I am not what you would call a reader. I have a very long commute and my mother first got me hooked on audiobooks 10 years ago with Star Wars and then Stephen King. I have ventured away from that type of genre, but action adventure is my favorite. This book was a reach for me, but I ended up loving it. I never listened to any of his other stuff. I must admit, when his odd voice first started and he went into too many metaphors about everyday things, I questioned what I was in for. However, his voice grew on me quickly and his characters even quicker. This book actually had me laughing out loud as this early junior high aged "jesuit witness" battles the guilt of wanting to learn about sex and the guilty thoughts of his grandfather looking down on him from heaven shaking his head and saying things like what would your mother think about you looking at your own cousin like that. We've all been there and he brought that all back to me in such a fun way. Great fun and heart!
I must admit that I've been fortunate enough to start with some of the cream of the crop prior to this book so it had some tough acts to follow (Grisham, Dan Brown). I do agree that this narrator was quite bad. It took me at least an hour to fight the feeling to turn this book off and escape from this man's grindingly annoying accent. But, after awhile you adjust and the story sucks you in. I must warn that there is quite a bit of violent and sexual descriptions in this book, but, for me, that made it more real and I loved the police investigation knowledge and details that this author brought to this book. It was a good story overall, but the narrator seems like he is trying his best to make you lose interest with his very dry, jumbled and sometimes tough to understand for Americans voice. Definitely worth the try.
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