Monday Mini ~ Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little (Audiobook Review)

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

I love a good suspenseful audiobook. When I received the 3rd Quarter picks from Recorded Book’s reviewer list, I selected Dear Daughter. Both Bonnie Dennison and Tony Daniels were new to me narrators, but I was intrigued by the story line and was simply in the mood for a novel just like it.

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth LittleCover of Dear Daughter
Viking ~ July 31, 2014 ~ 384 pages
Penguin Audio/Recorded Books ~ Bonnie Dennison and Tony Daniels ~ 10 hours

I had high hopes going into this audiobook. At the beginning I even enjoyed Jane Jenkins’ snarky attitude about her time in prison and her release. She is a Paris Hyltonesque heiress who was convicted of her mother’s murder and was released after several years in prison on a technicality. Bonnie Dennison captured her voice and spirit expertly, but it wasn’t long before her “too cool for school” petulance started to scrape my nerves raw. She never let up. There was not a sincere or outside focused thought in her head. Had I been reading this in print, I might not have even made it out of California with Jane. In this case, I kept reading because the way in which this audiobook was narrated and produced interested me.

The first time I listened an audiobook with sound effects I wasn’t exactly thrilled. I felt like they took me out of the story. I think it may have just been the unexpected that bothered me. Over time, I’ve grown used to them. This audiobook took it to a new level, at least to my ears. The text message beeps were expected, but the TMZ intros to the sections narrated by Tony Daniels always made me smile. Just anticipating another news report kept me going because they gave me a break from Jane’s reality.

In the end finishing this audiobook was a story in technique. It had nothing to do with the story itself, which left me cold. While I would not recommend this book, I truly appreciated the creativity that went into narrating and producing Dear Daughter.


  • At 2015.01.19 08:14, Kay said:

    Thanks for giving a review of this book. I had been thinking about trying it and I still may – just forewarned. I’ll have to decide if I can manage such a self-involved narrator – have to be in the mood for it. I don’t think I’ve heard a book yet that text message beeps. I’ll have to think about that. LOL

    • At 2015.01.19 15:02, Rachel said:

      Interesting – I’ve never listened to an audiobook that had special effects. I can see how that could be either good or bad.

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      • At 2015.01.19 15:25, BermudaOnion(Kathy) said:

        Aw, too bad. I have this in print and had high hopes as well.

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          • At 2015.01.20 07:51, Sandy said:

            And this was a recommended read in EW! OMG! I didn’t like anything about this book but the narration. That is probably the only reason why I got through it.

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