is ok, though very uneven and uncertain of what it wants to be, it holds through. In this one, though, the protagonist loses at least half her intelligence but gains at least triple the arrogance. The marysuefication of her character became too much for me so I think I'm done with the series.

As for the narrator, she does a competent job. Some of the female friend voices are exaggerated and too similar to one another, but overall, I think she did a good job.

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Book, Line, and Sinker audiobook cover art

Ok, on par with previous two in series

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Finally figured out what bugs me about this narrator. She does a good job but sounds bored half the time. Then I was actually bored with the protagonist's love life "woes". I think this is as far as I go with this series.

Death by the Dozen audiobook cover art

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

The narrator's pauses in her speech take a bit to get used to, but is not bad. Mysteries are never great when you figure it out 6 chapters before the protagonist but it was still entertaining. Wish Mel were smarter, but at least her dimness is funny.

Due or Die audiobook cover art

Lindsey-Let's-Not-Call-Police-In-Life/Death-Situations Strikes Again

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

Fun book, narrator does a good job. Would like it better if the author stopped telling how smart the protagonist is and started showing it. On the level with first in series.

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Books Can Be Deceiving audiobook cover art

Good story

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

The narrator did a very good job. The book's nicely written, setting and plot work well. Characters are this author's flaw. I've read some of her other books and there are always characters that make me cringe because they're either empty archetypes or full-blown stereotypes (gave up on her Hat Shop series because of this). One other thing with her books: I don't mind it when our amateur sleuth isn't very smart, but I do mind when it's written as though we're supposed to think they are (smart when it comes to sleuthing, whether or not they're good when it comes to their jobs is separate, same applies I guess, but not the intelligence I'm referring to). If your characters are going to do stupid things (miss clues in front of their faces, take forever to put things together, tell a friend to stop and think and not call the police after the friend lays out an explanation as to why they should...) embrace it, make it a part of them, stop trying to convince me they're so clever if they're not going to behave like it. But yes, I did enjoy this book. lol

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Ghost Talkers audiobook cover art

Good story, ok narration

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

It's more a case of wonderful narrator, dreadful voice actor. Her own voice is very pleasant, but some of the accents and character voices were, honestly, comical. I think that's how I got over them after a while, pretending they were broad parodies (as incongruous to the tone of the book as that is).

The story is good, though pacing was a bit uneven, too much angst concentrated in the quarter to middle part. I appreciated the friendship aspects in it much more than the love story. I wish I'd read the text, might have liked it better. I felt disconnected, emotional scenes that should didn't have an impact, and I wonder if it was some of those character voices that kept throwing me out of the story.

It has the potential to be an enjoyable novel, if you don't mind the narration as much as I did.