I just couldn't listen to this narrator. It was probably a good book. Seemed like a decent plot but the narrator was so annoying that I couldn't make myself listen to it.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
The Kellerman's novels are one of my favorites. Faye and Jonathan produce classic west coast detective novels. All though Jonathan's protagonist, Alex Delaware, is a psychologist, and Faye's is a real detective. The stories of Alex Delaware's consultation with the L.A.P.D. feel realistic and always are interesting.
The story falls into a "Hollywood" mystery, so I'm not sure what book I could compare it to. There isn't a feel of danger to Dr. Delaware. It's not a typical hard boiled detective, nor a real forensic novel either. But I enjoyed his tale of hunting a possible baby killer, and it is a good who done it.
LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, is always entertaining. His sarcasm and his view of the world being a cesspool of degenerate, never lets the book get stale. How he deals with his co-workers at the LAPD and the news hound, was realistic. He also provides a different take on solving the mystery.
It was shocking about dealing with a baby's corpse. To think of someone hurting a child is just awlful. But it happens every day, sadly. Kellerman's Hollywood characters were fun. The similarity between the real world Brad and Angelia, to Kellerman's Hollywood hot it couple was a bit funny.
A better story! I have read every Alex Delaware book by Jonathan Kellerman. They are usually my favorite books. This one was so bad that I finally stopped listening and returned it.
It didn't even seem like a Jonathan Kellerman story. It just wasn't interesting and it was repetitive.
Come on Mr. Kellerman. I KNOW you can do better than this!
More focus and better organization would have improved the story. The performance was dreadful; the melodramatic reading and characatured voices were painful to listen to.
I have been a fan of the series since the beginning. For me, there's comfort in checking in on the lives of Alex, Milo, Robin, et al every year or so. Kellerman does not disappoint in his ability to craft a sentence that captures the most benign detail of a character or his/her action without making it boringly intricate. Rubenstein's narration never disappoints. The Delaware series is my meat loaf and mashed potatoes - always comfortable, familiar, and enjoyable.
No question that it is a fast and good 'listen'.
I do not think that Kellerman's works are edge of seat thrillers but thoughtful and tight pieces that keeps the reader (listener) glued.
Mr. Rubinstein is an excellent reader.
I am a fan of the Alex Delaware series and particularly enjoy John Rubinstein's narration. This current storyline was rather predictable and not very compelling. I still enjoyed listening to "Guilt", though it was not one of the better ones in the series.
The new Alex Cross audiobook
I look forward to the next book in the series, but expect a much more compelling story.
I would recommend this book because of the way it leads or better said misleads to the wrong conclusion,requiring you to listen closely.
I have nearly 450K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.
Absolutely! I listen to every Alex Delaware novel because of John Rubenstein. In my mind his IS Alex and he IS Milo. His voices are so good that I feel like I'm missing old friends when the books are finished. He's one of the best audiobook readers out there.
My favorite character in every Alex Delaware novel is Milo Sturgis. He is a unique character and the fact that he is gay isn't a big deal in his relationship with Alex. It's all handled very matter-of-factly, which is as it should be. He is a good guy, smart and gruff, great cop, frustrated over-eater, always in a tangle on the job, and then the fact that he is gay is just part of who he is. I love the way he is written and I love the way John Rubenstein creates his voice and inflections. These books work because of the unique relationship between Milo and Alex, which grows stronger with every story. I wish I knew these guys in real life!
He makes every voice unique. His female voices are natural and not annoying, and he has done these characters for so long now that they seem real.
"Sometimes the real Hollywood story is better than the script"
I've listened to every Alex Delaware novel and this was one of my favorites. I loved the Hollywood angle and the parallels to certain real life stars made it more fun than usual. But I can't help feeling frustrated that the subject of marriage is NEVER addressed between Alex and his longtime love, Robin. It's about time, Jonathan Kellerman!
The book had a superficial quality about it. Kellerman's treatment of both the plot and the characters lacked substance and plausibility.
Not very well. Give this one a pass.