I listened to this book from Audible so this review contains comments on both story and narration. However, my overall rating is based on the story itI listened to this book from Audible so this review contains comments on both story and narration. However, my overall rating is based on the story itself, not the narration.
Story: This is a good solid story. There are some standard plot devices - e.g. inept detective takes case away from renegade but excellent detectives; inept detective ends up with egg on his face - but don't let that detract you from reading this book. The plot moves a long at a pretty good clip, the female detectives are strong and there are a lot of suspects. I figured out the love angle but didn't expect the ending. I'd definitely read something else by this author.
Narration: Unfortunately this book is probably better read in print. This narrator was good in parts and down right awful in others. Her pacing was very slow, so much so that I increased the speed - which, by the way, I've only done for about 3 of the over 500 audio books I've listened to. A faster pace helped a bit but the biggest problem was the voices and the tone. The narrator sounded like Mae West when she says "Come up and see me sometime." That not quite gravely back of the throat voice. It worked for Mae but not for Pamela. Also, her tone was inappropriate for some of the scenes. At one point one of the female detectives is emotional and beginning to cry. Her partner says "What's up?" but with the spirited tone of someone who's just catching up with a buddy who she hasn't seen in a long time. The good story is what kept me listening but otherwise I wouldn't choose this narrator again.
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review....more
I started out really liking this book but then it started to get tiring, partly because of the fatigue of translating new words into known words. ThisI started out really liking this book but then it started to get tiring, partly because of the fatigue of translating new words into known words. This is a problem I often have with science fiction books - the new vocabulary that often comes with the story. With a book as long as Dune that new vocabulary (and so many new people) becomes tiresome, almost like spending more than a week in a foreign country becomes tiresome - it's a great trip but it's nice to come home.
There are a lot of characters and political intrigue and, well, I got lost. That's probably more because I lost focus rather than the story itself but again, this book is long and it takes place over many years - years unevenly covered. Sometimes only the fact that Paul now had children clued me in to the passing of time. (I should note, I listened to this as an audiobook so there may have been visual cues in the written text I couldn't pick up on. The narration was excellent, by the way).
I'm glad I read it because its such a classic but would I recommend it? To a selected few yes, but its not a book I'll be raving over....more
This is possibly one of the worst books I've read in a long time. I got about 10 pages in before I had my first "you've got to be kidding me" moment.This is possibly one of the worst books I've read in a long time. I got about 10 pages in before I had my first "you've got to be kidding me" moment. A person who attracts serial killers? Really? and she killed two? oh and she was kidnapped when she was 8? I've read many many books that require the suspension of disbelief but this was ridiculous. Rarely do I give up on a book so soon but when you laugh out loud at the unbelievable story it is time to move on....more