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Would you try another book from JoAnn Smith Ainsworth and/or Becky Parker?
Was Expect Trouble worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
Background. I bought and read the 2014/first edition/Kindle version the same year it came out. Loved it! I have now listened to the 2017 audio edition - which I got for free in exchange for an updated review. Short review: once again I loved it! Longer review below.
Storyline. The mix of WWII and paranormal reminded me of Dean Koontz's Lighting.
Writing. Ainsworth's style reminded me of Sue Grafton. Slow at first, detail-oriented, and fast-paced finish.
An example of great detail includes Livvy saying she doesn't read German in chapter 37. I would have rolled my eyes/clenched my teeth if Ainsworth had written "speak" instead of "read." Very important detail!
Character arc is very good. My favorite is Trey. Example from chapter 29:
"'I'll keep my fingers crossed.' How ridiculous did that sound? No engineer solved a problem by crossing his fingers."
I enjoyed the improvements from the 2014 edition. Ainsworth deleted words out, re-arranged parts of sentences, and added some words in. One example from chapter 37:
Old: "Easter Monday, but Livvy was grateful to be back to work. Her personality wasn't the type to lounge about."
New: "Easter Monday, Livvy was grateful to be back at her desk working. She wasn't the type to lounge about."
Audio narration. This is the first audio book I have listened to - and it won't be the last!
The changes of voice between the narration of the story itself and characters speaking/thinking are excellent! The audio version matches the novel's WWII era - think Roosevelt's fireside chats.
You can hear the narrarator swallowing often (eg. 4:57:56. 5:02:59). This is not distracting, yet it is there. Reminds me of being at the dentist and having to keep the mouth open for an extended time - and getting the urge to swallow.
There are some glitches in chapter 19. First one at 04:27:28. Last one at 04:34:12. With about four or five in that timeframe. Part of a word or an entire word seems missing.
Bonus of audio: I learned how to correctly pronounce sieve and Smyth!