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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Acts of Malice (abridged audiobook) by Perri O'Shaughnessy



A lot of soap opera, a little legal thriller

Published by Brilliance Audio in 2003.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
Read by Laurel Merlington
Abridged

I listened to Acts of Malice as an abridged audiobook and I'm hoping some of the problems I have with the book were really due to the abridgment.

Problems:

1. her son Bob - he never speaks. He never does anything but be the perfect son who never, ever does anything wrong while mom sometimes spends outrageous hours out of the home. Watch out for this kid - he's going to be trouble!

2. Her son Bob says nothing, nothing at all about mom getting married to a man she just started re-dating while he's off on a trip to Germany (apparently unplanned since the tapes bring it up as he's packing the day before).

3. I don't know about you, but I think it would be pretty unethical to start dating the prosecutor during your defendant's murder trial.

4. The book spent much more time on the character's conflicted feelings (not conflicted about how this affair would affect her client's case, mind you, just hot and bothered about dating this man again) and not much on the case. If the story had focused, a 3 hour audiobook would have lasted about an hour. That means I was listening to 2 hours of romance novel on tape! Aaaargh!!

I rate this audiobook 2 stars out of 5.

Perri O'Shaughnessy
Reviewed on September 21, 2004. 

NOTE: Despite the fact that I like the cleverness of the name (2 sisters combined their names to make a new name) and the fact that their books always sound interesting, I do believe that this is the last Perri O'Shaughnessy book I've read or listened to.  Always great looking covers on the books, but you know the old saying about books and covers...

This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Acts of Malice by Perri O'Shaughnessy.

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