- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 35 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Cheryl Bradshaw
- Audible.com Release Date: December 24, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HI463S4
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Murder in Mind Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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What blocks me from getting totally immersed in a story?
Poor or award word choice. Many times Cheryl used words that just did not fit.
I'll include a few examples:
FBI's or FBIs . That apostrophe is important. It marks a possessive (the dog's bark was very loud. vs The dogs barking was very loud).
Cheryl wrote (loc.2328) "The place is already swarming with fed's."
Spell check does not choose the correct homophone: site or sight
as vs like The best test for this is to try substituting "the way" for "as"in the sentence. E.g. Like is a preposition whereas AS is a conjunction joining two clauses.
The most problematic is using a word that has the wrong meaning.
averted vs avoided (loc. 1058) "He averted the question."
so vs neither (loc. 1615)" I didn't say a word. So did they."
(loc. 1644) He sat down beside me and remitted a cup of tea.
(loc 1722) " ...but she didn't get far before Sal and Lucio circumvented her escape."
Then there are the sentences that are so awkward that I wonder if Cheryl was consulting a Thesaurus .
(loc. 2122) Declan plunged the hoe he held in his hand deep into terra firma with great force.
As for the story itself I just didn't find the plot believable. The police federal and local were unbelievably inept. The heroine , Sloane too all knowing.
So, I will not be spending any money for books written by Cheryl Bradshaw. The errors and awkward wording prevent me from escaping into the fantasy.
Whilst reading I suspended all disbelief and at intervals, repeated the following as though a mantra: “It’s a fantasy! A fantasy!”
It worked. I let slide impossible plot elements, incredibly incompetent police & FBI agents, unrealistic murderer behavior, flat & indistinguishable dialogue, the desperate need of a good editor, etc. Plus the quintessential Mary Sue protagonist, a handsome mobster to the rescue, cliched & muscled bodyguards, police officers who cater to the heroine protagonist, etc.
If you attempt to duplicate my efforts, know that I imbibed
a vodka martini.