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I really enjoyed this book. Though this is the third book in the series, I had not read the previous books before starting this one, but I never felt like I was missing out on something explained in the previous books. This book felt like a realistic look at Washington politics and racial tensions. The characters were interesting and well-developed and the plot was masterfully woven. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Stevie Puckett. I enjoyed her narration and I felt like she gave an authentic voice to each of her characters. If you're looking for a gripping mystery with lots of twists and turns, I highly recommend this book.
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Death of a Washington Madame is a very realistic political drama/thriller revealing the dark secrets of the political life. Fiona FitzGerald is a very strong and likable female protagonist and the book deals with a lot of sexism and racism.
However, this book wasn't for me and it's just me. There's too much politics in it and it's not something we haven't seen/read/heard before. I don't enjoy watching House of Cards either, so it doesn't mean that YOU shouldn't read/listen to this book. This book is the 3rd in the Fiona FitzGerald mysteries, but that isn't an issue at all. It is a standalone.
The narrator Stevie Pucket has a fine, clear and pleasant voice and it's her first fictional audiobook. The problems I had with her narration was that it was very fast paced, she didn't change voices much to fit the characters and sometimes I was confused about where we were at, because of lacking breaks between paragraphs. I hope she will consider adding more tonal twists to her voice and do a more emotional narration, which can be done in many different ways.
Fiction is not easy to narrate and audiobook listeners are very picky. I hope, Stevie Pucket will continue to narrate fiction and work on getting better at it, as she really does have a lot of potential in that voice.
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review*
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I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a good book - it deals with issues such as sexism, classism and racism in a natural setting and it isn't shoved straight in your face like a lot of novels tend to do. It makes the issues a lot more palatable and easier to understand and counter. I love the political aspect of this book and it is treated amazingly.