I loved this book.The only reason I took one star away from the "story" is because I saw the ending coming a little earlier than I would have liked. That said, everything else was fantastic. The character development. The plot. The twists and turns as the two attorneys keep uncovering more and more lies their client has told. And the PERFORMANCE! Mr. Collins does an absolutely phenomenal job with each and every line, each and every voice, bringing the story to life almost like if you were watching it happen.
I really liked Mr. Mitzner's first book. This one is even better. As I said in my review for his first, I hope he writes fast!
Retired RN. Listen to about 4 audiobooks a month. "The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you" & a good narrator.
I just finished listening to A Case of Redemption and rushed to the computer to write this review. No synopsis here - just my feelings about the book.
I did not enjoy this book and I would never recommend this book to a friend. I actually almost gave it 2 stars. I had read many positive reviews so I went in with high expectations. I keep wondering if I listened to the same book everyone else did. I get that books are a very personal matter. I wish I could explain more clearly (without giving anything away) why I felt I wasted my time.
I wanted to quit the book many times but hung in there because the last chapter was suppose to be so "shocking" - yet I found nothing shocking about it. This is coming from someone who rarely can figure out an ending.
This was not a page turner. I wasn't filled with suspense. I didn't find the characters likeable. The judge was so over the top - I almost fast forwarded through some of the court scenes.
I will stay clear of Collins as a narrator. His voice was forced, irritating and he over enunciated. Although, I think he did switch between characters well and had no issues with how he did female voices.
If you want to read a good crime/court room or suspense novel - stick with the likes of Grisham,Turow, Wm Landay or M. Connelly.
Audible Editor, fiction lover, chocolate addict. "Every book is a children's book if the kid can read!" - Mitch Hedberg
This was my first time listening to a legal thriller, and I can safely say I'm hooked. I had always shied away from the genre, assuming that the plots were too fantastical - but this story has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel, creating a relevancy that will attract both newbies like me and established thriller fans. Mitzner delivers a character driven narrative, while seamlessly blending romance, criminal law, and suspense, keeping me guessing until the very end. Kevin T. Collins does a marvelous job narrating - the emotion that he pours into each character captivated me from the start. I felt all of the triumphs and setbacks of the case, and I found myself deeply invested in its outcome. I really hope that this duo works together again, but in the meantime I'm going hunting for more from both the author and the narrator.
Compelling ... Suspenseful ..... Surprising.
The main character Dan was my favorite in the book of course. His character was very well defined and developed. He could at times be likable an unlikable.
The narrator was great! His voice and performance brought the story images to mind.
I didn't want to pause the book at all.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Lots of novels have surprising twists and turns that the reader may not see coming. A Case of Redemption has an almost uniquely stunning twist at the end.
I seldom down rate a audio novel based on narration, but in this case I felt the narration, while adequate, was so far below the quality of the story that it lowered the the listener experience.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
My second novel by Mitzner and happy to report both were well done. Collins delivered the story with just the right amount of inflections to add to the shock and awe scenes and yet keep the story believable and dramatic. I've listened to some very average novels lately and this one was a nice upgrade. Five stars don't come easy from me, but I think Mitzner deserves the award...hope you agree. Cheers
I like this writer. His stories are usually very interesting. This story had a strong beginning, middle and an ending that at first I thought "what the hell" does that do for the ending of a pretty good story and what does that have to do with redemption?!!. But upon reflection, I think the attorney did get his redemption afterall, but not in the way that he had hoped it would be.
Suffering the loss of his wife and child, this attorney agrees to take on a "hot button" case that he believes will help him redeem himself if he can save the defendant from a "death" sentence. He had just won a case even though he knew the defendant was guilty. And now he is suffering the tragic loss the his family. He is feeling guilty that he was a workaholic and didn't spend enough time with his wife and child before they was tragically taken away from him. He thinks that maybe if he could help save an innocent man's life, he could redeem himself in the process.
The story moves along at a good pace and had good twists and turns, and the ending had a good "didn't see it coming" twist. At first I was totally disappointed but after reflection I realized that, Yes, the attorney did save a person's life but not in the life or death kind of way he had hoped for, but from a more romantic kind of way.
The narrator did an excellent job with differentiation between male and female voices. Kevin T. Collins' voice is soothing yet with lots of energy. The kind of narration that I like. The price for this novel is low and worth the listen... Recommend.
Great. Captivating. Shocker.
The ending takes you by surprise. Just when you think you know what's going to happen the opposite does.
You could feel the characters emotions.
One the best books ever. I've never written a review before that's how good this book is.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. The ending was obvious to me too early on. The characters were superficial. Mr. Collins narration was often excellent, but he has a habit of making his voice go up at the end of sentences--I don't mean questions here--that drives me nuts. I tried to ignore this at first, but by the middle of the book I found myself repeating whatever he said when he did this.
The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.
Stumble upon a true 5-star novel and you are grateful for heft. Five hundred pages reading ... 15 hours listening ... GREAT! The more, the better. You just don't want the story to end. With A Case of Redemption, though, the 11-hour heft of the novel is a weakness, and redemption comes only in the last 100 minutes or so.
Admittedly, legal thrillers rarely deliver a solid 5-star experience. By their nature, they ARE formulaic (at least usually). The protagonists recognizably fall into one of a very few "types" ~ world weary veteran ... naive young go-getter ... fallen star wounded by life. And, of course, the plots usually follow the same investigation ~ discovery ~ revelation ~ trial ~ verdict pattern. Of course, there are exceptions (Turow, Connelly, early Grisham), and THEY redeem the genre.
A Case of Redemption is not one of those rare and welcome exceptions. But it is not entirely formulaic either. There are surprises here. There is a late plot twist (or two). And it is these surprises that ultimately earn A Case of Redemption a listen.
Otherwise, though, the tale is disappointing.
Character development, for example, is largely unconvincing. Do we really believe a year of binge drinking can just stop, in a few days, because a pretty girl asks you for a favor you aren't sure you should grant? Do we really believe a new job, reluctantly accepted, can instantly vanquish debilitating grief? Do we really believe that at the same time a lawyer is faced with a growing body of lies from his client, he will become increasingly convinced of that client's innocence?
The plot provides little relief. For much of the novel, the plot is entirely predictable. There is really little doubt of the identity of the villain. We can tell who it is before the characters seem to know, even though they have all the information we do (this is a first person narration, after all). And while we come to loath the villain, he is unidimensional; Mitzner never reveals more than a stereotype and only lightly explores motive.
Perhaps least forgivable are the errors of law and practice that litter Mitzner's courtroom scenes. Would it really have been that difficult to fact check this sort of thing?
All these weaknesses notwithstanding, you may well conclude that A Case of Redemption is itself redeemed by the surprising conclusion. For me, it was. The hour or two from the last of the courtroom action, through the end of the novel, made this listen, on balance, a worthwhile investment of time and credit.
IMPORTANT: Since the late plot twists are such "ah ha" moments, you will want to be especially careful of spoilers. Unfortunately, there are some in other reviews here. If you want to experience all the surprises as Mitzner intended (and not at the hands of an Audible reviewer) avoid the reviews entitled, "At Last ... A GOOOD Book" and "Suspenseful."
Finally, a few words about the narration. Collins is an able reader who maintained an appropriate pace throughout his narration. However, he has trouble with some pronunciations (why is this so prevalent among readers?). And, more important, he made a remarkably poor choice in the "voice" he selected for Dan, the main protagonist (and first person narrator). Dan is a 40-something man who has been beaten down by tragedy, which he faced by retreating from the world and into a bottle. Collins "voice" for him, on the other hand, is youthful and immature. The disconnect is especially jarring every time Dan mentions his age.
So, do you spend the credit, and more valuable, 11 hours of your time? If you have not yet experienced legal thrillers by the masters of the genre, go there first. Scott Turow, Michael Connelly or John Grisham can, and often do, deliver full 5-star listens. On the other hand, if you have plumbed those works, enjoy the genre, and relish late plot twists and surprising endings, then redeem your credit here.