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I saw where many reviewers didn't like the reader, but I thought he was terrific. I felt he did a very good job and his voice was very easy, clear and pleasant. I had no objection what-so-ever to the variety of voices he used for the different characters.
I'd never read anything by Finder before. Thought it was a pretty decently engaging story and loved the way it turned out.
Now I'll look to see what other things he's written and what this reader has narrated.
The narrator isn't so bad until he does the teenage boy. That nasal thing is annoying. Otherwise it's a great story, although it does take a few stretches of the imagination, but that's what fiction is all about. I would recommend this book.
Joseph Finder is a master of his craft...and suspense is definitely his craft. The narrator, Holter Graham, is superb. I've listened to him in other works. He has an awesome voice for this style of writing. The characters came alive..and, well, went through a lot of changes throughout the story. The reader and the novelist=Great Listen!
I just got done listening to the masterful and superbly narrated Rain Gods by James Lee Burke and I know that is a very hard act to follow but this really was awful. The writing and the annoying narrator.
I was actually a fan of Finder and thought that his earlier books were pretty good. They were both witty and interesting. I feel as though the target audience is in the 10 year old range for this latest book. I also feel that he got a little Grisham "Street Lawyer" esq. in using the medium to vent, in this case about the horrors of tortue, extraordinary rendition and Haliburton and all the rest of it. I'm listening to a novel not CNN or NYT. Also was extremely tired of the incessant name dropping of current gadgets. Do I really need to know that the little wimp had white headphones on from his iPod and on and on and on...
I wouldn't waste your time or credits on this.
Sorry Mr. Finder - go back to writing about business from the inside/first person and leave the special forces tough guy stuff to the others. There is only one Mitch Rap and this guy was a wimp.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
I have 971 titles in my library and have finished all but one book. I quit the book because of the narrator. This may be the second time that I do not finish a book and it is because of the narrator. I find myself wandering and having to go back and pick up the story again. His voice isn't actually that bad, the problem arrises when he tries to be the sister in law or the teenage son. He becomes nasal and whining. I will continue to listen to this and hope that I can remember the story line by the end.
Finder rarely disappoints.
The plot is crisp, takes unexpected turns, keeps your attention.
however, only 4 stars, as the narrator had the (unfortunately) annoying urge/idea that women and teenagers need to have needling, whiny voices, which made set my teeth on edge.
Amazingly enough, there is even a bonus interview with the narrator and author, where the narrator goes into great detail why he chose those voices: sorry, no matter what you thought, it's not working!!!
if you can clench your teeth and get through those parts, buy the audio, if not: buy the book.
I really enjoyed this book. You sure will not be bored. Order it!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and, despite what others have said, thought the narrator was superb. I haven't particularly enjoyed Joseph Finder's last couple of novels, which were only so-so. However, Vanished represents a return to the action-packed, rough and tumble novel that I like so much from Finder, novels like Paranoia! Great book... I can't wait for the next Nick Heller novel.
My only complaint is that at the end of the book, we are told that there is a PDF containing Gabe's graphic novel on the CD. But there appears to be no way to obtain this PDF with the Audible version, much to my disappointment.
In a world where movies and TV shows heavily depend on technology for solving crimes and mysteries, Finder is a breath of fresh air. Although technology is used to help solve problems and learn information, the protagonist's intellect and experience play a much bigger role. Nick Heller isn't a tough guy or a technological wunderkind - he draws from a good education, lots of experience, and a good bit of street smarts to do his job. That's made me a Joseph Finder fan, after reading only one book.
The characters are believable and real; we care about the main characters and what happens to them. The narrator does an excellent job with the characters' voices - no complaints about him, whatsoever.
It was a good read, and I'll be adding the rest of his books to my Wish List. Highly recommended.