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Publisher's Summary

Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware

A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal....

A city paralyzed by a serial killer stalking the night, taking a most gruesome trophy.

The only thing standing in the murderer's way is an FBI profiler...recently released from a mental institution.

Plain Jane combines the swift action of Patterson with the macabre of Harris.

Just remember to keep the lights on when reading this one!

©2013 Carolyn McCray (P)2015 Beacon Audiobooks

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Just can't listen to this

I don't mean to be rude, but the narration is horrible. The story might be interesting but I finally just stopped and removed this from my device. Not worth the frustration listening was causing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Voice choice

I could not listen to this book, I can't stand the narrator's voice or the way he enunciates his words.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Performance and story horrible!

The man performing the characters in this book read like he had phlegm in the back of his throat the entire time! His character voices were laughable! I will never again listen to a book performed my him- not to mention the story was just as bad! Do not pass go! Turn back while you still have a chance! I want my money back!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Narration

Worst narrator ever. Mispronounced words. Story full of gratuitous sexual 'tension' distracting from what might have been a plot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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6 hours of my life I can't get back

I hated the story. I hated the narration. I kept listening, hoping it would get better. It didn't.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Wow, never a dull moment. This is a riveting story

Would you listen to Plain Jane again? Why?

I can't stop listening to it. The voice is so soothing, and the story is one of the best I've heard. There is twist after twist throughout the plot, what a good movie this would make. If you are squeamish or faint of heart, this is not the story for you. But if you enjoy shows like Dexter, Bates Motel, ect. then this definitely is one you will want to hear again and again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely, Harbinger, he is so bad, and so hot. Just the kind of man, Mom told you to stay away from, but you just couldn't resist. Brain's, braun and that voice, that nearly makes you wet your pants.

What about Don Hoeksema’s performance did you like?

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. Such a great job, gentle, smooth narration, great depiction of the characters. Don has a gift, few people have a voice as dynamic and beautiful as he.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Come only if you dare!

Any additional comments?

You won't go wrong with this book, it's entertaining and will leave you pondering the end for quite a while!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Plain Jane

Poorly narrated. Slow and tedious to read. I would not recommend this book. Very disappointed 😞

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Worst storytelling ever

I have never written such a horrible review but the narrator was horrible to listen to. I couldn't even tell if the story was good or not.

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Worst. Narration. Ever.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The plot was fairly decent. However, the narration was terrible to the point of being ludicrous. The voices the narrator used for various characters made them sound like cartoons. His reading was stilted, his inflection was way off, and the number of mispronunciations was too many to count. Some of my "favorites" were "koop de GRAYce" for "coup de grace," "SKOOered" for skewered, and "karp deem" for "carpe diem." I find it hard to believe the author enjoyed this rendition of her work. As I mentioned before, the plot was not terrible (until the very far-fetched and disgusting climax), and some of the characters could have been interesting, but they really weren't developed well. Also, the constant use of the term "the profiler" instead of using the character's name, and the word "uteri," which is so uncommon, became increasingly annoying as the book went on.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Decent little twist at the end - not entirely surprising, but nicely done.

How could the performance have been better?

Anyone else reading this book. Anyone.

What character would you cut from Plain Jane?

The morgue attendant.

Any additional comments?

I hope Audible never promotes or sells another book narrated by Don Hoeksema.

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Eh

I try not to let voices affect the story. was a struggle to listen to.

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  • victoria macdonalf
  • 06-08-15

very derivitive

Would you try another book written by Carolyn McCray or narrated by Don Hoeksema?

No, the story was silly, the hero was a prat, the heroin was bloody annoying and I didn't enjoy the narration.

Has Plain Jane put you off other books in this genre?

no

How could the performance have been better?

A bit less wooden

Any additional comments?

i got this audio book because of the revues "like Hannibal Lector" "A Patterson-style thriller" "twists and turns" etc. It was very predictable and a bit of a struggle to get to the end............which was a big really?!?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Pattyhook
  • 05-19-15

Best audio book I've ever heard.

If you could sum up Plain Jane in three words, what would they be?

Listen if you dare.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harbinger, he is so bad, and so hot. Just the kind of man, Mom told you to stay away from, but you just couldn't resist. Brain's, braun and that voice, that nearly makes you wet your pants.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The whole book, can't give away the thriller ending! Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. Such a great job, gentle, smooth narration, great depiction of the characters. Don has a gift, few people have a voice as dynamic and beautiful as he.

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

I can't stop listening to it. The voice is so soothing, and the story is one of the best I've heard.

Any additional comments?

There is twist after twist throughout the plot, what a good movie this would make. If you are squeamish or faint of heart, this is not the story for you. But if you enjoy shows like Dexter, Bates Motel, ect. then this definitely is one you will want to hear again and again.