This book is a very interesting story that is brought down by mediocre narration
Penn Cage, he is the main character
Dick Hill drops a lot of words and phrases so that if you turn the volume up high enough to hear the dropped parts, the rest blast you out. It is very frustrating. At times I felt I was missing about 25% of what was said. Plus his "acting" leaves a lot to be desired.
I like Greg Iles writing, but cant bring myself to listen to another narration by Dick Hill. If there was a different narrator I would listen to them all.
Greg Iles is incredibly eloquent AND tells a great story.
I guess I'd compare it to his other books first of all. But I think his writing style is similar to James Lee Burke.
Aside from the fact that this reader has only 2 voices and one of them is incredibly irritating, he drops the female voices and also some of the male voices at times so that it is almost impossible to hear what the character is saying. Thus one missing something critical unless one stops, replays and turns the volume way up and sometimes even then. I have complained about this before with him.
HATED the dogfighting scenes and I admit I skipped over them. I will say the book is quite anti-dogfighting. That said, they are a small part of the book. My favorite parts of his books, and this one included, is his statements re life.
I loved the first two books but I just couldn't get into this one. The narrator was awful! His voice would randomly get low and i could barely understand him even when I turned it up. Also, this story felt like it was written by an entirely different writer!
Thing that is frustrating about reading the Penn Cage series is the author's choice to explain prior book(s) backstory, in such detail. I'm 11 chapters into this book and somewhat frustrated with the 'explanation' of book one and two. I totally understand that prior characters are important but it's too much information...I do understand he feels the need to write it for folks that pick up a book somewhere in the middle of a series but this is overkill on the authors part. I've read other series and they some do a better job of 'cutting to the chase'.
Good book, but let's get on with the new adventure and storyline!
Lastly, I know some are bothered by narrator...I actually like him, he is dramatic to be sure but he has great ability to change cadence, tone and dialect, etc. Keeps me intrigued.
author note: please reduce the amount of backstory of prior books.
Graphic in the extreme, not for sensitive people or people with PTSD. Had to skip several parts.
Reader hard to understand when speaking too softly.
Plot was interesting, kept me engaged. Could have been edited a little more.
I usually like Penn Cage, but he got a little too preachy in this one. I liked his characters, especially Caitlyn, but the narration kept me from really caring about them.
Never. His voice was sonorous and loud and deep most of the time, then would finish a sentence in a whisper. I kept turning the volume up and down, and still missed some of the dialogue. I almost quit listening twice because of the sound problems, but I did finish it.
Hill's female characters sounded like caricatures and were not real at all. His southern accent waxed and waned, and his portrayal of a Boston accent was laughable. To his credit, he did do a good Irish accent. Can't say the same for his English accent.
This inconsistency made it hard to follow the characters, and hard to take some of the characters seriously because of the cartoonish way their voices sounded.
I've listened to other Iles' novels, and they were much, much better.
Try listening to other Iles' novels with a different narrator.
Great book, awesome story. The narrator did better on the last one. When speaking for women or quiet, even at full volume, I could not hear it.
Have always enjoyed the books about Natchez however this book went into too much gory detail boarding on pornography. I enjoy listening to a longer book but this one seemed to have too much unnecessary stuff.