Jeffrey Deaver's novels are a bit formula driven, but I enjoy them and they always improve on a repeat listen. I won't be able to do this with this very over produced version. It should be recorded again by one narrator. Agree with other reviews about the feeling that voices were spliced in. This so disrupts the listening/narration experience that it's hard to follow the story which is complicated further by a different kind of mystery/thriller for these characters. I always feel uncomfortable when rating a favorite writer as average, as their average most certainly almost always would be considered excellent for a less talented author. I would recommend that Deaver fans buy the book, it still may be an average novel by Deaver fans but worth reading.
If you can get past the poor choice of narrators --you will find a pretty decent story/mystery. I had to really concentrate on what was going on - and ignore the young and inappropriate voices for Lincoln and Amelia to get though this one. I agree with other reviewers that one narrator would probably have made this a more enjoyable listen.
One bullet is shot through the window of a hotel room in the Bahamas--three people are killed. Thus starts the mystery which includes a vast array of issues.
An aggressive ADA brings Lincoln and his team in to help with her investigation into possible government corruption and abuse of power. Had the people in the hotel deserved to be killed for crimes against the U.S.- - -or were there other unknown reasons? Who else might be responsible? These aren't the only targets, and in the aftermath and coverup, bodies start to pile up to wipe out any witnesses. Some of them meet their deaths in especially brutal ways from one of the "clean up" crew who is a superb cook and thinks about food most of the time. He copies recipes from the most classy restaurants and prepares the meals only for himself -and sometimes an unfortunate victim. He loves to use his extremely expensive carving knives (the same ones used in his fancy dinners) to torture his victims to obtain information before they are killed. This guy seemed a little over the top- cook and killer in one??? Sounds a bit like Hannibal Lecter -except he doesn't eat them.
There are some moral issues to sort out--when does the end justify the means when it comes to protection by the government? The reasons go back and forth, and the ending wraps up the question maybe a little too neatly for this reviewer.
Deaver has woven a good mystery and thrown in enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. Just be aware that the narration could put you off--unless you can get past the first couple of hours--that's about how long it took me to just pay attention to the story.
the multiple readers is distracting an s the selected readers were poor choices. asking for a refund
It suffered from among other things too many endings. And the big reveals if not for the pesky Lincoln Rhyme and his team. The other difficulty was the narration. There were three narrators who at times were solo and at other times were more than one working together. I prefer if there is only one reader in a section if there must be multiple readers. Having two or more readers sometimes reading together brought me out of the story.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
The plot was reminiscent of another one of his books that discussed data mining.Although he has given Lincoln a new situation regarding his health it does not improve the flow of the story. This book had much less about Lincoln's relationship with his paramour, Amelia. In the past books the personal relationships in his life were so important and gave the books their color and dimension.
No, I would read another book in this series and hope for the best
The narrator was satisfactory but not great.
The book is part of a series that I love.
I would have cast a single narrator. I am profoundly tone-deaf, and not just to music. I lose the first 3 or 4 words when the narration switches; thus, miss some of the story.
This is my fault. I was so pleased to get the new Lincoln Rhyme mystery that I did not check the narration. I have only listened to about a hour having started the audio book with my PT - made the PT go by very slowly. I expect that my husband will have a different opinion, but I am finished with this one.
the book seems like a rush job. it lacks the patience and mystery that deaver has brought to past lincoln rhyme books.
any of those who have previously read lincoln rhyme books
i don't know whose idea it was to cast several narrators, but it was a big mistake - very distracting in a way that takes one away from the story. i've enjoyed all the lincoln rhyme books, but i'm very disappointed by this one.
The narrators were fine, there were just too many of them. I found it annoying and distracting to have a female voice "break in" on my listening every time Amelia Sachs had lines, especially since all the other characters were voiced by the primary narrator. Neither did a bad job or had a displeasing voice, it was just weird to have them both. (I don't mind audiobooks that alternate character narrators by chapter - but just a line here and there breaks the pace or something.)
I am sad. I always llook forward to Rhyme books. And the voice that did Emilia was terrible. She is too strong a woman for that whimpy voice.
i was on a good roll binge listening to the Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance series. This monstrosity of an audiobook stopped me in my tracks. Having multiple narriators is distracting enough, but Amelia's part sounds like it was read by one of those female robot voices, and dubbed in poorly. It is so bad that I stopped and moved on to a new series. I would love to come back to these novels, and hope that they one day remake this audiobook with a single reader so that I can.