Just finished listening to "Vanished" after I had stumbled across "Buried Secrets". Great characters, story line, and narration. Keeps you guessing to the end even if you're like me and had listened to "Buried Secrets" first. If another Nick Heller comes out I'll be getting it.
This is my first Finder book and, were the "Buried Secrets" not on sale, this would probably be my last. After reading comments by others, I find that I agree with some and disagree with others as follows:
- I was not as annoyed with the narrator as others... in fact, I found the "whiny" mom and "cracking, high" voice of Gabe really funny!
- I liked the way Finder described the "reasoning" behind the actions of his "hero" protagonist, but like another person mentioned... he AIN'T no "Mitch Rapp".
- Regarding character development, I agree with another that said they didn't really "care" about the characters... I didn't really get close enough to any of them to cheer them on.
- Regarding length, I do agree with the person that said there was too much filler/detail and that the action didn't move along fast enough... this could have been a "better" short story.
- Plausibility... pretty weak (but it IS fiction!), and silly how none of the bad guys can seem to shoot straight whatsoever. I didn't mind the references to "gadgets" like another reviewer mentioned.
In summary, if I had know how I'd feel about this book prior to having listened to it, I would not have purchased it... but I didn't strongly dislike it enough to be remorseful about having spent the credit. I hope "Buried Secrets" is better.
I love Joseph Finder's novels, but always wish he would have someone like Scott Brick narrating. I couldn't stop wincing the entire reading because, although smooth and skilled, this narrator always sounded too young. He reminded me of the very young cop in the Chris Grabenstein John Cepak books, Danny Boyle. I wanted this protagonist, Nick, to sound like the man of experience he was and just a bit more mature. His depiction of a 15 year old boy in the book was tedious, as the voice sounded whiny and cracked way too much. I heard the interview at the end between him and the author, where he said he could make the distinction between voices easily by cracking the teen's voice; but this sounded overly snivelly. I think he is not yet there as far as character differentiation, and it distracted from the good story. The plot was unnecessarily convoluted, and appeared to be going for a surprise ending, which it did; but then it was all wrapped up too quickly and without adequate groundwork or explanation. It was like he reached his word limit and just ended it. Good read, though.
This book starts out great. Then, the plot falls apart. I found myself thinking, "Huh? How can that be." It is almost as if the writer had a great beginning, but he didn't know how to finish the story, so he put a lot of stuff together just to have an ending. The narrator sounds really young, so he is a great Gabe, but that is about all. If this had been my first Finder book, it would probably be my last, but I have listened to his other stuff and it was pretty good, so I'll try again.
I enjoyed this book. My only complaint is the way the narrator voice-acted Gabe & his mother. It's as if both of them were constantly whining or crying even when the situation in the story didn't call for it. Other than that a good listen. However, I enjoyed Paranoia MUCH better.
I have listened to all of Joseph Finder's books to date and find his books and characters an entertaining listen. At first, this one did not disappoint. Although the set up is different this time around, with the hero not a corporate insider, the environments will be familiar to fans of Finder. The narration by Holter Graham was engaging and not distracting in the least.
The only beef I have with this book is the ending. After 8+ hours of intrigue, the ending caught me off guard... and not in a good way.
I've been a fan of Finder for years, and this story does not disappoint. However, he goes in a different direction this time. The normal Finder novel features a reluctant hero who just can't seem to make the right choices. You find yourself, over and over again, saying "Don't open that door! Are you stupid??!!!" This story doesn't follow that formula, but it's just as good. The reveal at the end is a little bit contrived. It would have been nice for some of the information to have come out during the course of the narrative. But it's well worth the time for the listen.
The narrator, Holter Graham, is AMAZING! This is the first story I've listened to that he has narrated, but it won't be the last. Major props for the job that he does with Gabe's character.
Seemed to slow down for me a bit before the end. Has some torture scenes in this book that make you cringe... Not for the squeamish...
Has some good twists... Its ok, not great, thats why I am giving it a three star.
This a a pretty good book, not excellent, but I think my opinion for the book is a bit tainted by the narrator. His voices for Lauren and her son Gabe are terrible. I don't like listening to him and I think it has affected my enjoyment of this book.