Disclaimer: Review originally posted at www.audiobookreviewer.com
This book is supposed to be about Angela, also known as the Teflon Queen, an efficient mercenary who unexpectedly falls in love with an FBI agent. And I say ‘supposed’ because what this book mostly tells about is several unconnected stories about a band of Afro American drug dealers and gangsters and the people around them.
There is a lot of explicit violence and sex in the book, a lot more than the average violent book. I do not mind it, but beware those who do not like listening to very violent and erotic scenes. This story is not for sensitive minds.
The book is very poorly written and with many grammar errors, and beside the dialogues, the narration also uses slang and a constant repetition of words and expressions. I did not count how many times the word ‘smirk’ or the expression ‘pull off’ appear in the book, it was just too often. I would have accepted slang in the narration if this was done in first person by one of the characters (like A Clockwork Orange, for instance), but it is not the case.
The story was quite superficial, and the characters were not fully developed and made some strange decisions, like when the FBI agent meets Angela at a night club and almost starts the conversation saying that he is a Federal Agent. Who would think this is realistic? On the other hand, they become smitten with each other quite fast, and he never asks Angela what she does for a living. Again, unbelievable. She drives a Lamborghini and buys furniture for his home one day just our of the blue. And he is fine with that without asking too many questions. In what parallel universe does this happen?
On the other hand, there is always something going on in the book, so it does not bore and it is entertaining enough, but I just hoped to get more out of it, and to have at least well built characters.
One thing to keep in mind is that the story does not end with the book, and it does not close any of the side stories either, so you will need to listen to the second book to see what happens next.
Auddie Phillips does a very good job though. Her voice and tone were perfect for this story, and she was able to impersonate every character in the book and make the narration alive. I am not sure if I could have finished this book if I had to read it myself.
I am sure every book as a specific target audience. If you are into urban fiction set in an Afro American environment with lots of action, this book is for you.
My name is Elena. Since I was a little child I loved science fiction and fantasy, and I can’t resist a good novel. In 2015, while wait I started to listen to audiobooks and I discovered the pleasure in being able to read while doing my daily tasks, so there’s always an audiobook playing on my phone. If you see me with my Bluetooth headphones on, please be gentle, I get easily startled.
I live with my boyfriend, which I met during my six-year stay in Belgium, four cockatiels, eight lovebirds, and a hamster in Madrid, Spain; and I like to spend my free time knitting and sewing while listening to audiobooks.