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Let me begin with my thoughts on the actual story starting with our main character, Jane Barnaby. I liked this girl – a lot. She is smart, witty and doesn’t back down from a challenge – willing to get the job done, no matter what. Jane is a university student studying archeology. When her professor asks her for a favor involving delivering a box of pottery shards, she jumped for the chance, willing to prove herself in her chosen field. It seemed like an easy job – all she had to do is drive her across three countries to a dig site in Spain. Easy Peasy, right? Well, not everything goes according to plan, when to start with, she has no idea how to drive a stick shift so she has to have a crash course (no pun intended) in order not to totally destroy her professor’s brand NEW Ranger Rover. She then quickly discovers that instead of the professors prized pottery shards, she has picked up a box of priceless Ancient Egyptian artifacts that some very determined thieves need to get back. This is where the action really picks up as Jane tries her best to get the correct package back to the professor and the Egyptian artifacts back to their rightful owner. In a game of cat and mouse, Jane must trust her instincts to determine which of her two new ‘assistants’ she can trust.
J.J. DiBenedetto has created the perfect combination of mystery, action and intrigue with the start of this series and I can’t wait to see where Jane’s adventures take the reader next. If book one is any indication, it’s going to be one crazy and delightful time! I really loved the fact that the author did not drown the story in romance, which would have worked, but was so much better without it as the reader gets to concentrate on the actual details. There is a hint of a love interest, but it never evolved in this installment. I look forward to see if anything comes of it but in all seriousness, it really is not necessary in this series.
In my opinion, what really makes this story pop is the narration. Cait Frizzell did an AMAZING job narrating this book. Her different accents for each character brought this story to life and made an already great book, simply fantastic! Her voices are crisp and concise and the pacing was perfect. Ms. Frizzell’s performance drew me into the story and I did not want to stop listening for a second – in fact, this was the fastest 6 hours and 27 seconds I have ever encountered!
There is always some level of apprehension on my part whenever I start a book that is written by a new to me author AND narrator, but my worries were for not with Finders Keepers. I was pleasantly surprised by just how amazing this combination was – not only was this a fantastic story, the narration was perfect! Overall, Finders Keepers was a true delight and I look forward to reading more from DiBenedetto and will be definitely be searching out more audio performances from Frizzell.
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If you could sum up Finders Keepers in three words, what would they be?
Good Enjoyable Book
What other book might you compare Finders Keepers to and why?
Hm, i'm not even sure.
Which scene was your favorite?
I didn't have a favorite scene from this book, I liked everything.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, it was..
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I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair review
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I like this, lots of fun. Honestly, I didn't think I would. I prefer full-cast audio dramas rather than the spoken word and the book was given to me to try. Very glad I listened, it was fresh, lively, funny and the heroine was absolutely great. I found the plot believable and as someone who actually lives in Oxford (where it is parly set) it was well researched. I would definitely recommend and can imagine re-listening.
This book is a mystery wrapped in an adventure chase across France and Spain, and I loved it. Never quite sure who you should trust as a baddie, it keeps you on tenterhooks throughout every twist and turn of the story, until all is revealed at the end. Although my first attempt to describe it sounded like a bad joke setup (there's an Englishman, an Irishman, and a crazy American...), this is a great book, and I'd definitely recommend it!
I've also listened to the audiobook of the story and Cait Frizzell does an excellent job as narrator, really bringing the characters and action to life. I love the way she lulls you into a false calm between the storm of each encounter with the baddies along the way, whilst maintaining the slight undercurrent of nervous tension - the perfect combination. A fantastic work of audio art.
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions