The Swap is a murder mystery involving an innocent abroad and a dangerous case of mistaken identity.
The story begins when Nicole Lewis, a young woman living in Los Angeles, arranges a summer-long swap of her condo for a London couple's house. She thinks it's the perfect arrangement. She's always dreamed of seeing the real London, not just the tourist spots. She'll be able to accompany her husband, Brad, on his out-of-town work as a troubleshooter for his company. It will also give her a chance to keep an eye on Brenda, Brad's assistant, who seems to be getting a little too chummy with her boss. But things don't turn out the way Nicole expects.
Within a couple of days, she discovers that Freddy and Muriel Lowry, the Londoners, failed to arrive in LA and appear to be missing. Then people start following her and making threats, demanding information she doesn't have. Nicole realizes she's in serious trouble. But she can't get Brad - busy working - or the police to believe her. Somehow it's up to her to extricate herself from the mess the Lowrys have left behind....
©2014 Nancy Boyarsky (P)2015 Nancy Boyarsky
Although the story itself is good, some of the background research is inaccurate and the author has a very dated view of English manners and vocabulary. Jane Oppenheimer's narration is great, until she attempts English, Scottish and Irish accents, which are absolutely cringe worthy. The voice characterisation of Kevin and Chas was so awful that they reminded me of the baddies in Disney's '101 Dalmations'!
I devoured this page turner and recommend it to mystery lovers who appreciate fine writing paired with a strong female lead character. The writer did a great job of transporting the reader to the UK, from her descriptions of a suburban London neighborhood, to the transit system and the British Museum—and later to Scotland. Jane Oppenheimer's reading is top notch. I don’t agree with the comment posted about the accents. I think she did an excellent job. She even reads the male voices in a believable way.
The book intrigued me from the start. I especially li liked the focus on details. She made each place vivid, from the old house which appeared to hold vague secrets to the English town and, of course, the characters themselves. As the story progressed I, too, moved forward becoming increasingly alarmed as frightening events took place. The last part of the book with its unceasing violence put me off a bit. It felt excessive. I hungered for more introspection but others may have savored the consistent violence and found it quite palatable. All in all the book kept my attention and I found it to be a good listening experience.
Th narration of the book was superb. I felt that in listening great depth was added to the written word. The narration made me a part of the life and events the writer depicted. As I grew up abroad living in four countries prior to my fifteenth birthday, I've always been attuned to the rhythms found in each language and the disparate accents sometimes found within the same city. The narrator's ear for these often subtle changes was amazing. I know my pleasure was supremely enhanced by the narration for it created a memorable listening experience for me.
"The Swap: A Mystery"
I would definitely listen to The Swap again...in fact, I already plan to on a long road trip I have coming up!
The plot was well developed, intriguing and incredibly fun. I was hooked immediately.
Jane Oppenheimer is a talented voice actress. Sometimes, books in Audio form are made more difficult to appreciate because of the reader's voice tone, or pitch. This was not the case. I felt that the story was read smoothly.
I loved that I was kept guessing. Mysteries that are fun and lighthearted with female leads have become my favorite type of relaxed reading, and this story didn't disappoint!
I'm looking forward to more by Nancy Boyarsky!
"International House Swap Gone Awry"
Yes, I would listen to The Swap: A Mystery again. In my opinion, most fiction would not make great audio books. This one is an exception because of the vast amount of twists and turns throughout the entire plot. I was eager to continue listening to this book- so much that I would listen while completing other tasks that I normally do in silence.
The most memorable parts of "The Swap: A Mystery" for me are when the truth behind different characters are revealed; they were like slowly peeled onions, and what was beneath was unexpected.
No, I have never listened to a Jane Oppenheimer performance before. I found her tone and inflection easy to listen to for the entirety of the story.
The Swap: Expect the Unexpected.
I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
"Kept me wanting more!"
This was my first ever audio book to listen to and it was great! The narrator was great with different inflections in her voice to capture different characters, thoughts and feelings. I found myself smirking a few times because the narrators tone in her voice was exactly the tone I had in my head.
The plot of the story was great as well. A lot of twist and turns that kept me wanting more! I had a hard time setting the book down!
The only down fall in my eyes to the story was I would have liked the love story to have started a bit sooner in the plot and would have liked for it to have a little more importance in the story line (more in depth story line). What can I say, I'm a sucker for romance!
All in all I would highly recommend this audio book!
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
"Great mystery, great listen!"
The Swap is a great entertaining mystery about an innocent who--through a case of mistaken identity--gets caught in the crosshairs of some very dangerous criminals. Nicole, the heroine, arranges to swap her L.A. condo for a house in London. But the Brits, who are supposed to stay in her place, disappear, and Nicole has to fend off thugs and a handsome guy, who all think she knows more than she does. She's also dealing with a jerky husband. Lots of suspense, plot twists, and even romance. The Swap keep you guessing right to the end. The narrator is very good. She has a beautiful and expressive voice and is great at portraying all the characters.
Nicole, the heroine, who grows from an innocent young woman into a sleuth who can hold her own through a lot of trauma.
She has a lovely, expressive voice that captures a wide range of characters.
When tension between Nicole and Reinhardt blossoms.
I really enjoyed it and recommend it.
"As good or better than the print edition"
I read the print edition when it was first released and enjoyed it a lot. I have not traditionally been a "reader" of audio books, although that has started to change of late. So, when I recently had some long drives in front of me, I bought the CD version of The Swap to see how listening to it would compare to reading it in print. I was curious to see how the experiences compared. I was surprised to find that, even though I knew the basic story, the listening experience was terrific. The narrator was great, and the excellent story and characterizations continued to shine through.
"Interesting and Fun!"
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Mysteries are a particular favorite of mine. It was easy to follow and the curiosity of the heroine kind of reminded me of Nancy Drew. It was fun trying to figure out how she was going to get out of whatever trouble she got herself into. This book is good for anyone who likes action and mysteries. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Ready for European vacation without this drama"
Would definitely listen to it again. The story unwinds at a steady pace. Characters and mystery develop over time. Great to listen to when you have the time.
Would be willing. This story would peak my interest in hearing another one of her works.
When the Lowry car explodes tossing Nicole into the house. This is when the story gets serious and removes any doubt of Nicole's safety.
Nicole needs to learn how to run faster.
"An American Thrown into a London Mystery."
Yes, I would listen to the Swap again. I enjoyed the main character Nicole. She is a 32 year old woman who is traveling to London trying to patch her marriage to Brad. Through the series of events which leads her deeper into danger she ends up finding herself.
I thought the book was akin to other Mystery novels I have read like the Bones series by Kathy Reichs. Both feature strong female leads that get sucked into an unexpected circumstances. The Reichs books are more forensics based while Boyarsky.
The different accents! If I had read the book on my own even though I knew characters had different British or Irish accents I still would have read them in my own voice.
I didn't have an extreme reaction to anything in the book. As a mystery novel it wasn't extremely emotional because of all the action.
I recieved a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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