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.
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.
Alot of the reviews criticise the narrator, but I thought he was pretty good. I did grimace everytime he said "wheapon" instead of weapon, or "awhare" instead of aware, but other than that, he did a good job.
I thought the story was pretty good too. In fact, I wouldn't mind reading more in this series, if there is a series.
Sure. It has a very complex story, I don't even think my wife can figure out the ending, and she usually does.
Yes. The bad guy is some kind of genius and keeps our protagonist constantly on his best game.
The very end, but you will have to get there to find out why.
The time where he defied authority and went on his own.
Very complex plot, keeps you guessing...
This was somewhat slow to begin and I thought it might just be a ho hum book. However, as it went on it got more and more interesting and just when you thought there was no more, it had another level.
Yes, because there were so many twists and turns.
I felt he was quite stilted. In the beginning I actually thought this was going to be more of documentary type book which I didn't expect from Deaver. It was because of the naration. It wasn't that he was annoying, just that he was way to stiff.
I usually listen to my books while I work outside, but I brought this one in and listened while I was cooking dinner.
This was a really good book and worthy of Deaver. I just wish it had a different reader. I will listen to it again sometime as it was so interesting.
An excellent story very well thought out. The characters are interesting and well drawn. Deaver use continues to develop his use of visual language. I really enjoyed this book. The only draw back I found was the narrators habit of pronouncing w as in weapon with a soft wh sound like wheapon. I found it annoying, but things like that just irritate me. A minor flaw in an excellent performance.
Reading the new James Bond novel Carte Blanch by Jefferey Deaver inspired me to read more of his books, Edge being the first of what I now believe will be many! The characters are well-defined, the plot contains many surprises, twists and turns, and the novel has a sort of epilogue that contains an unexpected emotional punch. The narrator of this audiobook has received some criticism for not making his voice characterizations distinct enough. This criticism is somewhat deserved, but I felt that the narrator corrects this and actually improves quite a bit over the course of the reading. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase more books read by him.