I enjoyed this one almost as much as my other Jeffery Deaver reads.
No, but I've grown accustomed to Deaver's style of writing, so I don't stress as much.
I agree with previous reviewers that the multiple narrators are a bit jarring, but I believe that claiming it ruins the entire book is a bit extreme. Amelia's voice is much more clear than the others, and, as a result, comes through a bit more piercing in the beginning, but honestly, after the first few minutes, my brain adjusted just fine. No, my issues with this book had nothing to do with the narration, more I found that keeping the names of the multiple main characters/suspects straight was a bit more difficult in this book than in others. They are all government agents of some sort and are referred to by last name most of the time. I am on my second listen, because I am quite sure I missed some details the first time around. Still, I enjoyed it just fine during my commute to and from work and DO recommend it.
A different narrator!
The story was excellent, as usual.
NO - awful!
Don't waste your money are the audio… just buy the book.
I absolutely hate multiple narrators...it is always jarring and irritating...not at all more "realistic". In fact, sometimes I thought the voice of Sachs was Siri talking to me. Other than that, the story was pretty good.
Audible version extremely disjointed!
I will if it goes back to the previous narrators.
Just about any SINGLE narrator.
I don't know if the book will have redeeming qualities....I couldn't get past the audible part...only got a couple chapters in. No one else I know that likes to listen to books could listen either. The book might be great!
This is the first time I feel I wasted $$ getting an audio book... I listen to them a lot and have never been this disappointed. Apparently no one with any say in the matter listened to this book before they released it or it never would have made it to the market.
An exciting book that definitely kept my interest. This story ranks in about the middle of the Deaver spectrum. Good but not great.
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.
Too much with the recipes. Made me think I was listening to a cookbook.
Stop inserting himself in the book with his recipes.
One good narrator can make you believe you are listening to a vast cast of characters with subtle nuances of tone and voice. Listening to the female narrator jump in occasionally with Amelia's lines makes you realize Amelia's window dressing for the story. "Send?" "Now?" "What do you mean by that?" ARGH!
Deaver is too good a writer for this crappy recording.
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.
As a fan of the Lincoln Rhyme series, I was more than ready to order this one up and dive in. After reading a few of the reviews about multiple readers, I was a bit worrried about the performance, but was soon relieved. Sure, it takes some getting used to, but I was quickly able to get used to the male and female readers and the back and forth cadence. Some have claimed that the voice of Rhyme is too soft and not authoritative. My take is that the voices in this audiobook had a strong resemblence to the actors in the Bone Collector movie, i.e. Denzel Washington playing Rhyme and Angelina Joilee as Sachs. And this goes for Thom, Sellito and others, too. I'm not sure if this was by design or not, but by the second chapter, I was already picturing Denzel and Joilee in my mind, so maybe this is why it worked for me. Denzel's portrayal of Rhyme in the movie was that of a soft-spoken, but thoughtful and intelligent character. I had the same vibe here and while some may have felt like this audiobook was "over-produced", again, I felt like this was produced with a movie-setting in mind. I actually liked the lead-in music when there was a shift or pause in the plot. Others may not find it to their liking. It's a matter of preference, I think.
As for the story, this book follows the Deaver "twist-and-turn" formula from other Rhyme novels. The story is good, but with all of the plot twists and turns, I found it difficult to distinguish between protaganists and antagonists. However, this is exactly what Deaver has in mind for the reader and the point that there are many shades of gray in the type of political/military work being done in the book was not not lost on me. It can make the reader a little uncomfortable not knowing who is good and who is bad.
Where I really enjoyed the book were the parts where Lincoln actually got out of the office and traveled (out of the U.S., no less) and was even involved in yes...an action scene! As a quad with extremely limited mobility, Lincoln has been working hard to exercise and his improved conditioning allowed him to get more involved in this book, which made for some great fun. It's a long way from the old days of lying prone in his bed and studying the white board (though there was some that, too, of course). I won't provide any plot spoilers, but there is a fantastic part where Lincoln confronts some thugs with a gun. The outcome will surprise you!
This is one of those books I will probably listen to a second time so I can pick-up on some things I missed the first time around. And who knows, I may appreciate the "good" and "bad" guys - and thus the storyline- a little more.