The premise is rather promising. The problem is with the main character's internal dialog which is constant and then repeats. You want to like the main character, but he's just so tedious. You get to hear every single thought he has (in real-time). I you miss some of the internal dialog, no need to worry it will be repeated. An abridged version would be much better. With 1 hour to go I can't decide if I can get through it or not.
This is the first "Monk" novel, and I listened because I so enjoy Davina Porter as a narrator. While I found the first part of the story to be a little slow, I am glad I stuck with it. Monk is such a complex character, and his memory lost made the story that much more intriguing.
Edge of my seat - no. However, it was a good pace, and very satisfying.
I cannot wait to listen to the next in the series.
Any number of similar mysteries abound, but Ms. Porter's talent as narrator sets this book apart.
I first heard Davina Porter as narrator for the Outlander series. Nothing could compare to that. So, as is the case with this book, I am as likely to choose a book because Ms. Porter is the narrator as I am because of a particular author and so have been introduced to several authors.
I listened in bits.
Following an accident, Monk is left injured and without memory of either the accident or his life. Struggling to find himself, he is thrown in the midst of a murder he is expected to solve in his role as a police detective. As he unwinds the death, he also unwinds the mystery of himself.
I was SO hoping for a new series to sink my teeth/ears into and William Monk will be it! I really like Davina Porter as a narrator and I'd love to learn how she prepares for a reading. Her subtle changes of voice are as good as her reading of mood and action. I am also listening to the Outlander series with Ms. Porter.
But, about this book, the development of a character with memory loss was well accomplished! His anxiety, pride, fear in discovery, complicated by the intriguing death of a charming war veteran set up an entertaining page-turner, so to speak. Plus, the ending! Thank you Ms. Perry, you have a new fan!
Character study + mystery --- but that really doesn't do justice to the book.
Inspector Monk, of course. And I can see that he and Hester Latterly are going to be a great pair of sleuths in subsequent books.
I love Davina Porter. I don't think anyone can touch her narration of books set in the UK. When I see her name listed, I know I'm going to have a great read.
I almost did read the book in one sitting, but couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.
I have never met an Anne Perry novel that I didn't like. I am in awe of her ability to portray a period in England as if she had lived it herself. She also has the ability to continue her series without losing the spark she created in the first. She is definitely an author who always guarantees a good book.
I loved the parallel between Monk's trying to find out the man he was behind his face and the man Gray was behind his (brutally murdered) face.
I was a bit surprised they chose a female narrator to read a book nearly 90% peopled by men. At first, I did not care for her at all, but I will admit she grew on me.