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Sleuth Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack, return to New York from their honeymoon in Ireland and discover that their next-door neighbor has put up his apartment for sale. They decide to buy it and enlarge the loft Jack lived in as a bachelor.

Regan takes time off from her work as a private investigator to supervise the construction, while Jack resumes his job as head of the Manhattan Major Case Squad.

On a sweltering summer night, a major blackout hits New York City, and more than one person in the Reilly's building blows their fuse! In the midst of the chaos, with Jack out coping with the city's problems, Regan finds herself drawn into a case she would never expect to happen in her own home.

Zapped, set in New York City, blends Clark's sophisticated humor with her remarkable gift for portraying characters in different walks of life. Here, she creates a penetrating, humorous profile of bosses and workers in the New York real-estate and construction business, and the ardors of renovating a home, which we all know can drive one crazy.

©2008 Carol Higgins Clark; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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  • Judith
  • Middlebury, VT, United States
  • 04-16-08

OH Dear, She Needs Help

The book is a fun "read" and was an enjoyable interlude but someone needs to tell this author she cannot read! Perhaps she is trying to save money by recording her own books but she just makes a mess of them. I had purchased one of her books prior to this and decided to try once more in hopes she had improved. No such luck. Not only is her voice not that pleasing but her inflection and emphasis is awful. Everything is always at an excited, breath taking pitch even when she is writing in the third person.

I have purchased my last audio book recorded by Ms Clark until she has someone else read them. Too bad, it was a fun book but I couldn't wait for it to be over.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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While I enjoyed the story very much, I was very disappointed in the reader. The author should stick to writing and leave the reading to those who do it best. I had difficulty following which character was doing the talking due to Ms. Higgins Clark's inability to change her voice to distinguish between characters. I would rate the story as a four and the reader as a two.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Candace
  • Tracy, CA, United States
  • 04-22-08

Almost Terrible

I think I expected more since the authors name was "Higgins Clark". My assumption was that this would be a sure winner. I was wrong. I am not a writer, but I'll try to give a couple words I can use to describe this book: Amateurish and/or Immature. The story meandered around without any real character development. I guess the author thought that having a million players in this book would be interesting enough. I found it strange that all these people kept winding up tied to each other in some inconsequential way. No one was very interesting either. The story could have been better though if a real narrator had been used. Instead, the author read herself, and in a manner that one would read a story to a child or friend. Very little voice change, unless the character was excited about something, then the voice became a high pitch squeal. I guess this was acting or dramatization? It did not work for me.

It was not bad enough for me to quit in the middle and not find out how it all ended. I bought the download at a very low sales price, and am really happy I did not waste one of my credits on this one!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Not a good narrator!

I don't normally write reviews as what I like/dislike may not be the same for someone else, but I have to agree with the other reviewers that Carol Higgins Clark should stick to what she does best, writing, and leave the narrating to those that do it well. Her narration is almost painful, and makes her writing sound more amatuerish than it really is. I will probably not listen to another book by this author if it is narrated by her.

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  • Joe
  • ocala, FL, USA
  • 04-24-08


It appears the author reads the way she thinks and writes. After listing to 15 books the past month as I'm going blind, I find the style and content not worth the time to down load the book, setting aside the cost. Please same your money.

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What did you love best about Zapped?

Regan's tenacity when she sets her mind to something. And truly the support that Jack gives her. I love the fact that these stories are a quick easy read/listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kit is always a joy. She is a very good friend to Regan and do well as partners in crime.

Which character – as performed by Carol Higgins Clark – was your favorite?

The dizzy wife who's trying to break into Regan's apartment. Carol does dizzy well.