First. This book was great.
Can't think of a comparison. I loved the content, and thought the narrator did a good job--except for how he pronounced the Yakut character's name, which I found funny and imitated throughout the entire listen.
A great listen.
Yes. I enjoyed the plot and the narration. (As a matter of fact, the valet at a local restaurant told me he hated to give me my car back because he was so intrigued by the narrator.)
I thought the plot was interesting, although, I'm not really sure what the plot was other than Jack getting caught up in events and his efforts to untangle them. Some of these entanglements he does not wind up. The book ends screaming sequel.
Now that I think about it, the plot was ok, and I was interested in Jack, but I liked the narration the best. Candese truly made the book for me. He slipped from character to character with ease. He didn't go over the top; each character seemed to have the appropriate accent or tone or delivery that made it easy to discern which character was speaking.
Can't remember the character's name, but the guy who owned the sporting goods store--Abe?
The sporting goods store owner.
I will eagerly listen to any book read by Alexander Cendese.
I may try one from Andrew Peterson, but NOT from Dick Hill. Peterson drags down the plot with "manly fluff" that reiterates--again and again--the lead character's super commando skills. That is more tolerable than Hill's narration. He just drones. It's almost as if he went for a "country story teller" personna. While there are parts that need little animation, he keeps the same plodding cadance when the action picks up or when the plot becomes intense, which removes 99% of the enjoyment. He tone completely contradicts the content.
Far less "my super commando character is so super commando and here's why"
I did not read the print version; I have no comment.
Joe Pike/Elivs Cole. It was interesting enough to keep me listening, and didn't bog down in a bunch of details that didn't move the story along. The plot was plausible, and the action not too out of touch with reality. Baldacci handled the kid well. Her dialog and actions were on par with her age. The narrator was good. I would listen to more books with this character.
I don't have that kind of time; however, I did listen to it exclusively over a period of several days.
Didn't like Open Season enough to consider CJ Box again--unless I get it from the library. In my opinion, this was not worth spending a credit. I got very tired of all the foreshadowing without moving the story along. Figured out the plot/bad guys/good guys within the first few chapters. Once I knew this, I was bored.
Yes. It was entertaining; however, he did seem to gloss over somethings, but it's his story and he can tell as much or as little as he wants. To me Rob Lowe was the guy on West Wing, I had no idea he was a Brat Pack member, or as connected and respected. At one point, I found myself thinking
Both the content and the narration are good, but I think Rob's narration set it apart.
He knows his own life, and he knows what he meant when he wrote the book. He brought that insight and nuace to the narration. He did a great job.
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