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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.
40 of 41 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
This is about the 4th time listening to this story and I loved it again. Each time it gets better. I crack myself laughing at Walter's comments about running from the alligators and the garbage bag incident. This story has great female friendships and strong female characters. The narrator does a great job with all the characters making it easy to distinguish between characters talking.
Storyline makes me want to head South! Good characters and storyline. A laugh out loud story.