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.
I guess I got used to the narrator from books 1 & 2 in this series so it took me a little while to get into this book! He did a great job it just wasn't the same.
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 have read all Tami Hoag's books and love them! Currently listening to some old favorites while I paint my house. Funny how we are more likely to write a bad review than a good one as I just listened to 3 with the same characters but narrated by David Colacchi and I never thought to post anything. I know different voices appeal to different people and perhaps I had just gotten used to David but this narrator is so distracting my obsession with audio books may have come to an end. He reads like he's delivering beat poetry putting pauses and breaths in awkward places. David Colacchi had completely captured Kovac and Liska that listening to this version just feels wrong. One review nailed it when they said he sounds like William Shatner as Cpt. Kirk. I know how great this book is but I'm not dying to continue listening. With the other 5 I just listened to I was seriously ready to take off work to keep it going! This narrator seems to be acting too much. Tami Hoag already wrote the suspenseful words, let the story do the talking And the narrator just read.
David Colacchi who read Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust and the 9th girl
I thought I knew who the characters would be but the narrator has warped my vision with his poor performance
If it's a book featuring Kovak please cast David Colacchi.
The narrator's phrasing of words and pauses is odd and I find it irritating. Kind of reminds me of William Shatner's speech pattern when he plays Captain Kirk. I'm not sure if I'm going to make it all the way through the book because of this. Good story, though.
Really sick and twisted murders and the aftermath of it all. There were so many crimes to fight, victims to help, and criminals to find.
I figured it couldn't of been the criminal they put on trial and I was right. Of my two guesses, I was right! It took me a while, but it was clear to me but everyone in the book.
You just never know the true thoughts and evil inside of a person.
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.