Scott Brick did a good job on the narration, maintaining the noir vibe. However, Gregg Hurwitz's story was thin...ultimately unsatisfying. Too much time spent describing LA and very little time spent developing a richer story.
This was so bad that I couldn't even make it through an hour of listening. I gave up when I got to the heavy-handed stereotyping of the African American ex-athlete and his family, which was exacerbated by the reader's weird attempt at dialect. This is the first audio book that seemed like a total waste of money to me. Truly, truly awful.
A story with a well thought out plot but marred throughout with overwrought dialogue (both spoken and internalized) and ridiculous simile. A good editing could have helped for the author never lets a chance to describe in fifty words what he can describe in two hundred.
Sparse writing is the hallmark of good noir...
After enjoying "Program", I was looking forward to Hurwitz' new book. I was disappointed by: the narrator, who while changing voices, never changed his tone. The plot made no sense- it seemed to be several different stories jumbled together to try to make a book. What suspense? I was disappointed by the protagonist- boring, whining, stubborn, stupid. The listener never really cares what happens to him. The ancillary characters and their subplots were far more interesting: the family of a murdered woman; the social worker running a halfway house; the troubled youngster; the police detectives; the book publisher; the ex-ballplayer and his family; and the "guard" dog. All of these characters' stories would have been far more interesting than the protagonist's story- the main plot. That plot was fantastical- the resolution was based on the mindset and action of the protaginist's ex-girlfriend. There was never any explanation or basis for her actions.
I will think twice before listening to another book by this author, or read by this narrator.
Despite piles of evidence against him, the protagonist in this story believes he was framed for a murder. Problem is, he had a brain tumor and now has pesky amnesia problems. This guy is such a screw-up, I was ready to give him the needle myself!