Title: Wendy and the Lost Boys
Author: Barbara Silkstone
Narrator: Nicole Colburn
Format: eBook and AudioBook
Publisher: Books on the Green
Audio Producer: Barbara Silkstone
Length: 5 Hours: 45 minutes
Genre: Humor / Mystery
Series: Fractured Fairy Tales # 2
Best Read in Order: Not Required
Stars: Overall: 4
Narration: 3 Story: 5
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About the Book:
When a deathbed promise to one of her agents leaves Wendy Darlin, feisty Miami real estate broker for billionaires, trapped on a super-yacht with Ponzi-king, Charlie Hook, she’s forced to join him on a quest to recover his hidden treasure. Along for the danger-filled adventure are an undercover SEC Investigator, who kindles a spark in Wendy with his “Johnny Depp”; eyes and Hook’s young female helicopter pilot who befriends Wendy as they sail the high seas, one step ahead of modern day ruthless pirates. A laugh out loud whodunit …. kidnapping, revenge, and a little murder on the side. The second book in the Fractured Fairy Tales by Silkstone series of criminally funny fables, this comedy mystery is set in Miami and the Caribbean.
This was a really funny, very adult reworking of Peter Pan, with Wendy as the most important character, and the narrator of the story. While it is totally off-kilter and completely foreign to the original, the seemingly offhanded interlaced quotes and scenarios from the original story work their magic in unusual ways: always reminding the reader of the genesis of the story, while twisting off into several marvellous side streets and alleyways.
The narration provided by Nicole Colburn provides less emotional range than I would normally hope for, her voice is lovely, but should have enhanced story and plot. While not distracting, the delivery of some incredibly clever written words could have been improved with inflection, as it was rather flat in affect and impression. Perhaps even speaking with a smile, for that is always noticeable to a listener, would have improved delivery: there are truly laugh-out-loud moments in this book, and I can’t imagine the narrator not smiling herself.
Throughout some truly slapstick moments, the character of Wendy is clearly defined and presented: the reluctant caretaker to an oversexed and pharmaceutically enhanced Hook her offbeat and often smart ass comments and responses combine to spice up the story, providing a break in the never-ending tension that could feel oppressive. Imagery is evocative, the writing and dialogue are silky smooth, and the story is truly just fun. It is my first introduction to this author’s work, and most certainly will not be my last.
I received an AudioBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Heard Word. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Barbara Silkstone is the best-selling author of Criminally Funny Fables series that currently includes: The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters; Wendy and the Lost Boys; Zo White and the Seven Morphs; Cold Case Morphs; and London Broil.
For further giggles and a touch of true fiction try: The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men and One Woman.
Silkstone’s writing has been described as “perfectly paced and pitched – shades of Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen – without seeming remotely derivative. Fast moving action that shoots from the hip with bullet-proof characterization.”
Barbara Silkstone loves to hear from her readers. You can write to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org