The story begins when Nicole Lewis, a young woman living in Los Angeles, arranges a summer-long swap of her condo for a London couple's house. She thinks it's the perfect arrangement. She's always dreamed of seeing the real London, not just the tourist spots. She'll be able to accompany her husband, Brad, on his out-of-town work as a troubleshooter for his company. It will also give her a chance to keep an eye on Brenda, Brad's assistant, who seems to be getting a little too chummy with her boss. But things don't turn out the way Nicole expects.
Within a couple of days, she discovers that Freddy and Muriel Lowry, the Londoners, failed to arrive in LA and appear to be missing. Then people start following her and making threats, demanding information she doesn't have. Nicole realizes she's in serious trouble. But she can't get Brad - busy working - or the police to believe her. Somehow it's up to her to extricate herself from the mess the Lowrys have left behind....
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By Sarah on 04-06-16
Although the story itself is good, some of the background research is inaccurate and the author has a very dated view of English manners and vocabulary. Jane Oppenheimer's narration is great, until she attempts English, Scottish and Irish accents, which are absolutely cringe worthy. The voice characterisation of Kevin and Chas was so awful that they reminded me of the baddies in Disney's '101 Dalmations'!
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By the opster on 20-05-15
The book intrigued me from the start. I especially li liked the focus on details. She made each place vivid, from the old house which appeared to hold vague secrets to the English town and, of course, the characters themselves. As the story progressed I, too, moved forward becoming increasingly alarmed as frightening events took place. The last part of the book with its unceasing violence put me off a bit. It felt excessive. I hungered for more introspection but others may have savored the consistent violence and found it quite palatable. All in all the book kept my attention and I found it to be a good listening experience.
Th narration of the book was superb. I felt that in listening great depth was added to the written word. The narration made me a part of the life and events the writer depicted. As I grew up abroad living in four countries prior to my fifteenth birthday, I've always been attuned to the rhythms found in each language and the disparate accents sometimes found within the same city. The narrator's ear for these often subtle changes was amazing. I know my pleasure was supremely enhanced by the narration for it created a memorable listening experience for me.
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By jskate on 20-06-15
The Swap: A Mystery
Would you listen to The Swap: A Mystery again? Why?
I would definitely listen to The Swap again...in fact, I already plan to on a long road trip I have coming up!
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot was well developed, intriguing and incredibly fun. I was hooked immediately.
What does Jane Oppenheimer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Jane Oppenheimer is a talented voice actress. Sometimes, books in Audio form are made more difficult to appreciate because of the reader's voice tone, or pitch. This was not the case. I felt that the story was read smoothly.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I loved that I was kept guessing. Mysteries that are fun and lighthearted with female leads have become my favorite type of relaxed reading, and this story didn't disappoint!
Any additional comments?
I'm looking forward to more by Nancy Boyarsky!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful