I don't know much about Adam Mitzner or his background.
However as I listened to Conflict of Interest I couldn't help feeling that he had knowledge of how some big law firms operate, had read the works of other authors who had success writing legal thrillers and got the idea "Hey I can do that !"
Some parts of the book are really good, but I was left feeling that he was trying to do too much, there was never any doubt what was going to happen next and I ended up not really caring about the main characters.
They all just became people in suits doing what many people in suits do, most of the time dull things that hold little or no interest to me and in this book to them.
For me it was like a diet of over priced rubber chicken dinners.
You kept hoping, kept wishing that the next bite would have some flavor, some taste. But it just didn't happen
As a rule I listen on my way too and from work, an hour each way.
A good book with great narration will see me sitting in the parking lot waiting till the very last minute to finally go to work.
Sadly this just didn't happen, I was never that engaged, never warmed up to the book or the narrator.
I hope not.
I feel that I'd come away feeling that I would have wasted both my time and money.
A story about dull people doing dull mundane tasks, with no real hero no real depth.
I'm no quitter, once I start I tend to stick with it till the end.
I stuck with this one and came away not feeling anything not even empty.
Yes, this is not a thriller - but it is a compelling listen. It's really more about the characters than the actions or crimes......in fact, in one criminal situation, I found myself wondering aloud, several times, about a key piece of information that no one in the book seemed to think was interesting or worth pursuing. Definitely not about the crimes, the prosecution, or the daily lives of the lawyers involved -- Turow or Grisham do that better, and I think I might download one of those next.
This book was a kind of impulse buy for me and I wasn't disappointed, but not thrilled either. The book is filled with flawed and damaged people who don't seem to realize they are either flawed or damaged. They go about their business thinking they are right and justifying their actions to themselves, and that's part of what is kind of compelling about the story (as well as the very good narration by David LeDoux). Even the characters that are supposed to be the saintly touchstones of the story. Whether they are lying, defrauding, blaming, cheating, committing perjury, or withholding damning information, they all think their "good" reason will cleanse them of the guilt others would place upon them. They convince others to buy into their reasoning, and blindly think it will lead them to the happiness they think justifies it all.
Fascinating, but not at all what the book purports to be about, and not what any publisher or marketer thinks will sell the book.
Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.
The "hero" is whiny and self-centered; the "other woman" is a one dimensional fantasy babe; the "bad guy" is portrayed as self-confident, but comes over as creepy with inappropriate reactions to his (two) plights; and there are several times when people react in ways that I can't believe any rational lawyer/ law firm/ young woman hoping to make partner/ wife/ police department would. I'm not going to put in spoilers, but if you still want to read the book you might want to check out some of the other reviews that go into more detail about the above. The legal bits have been done better by Connolly, Grisham, Turow, and a lot of others. I did read the whole thing, just got busy and only listened enough to see if something "thrilling" would happen. It didn't.
I would definitely read another book from Adam Mitzner. Sometimes a person can get a feel for the path a book is going down and a couple times I thought I did only to find out I was way off. I like this .. I definitely did not see the ending coming. I found this book very entertaining and would definitely seek others by this author.
I don't think so ... Sorry David but there was WAY too much EMPAsis in this BOOK that IT was diffiCULT to mainTAIN focus on the STORYline. I don't know if this is David's style of reading but I found it very distracting. Some emphasis is great and adds to a story but in this book it was waaaay too often. Depiction of the main character was good. However some of the others were a little off.
Alex is a corporate lawyer. His father's friend is accused of financial misdemeanour, so Alex represents him. There's a long (a better word would be loooong) legal battle, followed by a twist or two in the tale.
I didn't like the book. On several occasions I was on the brink of abandoning it altogether. I persisted only because I'd spent money on this one. Audible allows you to return books you don't like, but since I had recently returned one I didn't think it fair to return another so soon. So I soldiered on. It became bearable once I mastered the skill of jumping pages: easy in a paper book, takes some doing in an audiobook. I took two months to finish it (my usual time for a Connelly is 3 days).
I'll try to explain why I didn't like the book. Try: writing isn't my greatest strength.
1. The story is too simple. There's no time where the plot becomes clever. I don't expect every writer to have the genius of Higashino, but this is the sort of plot that a 60-year-old fogey like me, advanced cerebral atrophy and all, could have thought out during my morning ablutions.
2. The pace is painfully slow. I was frequently reminded of the phrase "it's like being stoned to death with popcorn".
3. I just didn't like the extramarital affair that the protagonist was carrying on. If this was the writer's way of showing that our hero is only human, it's a bad way, in my opinion. The affair's contribution to the plot was exactly zero point zero: what a waste of time!
The narration was quite good, actually.
Will I read Mitzner again? Probably yes, since so many people have praised this book. Maybe he's good, and maybe I was going through a bad patch.
I'm always nervous when trying out a new author. Luckily, this one was a good one. Looking forward to more from Mitzner.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
A conflict that just kept growing and growing! I love stories that are well written and have a well-defined and progressive plot. This book followed that path perfectly. The title indicates the legal dilemma (I swear I was taught this was spelled dilemna!!), and the storyline carries that theme through to the final conclusion.
This is the second book I have listened to by this author—I really liked them both. The narrator did a fine job as well, and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys being entertained by a good story!