• Sam's Song

  • The Sam Smith Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Hannah Howe
  • Narrated by: Suzan Lynn Lorraine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Sam's Song

By: Hannah Howe
Narrated by: Suzan Lynn Lorraine
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Publisher's summary

Love hurts. For Derwena de Caro, songstress, female icon, and teenage dream, success brought drugs, alcohol, and a philandering boyfriend. It also brought wealth, fame, and a stalker, or so she claimed. And that's where I came in, to investigate the identity of the stalker, little realizing that the trail would lead to murder and a scandal that would make the newspaper headlines for months on end.

Love hurts. For me, Samantha Smith, enquiry agent, love arrived at the end of a fist. First I had to contend with an alcoholic mother who took her frustrations out on me throughout my childhood then my husband, Dan, who regarded domestic violence as an integral part of marriage. But I survived. I obtained a divorce, kept my sense of humor, and retained an air of optimism. I established my business and gained the respect of my peers. However, I was not prepared for Dan when he reentered my life or for the affection showered on me by Dr. Alan Storey, a compassionate and rather handsome psychologist.

Sam's Song. This is the story of a week that changed my life forever.

©2014 Hannah Howe (P)2015 Hannah Howe

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struggled to finish this one.

This story is in the "ok" category, and the narrator does massive damage to the audio version. She is a reader, not an actor, a pause-in-the-wrong-place type, and does not vary her characters much. It's also hard to get a sense of place, since this is a Welsh story told by a slow reading (painfully slow at times) American with zero attempt at an accent. This makes for a serious disconnect when hearing colloquial phrases and terms. The editing is slightly lacking...mispronounced words, slurred or missed words, stress on the wrong words, and awkward hesitations on top of a strange and unlikely plot development were tough to listen to. The story had potential, but most of it dissolved by the middle of the book and was hastily strapped together in a vain attempt to end on a solid note. The irrationality of the main character's belief systems works against her to the point that she's unlikable.

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