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Another great story in the Corrina Chapman series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-20

I'm enamoured of Kerry Greenwood's writing style and characters. This series has a lot of appeal for me, and this book holds its own well as part of the series.

While i always find a change of narrator part-way through a series of audiobooks to be a jarring experience, the transition here has been as smooth as possible and, if a change of narrator was unavoidable, then Jennifer Vuletic was an extremely good choice. I've not heard her narration before but she's going on my list of very listenable narrators.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable story with a great narrator. I'd recommend this one.

Jarring Americanisms and peculiar accents.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-20

This one really suffers from having an English main protagonist who appears to have been written by an American. One obviously familiar with English slang and idioms, but not familiar enough to strip the jarring Americanisms out of the English settings. To give them their due, they get points for using "trousers" instead of "pants"... but even so.

It also suffers massivly from being stuck with an American narrator whose only English accent appears to be a slight caricature of upper-crust English, which sounds REALLY peculiar using the slang-sprinkled speech patterns. It's also really distracting that she speaks in "common" English (albeit with a fake upper-class English accent), yet thinks in an American accent.

You'd think the job of voicing predominantly English characters would be given to... I don't know... A narrator who was actually English so they'd have a chance of getting the voices right.


Loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-20

Stongkingly good listen.

I've just finished this one and I'm already hungry for the next book in the series.

Appealing characters, engaging storylines, well written, and nicely paced... It all works for me.

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Should come with a tackyness warning

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-20

The narration is great - It's such a pity they were given such pap to read.

Basically it's the story of a girl who is panting for intimacy with any good looking man she happens across with a background story to link the dreadfully overblown porn descriptions together.

The real shame is that the background story would be quite good if the author weren't so intent on throwing the main protagonist into sexually charged (and overdescribed) situations with stunningly good-looking men. I mean its so badly written that EVERY SITUATION she is in with any of the men (including a trip to the morgue), she's gets distracted by her lust for them. You could probably play bingo with each scene... Lost in his eyes - check. Wet knickers - check. Distracted by thoughts of him - check. Mind-blowing kiss - check.

I really tried (largely because I didn't have anything else downloaded to listen to) but by the time I got two-thirds of the way through I was no longer interested in the background story or the outcome of the book, I just wanted someone to appear with a job-lot of libido suppressant and force-feed it to everyone in sight.

Let down by narrator

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-20

Honestly - if you happen across a word you're unfamiliar with, you could,,, I don't know... look it up ousing one of the many online prounication guides.that are available these days.

For example "draughts" is not pronouned "drorts" it's pronounced "draafts".

{sigh} You'd think someone involved in the recording process would point this sort of thing out to the narrator.... but apparently not.

The story's not bad, although the whole muscles-as-hard-as-rocks writing style is tediously overblown.

Sloppily written with no continuity

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-20

Sadly the longer this series goes on the less the author bothered with any sense of continuity with the previous books.

Things discussesed and decisions made are slid back a book or two, to a point before those conversations or decisions, and suddenly the characters involved in them are acting like they know nothing about situations they witnessed and/or took part in.

Sloppy work like that makes for an irritating story to listen to.

Meh.... Not awful but not great either

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-20

The laboured writing of the relationship between Aising and Griffin was offputting, as was the siblings' inability to stand up to ther father. Honestly, couldn't even one of them muster the wherewithal to say, "No, I'm not spending the day playing golf. It's a stupid game, only enjoyed by boring farts, and nobody should be made to endue that sort of torture."

And it would have been a whole lot better to listen to if the narrator had, perhaps, bothered to look up one of the many online pronunciation guides and learned how to pronounce the name of the main protagonist.

"Ash-ling", not "Aye-sling", people!...! It's not even as if it's an uncommon name.

Nicely balanced

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-20

If only other authors could follow Ms Carriger's example of balancing the Romance elements so nicely against the Story elements, to ensure that the romance isn't nausiatingly overwhelming. This one is a positive Baby Bear of a tale, in that it strikes the balance Just Right and, as a result, is a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

A lovely tale of the Parasol Protectorate universe

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-20

Beautifully written, as usual from this author, with the usual lighthearted and amusing style and appealing storyline.

Shame about the pronunciation and inflection problems in the narration but they didn't detract too much from the story.

Unbelievably awful

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-20

Really, could Avery Nolan be any more of a useless waste of space...?

She spends the entire series letting all the men (and some of the women) in her life walk all over her, ignore her, laugh at her, lie to her... and she does nothing to prevent it.

Not a single thing.

It's very frustrating that every time a man walks all over her, she just lets them. For example - You find your father (who destroyed your mother's life & left her in a mental institution, burnt down your friend's house, and tried to kill your boyfriend, and is banned from your house) sitting in front of the TV with your deabeat ex-husband, and instead of ripping the plug out of the wall and ordering him out, you give him beer, take him out for pizza, and introduce him to your friends...! I mean, Really? How much of a useless waste of oxygen is this woman...?

All in all, I can't recommend this series unless you enjoy reading about a woman who willingly makes a victim of herself.