I'm sorry, but this was one of the worst audible listens ever. The problem was not the legal mystery and courtroom plot, each of which had its moments and could maintain my interest, but the horribly adolescent love subplot, which went on forever and was terribly written. It literally made me wince to listen to the sophomoric yearnings and repeated declarations of love and longing.
Separately from the love subplot, Buffa also has a tendency to go on and on with extraneous descriptions that unnecessarily slow down even the interesting parts of the book.
Maybe the abridged version would have been better, but I had to force myself to finish this one up.
If you want a 5 star listen IMHO, try Richard North Paterson's "Exile" instead.
The story was excellent, but way too much angst. When he stuck with the story, it was fascinating, but he kept going back to the girlfriend from High School, who had nothing to do with the story. Reading the book might have been good, because you could have skipped those parts.
I was not as impressed as some listeners were. The premise was good, the courtroom drama and investigation were interesting, but the love interest was gratuitous and added nothing to the story. The theme of mental illness was a little too hammered upon. I don't want to give away anything to those who haven't listened, so I'll say this cryptically: too many characters outside the asylum suffered bouts of mental illness, or went through episodes that made us wonder about their sanity. I saw no point in that aspect of the book, and I wonder if the story would not have been more believable and interesting without it. I'm not sure the outcome was totally predictable, but neither was it a huge surprise. I might look for more books from this author, but this particular story is only lukewarm.
This was one of those books that captured and held my attention from the first page. I looked forward to my commute or any of the other excuses that let me spend time with it. With one hour remaining in the book, I set aside all excuses and blasted through to the end in one continuous sitting. Good ending too. My biggest regret is that there are no more unabridged titles by this author available on Audible.
My favorite audio book to-date. I frequently found myself sitting in the parking lot because I was so deeply involved in the story that I didn't want to stop listening. The narration enhanced the vivid pictures the author created.
A legal thriller, fantastic reader, anyone with a legal criminal background ( attorney, judge or defendant!) will especially enjoy. Technically "right on." I couldn't put it down.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Great book! Although I figured out "who done it" in the first half of the audio, it was well worth the listen to the very end because I wanted to know how things came together so the lawyers would figure it out. This story takes a long time to be told, but offers great descriptive prose and numerous relationships and characters to learn to know along the way. As it unfurls, the listener gets to witness numerous legal skirmishes and court room dramas as well as the personal relationships of the central figure.
Liked it so much that I will que other Buffa books in my wish list.
This is the first time I have been annoyed that I bought the unabridged version of a book. Way too often, pointless and boring descriptions bogged this book down.