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Genevieve Paquette

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comically terrible narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-18

I've barely started (about an hour in) so this review will be edited when I finish, but... good grief, the audio and the narration is terrible. It sounds like it was recorded in someone's kitchen. And the narration! The nartator's speech is extremely slurred, weirdly dreamy, and it sounds like he has some kind of speech impediment. His accent comes and goes. It is so bad. I am honestly shocked that he was hired. I'm so mad at myself for buying this without checking the preview.

good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-17

I like this series. It's not brilliant, but it is solid and consistent, with interesting mysteries. I appreciate the main character. At first, I thought Paolo was... off? Boring? He is measured and thoughtful, aims to always be a decent person, controls his temper, is quick to apologize when he does something wrong... But it is actually really refreshing!
The same can't be said for half the female characters (impossibly shrill and awful) and a few of the minor characters (the officers giving Dave a hard time, for instance, was also unrealistically awful). The villain was good, though.
The crimes were satisfying. I liked the writing. There was a bit of character development, too. And I have no complaints about the narration.
All in all, a good installment.

alright

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-11

3.5
First, the narration of Bibi/Dorcas was incredibly annoying. There is no other word for it. It made my skin crawl and feel viscerally angry. The rest of the narration was fine.
As for the book itself, it was... ok. It was an interesting concept, and I liked the multiple timelines. The characters were well drawn and largely likable. I would read more about them, even. But the plot just didn't quite do it for me. Like, it wasn't quite enough? I can't explain it, just that it felt a bit smaller than I expected it to.

gruesome

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-07

First, the narration was terrible. Not so bad that I couldn't get through it, but yeah, it was still very bad. Listen to a clip before buying to see how you feel about it.
The story was straightforward but solid, and very gruesome in spots. I was ok with most of it, but there is a scene of severe animal cruelty near the beginning that I'm still a little upset but. Just an FYI.
The other thing is, one character does not get the ending I wish they did. I hate endings where the bad guy gets away. There is too much of that in real life, you know? But otherwise, I liked it.

forgettable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-03

I listened to this one in fits and starts, and, honestly, if you asked me to recap the plot, I don't think I could do it. A guy gets away with holding captive and eventually killing a bunch of women over the years until he is caught by an alcoholic detective.
I found it excruciatingly slow and not particularly interesting. This was both amplified and assuaged by the narration. The narrator had an amazing voice. The problem was, it was the kind of voice that puts you to sleep. The fact that he spoke so very slowly didn't help.
I feel like maybe I would have gotten more out of it had a I read a physical copy, but I didn't care for it enough to go find one and give it another try.

good, but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-22

The 4 stars is me ignoring the romantic subplot, which I (maybe because I'm cynical and no longer a teenager) found problematic and not okay at all. It came very close to ruining it for me completely. Which is a shame, because as far as YA mysteries go, this was a very good one!
I just can't get past how horrible David was and how unhealthy his and Stevie's relationship was. Ugh.
But yeah. The story was great, the mystery was solid, and the writing was ok.
The narration, well, you get used to it.

flowery

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-20

It wasn't bad. The story was pretty interesting, the ending was nice. The writing, though, ruined it for me. It was excessively flowery. Way too many adjectives, adverbs, similes and metaphors, practically one every line! It was grating and exhausting.
It was also very much a teenage-girl-who-feels-like-an-intellectual-artiste book. Which is fine. There is nothing wrong with that, it's a legit genre and I'm not going to make fun of it, I'm just really not the target audience.

loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-16

This was my first 5 star book of the year. I enjoyed every second of it. The writing style was right up my alley, and I liked the dry humor, and the way the spiritual elements were treated as mundane. That whole aspect of the story was very well written and not hokey or awkward at all. The mystery was solid, the characters well developed, and although it dealt with grim subjects, it was really funny at times.
The price was an absolute steal, too. Such a good read.

Entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-13

First, I have to address the narration. His voice is really odd, but pleasant, a bit bassy, with a sort of deep, manly vocal fry. His character voices ranged from good to awful. His pronunciation was more awful than good. He made so many weird errors, not to mention mangling all the non-English words. Instead of cauterized, he said catheterized, just as one example. It was a bit distracting.
So, the book. It was a far departure from my normal fare. It was entertaining, and I enjoyed it. The writing was pretty good, the concept was different and interesting, and the characters were fairly well written. The only thing is, it was clearly a story about natives written by a white guy. Some of his characterizations and world building was awkward and clumsy.
Otherwise, a fun listen.

not what I expected

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-05

I was thinking this would be one of those stories where the kindly older lady is actually an evil villain, but, happily, it wasn't. So that was positive. But...
Look, I'm as flamingly liberal as the next flaming liberal, but hot dang, was this heavy handed! Not an ounce of political or philosophical subtlety at all. The bad guys were caricatures. Heck, so was one of the good guys. Alice made me realize that I am kind of a terrible person, because I felt no compassion towards her at all for the bulk of the story. She was unrelentingly aggro. We're supposed to understand because she had a traumatic life, but I just couldn't get past her blunt characterization. Also, the nun. Ugh. Full disclosure, I'm a Catholic, so I had to kind of roll my eyes at how she was written.
I appreciated the couple of twists at the end, and the generally happy ending, but like I said, it was a bit heavy handed for me.