Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously in a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. When she flees Texas for the Caribbean, Katie escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wicked bloody mary habit, but she trades one set of problems for another when she begins to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents on the island of St. Marcos.
She's bewitched by the voodoo spirit of an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she's as much a danger to herself as the island's bad guys are. As the worst of her worlds collide, Katie drags herself back to the courthouse to defend her new friend Ava, an island local accused of stabbing the senator she's been sleeping with.
©2012 Pamela Fagan Hutchins (P)2013 Pamela Fagan Hutchins
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"it gets better... No spoilers"
after listening to the first 2 chapters i went back to look at the other reviews to decide if it was worth finishing. the narration and the story line were painful, but i agree with the other reviewers that the story does get better making it easy to overlook that as you get into the book. the heroine made me cringe early in but she did redeem herself. i will probably look into the second book in the series.
Story was good overall. My only problem with the audio was that it skipped several times. Not sure if this is normal with audio books.
Hopefully next book won't have this same problem.
"Was just the kind of story I was looking for."
The fact that it was based in a tropical climate with a lot of mysterious things going on.
The narrator did an outstanding job but there was some type of audio noise in the background that was a little annoying.
I will be moving on to the 2nd book in the series. Already downloaded the 3rd too.
Ashley Ulery is a HORRIBLE reader. Her reading is so bad I couldn't get through the first chapter. This might be a good book, but I'll never find out because I am so turned off by Ulery's attempt at reading it. I LOVE audiobooks and have heard hundreds of them. This is the worst EVER.
She could have selected a professional reader (actor, perhaps). Lorelei King is one of my favorites.
Her reading was so distracting I couldn't even "hear" the book.
I don't know... I couldn't get past chapter 1. It was awful.
Thank you for asking.
"The narration detracted from story"
Maybe if the narrator was different.
The narration was distracting. Her attempt at accents was especially bad. The NY/NJ one was about the worst I've ever heard.
The story wasn't fabulous but it wasn't awful either. I think it could have been a lightweight but fun listen if it had a different reader.
"I'm Hooked on this Story"
An engaging and credible lead character and good story telling.
Swamp Cabbage by Paisley Ray. In both books the lead characters find themselves in new locales and out of their depth.
No but I will, I'm downloading book 2 in this series as soon as I'm done with this review.
Saving Grace, the title says it all.
It seemed like both the writer and narrator were finding their rhythm in the first ten minutes of the book. But after that this book was top notch all the way and well deserved the top ratings for story, performance and overall.
"A GREAT ADVENTURE ~ VACATION!"
I loved the descriptions of places, could feel like I was there. The details about the characters were so enriching, I found myself identifying with Katie all the time.
I love the characters, the way they were developed. I felt like I really got to know them. Of course, my favorite scene was the big surprise in the courtroom....and "mewling like a kitten" really felt visceral to me.
Katie, of course!
The courtroom scene really got me....although there were so many, it was hard to choose. I loved the ending as well...
More. Made me want more. As it was nearing the end, it felt like I was about to leave some friends for a while!
"Entertaining and a Stretched Story"
It was good but I didn't care for the Caribbean (?) accents. They were off.
I started another book with a similar story line about a year ago, but couldn't finish it and don't remember the title. Obviously, this was written better because I did finish it.
Katie discovering Annalise.
"Writer fine but reader leaves a lot to be desired"
The reader's errors drive me nuts; saying Calvary when she meant cavalry and deposition when she should have said disposition. Her Island accent was ok but very Jamaican but her representation of Walker's New Jersey accent was so off it was painful. He sounded like he was an illiterate from Boston. Katie's accent become stronger and weaker all through the story. If your accents are not spot on, don't do them. She also had a consistent whiny tone that didn't add anything to the story.
Good story, poor narration like listening to a bedtime story.
Not sure, hard to follow because of narration.
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