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October 23, 2014 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

DearDaughterDear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Publisher: Penguin Audio | July 2014
Format: Audio Download | 10 hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate

Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is acerbic, whip smart, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her glamour and fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a philanthropist best known for her string of rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie chops off her trademark hair, determined to chase down the one lead she has about her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the one she’s looking for.

Janie was one of the bitchy popular girls, a ‘mean’ girl, and a mostly unlikable character. She was unlikable to me because she was completely unrelatable, but this was one of those books where I didn’t need to like the main character to get swept up in the story.

The writing is crisp and sharp, the dialog often witty, and except for a brief period in the middle of the novel – when Janie first arrives in Adeline, a small, remote town that Janie has reason to believe holds the answer to the mystery of who killed her mother – the story moves along at a quick pace. There were plenty of suspects, motivation and twists to keep me guessing until the unexpected ending.

Audio production:
The audio production was excellent and added another level of entertainment to the book. The story, written in the first person, was narrated by Bonnie Dennison. Interspersed between the chapters were snippets of TMZ Reports, Celebrity News, CNN Breaking News, blog postings, diary entries, etc., which were read in a ‘news media’ voice by Tony Daniels. At one point we are introduced to a lot of characters, and that will require paying a little extra attention (and maybe a rewind or two), but once they are established, it is a fun and easy listen.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by Penguin Audio.
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  1. cleopatralovesbooks / Oct 23 2014 12:09 pm

    Great review, I read this book and enjoyed it although Janey wasn’t a particularly likeable character.


  2. Suko / Oct 23 2014 1:15 pm

    Terrific review! I like the sound of this book, even with an unlikable character. I’m glad you enjoyed listening to it.


  3. Sheila (Book Journey) / Oct 23 2014 6:42 pm

    I had to check out what this one was about! I will be requiring much audio when I am working the bee yards in Florida!


    • Leslie / Oct 23 2014 7:10 pm

      I think you’ll like it – the audio performance is good.


  4. diane / Oct 23 2014 7:11 pm

    This was decent – I thought the audio was pretty good as well.


  5. BermudaOnion / Oct 23 2014 7:21 pm

    This sounds right up my alley! I have it in print, though, so I’ll probably experience it that way.


  6. booknaround / Oct 26 2014 10:09 am

    I’ve seen this a couple of places. Good to hear you enjoyed it.


  7. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Oct 26 2014 8:41 pm

    Another positive review for the audio. I lean towards listening now.



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