Lost in audio Confessions

Thanks to a random article I came across only Lord knows how, I’ve signed up to download 2 free audiobooks a week through Audiobook Sync (http://www.audiobooksync.com/) and  Overdrive Media console.  Unfortunately, I don’t get to pick the downloads, but it is a change from music nonetheless.

The first book I listed to was Confessions of a Murder Suspect: Confessions Series, Book 1, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, narrated by Emma Galvin.  This one had the most potential of being a book I’d like after scanning the synopses.  Admittedly, I had some trouble getting hooked.  I was listening during work during one of our busiest times of the year and learning as necessary how to work the program.  I just couldn’t get sucked in and I kept getting lost as to where I was in the book, so I gave myself a break.

After a day or two break, I tried again with better success.  I was no longer fumbling with the program which helped immensely.  After hearing part of it already, I was better able to follow what was happening and who the characters were as the story began.  This also helped me get interested in this book.

The story is told from a teenage girl, Tandy Angel, as she and her siblings try to solve a murder.  The victims?  Their parents.  The suspects?  Tandy Angel and ALL her siblings, from her oldest brother, a pro football player, to her youngest brother, a boy of about 5-8.

While I admit everyone’s family has their share of secrets and is messed up in different ways, the Angel family seemed to take leaps beyond that.   As the story progresses, you learn not only how messed up the parents were, but who all is involved and to what extent.  The neighbors aren’t exactly normal either.  Every character with any depth is messed up, it’s just a matter of to what degree.

It took about halfway through the story before I got really interested in it.  Until that point, I was following it, but it was merely background noise with a plot instead of harmony and high notes.  You go with Tandy from her home to jail to dealing with her uncle to fighting herself and dealing with her past.  The more she learns, the more you are drawn in, mainly because each new step leads to a “What the heck” moment.  Each new discover just added to the “they deserved to be slapped” factor, which eventually builds to “someone needs their rear kicked, stomped, and buried.”  You feel sorry for Tandy, but at the same time you feel as if she’s alien.  You can connect with forbidden love and teenage angst, but you cannot connect your family drama to hers (at least, I hope you can’t.  If you can, God bless you).  I felt like I was hearing about a rich freak show, and I was the sole audience member.

Right at the end, I ABSOLUTELY had to know how it ended.  I completely stopped working the last 15 minutes so that my typing wouldn’t interfere with the story.  And then you find out who the guilty one is…

I had to pause it and listen to it again, just to make sure I heard it correctly.  For the record, I did.

I didn’t expect the actual killer at all.  I didn’t have a clear suspect in mind, but certainly not that in any way, shape, or form.  I find that refreshing and shocking, and yet it irked me a little because I wanted to outsmart the book.  But WOW, what an ending.  Just WOW.

That being said, while I have no desires to listen to it again, it was worth the listen.  I would be willing to read it one day or read others by them.  It isn’t among my favorites, but it was interesting.  I deem it worthy of my time and attention.

 

General information:
6:04:50 long
87 chapers (85 + 2 epilogues), divided into 5 parts

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/confessions-of-a-murder-suspect-free-preview-edition-james-patterson/1112690633?ean=9780316231633

“And, though she be but little, she is fierce”–William Shakespeare

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this quote and “understood” it.  I understood it to the degree of I’d never read where it was from but got the gist of it.  Each time I saw the quote, I’d laugh in my head thinking it applied to me, being as I’m 5’2″ and known as the “Hulk” at work.  In truth, though, you don’t really UNDERSTAND a quote until you get the reason behind it, the full story with all its quirks and nuances.  After reading A Midsummer’s Night Dream, I can now truly say I GET it.

To be honest, this isn’t a book I probably would have ever read if it wasn’t for a few reasons: 1) I missed reading and the adventures that come with it.  2) I have small children and you can’t hold a them and read a book too.  3) It was available for free through the iStore.  I randomly downloaded this and, oh, 80+ other free books during the time known as “teething hell weeks”.  After finishing a really good eBook, I decided to suck it up and go ahead and read this one to get it off my phone.  I didn’t think I’d actually enjoy it.

It took a scene or two to suck me in, but after that, I was hooked.  I realized I’d seen this play before, which confirmed what I was visualizing was actually occurring in the play.  I thought I was seeing it wrong, and to have that confirmation meant I was on the right path and could quit stressing over that and enjoy the ride.  I love the jabs about Bottom being an ass, the twists of love (who hasn’t been there in high school?), the word meanings, etc.  I read for enjoyment, not research, but with that being said, I understand now why someone would want to spend his/her career studying Shakespeare.  I read for pleasure and rarely, if ever, research and analyze elements of a story, but this has several elements that stir that creative thinking and desire to want learn more, read more, understand more Shakespeare.

I GET the fairies names were based off what they were from/did (i.e. Mustardseed, Peasblossom).  I GET Bottom was an ASS.  I GET the quote: Hermia was petite compared to Helena, but her temperament wasn’t in the least, especially when fighting for her love, Lysander.

Shakespeare’s writing style won’t appeal to everyone, and not everyone will like him nor this story as much as I did.  Nonetheless, I think this is a worthy read that everyone should read at least once.  It’s a quick read, and it’s humorous, two selling points for non-readers.

Rating = READ IT ALREADY!