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Lucy

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interesting story with lots of heavy breathing

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4 out of 5 stars
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Évalué le: 2020-09-12

I enjoyed this story quite a bit, it kept me interested right up until the end. But the narrator was something else! She was the loudest breather I've ever heard, sometimes her breathing was actually louder than the dialogue. At a few points near the end of the story it was actually making me anxious because she was gasping for breath so much that it made me feel like I couldn't breathe. She also had this very strange habit of pausing in the middle of sentences for no particular reason. That was a little bit distracting but not enough so that I couldn't finish the story.

Just OK. I wouldn't continue the series.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-08-20

The narrator was good, but I found the story kind of boring. Normally I zip through audiobooks but this one seemed to drag. I couldn't get invested in any of the characters, or even the storyline. I do have an appreciation for "abrasive" characters like DI Steel in the Logan MacRae series by Stuart MacBride, when they are written in an engaging & entertaining way, but that wasn't my experience here. I didn't ever have that "just one more chapter before I go to bed" feeling that I love so much. I'll admit that I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to writing, maybe comparing most stories to authors like Tana French or Louise Penny, who do a superb job of writing complex, compelling stories with deep, layered characters. I was hoping for another series like the Shetland series by Ann Cleeves, or the DI Nikki Galena series by Joy Ellis. I guess I'll have to keep searching. I'm not interested in continuing this series.

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Just ok. I wouldn't continue with the series.

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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-08-03

This might be a better "read" than "listen", I'm not sure. I did finish this book, and I can't say that it was boring. But it wasn't enthralling either. I did find the writing to be a bit dry, especially with the courtroom scenes. I don't always have an issue with a male writer who writes a female character, but there were definitely a few giveaways in this story. My main challenge was actually more with the narrator than the author. I listen to a lot of audiobooks narrated by female narrators, and I know that it's hard for women to do men's voices convincingly. The same is actually true for male narrators. It's just a difficult thing to do the opposite sex when your voice isn't built to do that. But I have listened to enough excellent female narrators to know that it's possible to do a pretty good job with male voices, at least to the extent where they all sound male enough, are really different from each other and you're not constantly distracted trying to figure out if it's a male character or a female character speaking. This particular narrator had very little differentiation between all of the characters in this story. Males and females alike. Sometimes the pitch of her male characters' voices was higher than her female characters' voices! That made it a bit confusing to listen to. She was somewhat robotic in tone when reading the narration parts of the story. There were also a few words in the story that she tended to slur, which I feel that the editor should have caught. Particularly the name "Dan", which came out sounding like "Ann" half the time. Luckily I got this book on sale so I feel my money was relatively well spent. I probably wouldn't recommend paying price for this audiobook though.

I enjoyed it... mostly.

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Évalué le: 2020-06-09

The story kept me engaged right up until the last hour and a half or so. I did find the ending to be a bit wandering and convoluted. I also found the two young women to be a bit naive, but I was able to set aside my disbelief for the sake of the story. The narrator was pretty good, although I did find that a few of her characters, especially the male ones, sounded very similar to each other and sometimes it was difficult to tell them apart. But I get it, it's hard for a woman to do male voices and vice versa. Generally I really enjoyed the story and found it to be quite compelling.

I enjoyed it a lot, narrator was particularly good

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Évalué le: 2020-03-17

The story was great - it's been on my wishlist for some time now & I was lucky to grab it as a Deal of the Day. The story was great and the narrator was fantastic! She did such a good job of all the different characters. Her regular reading voice (I'm assuming) was just beautiful and a pleasure to listen to.

Better Than I Expected!

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-01-12

It did have pretty good reviews but this story was better than I expected! I actually loved it. The characters were very interesting, and the narrator was fantastic with all the different regional Scottish accents (at least to my Canadian ear). I don't have any issues with swearing and I'm not bothered by gore or violence to children in fiction so I definitely didn't feel bothered by those things. I must mention the humour! There was dry Scottish humour sprinkled throughout the story, sometimes I even laughed out loud! The story was maybe a teeny bit convoluted about two-thirds of the way through when they started arresting people but other than that it was fantastic! I will definitely be listening to the rest of the books in this series immediately.

Great story, excellent narration.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-31

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end (but a little less than I enjoyed its predecessor, Summer Of Night). I think I was maybe looking for a few more answers than were given. Which is fine, I'm not always looking for the neatly gift-wrapped "happy ending" and in fact often find that kind of ending boring & lazy. So I'm happy to come to my own conclusions. As usual, Dan Simmons' writing is compelling & very descriptive, without being overly wordy. Bronson Pinchot's narration was fantastic! I must admit to being from the generation that remembers him most as "Balki" from Perfect Strangers and his performance surpassed my every expectation. He really has a wonderful voice & timbre and I would be happy to listen to many more audiobooks narrated by him.

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-29

This is one of those stories that you just don't want to end. Yes, even at 22 hours long! I was a little concerned at first because I felt that it took a while to get into the horror aspect of the story, which is what I was really looking forward to. There was a slow build to the scary stuff, with little things happening one by one, and it turned out that the writing was so good that I didn't really even notice, even when the story (near the beginning) was mainly about the friendship between the children. I read in some of the other reviews that people were reminded of Stephen King's "It" when they listened to this story. I agree, there are some similarities. And only in a good way. For me, Dan Simmons is one of those writers who can spin a truly compelling story without using too much frilly language or overusing metaphors, similes and other linguistic tools that many times can just bog down a story and become irritating. He has an excellent vocabulary but when it comes down to it he just tells the story & keeps you enthralled the whole way through. I have 1 hour left of the sequel to this book, A Winter Haunting, then I plan on tackling Carrion Comfort!

Couldn't finish it, too many similes!

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3 out of 5 stars
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Évalué le: 2019-10-12

I tried really hard to finish this book. I got about halfway through before the amount of similes that the author kept using got the best of me. I just couldn't bear another 10 hours of simile overuse. I'm pretty sure the book would be only about half the length if all of the similes were removed. The storyline itself was quite interesting, I think that's what kept me going for so long. The narrator was wonderful though, she did such a fantastic job of all the different characters and her voice was absolutely a pleasure to listen to. I wish that whoever edited this story had cautioned the author against the overuse of similes. It really would have made the book so much better and much more enjoyable. As it was I was just too irritated to finish it and had to return it.

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Lots of fun!

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Évalué le: 2019-10-05

I was looking for a charming British crime series and I found it! If you like Midsomer Murders you will definitely like this series. Neil Dudgeon does a really excellent job of narrating, even the American accent! Sure, some parts of the storyline are a bit improbable; I'm not sure that two civilians would actually be allowed to run around doing all the stuff that they do investigating these crimes, but what the heck? If you suspend your disbelief just a little bit you will enjoy this cozy crime series.