Adam Mitzner is ok but Kevin T Collins is getting on my nerves
Too early to tell
I feel that I wasted my money on this book
Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.
For a lover of lawyer-thrillers, this was a ordinary book. Plot was predictable. Nevertheless kept me interested with the style and characters. More like a well made B Class movie.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
I was conflicted on his first book because he writes like a smart lawyer - Yet sometimes he writes like a sappy school girl. His court room dramas start good - but end leaving me questions about how smart it was.
After listening to the first 3rd of the book I was already praising Mitzner, and looking for other books narrated by Collins... Then it got worse
This isn't a spoiler - But I have a huge question. This is drafted as smart courtroom drama right?...... You'll find in the beginning that a girl was murdered and they blame her black boyfriend and caucasion pubic hairs were found in bed. (ALSO - 2 UNIDENTIFIED FINGERPRINTS)
Now - Here's where I am upset. They question the detective in charge about the pubic hairs in court... OK...Then the detective said that they never found finger prints from the boyfriend so he must have wiped the place clean - making him guilty. I'm waiting for the aha moment when they go - Well if that's the case - Then the fingerprints must belong to the killer...... Dramatic pause........... THEY NEVER ASKED HIM THE QUESTION. Why did they put finger prints in story then. Why not keep it at only pubic hairs..... I felt like the lawyer was dumb... I'm waiting for it the whole time - They never addressed it.
It ended on a slightly better note.... I can see why most of the girls wrote good reviews.... It had some nice feel good stories or sympathetic stories to enjoy.... A little much though.
In the mid-upper tier.
Main character, Dan.
Disappointed to say no.
Was really hoping this would be something new and exciting, given it was written by a new-to-me author and has many glowing reviews. The story was enjoyable, but I found it pretty predictable, right down to the must-have pc characteristic of, well, I won't give it away. I figured that part out as soon as a minor character was introduced, and the killer even earlier. The premise of dead spouse/child is so overused. Most disappointing was the implausible ending. The reader was a true gem, probably the biggest reason I listened through to the end.
I like legal thrillers and enjoyed this one except if you are familiar with criminal law the main character will drive you crazy. So many times I thought, "This guy is supposed to be Ivy League? Seriously?" His legal reasoning and lack of knowledge of criminal law are astounding. The only excuse I could give the author is the desire to educate readers. There are better ways to accomplish that though.
Someone who hates surprises.
Mitzner's first book was more suspenseful and was better narrated. Although I admit I did not - could not bring myself to - finish the book, the part I listened to was very predictable... boiler plate characters, motives, and actions.
The narration was exaggerated and made the characters sound very young and immature.
I was really looking forward to Mitzner's second novel; too bad this one didn't match up.
Interesting story, intesting characters and an ending that you never see coming. Great twist! I'll be watching for this author.
did not see the print version
yeah ::)) living the story with the main character and OMG
This is second time for Kevin and i shall look for more as well as the author.I believe "A Conflict of Interest" by this author, Adam Mitzner, is a must read for mystery/suspence readers/listeners.
Audio books esp w/ earphone are captured well. I also am considering the whisper sync.
This book is well read, but not well written. It was predictable from the early chapters, without subtleties in characters or plot. I was tempted not to finish this, except I had predicted who was "good" and who was ultimately "bad," and wanted to confirm my assumptions. A frustrating listen at times, focused on pubic hairs left on bedding, an incompetent jurist, and a missing baseball bat!
One sometimes wonders how a protagonist can be so dumb, when the reader is screaming:
"It's your girlfriend, idiot!"
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
(1) The protagonist is a wimp
(2) Kevin Collins' reading makes him wimpier
(2) Grisham wrote the story better.
This is a predictable lawyer thing with few twists not found in "The Verdict". I'd recommend that you rent Paul Newman's interpretation of virtually the same lead character in the 1961 movie. They'll cover most of the same ground in 90 minutes and save you hours of listening time.
All that said, Mitzner has a few different twists and presents his burnt-out, alcohol
ic has-been a tad uniquely and it's a good enough story that revisiting it here was like going back and rereading an interesting classic.
Conclusion... If you've not read the Verdict... save your money/time and go get it first. Then, wait a couple of years... and read this. If you did read Verdict some time ago, well you're probably ready to listen to this.
Not sure I'll listen again to a Collins reading. May.... may... read the next Mitzner. Not right away though.
Oh.... a last point... How many stars to give the story? Well 5 when Grisham thought it up... But when it's served warmed-over... Hmmmmm.... Okay it's still a good, if not original tale. So let's give it three stars with at least one left-over from Grisham.