Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Grace, Jack & Magical Cats by Mary Matthews

Lucky me, I received a free copy of the unabridged audio version of Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy: Mystery Boxed Set, Volume 1 by Mary Matthews and read by Sheila Book from Receiving a free copy of this audiobook in no way affects the thoughts expressed in my review as follows below. 

This unabridged audiobook contains the following four titles:

Splendid Summer
Emeralds, Diamonds & Amethysts
Cheri Ami
A Christmas Feral

I was disappointed with the audiobook on many different levels. First off, I that Sheila Book wasn't a very good narrator/dramatic reader. She is one of the worst dramatic readers I've listened to during my audiobook listening experience. When trying to impersonate a man's voice or some female voices, Ms. Book sounded like she had marbles in her mouth... It just sounded stiff and unnatural.

As far as the stories are concerned, I thought they were all boring. I don't think Mary Matthews is a very good writer. She used a lot of the same canned phrases in each storyline. She repeated some of the same information in the same story... Like how many times do you want to hear about Orange Avenue being line with citrus trees in the same story?? 

The stories themselves were boring, fluffy, drivel with no real substance to them. Some mystery would be thrown in to the mix and solved haphazardly with the help of the 'magical cat(s)'. The worst story of them all was A Christmas Feral, which was Mary Matthews take on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol and it involved cats. 

I also didn't like any of the characters in the stories. Let's just say, I was happy when I was done listening to these audiobooks. I'd give Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy: Mystery Boxed Set, Volume 1 a rating of two stars out of ten stars.

Until my next post, happy reading! 

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