|Click to visit publisher|
by Scott Lininger
read by Colby Elliott
Prim and Odin Mysteries #1
©2014 Last Word Audio
6 hours 13 minutes unabridged
Genres: mystery, young adult
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
4 out of 5 halos
PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: Joe Odin is the world's greatest guesser, a carnival legend who can tell you your weight, your profession, or your favorite brand of whiskey with nothing but a glance and a grubby dollar. He uses his flamboyant style of deduction to peer into small-town secrets and unravel his favorite puzzles of all - murders.
Primrose Whistler is just 17 years old, a trailer-park firecracker with green hair and a talent for trouble. After she witnesses a brutal attack and is almost killed at the county fair, she and Odin forge an unlikely partnership of razor-sharp wits and masterful deduction to stop a killer before he silences Prim for good.
©2012 Scott Lininger (P)2014 Last Word Audio
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Seventeen-year-old Primrose Whistler road trips from her home in Florida to visit Aunt Vern in Colorado, whom she has not seen for many years. Upon arriving she finds her Aunt still mourning the mysterious death of a dear neighbor. Well, mysterious to Aunt Vern anyway, everyone else called it a simple case of drunk driving but Vern knows better. Prim, having something of an inquisitive mind and a nose for mysteries, can’t help but be intrigued by the suspicious circumstances of the accident.
It’s only a matter of time before Prim makes the acquaintance of Odin, the guesser at the traveling carnival in town. Now Odin is not only a guesser, he is the world’s BEST guesser. For a mere dollar Odin can guess your weight, where you’re from, what kind of car you drive, or just about anything else. Some people might call it a trick, but Odin simply observes his surroundings, not missing a single detail, and then creates a completed picture based on the puzzle pieces. Prim and Odin must work quickly in order to stop a crazed killer before he can strike again.
I have to say that I really liked the character of Primrose Whistler, known to friends and family simply as Prim. So much of today’s fiction is full of teenage girls who are depressed or anti-social or suicidal or passive-aggressive because of the “raw deal” life has given them. They become tough and smart-mouthed and lash out at anything that moves. Now, Prim is smart-mouthed to be sure, but her head is screwed on quite securely, even in the wake of her mother’s untimely death. She’s good-natured and good-hearted and good-humored and only gives someone a tongue lashing when they really deserve it. Oh, and she’s brainy too. Prim is a refreshing change of pace from the gloomy halls of teen-angst-ridden young-adultdom. And speaking of which, I’m not entirely sure Guesswork should even be classified as young adult. Prim has a maturity and wisdom beyond her years and I often found myself forgetting that she’s just a kid. I think many adults will find this a worthwhile read.
Scott Lininger is a fine writer. In Guesswork he has crafted a well-built mystery that will have you second-guessing yourself right up to the surprising conclusion. His sense of timing is very good as he drops in the clues one by one in a manner that feels very natural. I always hate books where the good guys win by sheer luck or the complete incompetence of the bad guys, but that is not the case here. Prim and her new friend Odin win by pure cunning and good old-fashioned deductive reasoning. Sherlock Holmes eat your heart out. On top of all this, Lininger’s characters are believable and down-to-earth; I especially like Prim’s Aunt Vern, who is a very no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is country woman.
I’ve listened to quite a few Colby Elliott narrations now and I’ve always found him to be a capable reader. In fact, my only complaint has been that Colby tends to read a little faster than is perfectly comfortable to my ears. I’m happy to say, however, that Elliott seems to have overcome that one small flaw, at least for Guesswork. I thought that Elliott did a fine job as usual and his pacing was much more natural. As always I look forward to hearing more from him.
IF YOU LIKED THIS ONE, YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
The Black Country by Alex Grecian (Audiobook Review)
The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson (Audiobook Review)
Claire Dewitt And The City Of The Dead by Sara Gran (Audiobook Review)
Special thanks to Last Word Audio for this review copy. Audiobook review by Steven Brandt. This audiobook review is based on the unabridged audiobook. Come back soon for more audiobook reviews from Audiobook-Heaven.