The plot was decent, but the dialog seemed contrived and wordy. Maybe that's topical for pure mysteries, and it's just not a genre I enjoy.
After several attempts, I finally finished this. It was... "OK," hence the 3 stars. I didn't dislike it, but it wasn't particularly thrilling. There was one "thrill" scene, but it jumped in so abruptly that it was incongruent with the rest of the pace of the story.
Hmmmm... "OK, I finally checked this off my to-do list."
Read with more passion. Now, how that would be possible in a detective story about a bookseller and a bookthief, I don't really know.
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I'm always on the search for engaging, intelligent books & authors who give me a story I can relate to. Through Audible I'm finding a lot! When I'm not reading or listening, I'm writing, cooking, traveling or working on my house or in the yard. Politics is also central in my life; I feel it's important to be aware of what's going on and give voice to protecting all that we value & hold dear.
Breath of Fresh Air
I believe there was no charge for this audio book - not sure why but thanks very much; it was a great surprise for this wonderful gift.
Its refreshing to come across an author who really knows how to write- the sentences are creatively and beautifully structured - there is intelligence behind this work which I really appreciated.
You get a glimpse into the mans thinking process as if you are right there with him.
The narrator was brilliant - a joy to the ears.
Not sure when this book was written but if recently then I would have installed secret cameras to catch the thief.
I want to read more by this author and hear more by this narrator ...thank you both!
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
It was just ok. There was a good set up and and good flow but a completely mediocre ending. I was just excepting a better ending with the storyline and all. Oh well!
I enjoy reading and listening to books. I am always looking for something great to read.
This story was a time passer. It had me guessing but the ending was a little weak. The reader was monotone and dry. But all in all the whole story line was really ok.
It helped me while commuting to and from work so I would recommend this audiobook.
The ending would have been slightly different. I would have left it open for part two or made it longer with more of a twist to keep the reader's eyebrow raised.
I would listen to another one and if it is as monotone I would not listen to anymore. This was my first with Nick Sullivan as the narrator.
The part in the book when the detective said he knew how the booktaker was stealing the books really moved me. I would never had guessed.
Please use more excitement while reading and I would love to hear a part two.
The story held my interest at first though I thought it was derivative of Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin rolled into one character), but it really turned stupid at the end. A car chase came from out of nowhere and completely sideswiped the story line.
Leave out the gratuitous car chase. Also, I vaguely remember a detective story with the same ending.
Okay, okay, alright.
Good short audiobook mystery that had me guessing until near the end. I liked that the setting was a rare book store and the detective an ordinary guy. Will check out Pronzini's other novels. Sullivan's reading was very good - I heard the world-weariness in the first person narration of the detective.
The writing was palatable, but just barely. The narration lacked believability.
I don't think you should buy this book.
A better narrater might have saved it though.
However, if you are just waiting around and have some credits to throw away, go for it.
Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.
Good little mystery. Some imaginative twists and turns. Very well read. Just not my cup of tea.