I thought about writing this review as I listened to Paranoia. That, in itself, tells me I wasn't as engaged as I would have been with a better book. I did like the reader. He made me really loathe the protagonist. Really. The story appears to be a dramatic black / white, good / evil tale. And it does turn out that way. Kind of. Okay, I admit I listened to it in the middle of the night a couple of nights - it kept my interest that much. On the other hand, I usually fell asleep before the timer on my MP3 player turned off, so it wasn't riveting. All in all, I classify it as a tasty (if rather long) snack, rather than a satisfying meal (try Water for Elephants if you're looking for that). I'm not sorry I listened to it as it was rather fun, but I won't remember the plot after a couple of years.
This is an excellent mystery, especially considering no one is killed. This is a morality play in an amoral/immoral world. There is a moral character, but it is certainly not the narrator (although possibly he become one in the end--Finder leaves you hanging). In my opinion, the primary moral character is the narrator's bartender/paralegal buddy. He's the one who points out that the primary character had a choice. A possible secondary moral character is the ex-con who takes care of narrator's dying dad.
Its an interesting listen. I recommend it.
Finder weaves an extremely ingenious plot. His story telling ability is unprecedented. His way with dialog and reparte is very entrhalling. He uses gratuitous profanity and that is distracting from the depth of his characters. It would help so much to develop his charactoers more without the use of the "f" word so much. This book is more of a 3.5 with "f" word usage and close to a 5 without.
I am an avid listener of audio books and particularly interested in thrillers. I read many of the positive reviews on "Paranoia" and purchased it. All I can say is that it is painfully bad. The constant belaboring of irrelevant details (was there no editor?), the episodes comprising the plot become laughable (caught, caught, caught again but still trusted.) According to reviews it has a great ending. I can't wait to get there.
I decided to try out this book because I am a Scott Brick junkie.
So yes, there are parts of this book that are... say, a wee-bit unbelievable. I'll call it "Hollywood-movie reality." :) In fact, I could easily see this book headlining at my local theater.
If you can get past this small hiccup, you've got a great, entertaining listen. With some great plot twists - right up to the very end. Scott Brick is his usual brilliant self - although I must admit that I found his voice to be a little old for the main charater. Still, I give this book a solid 4/5.
I really enjoyed this book. I am in a high tech field and found the plot especially fascinating. I loved the comparisons to the spy culture. I don't want to give anything away so just get it and enjoy the ride.
I enjoyed this book very much it was a fun "read" and held my interest. The narrator was very good. Right up to the minute suspense. Well worth your time.