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I have to say I was excited that we were finally getting another LH story after all these years. In order to get myself psyched up for the new adventure, I did what I normally do - listened to some of my favorite tales from the author. So, I spent the last week re-listening to Dying To Please, Cover of Night, and Kill and Tell, re-reading Heart of Fire, and heck I even listened to Veil of Night....that turned out to be a mistake. After listening to this tale, the unending monotony, the creepy obsession with this dog, and the slow pacing of this story...I am left with only one question - Who wrote this?
I am struggling to judge this story on it's own merit. My expectation for this story based on the plot and author was that we were going on another fast paced action packed ride...but instead we got to spend the day in Mayberry. It was more of a love story for dog lovers, the story between the hero and heroine was no where near as well defined as the affection this dog receives. It was more - "hey you...you're here, so I like you...come fall in love with this great dog." To say I am disappointed doesn't begin to cover it.
Don't get me wrong here... when I say this book is day in Mayberry... I like Mayberry and what it represents. There are several great stories that focuses on small town life and LH has pulled it off before with Open Season. There was just way to much focus on Tricks, I believe this dogs name has been stated more than ANY character in the book. Tricks is definitely the focal point of the story, not anything happening between the characters, action is a distant concept, and very little humor (outside of the dog) is even hinted upon. Even the antagonist in the story focuses on the dog! So, maybe a better analogy would be that story is like spending a day in Mayberry, when Barney, Opie, Andy, Otis, and Gomer are all out of town.
I was so hoping LH hadn't gone into retirement, but after such a disappointing read/listen I am beginning to think it is time to take her off the automatic-buy list. This story isn't up to Veil of Night standards (a book i thought was just okay) or even Running Wild for that matter.
To wrap up, the narrator is not my favorite. She does okay - her character voices are better than the story narration in my opinion. There are narrators that I seek out and end up finding new authors that I come to like, Tanya Eby isn't one of them. Her voice is a little annoying, but with a good enough story not too distracting...I hope. I just purchased the audio book of Heart of Fire my FAVORITE LH adventure...I guess I'll see how that goes with this narrator to better gauge if part of the problem here is in part the narrator.
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If you like books about dogs, this one is for you. Not much of a storyline. Really surprised this was written by Linda Howard. Not her style at all. I look forward to Linda's books and usually listen to them multiple times. I'm deleting this one. I would not recommend the story or narrator.
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