Thirteen Hours is among the top 5 most enjoyable audiobooks I've listend to.
Bennie Griesel, the main character, is easy to enjoy. However, I really like some of the supporting cast, such as police commissioner John Africa, etc.
He has a massive range of voices which he uses to great effect. His pronunciation of difficult Afrikaans words is spot-on, and his performance has a constant energy that sets it apart.
The way that the entire plot unfolds, as per classic whodunnits, is really the pivotal moment in the book. The reader is kept in suspense for hours, until, eventually, it all comes together beautifully.
Deon Meyer's books have become some of my favourite reads. 7 Days is even better than 13 Hours, though it is better to read 13 Hours first. His characters are rich and easy to relate to, even if you aren't a South African. Overall, 13 Hours had it all: Comedy, suspense, drama and a great audio performance to bind it all together. I can't wait for the next instalment in Bennie Griesel's life.
Not really, no. The story itself was pretty average, but the narration made it all but unbearable.
I had it figured by the end of the third chapter, so was hardly surprised by the ending. Predictable and slow.
The narrator's normal reading voice is fine, but his characters are horrible. Reacher sounds like something from Loony Tunes, every female sounds like a granny, and there's a fair bit of Pluto and Daffy Duck mixed in too. Reacher sounds like he is mentally impaired (no offence meant to those unfortunate souls), and the two supposedly hot women in the plot both sound like they are in their late eighties. Horrible.
Surprisingly, yes. I think it could make a fairly interesting film - if the possible baddies aren't revealed so obviously early in the storyline.
This has been a low-point for me, in my Jack Reacher life. Echo Burning used to sit at the lowest rung of the ladder, but now that spot belongs to The Visitor. If I hadn't waited so long to start listening to this book, I would've returned it. The story was below par for Child, and the narration was terrible. No more Wayward Morse-read books for me - Jeff Harding does it so much better.
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