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Julie-Ann Amos

UK
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Where to start?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-19

This started well but....
After the initial "thriller setup" the story descended into hour after hour of listening to someone apparently sinking into madness and depression. not exactly a cheerful book. Of course, I expected as much from the blurb, but never expected it to go on so LONG! Day after day of depressing nothing much. I actually lost interest in the main character at all, as she descended into a wreck and I was forced to listen.
Then at last, ta-da! The plot is all explained in a series of texts. Now, this may have worked well for a written book, but read aloud as "date. time. message" over and over. Pages/many many minutes. Often the dates were the same for long episodes of narration, just the times different. It is to the narrator's credit she managed to keep it up.
And hey presto as soon as the plot is revealed to our heroine, she suddenly and somewhat magically comes off her pills, pulls herself together, doesn't even get a tiny bit upset about who is trying to kill her, and goes out and our manoeuvres the baddies.
Totally unrealistic.
I really wish I hadn't bothered but I was so far in by the time I wanted to stop i got a bit stubborn and wouldn't let the heroine defeat me. Bad decision.

Good but ending bleh

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-19

The first section of the book was really good. However when we went into the second part (which was completely different by way of story) things went downhill. Towards the end, we had one of those chunks of writing where the main character suddenly delivers a lengthy monologue explaining the entire story. It’s only a personal point of view but I find that really irritating, and weak writing – all of those details and story could’ve been revealed more cleverly in other ways. Narration good

Inaccurate (very)

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-19

While I fully realise that the percentage of people who read this book who visit death-row in Florida will be very small, I do think that in this day and age it would not have been too hard to research the procedures. The procedures for visiting death-row in Florida are nothing like those mentioned in the book. Most of the processes described would be easily found on the Department of corrections website in fact. It made it really difficult to listen for me as it was so inaccurate. On the plus side, lovely narration

So twisty hard to follow at the end

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Good and I do like the narrator but accents were a nightmare. In the first part the Yorkshire turned into West Country at times and the West Country accent for one character ranged from slight to heavy. Towards the end where two characters were from Yorkshire no way to tell which one was speaking. So was a very confusing listen

Graphic oral sex without warning. Ugh

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-18

Awful. Started out great and interesting in storyline but a woman being yanked around on a magic rope and all but abused.... when it tipped over into graphic descriptions of oral sex that was it for me. No warning on the cover. This is NOT a young adult book.
I’ve never had issues in books about women’s rights but this was everything I do t want young girls to read.
Ugh. Just ugh

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Much better than book 2

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Things get back to normal now – better storyline, and the characters on more interesting. The hero has had another personality transplant, but fortunately this time he has gone back to being the main character, not the annoying sulky individual he turned into the book 2. Overall it’s a really good series and interesting story, and there was little or none of the explicit sex that was in book 2. I just wish the author would rewrite book 2 as 1 was amazing and 3 excellent. I nearly didn’t bother after book 2

Great but weaker than book 1

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-18

That says it all - good but not a patch on book 1. Plus 2 real negatives. First, the hero seems to have changed from an extremely likeable young man into a sulky petulant Pain in the neck. I don’t think it’s necessarily the best idea to keep the main character and give them a bit of a personality transplant. Secondly, the first book was well in the young adult category, but the graphic and violent sex in places in this second book was really gratuitous and unnecessary and would certainly take younger listeners by surprise

Best read since Name of the Wind...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-18

And I hate books people compare to great book because they always fall short. This one doesn’t. Read it. Or listen. It’s great either way.

Good but over long

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I love this at the start, lots of mystery and intrigue. But about a third of the way through it seemed to lose impetus and got really boring. I almost stopped listening but persevered. The ending also felt rushed, as if it was just time to wrap up and get everything over and done with. But it’s a good story, and I did enjoy it, just not so much when it was the long lull period

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The best thing since Name Of The Wind

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-17

It is. Just listen to it and you'll know what I mean! It's really awesome!