An avid listener! My taste runs from Non-Fiction to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Only novel I could not get through . . . 50 SHADES. Terrible! Falling from the reading train due to a busy life made for a boring person and finding Audible in 2008 gave back so much life.
This would be in my top 25.
Maybe not the edge but the character development is what captivated me.
I listened to this book for hours waiting for something to happen. Finally, after three hours (approx) I gave up. I couldn't take it.
I was very disappointed to have wasted my money on this book.
Starts slow, almost didn't read. It was a great book once you get into it!
First, it would be good to remember when this was written - this may help you avoid being offended by some of the attitudes. I really enjoyed most of the book and didn't want to put it down ... until the last few hours. I don't know what happened, but it was like the author just ran out of anything interesting or suspenseful to say to bring the book to its ending. I swear, the last few hours were just painful, but I couldn't stop at that point because I had so much time invested in it. The narrator was great. I'm not likely to buy any more in the series just because I was so disappointed by the last few hours. This isn't one I'm interested in listening to again either.
I have been listening for 18 years. This is the first time I have felt a need to write a review.
This was just terrible. Can't say any more. I endured the whole 24 hours, could not wait for it to be over. It is too bad, as I usually enjoy his work.
NOT a Chance
any are good - too bad he is associated with such a bad author.
Disgust for the author
This may have been a decent story - but the author is addicted to lists - he can't go more that a few minutes with one showing up. On top of that the book goes porographic near the end of the first section - homosexual pediphilia. Not what I paid for!!!!
The narrator had me wondering if, at some point, he was going to ask if if switching insurance companies could save me money..."does a bear defecate in the woods?" I'm sure you know the commercials.
Everything in this book seemed to be lost by about two decades. Maybe the author placing a homburg on Delany's head was to show that he was also willing a bit of a bad guy, because it seems to me that by the 70's fedoras and homburgs were generally out of fashion for most. Wardrobe aside, the majority of it seemed better suited to the 50's or earlier not the 70's.
Delany was a terribly contradictory character: He seemed (to me) either dumb as stump or able to make brilliant connections with few pieces of information. He was willing to go very far outside the law to get the bad guy and still be concerned with a desk cop properly answering the phone, professional appearance, and so on. Compassionate enough to visit murder victim's families and then ruthless enough to yell at and degrade a widow when she wouldn't help. Delany seemed like a manipulated character in a story, not a cop that worked within the fictional world; he didn't seem "real".
Finally, the regular alcohol consumption by the police was just plain silly. Out on a stake out? Have some brandy, Working the investigation? Have beer from the well stocked fridge, otherwise have coffee. Met up with another police chief? He's carrying about a case of beer in his patrol car, so dig in fellas while we wait! I really don't understand what the author was trying for.
There's no mystery here: You know who the killer is and you know who is going to get him. There are no particularly exciting moments. It was merely dragging through Delany's investigation, and enduring the author's description of ham fisted or limp wristed characters. I finished this only because I wanted to see how the author would force the closure of the investigation.
I don't think so.
His dialogue is too wordy with much detail on extraneous characters.
I don't think I had a favorite scene.
No it needs a shorter book.
57 Yrs Young, have been reading since age 5. Avg 3-5 books per week. Avid reader/listener, enjoy ALL genres & many writing styles.
For 2-1/2 hours I listened to discriptions of furniture, scenery, etc. that droned on and on.
Most disappointing was that after 2-1/2 hours I didn't know WHERE the story was going, on if it WAS going anywhere.
His performance was alright, but the combination of him and NO story was too much.
Utter disappointment - I was glad I didn't pay full price for this book. After the first hour I kept telling myself, if I just listened a little longer it would get better. After 2-1/2 hours it didn't get better. Boooooo
I couldn't get through the first chapter because the narrator was so dry. Total waste of money.