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Having read the other reviews, I wonder if I was listening to the same book. This one really didn't do it for me. There is a very emotional romance element but the entire book revolves around Alexander keeping a secret from Olivia. I just couldn't understand why a) Olivia being an intelligent woman just didn't figure it out ******possible spoiler*******: surely human beings' facial features, voices, mannerisms, etc don't change that much from childhood to adulthood *********end of possible spoiler********* and b) the reason that he didn't just come clean and tell her wasn't convincing or clear enough for me. I found myself wanting to just shake the senseless characters into next week, and then I stopped caring.
The narrator is quite good but the story was just not convincing. Not worth a credit for me.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Better writing and a better performance.
What was most disappointing about T. K. Leigh’s story?
The absurdity of the plot twists and the shallowness of the characters.
Any additional comments?
The narrator's male voices are laughable, she is however good at injecting an irritating element to the voices of those we aren't supposed to like. Her pace and timing are off but perhaps she was anxious to get through a ridiculous piece of writing. The main characters and the plot compete throughout the story for the crown of most absurd. We have an unlikeable female lead who is ok with being treated as a doormat. An ex-Navy SEAL, millionaire running a security firm who couldn't be entrusted with the job of school crossing guard. He is so wrapped up in himself that he spends the entire story wrapped up in angst over whether to read a letter from his deceased father that might contain information Vital Tom the love of his life. Neither character has the emotional maturity that a 10-year old possesses. The story revolves around a decades old tragedy that ties the two characters together, incredibly, these two find themselves working in the same building after decades of living separate lives. In the meantime there is an evil genius lurking in the background, content to wait For years but unable to rebuff being blackmailed by a street thug for millions of dollars.
The whole package makes you want to wretch. I was hoping they'd all end up in a raft somewhere in the Pacific, surrounded by sharks and dying of thirst.....it wouldn't have been an ending more far-fetched than this plot with its one dimensional characters.
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