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I was pleased to see a title written by the daughter of one of my favorite authors. I was not disappointed by the story and the quality of writing. Ms. Burke stands on her own feet, and I'm looking forward to more by this author.This is really quite good, especially for a new author's debut.
The Brit-accented narrator, however, was an ill-suited choice for a story set in Portland, Oregon. The accent was most disconcerting.
Aside from Brit accent, the narrator was irritating. This is the narration of a failed actress. Trying to add feeling to the story, the narrator over-acted. The narration featured phoney laughs, meant to punch up the warmth of the interactions between the characters. This effect really fell flat. These phoney laughs were sprinkled liberally throughout. It was as un-nerving as listening to your stupid boss who laughs at his own jokes--HAR-DEE-HAR. This narration sounded less like an audiobook to me, and more like a crazy, cat-hoarding old woman reading to her pets. I guess the producers of this audiobook didn't figure a new author merited a narrator of any quality.
My conclusion--I'd better enjoy the works of this author in real-book format until after she's got more notches on her literary belt.
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This may be a good book but I'll never know.
Attempting to listen for the third time and it's so badly done I can't bear listening for another minute.
Why does Audible allow this to happen to it's subscribers?
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Alafair Burke out Cornwell's Patricia Cornwell. Both of her lead female characters (Samantha & Ellie) are well worth reading. Read them. Or better still, listen to them, they are narrated really well.
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