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November 6, 2012 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Gone by Randy Wayne White

Gone by Randy Wayne WhiteGone
by Randy Wayne White
Narrated by Renee Raudman

Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publish Date: September 4, 2012
Format: Audio, 8 hours | 42 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate
Rating: 2½ of 5

Publisher’s Summary:
Hannah Smith: a tall, strong, formidable Florida woman, the descendant of generations of strong Florida women. She makes her living as a fishing guide, but her friends, neighbors, and clients also know her as an uncommonly resourceful woman with a keen sense of justice—someone who can’t be bullied—and they have taken to coming to her with their problems.

Her methods can be unorthodox, though, and those on the receiving end of them often wind up very unhappy—and sometimes very violent. And when a girl goes missing, and Hannah is asked to find her, that is exactly what happens.

This is the first installment in a new series by Randy Wayne White. Set on the gulf coast of Florida, it will be familiar territory for readers of his previous novels and a few references are made to the characters in the Doc Ford books.

Hannah is described as a formidable woman, and I liked the attempt to create a strong character, but too often Hannah appears stereotypical and flat. There was a lot of sexist dialog that I assume was aimed at the male readers, and it was very obvious this was written by a man. Most women, at least those I am acquainted with, do not talk like Hannah. At one point I wasn’t sure if Hannah was gay or straight when a woman tried to pick her up and she didn’t make her position very clear. Not that it mattered, but why create confusion for the reader? That’s more of a male fantasy.

I would have liked a little more plot but most of the book was spent developing Hannah’s character and explaining the workings of her boat. I tried, but I could not connect with her. One minute she’s this helpless thing and the next she is fearless, out on boat, in pursuit of the bad guys.

I listened to the audio which moved along at a nice pace. I wasn’t thrilled with the accent for the bad guy; the narrator portrayed him with such an annoying voice I wanted someone to bump him off just to get him to shut up, but the rest of the voices were fine.

Why did I keep listening? Aside from hoping it would get better, I was outside listening using my mp3 player while painting my garden shed and I didn’t want to stop and load another book. So I kept listening. Perhaps being the first in a new series, the author will make a few tweaks and the next book will be an improvement. Hannah does have potential and this wasn’t awful, but it could have been much better.

I would give the next book in the series a chance, but Hannah better mature a little if I’m going to stick around.

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Source: Review copy.
© 2012 Under My Apple Tree. All rights reserved.

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  1. BermudaOnion / Nov 6 2012 7:14 pm

    I wasn’t crazy about this one wither. Hannah didn’t ring true to me.

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    • Leslie / Nov 6 2012 7:45 pm

      I’m glad it wasn’t just me. I don’t like to write ‘bad’ reviews, but this could have been a whole lot better.

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  2. Sheila (Book Journey) / Nov 6 2012 7:47 pm

    There are a few books out there now called ‘Gone” this is like the third one I have seen recently.

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  3. sagustocox / Nov 7 2012 5:32 am

    It’s a bummer you couldn’t connect with Hannah.

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  4. Leeswammes / Nov 7 2012 2:28 pm

    What a pity it wasn’t for you. Sounds like you enjoyed the painting more than the book!

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    • Leslie / Nov 9 2012 6:19 pm

      I think I did! I’m not the world’s greatest painter, but painting outside on a nice day is ok. And I can be messy, the grass will grow back green again!

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  5. Laurie C (Bay State RA) / Nov 9 2012 7:23 pm

    I’ve been checking out the Sound Bytes reviews linked up to Devourer of Books and I have to say that I’m kind of relieved. I’m not having to add any books to my TBR list so far! 😉

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    • Leslie / Nov 9 2012 7:52 pm

      That made me laugh! But so true, I didn’t add any of them to my list either.

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