I stopped after listening to a little more than 2 hours of this book. It did not hold my interest as the reader did not put inflection in his voice or feeling in his characters. I listen to the samples each time I buy a book but it seems that whoever selects the samples finds a good part and uses that. I would like a sample that starts with the first page of the book. If the reader and/or book does not grab me after a few pages I will continue to look. If you buy something at a store and it isn't what you think it is, you can return it. This book isn't what I thought it was. How do you get your credit back? And does anyone from customer service actually read the comments?
I suppose this book is for anyone who doesn't mind stilted dialogue, a slow beginning, flat characters and dreadful prose. I'll put up with mediocre writing if you can tell me a whopping good story in exchange, but I can't spare the time for writing that is intolerably bad.
Newbern's performance was just okay for voicing, but after he mispronounced a few words, I decided that life was just too short to continue listening to this book.
The premise seemed intriguing, but unfortunately the writing was so awful I didn't get very far.
I am grateful for Audible's return policy!
Felt like the police and main character were stupid. Obvious things that should have been looked at closer, weren't. Really didn't care for the book
Not in this genre, but by this author
I don't think so. The story was so contrived, with the teasers throughout about the protagonist's marriage and deceased child, and the stereotypically creepy and/or egotistical characters.
In the Name of Honor, by Richard North Patterson
Yes. Not sure if my view of his performance was performance-based or material-based.
Rodriguez and Klein (?Cline)
One of the few times I've regretted spending a credit, over many years of listening.
Found this to be slow, repetitious, and awkwardly read (although that might not be the narrator's fault; hard to make this any good no matter who reads it). How many times to we need to hear "why is this happening"? Disappointed; I like a good seriaI killer plot as much as the next guy, and I loved other books Newbern has narrated, and hoped this was going to be as riveting. Wrong on all counts. Next!
I have listened to 3 hours and 29 minutes of this book and if i wanted to read a psychology book I know many others that would hold my interest more than this- It was touted as a psychological thriller but if it takes mores than 3 hours to get to the "thriller" part- I give up. I want my credit back.
I enjoyed the story and the written book actually deserves more than the 2 stars I gave the Audible book. The story was a little slow in places, but kept my interest. I kept trying to figure out the puzzle all the way to the end. I really enjoyed the main character's attempt to figure out his life and relationship after retirement. I can see other novels in this series, since the renowned detective can't let go of what he enjoys and does best; so many killers, so few experts. The one plot element I didn't like was the death of a loved one as the reason for all the angst. This theme is really overworked (think of how many main characters are tormented by his loss of a loved one) and not needed to develop the character or his relationship with his wife. Ok, enough about the story. What I didn't like was the reader, George Newbern. Why he was picked as the reader, I'll never know. His voice and inflections are monochromatic and dull. The pitch of his voice is a little too mid-range which adds to the dullness of his reading; however, it would work if he read with a little more excitement, like he really wanted to do this. The first part of the reading is clipped and spoken like he's reading a dull textbook instead of a thrilling novel. He does get better about a third of the way into the book, like he's getting used to reading, but it's not enough to save the performance. He ruined the book for me. My wife, listened to part of the book with me on a road trip and said the same thing about the reader. I would buy the next story in the series, if the author wrote it, but not if George Newbern was the reader! This is one of my pet peeves with Audible books. Who makes the decision on readers? Do people compete for the opportunity to read an Audible book? Why not use a panel of listeners to decide the reader? Oh well, I'll start listening to the sample audio before I spend my credit.
Good original story, but the unabridged version has periods of slow pontification that just drag. Narration is more of a read than a performance. Still, the story makes it a worthwhile listen, but you might want the abridged version if available.
Was the problem the narrator or the story? I'm not quite sure since I kept falling asleep. Tue combo was not a good one though tue concept sounded intriguing. I may need to read this one instead.
l listened to this story several times and each time found it wonderfully entertaining. Excellent.