Not a 'great' story. The first hour had me thinking, 'Puhleese!' and get off the cliches. The main character doesn't do things that one might think obvious, but you find out later that it was written this way to make the story go the way of the writers objective. I gave it one more hour and it got better.
I was very disappointed in the narrator. He can apparently do only two voices; American and Hispanic. All Americans sound the same (male or female) and all Hispanics sound the same (male or female), so it is difficult to follow conversations between characters.
I loved the plot and storyline. Anything that could go wrong did for Henry Parker and you gotta feel for the guy. He seems to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time, making the wrong decision! Some of the situations were a little far-fetched for me, but, its part of the ride that you must enjoy. This the first time that I listened to this narrator (Noah) and I thought he was great! He had a little trouble with various characters but I thought he was great with the main character. He definitely brought the character to life!
I was looking for crime novel, something interesting
and found this book. The Summary sounded good enough, a bit on the vague side. A book that could go either way. But the book was not boring. Yes , it had some cliche lines and some "duh" moments but it was quite interesting and the narrator gave the book the edge it needed to be a good listen. I will be on the look out for more books from the author and the narrator.
I took a chance and was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the writer's style. Some of the protagonist's escape techniques were original and plausible. I enjoyed the partnership between the protagonist and the unwitting accomplice, who had her own "baggage" and was well developed. The climax was a little on the Hollywood side, but keep in mind it is a work of fiction. Being over 50, I had no trouble identifying with the young college graduate. I enjoyed the ride and believe I found a fresh new voice in the mystery/thriller genre. The narrator's voice was reminiscent of the old private eye movie narrations.
Overall, I liked this audiobook, but I cannot for the life of me figure out all the rave reviews.
If you can get past the major characters being complete and total morons, and subsequently making the stupidest human decisions possible just to make a story, you'll like it.
Pinter is a good writer, and shows signs of brilliance, but there should have been more motive behind the idiotic decisions each of the characters make.
The reader is average at best, too often sounding like a B-rate bad actor. I liked his voice, so I hope he improves.
Once you get past the hokey foundation for the story, the book is fun and holds attention. It also concludes quite well.
I struggle to give it a 4-star rating, but will round up in this case.
Didn't read the print version, but thoroughly enjoyed the audio edition
Good character development; fast paced thriller;
Haven't listened to other Noah Plener's performances, but will look for other books that he narrates
I picked this book based on "author's choice" - an Audible page that featured new books recommended by well-known authors. The Mark lived up to the recommendation. I was on the edge to my seat through the whole read. I awoke at 5:30 today - a Saturday - to finish it. Jason Pinter has crafted an exciting thriller and Noah Plener reads it with a raspy urgency.
This book was ok for a first novel. The main character was a little weak but interesting enough. It shows potential for better things to come. Give it a try.