I would love to see how this book would read after a top-notch American book editor massaged it. I have thought that British mysteries, as a whole, contain TMI about the main characters but I think the Swedes now have the No. 1 position.
I lost count of how many times I said "TMI" [too much information] while listening to this book. "He cut his toe nails before going to bed"! Really? REALLY!
If you got all of the angst that the main character (the #1 Swedish detective) has because he shot & killed a bad guy last year out of the way then there is a pretty good mystery in "The Man Who Smiled" but it is more of a character study than a mystery.
Not what I have grown to expect from Baldacci. Almost didn't finish it. Only worth it if you get it for free.
This is my first Molly Murphy story and it was a good one but the performance was very distracting. I can't imagine what the producer or author were thinking when they hired Ms. Greevy as the narrator. She very obviously can't do an Irish or Jewish accent. Just horrible.
I think the producer should be looking for a new line of work. And, I'm hoping that Rhys Bowen didn't have anything to do with the audio version or selection of the narrator, she is a very talented writer.
I'd be very interested in other Molly Murphy stories as long as Ms. Greevy isn't any where near them.
I first fell in love with the McGee series back in the 70s. It's the first series I collected in paperback and I had all the colors. They were a blast. So I was hesitant to hear this book after carrying my image of him in my head for all these years but I took a chance and downloaded the Audible version.
And, it was OK, not fantastic but not bad either. I had forgotten about half of the story so it was good to hear it again. John D MacDonald sure was a good writer.
As one reviewer wrote: Travis McGee Is A Shining Knight In Tarnished Armor and I wanted to live a boat for years when I was living in Florida. The stories are good, it's a great series.
It started out as a Grisham legal thriller, then it turned into a Dick Francis murder at the horse race track novel, and it transitioned again into a suspenseful medical nail-biter aka Robin Cook. Chuck Greaves has a 1st place winner in "Hush Money".
After all the awards and write-ups I thought this was going to be very good -- it wasn't. Very slow paced and dull. Too many people, too much detail. I kept wishing a good editor would red line most of it. Don't waste your time or money on this.
Ray Porter, narrator, nailed this character and made this a 5-star audiobook. I want more.
It's a pretty interesting story but really all the graphic sex isn't needed. The story would be just as good without the smut.
Listening to this put me to sleep 3 times on two different days. If you have trouble falling asleep, forget the pills, just listen to this. An incredibly slow plodding story along with this narrator combine to make the biggest snooze in all of audiobookville. Sweet dreams.
The preview made it look interesting but it never gets off the ground. It just drags on and on. A major disappointment. Don't waste your time and money.
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