I love Tess Monaghan and jumped in right after I finished "In Big Trouble." When I started the book, I honestly could not tell if the narrator was male or female. I came back Audible and was shocked to see the narrator was Barbara Rosenblatt whom I have heard in numerous audio books and always enjoyed. Her voice is unusually gruff and abrasive. Also, her characterization of the major players seems a bit on the sarcastic side, plus, some of the voices sound like they're from the deep south rather than Baltimore. I am planning on going through the series in order, and almost dread listening to the ones by Rosenblatt. I may read them instead. I would say to listen to a sample. This makes me sad. She's always been one of my bankable narrators who is a pleasure to listen to.
I don't understand the mixed reviews for this one. I have listened to most of Baldacci's works, and I am a big fan. I thought this was one of his best. I did not the many twists coming, and I thought the characters were great. The only thing I can think of that might make this better is a different narrator - NOT because of Ron McClarty - he's great, and I love him in the Camel Club series. Since two of the main characters are female, perhaps his narration for them seems incongruent. There are still some questions I would love to have answered, and I hope there will be more. For me, this is DEFINITELY credit-worthy.
The book content is actually pretty good - basically a novelization of Scripture with coverations between biblical figures extrapolated from the facts. I think this book helps to understand the linear flow of scripture.
HOWEVER, the narration often made me cringe! The dramatic tone was often frustrating - the pitch and volume of the narration often rose and fell in an unnatural pattern. I think I would love this book with a different (trained) narrator.
Personally, I have not had positive experiences with audiobooks narrated by the author. I actually did not realize that the author was narrating, but was so frustrated by the narration, that I decided to check and. . . sure enough - the author was narrating. For me, it just means I need to watch for this and read reviews before I purchase!
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