This was the first book I listened to when I joined Audible a few months ago, and it made me a believer in the joy I could derive from listening.
Walter Mosley's a favorite writer for me. I love the way he plays with words and the ambience he creates. I love his characters and the way affection for them just sort of sneaks up on you until you can't wait to get back to them. I've read several of Mosley's books, and he always keeps me engaged and on my mental toes.
This is the first time I've encountered Fearless Jones and Paris. I just loved them.
Don Cheadle! He was simply superb. Since that first listen, I've heard a bunch of excellent readers on Audible; but Cheadle still stands out as the best I've heard. He never tries too hard with characterizations--they sound unforced and natural. Each one is unique. The women's voices--often a "clench my teeth and just get through it" event for me with many male readers--are terrific. Again, he doesn't force it--just a subtle change and each female character has a distinct and natural voice.
Oh, I just loved this listening experience. It doesn't matter that I now know who did what and how it turned out. I'll definitely listen to this one again.
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The story is full of violence, betrayal, and lust and I simply loved every minute. I'm not a big fan of noir but these characters seemed so real to me. Walter Mosley's stories speak to the compromises people make in life in order to survive. The amazing thing is that the fullness and joy of black culture comes through his writing. Even with death and or violence at every turn, Fearless's character brings compassion and civility along for the ride. Paris is so real that you take him for granted. He and Fearless are as good as Easy and Mouse. Don Cheadle does an admirable job with his narration. He made me want to meet Fearless and captures the women particularly well, especially Ambrosia and Delois. The story was all over the place like many noir mysteries but the listening was so much fun.
This was my first introduction to Paris Minton and Fearless Jones. I think the narration by Don Cheadle will forever make these characters more rich in depth than any other story reader. I have fallen for these two characters and will continue reading the other volumes of their escapades.
loved it! Don Cheadle voice fits better for Walter mosley books,good read kept me on edge wanting to know what's going to happen next.
Don Cheadle....just incredible! The book was great (I love Moseley's work). But Don Cheadle's performance far exceeded his role as Mouse in " Devil In A Blue Dress" which is easily one of the greatest film portrayals ever.
Mosley ,writes a story that is "real" to life and Cheadle brings it to "life" . I've listen to this one over 10 time and its still very enjoyable. I do have a membership and so many books , this one is truly excellent. Cheadle , give the words the air to breathe . Never dull , from beginning to end .
The plot was slow to start, and the many subplots and characters was hard to follow, but that could have been my interupted listening. It was well written and very well read by narrator Don Cheadle, who brought the characters to life. I will look for more in the series.
This is a nice little mystery/detective story set in Los Angeles in the 1950's. What makes it absolutely great is Don Cheadle's narration. The guy has a chameleon voice with so many nuances. I like him as an actor, and sometimes I have harder times with narrators to whom I can attach a face...it's Tom Cruise reading a story rather than the characters having a voice. Not so with this book...you would swear there are different people doing the narration. He's really great, really excellent.
The story is nicely written and one gets a flavor of that time as well as the subtle racism that pervaded even "enlightened" areas during that time.
This is a nice little listen and I would recommend it if you want a few hours of very pleasant distraction.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
I've listened to this one novel over and over, because of the tour de force narration. Don Cheadle is ... everything. I would love to hear him do historical novels of all kinds, he seems to take you back in a time machine. I love Mosley books, he wrote a gift for the right actor-- you never want it to end.