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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would! I enjoyed it. I think comparisons to Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn are a bit of a stretch. It's a good book, but it's not "the next Gone Girl" or whatever.
I would definitely recommend this to someone else from Minnesota. I think being Minnesotan makes for increased enjoyment of this book.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
It's not that kind of thriller. You know Hattie dies, and the book is about unraveling how and whodunnit. So no, I was not on the edge of my seat, but I was interested enough to keep at it despite how much I disliked 1 of the 3 narrators.
What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?
Caitlin Thorburn: sweet, clear, charming. She sounds like a young girl and does a good job when she does Portia's voice, too. However, she mispronounced "pho," "Guthrie," and several other words. Man, if you're narrating a book about Minnesota, look up how to pronounce "Guthrie." It's not hard.
Jeff Harding: gruff, deliberate, middling. His cadence seems a little forced at times, but it works for the character, so it didn't bother me.
John Moraitis: wrong, warbly, arrhythmic. I do not understand why this narrator was cast to play a young Minneapolis man named Peter Lund. Moraitis sounds like he has a speech impediment around his Rs and Ls, and his cadence is really off-putting. It sounds like he doesn't know what he's reading until he gets to the word, and then he has to carefully move his mouth around the words. I'm not sure how else to describe it. I dislike it so much that I almost returned the book after listening to him for 2 minutes. The story was enough to keep me invested and I just gritted my teeth to get through it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No? Who on earth would sit and listen to a book for nearly 12 hours in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I wish I'd read it, not listened to it. I think the narration is making me enjoy this book far less than I would have had I actually read it.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
This story has potential but lost me due to really quite cheesy and overdone male narrators, and the other, better parts of the book couldn't overcome it. Better one to read in paper form.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful