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Better than I first thought

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-07-04

I have to say that seeing so many great reviews for this book, I was skeptical. Many times with books with high praise I read them and rarely like them. There were a few negative reviews that were in the back of my mind and I have to say, the first part of the book I was starting to see what the negative reviewers saw and was wondering why the story needed to be so long. I kept listening however and I have to say the male narrator made this enjoyable. Though I listened and liked the book....AND gave it a 5 star, I wish it was the end of the story and not a cliffhanger. 40+ hours is a very long book to listen to!

Wish I could return this

Au global
2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-06-25

I am sure this was a good tv show, and there are some tv shows I have listened to via audible or podcasts and are good, like AC’s poirot, but this audible collection is horribly edited for audio only production. First, at the end of some scenes the audio just fades when they are in the middle of a conversation...I guess that is where a commercial was, but then it switches to a new scene and it’s very hard to follow.

I thought this would almost be like a Father brown mystery but nope. The acting is okay, but overall, unless you know this series and like it and just want to re-listen to it, save your credit.

Will definitely relisten to this

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-06-06

I loved every story, save for one where I almost screamed “just tell us who did it!!” I will definitely re- listen to this series

Good book, worth the listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-05-31

It took a while to get through this book as the first part frustrated me...or maybe I wasn’t in the frame of mind to read this. I just finished it and have to say I love it. Definitely a good story, twists, and a romance that didn’t muddle the story and was really just something that did not hold significance.

Just like the show

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-05-30

Loved it. I could actually picture the characters as most of the episodes I’ve actually seen.

Hmm

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-05-28

I had to stop and then come back to this book. I found it too stupidly emotional on the part of the main female and can’t even think about her actually being strong enough to do anything valuable. They are talking about worlds ending and she goes to New York because of a book deal? WTF. Definitely not reading the follow up to this book.

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Left wanting....

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-05-28

I didn’t like the ending of this book. It felt like there was no real finality. The book is called Washington Black, yet the way it was written it should have been called the Adventures of Washington & Tich or the story of Washington & Tich, as in the end it tells of no recognition, no continuation of his life, only up until he meets Tich again and then nothing. I wanted to read about the hardships and triumphs he would go through to get his name recognized on something. I wanted to see him return to the plantation, almost like a full circle, maybe establish something there. I wanted more and was left with the same feeling you get when you’ve baked a cake and go to have a slice only to realize there is only the tiniest piece left because your family has eaten it all....that’s what I feel right now.

So far, a complete waste of a credit

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-10-28

Thirteen chapters in and I am still waiting for this bad ass heroine as stated in reviews to show herself. I am waiting for the story to begin. I am seriously bored. I would be more interested if she was still sneaking out, helping some and killing the “turned” or even if this was an actual romance, but instead I am currently suffering through a young female’s tormented life. Living in a place where she is supposed to be cherished but instead she is mentally and physically abused, but has no voice. Is isolated and who has a serious case of lack of confidence finding security in a false sense of bravado and by touching a knife she carries under her clothing at all times.

I think the narration should have been done by a younger female, it was very off putting to have what was a more mature voice speaking the words of an 18 year old. I also find the narration more monotone than anything, which means at times an entire chapter skips by and I have heard nothing....meaning I have had to skip back a number of times. With that said, I have skipped forward quite a few times as well, like the whipping scene, no need to subject myself to that, and the guard and the arrow scene, your guard is shot and tells you to run away but instead you run towards him and break down?? Self preservation is obviously not one of her skills. It made no sense to me that a woman could turn herself off and easily kill a person with a knife through the brain (mercy killing or not) yet goes into shock and nearly has a breakdown seeing someone shot with an arrow. Pick a side author, cannot have it both ways.

Unless the rest of this book is explosive, the next book in this series will not be read.

Maybe I am not far enough in the book but I don’t understand how the abuse works into this story. I help people with self confidence, anxiety and moving forward after abuse so right now this book rubs me the wrong way, not to mention the LACK of the romance aspect. I wanted to throw a paranormal, fantasy, romance between language learning, true crime podcasts and murder mysteries...I obviously chose the wrong book!

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Good book...except for the female lead

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-09-01

I had this book saved in my audible for a while and only now got around to listening to it. This is my first C strike book and I have to say I enjoyed the book for the most part. The narration was great and the general plot was good, however, I like a strong female lead and did not get that in this book. I guess I missed a lot of stuff in the past books that would explain Robin’s character, but from what I read, most of the stuff that happened to her in the past books were also as a result of bad judgement on her part and in this book her character annoyed me. I thought that for who started studying psychology and claimed she always wanted to be a cop, she was very weak. She’s been brutally attacked in the past and is having panic attacks whenever she thinks someone is behind her but yet can’t see the benefit of therapy or SELF DEFENCE training?? I would have understood, not really, but kinda, if this book was actually written by a male, but finding out it was written by JK made me sad that she couldn’t write a stronger female character.

Also, I know that women stay in marriages because of kids, or family obligations but to find this female lead had no such reasons and suffers from the same poor judgement in both her business and personal life made me so sad and is a deterrent for reading future books.

I would recommend this book for the story. Reviews may speak of the sexual tension, I felt both lead characters cared for each other, but a hug at her wedding, an accidental peck and a few notes about possible jealousy does not translate to sexual tension in my book.

Barely made it through book one...

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-08-27

I ordered the collection of this series. It was my first time with this author and will be the last. I could have read this book for free but decided to use a credit via audible. If this book wasn’t narrated I wouldn’t have made it through the first book. The story in the first book was ok but the sister, aka female lead’s internal ramblings drove me nuts. Even the introduction to S had me saying “just spit it out!!” I almost wished it was connected to Alexa so I could easily fast forward (device wasn’t close by). I was hoping she would become a stronger female lead but no such luck. The story made no sense at times, like the author made up a twist at that point without looking through what was written previously. Example, how J was involved. Knowledge of the project and the cell, supposedly trying to keep an eye on her, yet trying to keep her safe, but yet trying to run her off the road, hiding information, drugging her and knowing that she is targeted to be killed, but yet saying he’s sorry and was bringing her in to save her??? I have no idea how many times I let out a breath in exasperation while listening to this book, like come ON, the crazy lady says don’t trust anyone and even after you see the betrayal from J and find out the crazy lady’s ramblings were true, you still go around trusting?

I thought the book should have included the reunion with the parents. To hear all those journal entries by the mom, who for whatever reason didn’t say the name of the father so I thought that was going to go somewhere but it didn’t. Anywho, to hear all those entries and then to get a sentence mixed in with narrative in the second book about the meeting was annoying. At least do a journal entry where she spoke about reuniting with the kids.

By the beginning of the second book which was four years later, where the lead was even more paranoid and couldn’t even play a game of hide and seek without having a panic attack, I realized I couldn’t even use the narrative as background noise and it had me shake my head. When S decided to take a vaca to get a break from her, I decided to do the same and call it quits on this series. LONG GONE was the curiousity. Long gone was the hope that the female would become stronger and be pro active in keeping her kids safe. As a mom, I can tell you that if I found out my childhood was a scam, and so was my marriage and I was left to protect my kids because I feared forces may try to take them, I would go into survivalist mode, learn how to fight, learn medical procedures and tap into the “superpower” I have (seeing colours, etc....the “power” the female lead has). PLan for the worst, but continue to enjoy life. Like I said, I think the author thought of things as she went along, but didn’t actually plan the book or actually review the draft to revamp it. Like the black hole the real mom felt and that the female lead felt, I thought there was significance but again, disappointed there wasn’t. I don’t even understand the reasons for the journal entries, that could have all been explained in the meeting of the parents and I didn’t think it added any value to the story. These entries abruptly stop as well. I almost thought the parents were killed to get the kids, sadly that was not the case, that would have been too exciting for this book. i am sure the journal entries were to add intrigue but they didn’t . Did I need to know that the mom was having an affair with a married man who finds out she is pregnant and immediately divorces his wife and marries her? What value did that bring to the story? It would have brought value if the ex wife was involved in the kidnapping of the kids...but nope. I would have liked it better if the father was an arse and left the mom to fend for herself and she was devastated while having to care for two kids alone and that contributed to them being kidnapped rather than that the two stayed married, went on to have more kids and are content with life while seemingly forgetting their first two kids that were kidnapped...sorry for the spoilers.

If this book was supposed to be a psychological thriller, it was more like a brain cell killer. Don’t get me started on the printing of a baby and how that seemed to be glossed over and again part of the rushed wrap up at the end of the first book. A world where people aren’t getting pregnant and those that can are treated like queens and the one person who can cash in on this drought doesn’t make his product known to all? Or was that explained in the massive tied up at the end or in a one sentence narrative I likely took my headphones off for?

I read...listened to the full first book because I was curious about what happened to the parents, fake and real. I wanted her special abilities to be kick arse, I wanted to know why, etc, but at no point was I holding my breath so engrossed with the story, nor did I ever think I would miss a part if I took off my headphones without pausing.