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One unexpected and hotly fought-over little boy, two dead bodies, and a series of home vandalisms throw Texas attorney turned island chanteuse Katie Connell into a tizzy. Juggling all of this, Bloody Mary cravings, baggage, and the bad guys too, she waffles between the jumbie house that brought her back from the brink and the man she believes is the love of her life.

©2013 Pamela Fagan Hutchins (P)2013 Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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loved the story

Would you listen to Leaving Annalise again? Why?

I really enjoyed the story and want to know what happens next!

Did Ashley Ulery do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I did not love the narration--the narrator voice was quite good, but the accents were not.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, I kept wanting to go back to it!

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  • Crystal
  • Ontario, CA, United States
  • 12-10-13

Wow, I couldn't stop listening!

What made the experience of listening to Leaving Annalise the most enjoyable?

The ladies voice kept me intrigued the whole way through!!!! She helped me feel every emotion of the characters, such an amazing job!!

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Love this series

Would you consider the audio edition of Leaving Annalise to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but I have to believe the accents is part of the charm.

What about Ashley Ulery’s performance did you like?

She is Katie - you believe it...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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Great story line

This book, along with others in the series has a Great story line and are enjoyable, suspenseful and captivating. Thank you.

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Story good, narration no so much.

The storyline is okay, but the narrator needs to know her pronunciation. It is "relevant" not "revelant", "nuclear" not "nucular". She sounds poorly educated, sadly in company of a former President... She added an "r" in a name early on, and the other verbal mistakes put a damper on the listening experience. I hope that if Ashley Ulery narrates more of the Pamela Fagan Hutchins books, she will take more care with her speech.

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  • Anita S.
  • SANTA FE, NM, United States
  • 05-19-16

Suspense, Humor, and Romance

Where does Leaving Annalise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't often listen to fiction, but this series has swept me away. It is truly like taking a great vacation with some good friends.

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

I LOVED the actions of the jumbie the most. I never knew exactly what was going to happen, and the way Katie interpreted her experience of the jumbie was always fresh.

Which character – as performed by Ashley Ulery – was your favorite?

Still Katie.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but then you have to say goodbye so fast! I don't like finishing books all in the same day because I like to let the characters sit with me a while.

Any additional comments?

The ending of this one was hard....it made me want more right away. I couldn't let it sit like that.

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Disliked main character intensely.

What disappointed you about Leaving Annalise?

Shallow

What was most disappointing about Pamela Fagan Hutchins’s story?

Character was a stupid dislikable idiot most of the time unless the story needed her to suddenly see the obvious to move the story along.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ashley Ulery?

I read the first book and listened to the second. I think the inflections of the reader weakened the main character.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Leaving Annalise?

How does a "brilliant" investigator get scammed over and over? Why kill the sister?

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Listened to entire book in 2 settings.

Listened to entire book in 2 settings. Loved the story. It along with Book 1 "Saving Grace" was my weekend binge. I'll read the next in series soon.

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dissappointed

What did you like best about Leaving Annalise? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the first book by the author with Katie and Annalise. This one had very little plot and what it had was so predictable that it was boring.

What could Pamela Fagan Hutchins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The romance aspect was overplayed in the book - if I wanted a Harlem Romance I would buy one. Focus more on creating an interesting mystery angle with a little more suspense. The characters also need to be more developed - they were very 2-dimensional in this book.

What didn’t you like about Ashley Ulery’s performance?

Where do I start? The pace was too slow to hold my attention. The fake accents were so bad it was a distraction. I was born and raised in Texas, and her southern accent was so exaggerated it was insulting. I don't know her background, but all LA actors seem to think Southerners have to sound stupid to be realistic. And throwing in the Caribbean lingo was so bad it was awful.

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

maybe on Lifetime, otherwise not a chance

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  • The Truth
  • Melbourne, FL United States
  • 12-02-13

On and on and on... where is this going?

What did you like best about Leaving Annalise? What did you like least?

Best: I loved the Annalise story line. There could have been much more of that.

Otherwise, for the majority of this book, I felt like I was listening to an audio version of This Old House. The story droned on and on, especially about some sort of water catchment thing. I couldn't figure out where it was going and had to stop the story several times because I was bored. Honestly, I wondered why countless chapters were included other than to increase the word count. Sure seemed like a lot of filler.

The narrator Ashley Ulery is pretty good, but she has a habit of inclining the pitch of her voice at the end of every sentence, similar to the way wet-behind-the-ear newscasters do. I couldn't help but laugh once in a while. I thought she was a bit mechanical at times, as if she were reading the news. Unfortunately, that took away from my experience for the first few chapters until I was able to get past that.

If you’ve listened to books by Pamela Fagan Hutchins before, how does this one compare?

Same.

Did Ashley Ulery do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Ashley seems to think each and every island person has a monotone drawl. It was great that she attempted to differentiate Caucasians from islanders, but she could have added a little inflection, mon.

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

Maybe Volume 1, but this one needs to be refreshed first.

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