When a deathbed promise to a friend leaves Wendy Darlin, feisty Miami real estate broker for billionaires, trapped on a super-yacht with Ponzi-king, Charlie Hook, she's forced to join him on a quest to recover his hidden treasure. Along for the danger-filled adventure are an undercover SEC investigator, who kindles a spark in Wendy with his "Johnny Depp" eyes and Hook's young female helicopter pilot who befriends Wendy as they sail the high seas, one step ahead of modern-day ruthless pirates.
A laugh-out-loud whodunit...kidnapping, revenge, and a little murder on the side. This comedy mystery is set in Miami and the Caribbean.
©2011 Barbara Silkstone (P)2013 Barbara Silkstone
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"Wendy is Wonderful"
Wendy Darlin, real estate agent, independent woman, modern day pirate? Not really the life Wendy envisioned for herself when she promised to look after the criminal miscreant Charlie Hook. When Hook basically holds Wendy, her friend, and an investigator hostage, they have no choice but to help him recover his ill gotten treasure.
Remember the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show, how there was a segment called fractured fairy tales? That was my favorite part of the show. So, to me, it is absolutely no surprise how much I adore Barbara Silkstone's "fractured fairy tale for adults" re-imagining of Peter Pan. I found this book to be, in short, a hoot. The writing is clever, and had me doing that really unattractive giggle-snort combination many times throughout my listen. I love the way the characters embody the essence of the original classic characters, with snarky modern twists.
Be aware, this is not the Peter Pan story you want your kids reading, it is clearly intended for adult readers. Yet it appeals to the childlike part of us that loved the classic original stories. Combine that childlike love with modern politics and technology, and you get this smart, snarky, hilarious mystery. The story is richly developed and leaves you guessing until the very end. I am liking this grown up version of Peter Pan even more than the original.
I received a review copy of the book courtesy of the author.
I am honestly not sure there is anything else quite like it, but it falls within the genre of revisionist literature.
Personally I felt like the narrative was a slightly robotic, I personally would have liked more emotion. The writing is so fantastic, and I was not sure this narrator did it justice,
This is a good all around just fun read with funny moments
The characters names
Just an all around fun book to listen too without much contemplation. Humorous with many twists and turns. Playful in every way.
"twisting off into several marvelous side streets"
This was a really funny, very adult reworking of Peter Pan, with Wendy as the most important character, and the narrator of the story. While it is totally off-kilter and completely foreign to the original, the seemingly offhanded interlaced quotes and scenarios from the original story work their magic in unusual ways: always reminding the reader of the genesis of the story, while twisting off into several marvellous side streets and alleyways.
The narration provided by Nicole Colburn provides less emotional range than I would normally hope for, her voice is lovely, but should have enhanced story and plot. While not distracting, the delivery of some incredibly clever written words could have been improved with inflection, as it was rather flat in affect and impression. Perhaps even speaking with a smile, for that is always noticeable to a listener, would have improved delivery: there are truly laugh-out-loud moments in this book, and I can’t imagine the narrator not smiling herself.
Throughout some truly slapstick moments, the character of Wendy is clearly defined and presented: the reluctant caretaker to an oversexed and pharmaceutically enhanced Hook her offbeat and often smart ass comments and responses combine to spice up the story, providing a break in the never-ending tension that could feel oppressive. Imagery is evocative, the writing and dialogue are silky smooth, and the story is truly just fun. It is my first introduction to this author’s work, and most certainly will not be my last.
I received an AudioBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Heard Word. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
"Mystery with a shot of humor"
Yes, listening to this performance brings Wendy to life, adding another dimension to the whole story.
I loved the part where Wendy flies--can't say anymore as I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
It is so much easier to form a picture of Wendy in my head, the way she reads makes a definite impression of Wendy Darlin.
Wendy and the Lost Boys, an adult take on a traditional children's story.
There is nothing more fun than a mystery/thriller with a heavy dose of humor thrown in. You never know what to expect chapter after chapter. The author has added so many characters with such individual, rich personlities, it is fun to see what is in store when the next one shows up in the story. A fun listening experience.
"The "out-loud" version is still laugh-out-loud"
I bought this audiobook not expecting it to hold up to the written version, which is hilarious, well-plotted, and filled with great characters. I didn't think the pacing and comedic timing would work in audio format. I was very wrong. The audio presentation had me laughing out loud, just as the ebook did. The narrator's delivery is perfect for the clever tale that is not your father's "PeterPan." Don't listen to this with a beer in your hand, or worse yet, in your mouth. You'll be scrubbing your recliner for days, as I did.
"Be prepared to laugh yourself silly"
Welcome to the wonderful, wacky world of Wendy Darlin, Miami real estate broker. Her newest agent is a daughter of an old friend, but rather useless until she is given an opportunity to sell to a crook, whom she marries. Said twit has Wendy at the wedding and makes her promise to Take care of said husband if she dies.
Wendy had a previous sort-of marriage to a similar kind of crook after a lot of unwise drinking, and that comes back to bite her as well. Soon Wendy meets Roger Jolly, who seems to be an SEC investigative agent, and is off on a hilarious adventure. She encounters murder, yachts, a helicopter, a dog in live with a pig, more crooks, and the punny names are absolutely inspired!
A delightful dose of unreality to brighten up a dismal spell or two!
Also available as Whispersync. The narrator is either not fully engaged, or having control issues with the gigglesnorts.
"Ho hum at best"
Story was a bit forced to fit the tale ... which it never did ... but the biggest offense was in the reading. It sounded mechanical and difficult to get through. Not an enjoyable listen for me.
A storyline. I know it was a fractured fairytale, but some original thought (without the over reliance on sex) would have been nice.
The beginning. Any book that has to rely on kicking a man in the privates and talking about his engorged penis is off to a bad start.
So disappointed. Terrible
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