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Would you try another book written by Gin Jones or narrated by Lisa Valdini?
No I wouldn't, the author's characters and writing style were too annoying for me. And the reader's slightly slow monotonous time did not help.
Would you ever listen to anything by Gin Jones again?
What didn’t you like about Lisa Valdini’s performance?
I tried to ignore the lack of different voices for the characters (apart from the murder victim before she was murdered), and the slow speed of narration, but was a contributing factor to giving up early.
What character would you cut from A Dose of Death?
I did not like any of them, so would not make a difference.
Any additional comments?
Dislikable main character. Continual references to her Lupus, her pain, her disability. Her daughters were worried about her not coping on her own, but after murder in her garden they were not immediately particularly concerned. Helen is not shocked, upset, horrified or react as a real person would who just found a bloody body. Most infuriatingly she does not behave as an ex Governors/politicians wife would. As a state's First Lady for a very long time she would not be so naive and wet. Totally unbelievable that she allows the nurse Melissa to talk to her like that, or take her phone. Lost all credibility at that point. The police were not interested in taking her statement when she found the body. Although published in 2014, the 45 year old Helen doesn't think to look on line for newspaper articles to research burglaries, the lawyer hastily suggest it to her. Had to keep reminding myself she was only 45, not 85 as she was portrayed as so much older.
I have only ever given up on a couple of books in all my years in Audible, and this was one of them...so I cannot comment on anything more than the half a book I listened to. Sorry, but definitely not something I enjoyed or would recommend.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the creative detail of Helen's getting annoyed at not being suspected so deciding to demonstrate the possibility. I also really appreciated the way the main character suffers from lupus and is disabled by that but shows that with determination and using her contacts, she can do what is necessary. She also demonstrates that though her body may suffer, her mind is still sharp.
Lisa Valdini performs the narration of this book in an excellent manner. Each character’s voice suits her or him perfectly. I could see the upper class lawyer Tate versus the lower class driver Jack. I also could see how annoying Melissa must be.
This book is very well done.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, but it in no way influenced my review.
I should have read the reviews more carefully. If I had I would have been warned about how unrealistic and time consuming this book is. It makes no sense and is full of contradictions. The lead character wants to be left alone but seeks out a murderer, making friends along the way. She is 45 and has given her nieces power of attorney over her finances and is constantly in a power struggle with them for control of her life. She finds a woman murdered in her yard and is angry that she is not considered a suspect. All of the characters are flat and not very likable and the story was drawn out and boring. Listening to this book was a complete waste of time.
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