I'm a narrator for Audible and a lover of recorded fiction in the mystery/thriller genre. A great book needs a great narrator.
So far #1 Sean Barrett's narration was a work of art. His diction, pacing, pronunciations et al were wonderful.He did have a good story to work with but he made it sing for this listener. I very much enjoyed the descriptions of Italian jurisprudence and Sean's sophisticated manner, BRAVO!!
Yes, the flash-backs were small stories of their own each with an intriguing soryline.
Without a doubt it was the protagonist, Guido Guerrieri.
It did both but probably more of the former.
This is a very sophisticated legal thriller with a thoroughly engageing main character, hope to hear Sean Barrett perform Guido in future books.
Although I find the protagonist in the few of these books I have read quite charming, this particular reading is thronged with beyond tedious courtroom questions, procedures, identifications, etc. I found that when my mind drifted out of boredom, it really made no difference to where I was in the story. The main character is complex, yet very well developed and the reader is given entree to his inner persona. Were the story more interesting, it would have been a great read.
This book contains a fascinating courtroom drama, and is well worth listening to for that reason. However it also pays much too much attention to the psychological difficulties of the hero, his wife, and coming girlfriend Some listeners may enjoy the exposure of human weaknesses; I found it tedious and not interesting.
In its favor, the reader does a superb job with accents and intonations.
This is hands down one of the finest books I have EVER listened to on Audible. I am on book three of the series and the only down side is that I have no idea what I will do after I've completed book four (the last in the series). Hopefully, this author will continue to write and Audible will PLEASE KEEP the narrator! One of the best I've heard in a long time.
Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.
I haven't read the book but Sean Barrett is my favourite Narrator and I couldn't stop listening to this exciting book. I loved every minute of it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who want to hear one of the best stories told.
Maybe the best.
The Closing Argument is presented with the highest degree of intelligence and reasoning. The Closing Argument made it impossible for the Judges and the Jury to reach any conclusion except that sought by the Closing Argument.
The performance is excellent. A well read audio book presents a mental picture that is similar to going to a play.
There's a case with incredibly weak circumstantial evidence, but for no apparent reason everybody acts as if it is decisive, damning evidence. No new evidence or insights come to light, and the defense lawyer wins the case by pointing out... that it's incredibly weak circumstantial evidence. And, oh yeah, we never learn the least hint of how the crime was actually committed! None!
On the side, there's a separation from the lawyer's wife, and a prospective new love interest. Fighting and winning this dumb case helps the lawyer recover from his separation.
The writing style is good, and Sean Barrett's performance is great, but there's no content of any interest or entertainment value! I cannot imagine who would like this!
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
I always like to listen to the first in a series when I realize a book is part of a series and I'm glad I started here. I will continue right on to the next one this weekend!
Beautifully written, interesting main character, intelligent. This is a wonderful, page turning, spell binding legal thriller. If you want lots of action, blowing up of stuff, sex, and mindless plot, this is not the book for you. But if you want courtroom dynamics, exquisite writing, and a modicum of intellectual engagement, don't hesitate. You will love this.
In the top 10%
Guido, the main character moves through significant personal growth as well as professional growth throughout this book and the two are tightly linked as they often are for many of us. When he realizes he has to deal with his past and releases himself and the ones he hurt with that acknowledgement it is moving, touching and thought provoking.
He has a wonderful voice and is able to pull through the story with gentle nuances. I was worried at first that it might begin to sound dull but that absolutely did not happen. I was captivated.