If you are looking for a crime novel to enjoy unbelievable twists of the plot written by talented author and narrated by a very good narrator, you will enjoy this book. But do not try to "learn russian soul" using this book. It is breathtakingly phony in that regard.
Narrator is very good but he did not bother to learn correct pronunciation of Russian names of hotels, cities etc. If he would give a bottle of Vodka with caviar to any russian drunkard with fur hat and ask him to help, he would do much better job:).
The story was fine, I guess...but the reading by Strozier left me confused as to what was happening and who was who. This was due to the fact every character sounded the same.
Great story but ruined by narration. Henry Strozier can't even pronounce name of leading character correctly. If you want to listen to a great book on tape listen to Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith narrated by Frank Mueller.
Frank Mueller who did a great job in Polar Star
Don't give up on Martin Cruz Smith due to horrible narration from Strozier
No, this one is so grim, so dark, so unrelentingly ugly that I would not read or listen to a Martin Cruz Smith book. Henry Strozier, however, is a good performer so I don't hold my very negative reaction to the book against him.
Extreme disappointment. I can't wait to return it. I didn't finish listening to it because I found it so dreadfully grim.
I don't think this book would ever receive 4 or 5 stars.
Yes, the book was all over the place.
I read this long ago and remembered how much I liked it so I had to try it as an audio book. I still liked it but for me it's not quite a five. I liked the characters, good and bad, a lot but as much as I liked them individually they didn't really mesh together for me. Except for maybe Kerwell and Inspector Renko. They had an odd relationship that was interesting.
The narrator was ok maybe a bit dry for me but at the same time maybe utilitarian was what they were looking for in conjunction with a Russian back drop that was kind of the same way.
I'll continue on but I think these are better read in book form.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
ans I do not mean "lost" as in "fascinated."I mean "lost " as in couldn't follow the story.The writing style is rich with good character development, but I didn't connect with the main character. Not a book for someone looking for thrills and action.
I was about to fall asleep in the completely unnecessary details in between actual story. The core story isn't so bad. But it just falls together in some convenient way. How the detective just magically is able to speak with these people.
It is just barely worth listening to, but get the abridged version.
The narrator isn't too boring, but it is hard to tell between the characters at times.
Good character development.
Very exciting ending!
It was often hard to distinguish who was talking in the book as the narrator rarely changed tones between characters.
Already a film for this book. Interested to see it now.