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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I listened to it while I was at work - my job allows me to do such things - and I can't say there was something I would rather have been listening to. It was a nice distraction from the mundanity, but I wouldn't have listened to it on my own time.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I would have made May a little more dastardly, a little more compelling. You don't have any particular sympathy for her - and I would've fleshed out Frank a little more, made that story longer. As it stands, the trial was most of what we got with her and it was relatively dull otherwise. I would've made Frank more of a partner-in-crime.
I also would've done a little more research on the pricing of jewellery in the era - a $4,000 black pearl brooch versus a $7,000 yellow diamond necklace? Doesn't quite match up.
Have you listened to any of Leslie Carroll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not, but I'm inclined to check into her other books.
Did Parlor Games inspire you to do anything?
It did not, unfortunately, inspire me to go shopping for vintage clothing.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I can't believe I listened to this whole thing. There's enough material here for maybe a 200 page book. Anything beyond that is just drivel.
First of all, the "heroine" doesn't have the depth of personality of, say, Frank Abagnale in "Catch Me If You Can" or "Sutton." (Or even Seabiscuit, for that matter.) And the writing doesn't come close to the non-fiction benchmark set by Laura Hillenbrand. This was a waste of time for me. Save yourself the frustration. Download a different book.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful