Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was I thought the trial narrative was a bit too long. Otherwise a satisfying read, with twist & turns that didn't seem ridiculous. Good characterizations and an outstanding narration. I'll look for Kevin Collins as a narrator again.
I bought this book based on some of its reviews. Mistake! I found it uninspiring, all too predictable and lacking depth. I hung on until the end as I had nothing else to listen to at the time and was rewarded only in having my lowered expectations confirmed. From the get-go I kept thinking of Paul Newman in the Verdict with regard to one of the main characters and was unsurprisingly correct in the connection. Unlike some reviewers promised there were no court-room heroics or drama for that matter. So not the best legal thriller I’ve read or listened to by far.
Intense, funny, surprises
Yes I found myself making time to listen whenever possible.
The surprising turn of events was really a shocker. The book was a bit slow starting but the development of the story was wonderful. Great narration.
Extremely captivating. I thought I knew where the book was headed but boy was I wrong. I had previously slogged through Inferno by Dan Browne and this was such a breath of fresh air. Crisp story, like-able characters,easy to follow. Great purchase!
It did not bode well for my experience listening to A Case of Redemption by Adam Mitzner, narrated by Kevin T. Collins, that I was reading a hard copy of Broken Harbor by Tana French at generally the same time. It really amplified for me the difference in the quality of writing. Where everything about Broken Harbor had been fresh and bizarre, everything about A Case of Redemption, a legal thriller, was stereotyped so heavily I almost laughed in a few placed. Even the title was so blatantly unoriginal (A Case of Need, A Case of Conscience, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, A Case of Identity, A Case of Curiosities) it really let me know right what I was getting into. In a sort of “ripped from the headlines with a twist” manner, a black rapper is on trial for murdering a white pop star he was dating. I listened to this as an audiobook, and when poor writing is read aloud it starts to sound like bad acting. The dialogue is strained, the sex scenes could use some lessons from Fifty Shades as they were more awkward than the imaginings of a 15 year old boy, and even the twists near the end couldn’t save what I felt had been a waste of a story. What it feels like to me happens with Mitzner’s stories is he doesn’t have any sort of original voice. I hear a story which isn’t quite as full of striking characters as a Grisham or Connelly novel, which doesn’t have that unique page-turning property of a Harlan Coben book. Nothing special here.
A court case from the first meeting with the client until the denouement. A love story, same. Great plotting.
It's kind of like John Grisham novels in that the author seems to know his way around the legal arena.
The confrontation at the end.
I can't say without spoiling.
I was gripped from beginning to end. I have several half-finished books on my iPod, so this is not always the case. I suspect that an attorney would be bored by the amount of detail, but I thought it was interesting.
Audible for President
By far and away the best listen I have had so far!!! It had me hooked from the first paragraph to the last. From start to finish I listened to it in less than a day and a half. I also like to listen to multiple books at a time but the second i started this listen I did not stop until it was finished!
Story is good, solid. Good courtroom scenes. Keeps your interest. Moves along at a brisk pace. Waiting for the next shoe to drop - good suspense. A judge who doesn't care for the defense and is somewhat of a showboat keeps it interesting. A rapper-star-hopeful and a dead superstar singer. All with some romance thrown in - not too much. Interesting book. I like it and recommend it. Am going to listen to his other book on Audible to see if it's as good.
I loved Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitner & this book was just as good! Absolutely loved it! A couple of twists in the end that I didn't see coming - I even had to re-listen to one part because I was so surprised about the twist, I had to make sure I heard every word of it! If you liked Conflict of Interest, definitely get this one too - you won't be disappointed!