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Subject: Any Robert B. Parker lovers?
Date Posted: 1/31/2012 10:11 PM ET
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As a rule, I prefer audiobooks.  Recently, I ordered a book by Robert Parker but am having the hardest time enjoying the story b/c he keeps ending sentences with "He (or she) said".  Perhaps b/c it goes against my earlier English learnings about using the same word too many times when writing but this author DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!! 

Am I the lone ranger with this pet peeve?  I have some idiosyncricies but this repetition is making me lose interest in this book. 

Your thoughts?




Date Posted: 1/31/2012 11:26 PM ET
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I have a feeling you'll get more responses in the Mystery forum. 

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 11:27 PM ET
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That would drive me crazy, too, Vernessa.  Let's vary the verbs a bit!!!

There was an author of historical fiction whom I liked pretty well, but in every book, a significant moment was when the woman would "accidentally" brush against the man with her breast.  Dozens of books, and it was in every single one.  There were other repeated scenes like that.  With some series, I do better reading one book a year rather than all of them in a row.  Maybe in yours, you could read once sentence a month. wink

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 11:34 PM ET
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Haven't read that author.  But yes, there are several authors with such poor grammer skills, my enjoyment of their work is ruined.  Even excellent creative ability and a great storyline can be nullified by bad grammer.  broken heart  Which is sad, because that's a fixable problem and a good editor should have worked with the author to avoid just that situaton.

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 10:59 AM ET
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Nope, you're not the only one with that problem. Jennifer Cruise tends to do that too and when I listened to one of her books in audio, I wanted to stab myself with a fork and put myself out of my mysery. Every freaking piece of dialogue sentence ended in 'he said/she said'!

If you're reading a book in print, you can learn to tune out the 'he said/she said' but in audio is impossible.