A good example of a Sandra Brown romantic suspense novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator was very good, although there were a few technical thiA good example of a Sandra Brown romantic suspense novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator was very good, although there were a few technical things that I noticed. A sentence here or there was obviously edited in. You can tell by the slight change in the tone of the narrator.
My only quibble with the twisty-turny plot was the ultimate motive of the perpetrator. It wasn't powerful enough, imo.
I recommend the book to romantic suspense lovers, and the audio for those who enjoy listening....more
Reviewed for Audiogals.net Story C Narration B+ Narrated by Lesa Lockford
At just under three hours, Overload is perfect for a quick vintage Linda HowardReviewed for Audiogals.net Story C Narration B+ Narrated by Lesa Lockford
At just under three hours, Overload is perfect for a quick vintage Linda Howard fix. But if you’re looking for anything with a plot, then pass this one by. There is little character development, and the plot is as follows: Tom and Elizabeth used to date. She broke it off because he was domineering and Elizabeth has past issues with controlling men – but she doesn’t tell him that. When they get stuck in the office building where they both work during a blackout (pre-cell phone days), the predictable happens.
Lesa Lockwood is a new-to-me narrator, who seems to have only a few books to her credit at this point. I like her voice, which is clear and crisp. She speaks distinctly and she reads at an even pace, not too slowly or quickly. The inflection and emotions in the characters voices are generally well done, although she understandably handles the females a little better than the male.
Given that I think Lesa had very little real material to work with, I was very pleased with her overall performance. I do have one fairly minor criticism. While she did change up her performance, adding emotion into the conversations, I never quite shook the feeling I was listening to a good reader “read”, instead of losing myself in the story. Part of that is the dubious quality of the story, I know, but part of it wasn’t. However, this is a quibble and I wouldn’t hesitate to listen to another book with Lesa as narrator.
Overload is old-school Linda Howard, with overbearing macho men and semi-helpless females. I’m happy Howard switched it up in her novels and gave many of her heroines some backbone. As for Overload, all I came away with was the feeling of… “Really?” Unless you get this very inexpensively, I’d try to find this in print if you’re interested in reading it. It’s not worth spending $24.95 or 1 credit at Audible, in my opinion....more
Story- 3.5 stars Narrated by Nicholas Bolton- 5 Star narration
I enjoyed this book very much until the last fourth. Then it was just ok. I felt the paci Story- 3.5 stars Narrated by Nicholas Bolton- 5 Star narration
I enjoyed this book very much until the last fourth. Then it was just ok. I felt the pacing got uneven and there was so much suddenly going on that it felt chaotic. Also, the campaign the British waged against the Irish seems to suddenly not be important in the couples future, even though it played suych a big part in the last section of the book. But overall it was fun and the narration was wonderful!!...more
In Midnight Baby, we jump back into Maggie’s life just about six months after the close of Telling Lies, the first in the Maggie MacGowen Mystery series. The book opens with Maggie, a well-known documentary filmmaker, and her cameraman attempting to interview a young prostitute going by the name of Pisces. Pisces is shadowed by an even younger boy called Sly, and after noticing that the two are being watched by someone in a red Corvette, Maggie gets the pair to reluctantly accept a meal and a bed at a local shelter run by nuns. Less than 48 hours later, Pisces is dead and Sly is the only witness to the murder.
Maggie feels a connection to the “lost girl” and she possibly has valuable evidence in the film she shot of Pisces. This reconnects Maggie with Detective Mike Flint. She started a relationship with Mike while investigating Maggie’s sister’s shooting (Telling Lies). We learn that they haven’t seen each other in six months, and, as they piece together the convoluted puzzle of this murder, Mike and Maggie also try to piece together the puzzle that is their relationship. The relationship story arc is still second to the mystery, but takes a larger role in this novel than the first. Hornsby weaves the romance and the mystery through the book with a deft hand, never obscuring one with the other. Instead, she uses the emotional forces originating from the tragic murder to interact with and subtly influence the emotions emanating from the revived relationship—and vice versa. The author seems to know emotions can’t be neatly separated into boxes or categories.
Donna Postel returns to narrate this second book of the series. Her narration is very like the first time—not overly dramatic or emotional in her delivery, but very professional and easy to listen to. It’s taken me a few minutes to become accustomed to her voice both times I’ve listened to her narrations. On first exposure, I feel like it’s a little flat – lacking animation. But that feeling passes quickly as I get pulled into the story. Postel’s differentiation of characters is often subtle, and when there are stretches of conversations with no dialog markers, the listener may get confused about who is talking. Since that only happens a few times in the book, it isn’t much of a problem.
As with Telling Lies, there are no cell phones in this story, and computers don’t play a role in solving the crime. This isn’t a problem for me. In fact, I enjoy police procedurals set before the current technological revolution because the brainwork of the investigators takes center stage. Think of this as a “period piece” set in the not-so-distant past, and you’ll be fine.
The mystery here is well worth the time. As Mike and Maggie unravel the mystery, each discovery leads to another question and the answers are often unexpected. The book is populated with intensely real people, shown with strengths, weaknesses, and fears we can all understand. I’m sold on the Maggie MacGowen Mysteries and can’t wait to listen to number three....more