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Finding Miss Fortune was a happy accident. While a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, I gave up on Evanovich's audio books because the reader is so awful (and so NOT New Jersey). Jana DeLeon's Miss Fortune is equally silly, but the character line-up of Fortune, Ida Belle, Gertie, Carter LeBlanc and the rest are so appealing that you find yourself willingly going along for the ride with their hairbrained antics. The narrator (voice actor) Cassandra Campbell does a great job of capturing each character uniquely in all the southern glory. The books are not 'deep' and Fortune, however much she may be conflicted about being an assassin is no "troubled soul." She is more of the "woman with a gun" model who's ready to lock and load and take on any challenge. In a bizarre kind of way, given that few of us are trained in armed combat, sharp-shooting or other deadly arts, Fortune is very endearing and a little inspiring. I love that her two best friends are octogenarians. Gertie is forever the comic relief (sometimes to overkill), but the real trump card for me is Ida Belle. The characterizations, between the text and skill of the narrator, quickly engage your imagination and empathy and are hugely enjoyable. Read them in order as the story progresses. They are terrific long car-ride or computer (or walk the dog) books. I'm a fan of the Miss Fortune series, but could not make the leap to DeLeon's Mud Bug series which had too much romance and silly, not enough character development.
32 of 33 people found this review helpful
It was hilarious! It was suspenseful! It keeps reader interested. Looking forward to reading another of the author's books.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
Strong funny story from start to finish . Plenty of action and nice little story twists. The dialogue was hilarious at times and interesting enough for me to listen to the whole book in a day. Good enough for me to read more in this series . Well recommended by me as its worth its 5*rating .
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed the characters good story and well narrated.will be looking out for more from this author.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Louisiana Longshot?
I really enjoyed the concept of the story, who the characters are and how both the story and characters developed.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Louisiana Longshot?
The characters and the friendship between the women. They all stuck together even when they thought each other had done some bad deed. It is a very positive role model of female friendships.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
When Fortune was discovered by the Deputy in a garbage bag.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, and I did.
Any additional comments?
I really liked the storyline and the characters. Originally I found the main character, Fortune, a little annoy, but that was only within the first chapter. Once she go to Sinful, her character developed in a away that I had a lot of empathy for her, as she is always trying to do the right thing and be a good person. She is not one to whine, but sucks it up and just gets on with dealing with what ever situation is thrown at her. I really enjoyed Cassandra Campbell's narration. She did an amazing job with the different accents of the different ladies and she did a pretty good with the male voices. I look forward to continuing with this series, both in the storyline/characters and the narrator.
Storyline makes me want to head South! Good characters and storyline. A laugh out loud story.