Clever plot, decent characters and character development, but oh my word - where did this reader come from? He made it difficult to listen to for more than a few minutes at a time. Constantly 'acting' parts, accenting and inflecting the narrative as if reading a nursery tale to a child. I would have rated this book four stars but for him.
Tell us about yourself!
I was well into this listen when I suddenly realized that I "know" Kovac and Liska. This book has gruff Kovac in the thick of things and, in spite of his prior opinions, gets personally involved with one of the victims. Liska tries to keep him grounded and investigates other leads. There are several gruesome murders and even more possible perps. Sorting out who is guilty of what while trying to protect the victims keeps the story moving. I will definitely look for more Kovac and Liska books.
Holter Graham is one of the better narrators; something I take into consideration before buying an audiobook.
I had been skimming around this one for awhile, I am a Tami Hoag fan but I also know she can be hit or miss and so i wasn't sure about it. I liked it but would not want to listen to it again. Wasn't a favorite. The title words ' Prior Bad Acts' I thought were said way to many times by the characters. I'd have to listen to it again to count how many times exactly and I don't want to do that. But you'll see what I mean if you listen too. Decently devolped until somewhere in the middle when what you liked about the book, the hard no nonsense idea of the players became sort of like melting ice cream and the end up loosing what you had grown to like them for. Another middle of the road listen for me. Holter Graham doesn't do a bad job. There are way worse narrators that have come thru my ear buds. This ones a shoulder shrug.
I'm a huge fan of Tami Hoag's book, this book lived up to my expectations! Tami masterfully intertwined several characters to keep you guessing who did what right up to the end. I'm half-way through reading all of her suspense/crime novels and fear I'll be done with them all before she publishes another!
With that said, I wish I would have read this book instead of listening to it. The man who read this book did the female voices in a way that almost made them seem comical when it should have been sincere and serious. The way he did the lead, strong Detective Sam Kovacs voice was whimpy, lacked emotion, and was distracting from the true climate in which Hoag meant it to be. I'm hoping he isn't the one reading her other books I've purchased to listen to here.
O Tami Hoag at her best! She is so good and deserves to be listened to by everyone who loves crime novels, buddy flicks, and courtroom antics! Just fabulous!
Great story - love Tami Hoag books and the story is in line with all of her books. Always enjoy "Kojak & Tinks" but the narrator couldn't deliver on the character of these two. He had an adolescent voice that did not match the gruff cop Covak or tough Liska, so it takes away from the book. Once I finished this one, I immediately went to another in the series with the original narrator and what a difference! There are terrible narrator's and I would NOT say Holter is one, just that he was not suited for this read.
I enjoyed this story and the detectives Kovak and Liska. I had it pretty much figured out 2/3rds through the book. The narrator was really annoying with a lot of jerky breathy pauses..and I listen in double time. I preferred the prior narrator.
The narrator has a weird stilted way of reading. Stops at unlogical places and sounds like a robot sounding out words more often than not. Really ruined the book for me...