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.
I purchased this based on the reviews and every single second of this was torture. The characters were ridiculously underdeveloped and I never connected with them and the storyline ... Laughable. There was not a moment I could concentrate completely on this book because it just never got off the ground. I still am not too sure what happened. There was never a build up to a climax for me at any point. The narrators flat voice is more suitable for reading of a menu or actually a Visine commercial. Horribly annoyed with this and I never finished it. It was just too much torture. The components of this book just did not work at all.
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!
I enjoyed this book, but it didn't make me seek out more by the author either. It was a little stilted in places: a bit stereo-typical with too many characters, a couple plot points i felt were weak, but i'm overall, not bad. It did have some good mystery too it, so i'm glad i got it.
I really wanted to like this book. But there were way too many times when various characters would ask "What do you mean by that?" of "That can't possibly be" when presented with a perfectly valid explanation. Perhaps Verdon was trying to make sure the audience understood the story so far, but the characters seemed far too stupid to be believable.
And then there's the plot holes. When the bad guy is finally knocked unconscious the two protagonist start to argue about how they subdued the bad guy. But meanwhile, the bad guy is still laying there with a gun in his hand and a house about to explode. There's no sense of urgency to reduce the danger of the situation. "Oh, he's knocked out, we'll be fine." And when they start asking important questions like "why did he escalate so quickly" they just shrug it off with no real answer.
Let's add in the character stereotypes. The brash, foul mouthed detective; the angry lead Sargent who's so abusive that I can't believe he would ever be promoted to that position with that attitude; the gay bed and breakfast owner who has a Wizard of Oz fascination and is more angry about the robbery of his replica ruby slippers than the fact that a murderer may have stayed at his place.
I know this was Verdon's first book and I hope they get better. But there were far too many places where I found myself saying "Really!? That's how you're going to write this?"
When you find the answer to the first "I'm thinking of a number" puzzle you'll think "Really?" And that scam never got anyone's attention? Unbelievable.
It's a great idea and I really wanted it to work. But I don't think I'll spend another of my valuable credits on another Verdon book.
I'm just a book lover!
I enjoy listening to novels. The problem is within the first chapter or two, I've already figured out who the murderer is/who done it/who falls in love....etc. This book kept me guessing till almost the last chapter. It was a good story. Totally plausible. I could see the main character being brought into another storyline and reluctantly struggling with solving another case or not. The performance was well done. A few of the voices sounded the same, but I really didn't think that was to big of a deterrent. I thought the Narrator, George Newbern, did well with his read. Overall, the book get's 5 stars from me as it kept me in the 'guessing game'. I will definitely check out another John Verdon novel.
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