if not for the narration. The monotone and the mispronunciation ruined it for me.
I have been reading audio books for years and have to admit that I have some favorite narrators: Scott Brick and Dick Hill. There are also others that are good and although they are not my favorites, I still enjoy the book. On the other hand, a few times I have run into narrators where I am unable to continue reading due to their poor performance. This is one of those times. This book may be good, but the reader really ruined it for me and I am unable to finish it. I may try to get the paper book as I usually like Jeffery Deaver books, but I cannot read the audio copy.
Great, classic, Deaver style side tale straying from his normal recurring characters. I often find these one offs to be some of his most exciting and engaging stories and I wasn't let down from that angle.
The presentation, on the other hand, was hard to stomach to say the least. Constant unemotional emphases not only left me lacking in commitment to the characters but actually hindered the entire experience of the story. Pet peeve of constantly over pronouncing his W's aside, I found myself having to imagine another, better reader enticing me into the imagined universe the way I was constantly craving to be.
The best about this book is that it IS a Jeffery Deaver book. There are plot twists and cleverness and bad guys out-thinking good guys out-thinking the bad guys. Deaver is a great writer, creating believable, fully-fleshed characters and complicated plots. I fully enjoyed the story.
It does not read as action-filled as a Rhyme/Sachs story, but there is plenty of action.
The "edge" of the title refers to the leverage someone can gain over another to make that person do things s/he would not ordinarily do. The bad guys find out who is important to you and threaten them so you will do what they want. That is the "edge." So here we have both good and bad guys striving to find the edge to the other so as to win out in the end. It is a tad overplayed, but still works.
What sets you back off the edge of your seat is the new area of expertise Deaver has plumbed. As in all his books, Deaver gives us an education into the topic of the story. The main character, Corte, is a board-gamer in his off time. Therefore, you will hear a LOT about old and ancient games, gaming theory and strategy. Some people will find this boring or annoying. I did not. I found it more interesting that I expected, and very informative. This information is given via introspection by Corte, so be prepared for lots of self-talk with no action.
As you have read from other reviewers, the worst of the story is the narration. His voice and tone are great for Corte and the gaming talk, but there it stops. He cannot change to do the other voices. And his unfortunate hyper-pronunciation-caused reading errors are distracting. I am a lover of pronouncing the "h" in words like "which, whale, white, whenever," etc, but can't guess wHy the reader inserts the "h" into "weapon", and "witch," and a few others. The "wheppon" is the worst since it comes up a lot. But I got over it.
I try to be forgiving of both authors and narrators because we have gotten, well, too too picky, and because I could not do as well as most of these folks. I thought it was a great story, well told, with a tremendous surprise twist at the end.
Enjoyed the twists and turns. Guessed the ending wrong several times. Liked all the action scenes.
Not with Mr. Sudduth doing the narration. His mispronunciation of several different words and inconsistency with the same word made for an excruciating listening experience . . . like someone hitting the wrong key on the piano . . . or scraping their nails on a chalk board. The word weapon pronounced as wheapon was so annoying that I almost just stopped listening altogether . . . perhaps I should just go back to eBook copies of Deaver's works. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this is the first time that this has occurred.
Found someone else to do the narration.
Anyone else . . .
The story line was okay . . . wish I could erase the memory of listening . . . but I'm afraid that it was ruined even if I read a print copy . . . it would be replaying in my head.