Could not get excited about this story or the characters. After experiencing so many really great legal thrillers by the likes of Scott Turow, John Lescroat; even David Rosenfelt, this was such a poor imitation.
Anything but this book!
Nothing by this author
Yes. Narrator was very good. Book is dreadful
The entire book
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.
The excessive pop culture references cheapened the story, and the author's attempt at a more literary opening (by converting years and months into minutes) only made him lose track of the timeline of his own story, so that the protagonist keeps saying months later that it's been 18 months since the catastrophic event that turned his life upside down. I cannot even summon the willpower to list all the bad metaphors and examples of cringe-inducing writing, because verbatim quotes would require another listen. The plot was pretty flimsy, and not even on a par with a typical TV police procedural (I must admit TV writing has come a long way). The narrator did not fare much better, unfortunately. I will not spoil it for other readers by revealing how he sounded out the word "eschew," but allow me to say that the word was hardly recognizable.
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.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
He worked for a high powered law firm. He had recently made partner. He and his wife had finally planned a vacation. His wife and daughter would drive down first and he'd follow in a couple of days. However, the first day on vacation, someone ran a red light and his wife and daughter were killed.
He was unable to forgive himself and continued to stay home and has been drinking and going to bed drunk. There were sufficient funds in the bank.
A female attorney approached him and implored his help in a criminal trial where her client is being charged with first degree murder, the brutal murder of his girlfriend, a high profile pop singer. Her client declared his innocence and she believes that he is innocent. Her client was a talented rap artist. She explained that someone had informed her that he would be the guy to go to but he was no longer working.
This did not deter her. She went to his apartment and with much encouragement he agreed to help her. This was the ultimate opportunity for him to learn if he'd be up to the task. He became more involved as each day passed.
He continued to work and started to question the other attorney, who has now moved in with him. He knew that he had to follow through with his theories even if what he was thinking proved to be right. He hoped for the best.
The narrator, Kevin T. Collins, did a great job. The many voices were well done as were the emotions expressed by them. I enjoyed the quality of the mystery. The characters were well developed and believable. The book held my interest throughout. I read his first thriller,
A Conflict of Interest, and enjoyed it too. There was action and suspense which kept me wanting to continue listening. I think that if you're interested in mysteries, this was a good one.
If you are looking for a book to put you to sleep, this one works great. I have hundreds of titles in my library and this is one of the worst books I've listened to. I could not finish the book; I simply do not care how it ends.
No. I felt the performance was average at best. The story was tedious and trite. With a lackluster combination like this, I couldn't finish it.
No. I'm not impressed with his writing. His attempts to stir up empathy for his male character were clumsy at best. The dialogue was stiff and wordy. And the story just didn't move. I kept waiting for something to happen! Finally I just gave up and deleted the book from my device.
Pleasant, average, ordinary.
Don't waste your time!
Avid reader for 45 years
Older out-of-shape drunk guy meets beautiful younger woman who falls into bed with him and is instantly enamored. That's after same guy ignored wife & daughter for years as he worked 90 hours a week to become hot shot law partner. Same guy deals with sudden loss by staying drunk for months. All smart, sensitive & mature woman would be staying far, far away.....