Somewhere in the middle.
Yes, I like the Cleaner series, good characters, good story twists.
I will try to avoid them. I'd only listen to another one if it was a book I really, really wanted to listen to rather than read. His normal narration voice is excellent, but when he does character voices they are over the top, almost caricatures. "Tasha" in this book constantly sounds like she is whining. "Quinn's" voice is ridiculous. It would have been better to just read the dialog without differentiation, or with only minor variations.
Brett, get another narrator please.
No matter where you go, there you are.
These stories of spooks, hit men and their janitors need at least an inkling of plausibility that tethers them to reality to be entertaining. And the writing must be average, at least. This slow-moving train to know-where has the most preposterous conclusion I may have ever read.
The characters are thin and poorly developed. Cliche after cliche fills this droning mess and stultified, repetitive dialogue wears one down. Realizing he has written us into the proverbial corner, Battles concocts the most convoluted, nonsensical conclusion on record. I told myself it was a parody of a parody of a parody in order to justify the time I wasted, but, alas, there is no rhyme or reason for it.
As the first book in the series, the story line and development of characters is fanatics. Not sure what the author does different, but it is very engaging
I was convinced that I had the plot down cold....right up until the plot twist....a great listen.
The plot was excellent and believable...sets up well for a sequel.
I haven't listen to other William Dufris performances but he made the story enjoyable and suspenseful. Just listened to the Cleaner with the audio by Scott Brick and thought is compared favorable. I thought Dufris women's voices all sounded the same - the only real drawback to his performance.
I enjoyed very much the story and the naration. The variation in voices and tone added interest, illustrated and punctuated the story quite well.
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Yes. Action, intrigue, caring and leaving the reader wanting more.
The plot did keep me wanting to finish as fast as I could. Conspiracy can make the reader wonder just who is doing what to whom and once I had it all figured out, I'd have to review my decision. Was I right, I thought so until I'd be questioning myself again.
The performance was read at a good pace, not fast nor slow. There were no inhales of breath before words. However, I did not like the voice of Quinn, it was too harsh and too loud. Nate's voice was too whiny for someone doing a stealthy, illegal job that required knowledge, ability to accept criticism in order to learn quite difficult tasks as well as deep concentration.
Yes. I thought the moment that moved me was the one that centered around Nate.
I am ready to read the next book in the series. There are loose ends that require more information in order to make the characters as well as occurrences come together to form tighter ends.
The story line was well developed and continued without any unnecessary or confusing episodes. The descriptive parts were short and sweet. I was able to put a name to a character and his or her part in the novel, including the lesser ones. They all played their parts well.
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Another great installment about Jonathan Quinn!
He gets a shipping crate with a body in it. He knows the dead guy. So there's a mess to clean up and a mystery to be solved.
Battles continues to entertain while winding through the worlds of secrecy and Quinn's drive to know details.
I have no complaints about the narration, I just prefer Scott Brick.
Thought The Cleaner was a great book .... and Scott Brick was as always - fantastic.
This narrator simply ruins this book. A few hours in and I just cant listen anymore.
I am going to move to the next Brett Battles book and the wonderful Scott Brick narration.
While I have recommended Battles' first book "The Cleaner" to many listeners I am sorely disappointed in the reading of "The Deceived". Scott Brick was a joy to listen to. This Durfis dude is annoying. He speaks in a falsetto for the women. Come on dude. You're a guy reading a book. Change your cadence maybe, but seriously - falsetto? I listen to and read so many books a month and can tell you that this is the worst narrator I have experienced. I may have to buy the book to read it rather than finish listening to this narrator. Wasted a book credit on this one.