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Once I start listening to one of the books in this series, I have to finish it. That includes listening at work, staying up late at night, driving around extra distances or parking in the driveway. I started with Abby Cooper Psychic Eye and have been reading in the series order, I feel each of these books will easily stand alone, but reading in order is helpful. The author does do an excellent job of filling in the information about past books happenings, but NOT in a repetitive way that's like a cut and paste of whole sections from previous books. Also, love the fact that young adults could read these, because violent scenes are not not gruesome and there aren't any graphic sex-capades. Don't get me wrong, I love a good Harlequin romance as well as the next girl might, it's just refreshing to read a funny, entertaining, clean book with a plot that isn't dependent on the main characters jumping in an out of sex scenes in between finding dead bodies.
I love the narrator and find her completely capable of the various characters required and much more enjoyable than the narrator used for the Sue Grafton Series. I am now up to book 7 and can't wait to hear her other series starting with the first book: What's a Ghoul to Do?
I highly recommend all of Victoria Laurie's books, I'm glad I didn't listen to the bad reviews!
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A Grown Up Writer
Would you ever listen to anything by Victoria Laurie again?
Not a Chance
What about Elizabeth Michaels’s performance did you like?
She did a great job with the story with which she had to work.
What character would you cut from Better Read Than Dead?
The main character whose favorite line was "Liar liar pants on fire" Come on!
Any additional comments?
I really wanted to like this book - honest. I tried. I thought it might be fun to suspend disbelief and enjoy a book about psychic this and that, but I never dreamed a writer could, from start to finish write such adolescent predictable junk. The lead character repeated the phrase "liar liar pants on fire," every time she told one, just in case the reader was too stupid to figure it out. And she seemed to only be able to recognize "hunks" or really mean men in the world - two classes of men. (Grow up much?) Her jealousy about her hunkish FBI boyfriend would have driven even the dumbest guy to oblivion, but somehow he was too smitten by this moronic (self proclaimed good looking) woman to run in the opposite direction. And the rest of the female characters were also stereotypical dopes.
So, what's to like?
The story line had all kinds of twists and turns that never came together without super glue that relied on so much conspiring on the part of you/me the reader to accept a juvenile plot that by the end I felt nauseous. And that had nothing to do with her psychic abilities saving the day! Really, I don't think this author ever did any research about the world of mystics, Tarot or anything that supposed psychics actually believe. She just made up some dribble, through in a bunch of teenage fantasy with characters who were too old to be aging so stupidly and published a book. I'm wondering why this one made it to Audible.
This is the first book I've reviewed on audible, having read 100's but I felt like saving intelligent readers from my fate. I read it to the end waiting for the saving grace.
At least the dog, "Eggg" was smart enough not to drink the poision. Sorry to spoil the plot for you. I hate it when dogs are harmed in a story. But he was probably the only smart character in the book. So...
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