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What made the experience of listening to Mean Streak the most enjoyable?
As with any audio book the book may succeed or fail largely on the talent of the narrator. In this instance the narration is exceptional. The narrator gives each character a somewhat unique sounding voice without crossing the line where it sounds corny and unrealistic. There is just enough of a difference so as to enable identification of the character. The characters voice is also in line with how the author portrays the characters. While this is the first time I have listened to Jonathon Davis narrate a book, it will not be the last. I plan to search the lists to see what other books he has been involved with in providing narration.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite character was the male lead who remains nameless for the first half of the book. His behavior and character are a result of former traumatic experiences. The author does an excellent job of developing his character within the plot.
Which scene was your favorite?
Initially it is unclear wheter the male lead is a criminal or a good samaritan. My favorite scene is the one where he befriends the neighbors viscous and abused fog, who he later rescues.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The compassion the male lead demonstrated for the abused dog and for the15 year old girl who was raped by her degenerative brothers were the moments I found particularly compelling. His kindness and care of the 15 year old was clear evidence of his real character which until that point was uncertain,
Any additional comments?
This book was far better written than any of Ms . Brown's earlier works and I would highly recommend it.
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There are some elements that I find unforgivable in a mystery. This one had just about all of them. I have a policy -- I don't care how far along I am in a book, if the villain ends up getting a long, drawn out scene during which they haughtily explain their entire crime, motives and methods whilst giving the captured hero/heroine time to stall for an escape, I will immediately stop reading. That's one of the most cliche', cheesy, overused devices a mystery writer can use.
I'm no prude. But I hate when my mysteries are interrupted by 20 minute long, horribly described sex scenes, of which there were at least 3. Waste of my time. If I wanted to hear about her huskily whispering his name while he thrusts, I'd go get a Romance novel or watch a porno. Poorly written overkill, most of which is irrelevant to the plot. Just the reader know where it's headed and let them imagine the rest. I don't need to know that it sent him over the edge to **** inside her, thanks.
The overt misdirection in order to force uninspired twists is another tactic that irks me. The author beats you over the head with transparent attempts to throw you off the scent, only to later get to the big reveal that is so lackluster that it's laughable. And she does it over and over. She uses totally unbelievable dialogue in order to set these twists up, so it's pretty obvious what she's trying to do. Lazy, sloppy and flat out cringeworthy.
Those are just the 3 worst things about the book. I will not be reading another of hers. Too formulaic.
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