"I'm Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I've never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella.
"Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared. So, I've enlisted the help of the Zimmerman twins - the reclusive architects of America's most sensitive electronic networks - to help me navigate a bewildering maze of leads to find her.
"Along the way, my path collides with a sexy government agent and a rich, handsome lawyer, both of whom seem to have the hots for me. Hacking, espionage, sexy spy-men - it's a geek girl's dream come true. If it weren't for those gun-toting thugs...."
©2010 Julie Moffett (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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Thoroughly engaging heroine! A woman with a brain who takes charge. I loved it.
Great story, well paced, well narrated. It was serious in the right places and funny when appropriate. The espionage is light but not in a bad way. I don't like overdone romance and this had just enough to keep things interesting without being over the top. This was a fun listen and I can't wait for more by this author, hopefully continuing the characters in this story.
"OK story, really bad accents"
The story is OK, not very deep and I would like it to be more about hacking than how inept she is around people. The narrator is fine with Lexi's dialog, but when she tries to do accents, they are so bad (especially Italian) that it is distracting from the story.
"Reader ruined any chance"
Someone who likes a reader with too much saliva and a bad concept of timing, enunciation, pronunciation and general charm.
If someone clever had been hired. The prose is not bad. I keep trying to find "good" american authors. With the right voice, this could have been zippy and entertaining.
The reader who is not a character but who ruins the book. I could not finish the book.
I feel sorry for this promising author to be saddled with such an awful reader.
"Ug....another book ruined by bad narration"
Th narrator is just SO bad that it's overshadowing any good that this book might have been. She's is a slow talking, over-enunciator, who is making everything sound cheesy with her over-the-top "harlequin" voice. I get that this is a categorized as a Harlequin production, but if she could just read it like a normal person, it could read like cute heroine, chick lit. She's also a saliva-heavy reader....ug.
I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and I've learned that narration is 80% of the experience, at least. I'd like my credit back, please.
"Story and Narration Both Okay"
Best - The storyline is very interesting and I found a lot of it unexpected (in a good way).
Least - Lexi. I wanted so badly to like her, but I think this is all a personal preference. I cannot stand a character that constantly puts themselves down, questioning how they could be so stupid, how they ramble /so/ much, how completely inept that are at clothes and undergarments and makeup (and yet garner the attention of so many "attractive" men). Again, I know a ton of people consider this a story about a great "geek girl" heroine, but the story seemed to focus on how terrible she is at all things stereotypically "girly" and "social", instead of focusing on this really intelligent girl and her skills. I could not figure out how she ended up in such a great job, when the character herself is constantly questioning it. I physically cringed at so many of her interactions, because they were so unlikely to me, and seemed so forced to show "hey, this girl doesn't know how to interact with men or her parents! Isn't she relatable??" I think my expectation for the character of Lexi doesn't match up with reality, which is why I'm so bothered.
I would have liked to see more confidence in Lexi, and less whining. I'm not the author, though, so I have no say in the characters created. I just had different expectations for Lexi.
The accents took me out of the story, and made me very aware that I was listening to someone read a story, instead of feeling like I was totally "in" the story.
Sure. I probably would not listen to it, but I like to believe Lexi evolves as a character into a more multi-faceted, capable woman!
"Bad narrator but decent book"
I am pretty picky about narrators and almost didn't get this one because of the reviews. I'm glad I got the book anyway because it was a fairly fun read, and the narration wasn't bad enough that I returned the book without even finishing it (which I have done a few times). This narrator wasn't even bad enough that I plan to go for the print version of any book she narrates that I'm interested in, which I do for some narrators. That being said, I should mention that my biggest pet peeves are over-acting and weird voices, like when someone reads in a voice that is too breathy or childish or whatever. This narrator spoke in a normal voice. Though she often sounded like she was reading a cue card (which I guess she sort of was) instead of sounding like a friend telling a story, her acting wasn't over the top, just not oscar-winning. I can live with that, along with a few mispronunciations I noticed.
HOWEVER, if bad accents are a particular annoyance to you, DO NOT get this book - it will make you want to jump off a bridge. There were many characters of various nationalities in this book, so there were many accents to perform. I wouldn't expect any narrator to get them all perfect, but this one sounds like her only exposure to non-American-accented English was from old Dracula movies.
"Good Story Line- Narrator is not THAT bad"
I liked the narration. She did do a really bad Italian accent, but I thought her voice was pleasant and easy to listen to- the other accents were GREAT!
I liked that Lexi could laugh at herself.
As above the performance was GREAT except for the Italian accent.... It sounded a little more like Dracula... but otherwise I thought she did a good job
"This is a Harlequin book"
This is a Harlequin book. I wish they'd said so up front and saved me the waste of time it took to start listening. These books may be great from some people, but I don't like them.
Looking for light listening, this met that expectation. The story would better have been read by a Lauren Becall kind of voice rather than the sweet little girl voice, over-articulated with corny accents. Some interesting characters that kept my attention but unfortunately the main character isn't credible and may be more suited for young (11 year old) readers.
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