I like the factual story interweaved with lots of small stories about people. Like listening to more than one book. Easy listen, no rocket science.
I've enjoyed reading Turow's previous books. Imagining a legal thriller, Reversible Errors has turned out to be more like two love stories, coupled with an incidental crime. If you like love stories, this book is for you. If you are expecting a crime thriller, pass on it.
Deals with the death penalty and deals with it in a balanced manner. Hot topic now. Holds up all the way to the end.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This Turow novel is different from his others. . . and at one point, I considered giving up on it. Am glad I didn't, because in this one, Turow reveals how police, investigators, lab techs, prosecutors, defenders, judges, press and public can get at cross purposes with each, creating tangles within the legal system that can hold men accountable for acts they didn't commit.
Turow wrote this in such a way that the "back story" on the individual characters is intermittently revealed, making the book anything but chronological. If you miss hearing a date or dateline, you will be a bit confused at times, more than likely.
The narration is superb and I ultimately enjoyed the way that this story untangled the horrific web that had developed around one unfortunate man. Good did prevail, but it came after years and much expense of others.
The book was ok, not particularly gripping, like Turow's other books I have read
No inflection of voice. Couldn't tell who was talking when
There was nothing "compelling" or "thrilling" about this book. I quit after the first part because I was bored with everything about this book. The characters were dull, the reading was dull, the dialog was dull.
J.R. Horne provides EXCELLENT narration of this wonderful novel. In particular his delivery of female dialogue is the best I've heard. Recommended!
I couldn't make up my mind which was worse, the narration or the narrator.
The story itself was long drawn out, the back and forths in time and perspectives as well as in conversations between characters were hard to follow due to the narrator's robotic voice. Well, maybe he , too, wanted to get it over with as fast as possible, so he simply skipped pauses at the end of a sentence, when a different character spoke or when the story went20 years back in time.
Can somebody please explain to me why we need to hear about the ex-judges starting period as she is having sex on the carpet and why the next time around her boyfriend still hasn't cleaned up the blood stains?
I give the oeuvre 1 star, it was a real waste of time.
My recommendation for a must-hear, can't stop-listening-to : "Triptych" by Karin Slaughter,an example for a great story read by a superb narrator.
I found two major problems with this book. In retrospect, I wish I had given up after the first 15 minutes.
Problem #1: the narration is the worst I have heard from any audio book I've listened to over the past 4 years. The volume is erratic and the narrator does not use intonation or inflection to signal conversation breaks or different characters. I listen in the car and to get it loud enough to hear the quiet spots it was so loud for normal spots it would rattle my speakers. It was near impossible to follow the reading and I found I had to backtrack 5, 10, 15 minute chunks at a time just to re-listen more carefully.
Problem #2: the story/writing. This is my first Turow book. So if you love Turow, then just concern yourself about the narration. But I like good writing in any genre and found this to be plodding and boring.
I didn't see why characters did most things. I didn't care about any of them. I couldn't visualize anything that happened. Point of view was all over the place and shifted for no apparent reason, even within the same paragraph. There was no interesting dialog or plot. In general it was just flat. Literally, I have friends who have written more interesting stories.
Out of five stars, I would give most books I've listened to at least a 3 and many 4 or 5. I am awed by excellent writing. I find most books pleasurable. This is the ONLY book so far which I thought was a complete waste of time. Definitely NOT recommended. And even if you love Turow, I would highly recommend avoiding any read by this cardboard voice.
I would actually have given a 4.5 if it was available. I don't think it's great, but I really enjoyed the book. The legal back and forth was right on, and this is uncommon in this kind of book. Books about lawyers and legal proceedings commonly set up unrealistic straw men, and beat them down in impossible fact situations.
Unlike another reviewer, I felt that this situation could easily have happened. I understood the characters' motivations, and their personalities were consistent. The book held my attention, and it's a good listen.