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There are few review about this one but they are in general extremely positive. Somehow I expected to enjoy this audiobook much more than I did. For starts, there is changing POV's, completely unannounced. The story is told by the two sisters, who see the whole mystery and family affairs in a very different light. The book is written in a humorous tone, but the constant ramblings of both sisters got me tired really fast. I also found the book frivolous and very judgemental, and the adjective fat is often used as pejorative.
There is a completely lack of descriptions, but even like that the action is very slow, since it is constantly interrupted by numerous and unrelated ramblings. I found it very distracting and I kept zoning out throughout the book.
Claire M. James narration was good, but she made no difference between both sister's voices, which made more the story more difficult to follow. She also used a super theatrical tone, overdoing the characters' interpretations, that went well with the book, but was really tiring for me.
I finished this book because I was curious of the outcome, but sadly, it's not one that I would recommend.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by J.P. Wright. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
What a fun story!
This story opens in a picturesque murder house mystery, and a rather grumpy girl who doesn't want to deal with any of it, because she's got an assignment to finish. Instead, mysteries and questions pop up all around her, and she's only got a couple hours to answer them all.
Reminiscent of early Nancy Drew amateur sleuth novels, mixed in with a younger sense of humor and sense of innocence in a big world. The characters were all colorful and endearing, and the story was constructed very well, with a flow that kept a steady momentum toward the ending. I enjoyed the overall mystery of the cake and the dog, and the humor surrounding the entire debacle.
I had the pleasure of experiencing the audiobook version of this story, and found it very entertaining. My only complaint comes from this though, as the narrator seemed slightly mature for the character and plot she was working with. While she did a wonderful job, I think there was probably a better voice to fit Violet and her entertaining weekend. As is, it was still done very well, and I enjoyed listening to the story unfold.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in it - I doubt you'll be disappointed. I would also keep an eye on this author, as I'm sure he will produce more entertaining stories for our enjoyment in the future.
*I was given a complimentary audiobook edition of this book, from the author, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.
@Desert Rose Reviews