Over-read, as in Over-acted. The book was ok, but I truly struggled with Mr. Brick's, William Shatner-esque reading of it. I will not buy any more of the books read by this person. Did anyone listen to this reading before it was put out for sale?
Neither the settings or the characters had any life to them, most of the plot and devices were lifted from other works. The plotting is competent, and Scott Brick always helps any book.
I'm really surprised by the rush of rave reviews early on. Were these from people who actually liked the book, or were they placed by the author and/or his friends?
After I finished this book, I listened to James Lee Burke's latest; his three sentences describing the sunrise on the bayou in the opening crackle with life, and made me realize what I'd been missing.
boring, nonsensical rubbish. i kept having to rewind as i lost my place in the story over and over. i find this happens when the audiobook i am listening to is so poor that outside events are more interesting.
also getting seriously fed up of scott bricks rather nasal tones and his totally unbelievable and pathetic attempts at foreign accents. (in this book he was trying to do australian, but his british is just as unconvincing). i gave up after about 3 hours as i simply could not endure any more. dont waste your credit.
I'm about halfway through this audio book and I just don't want to continue. I have no interest in the characters, or the "plot". The author initiates flashbacks like an episode of Family Guy. Somebody will say something about a past experience, and then you're off on 20 minutes of a flashback. I'm getting really tired of Scott Brick as well. His narration was great in a story like Paranoia by Joseph Finder, where the main character was a bit sarcastic, but after a while, he gets annoying. I've had to switch to Lost Light by Michael Connelly, and I'm back in my audio book groove. I think the author should try harder to avoid such common situations and characterizations in the thriller genre. Those of us who've listened/read these kinds of books for a while are looking for something new and original.
Scott Brick was great as usual. Could make a phone book entertaining. Happy to say, this wasn't a phone book. New author to me, and it was great. On to book two now.
Before I started this highly recommended Jonathan Quinn series, I decided to listen to Brett Battle's novella, Becoming Quinn, first. The decision made the first book of his series even more exciting. I'm hooked, and I know you will be too! Try it. You might just like it...a lot!
A Brett Battles diehard fan?
This was my first Brett Battles book. Not sure I'll try another. It droned on for so long, I forgot what it was initially about. I never finished it.
I 'love' Scott Brick's narrations. I will oftentimes buy a book just because he is the narrator.
Story started out with promise and grabbed my attention right away, but sadly, this didn't last too long as the main character seemed to somehow morph into a different character altogether (going from a behind-the-scenes assessor and cleaner to a world traveling investigator and killer) as the story went on. The main character's behaviors, thoughts, feelings and actions didn't mesh cohesively, so I didn't ever get that feeling of really knowing and connecting with the character.
Despite these things though, I might have trudged through it just to see how it (probably predictably) ended... except for one major annoying thing. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get past the use of this odd, exaggerated inflection that the narrator no matter how hard I tried. seemed continual to me!) used through out his narration.
This writer just cannot do characters. His storylines can be interesting but his characters are so shallow. The conversations his characters have with each other are just dumb. It's too hard to listen to his stuff. I've tried Mr. Battles, but I just cannot like your books. This one I'm returning and not going to finish.