Congratulations to anyone who makes it to review #100 on this book, but I couldn't resist chiming in. This hip, smart, taut, pitch-perfect thriller is a great piece of work, and remains in the top 5 of my 140+ Audible listens. The trick is the voice . . . no, I don't mean the matchless Scott Brick . . . I mean the narrative voice of the protagonist. Finder nails it from the first sentence, and it cuts through the clutter of run-of-the-mill detectives and private investigators so routine in the genre. He has also tapped perfectly into a strong cultural live-wire . . . the modern corporation as not just benign oppressor, but potential malevolent and poweful enemy. As one reviewer obseved, without the Soviet Union as a convenient Cold War nemesis, the corporate boogey-man provides a chillingly all-too-easy-to-believe-in substitute to keep us awake at night! Five Stars to Finder for tapping a fresh cultural nerve, for creating an irresistable and unforgettable main character, and . . . oh yeah . . . spinning a spellbinding tale!
We probably don't need a 108th review posted, but I couldn't resist! Of the 140 books I've listened to via Audible, this spellbinder (one of my earliest listens) remains at #1 on my thriller list, followed by The Company, Paranoia, and The Hit Man. Thoroughly engrossing, expansive, flawlessly paced, it remains as relevant today as the month it released. A monster!
Very nice debut for young medical student author. Would have been a good 8-hour listen (but at 16+ hours, it just isn't strong enough). I'm an avowed "unabridged man" - I've listened to 140 unabridged books (mostly mysteries)from Audible. This is the first time I've wished I had downloaded the abridged version. My guess is that is a rollicking good listen.
I loved the medical mystery. I liked the irreverent tone of the first-person storytelling, but the hero and main characters were a bit thin (the love story aspect hit me as quite unbelievable). Scott Brick - great, as always.
I enjoyed Mr. Stewart's startling portrait of Michael Eisner's tumultuous reign at Disney very much. However, this is easily the most error-filled audiobook I've yet encountered. While I didn't keep track, I'd guess there were 50 mistakes that were evident to me, all things that should be caught in editing and proofing: repeated phrases, repeated words, long silences, mis-spoken names (Eiger when it should be Eisner, ABC when it should be CBS, etc.) Proofing a 25-hour audio book is no doubt a tedious task, but releasing the audiobook in this ragged form seems rather disrespectful of the listener, and a shame for such a quality work.
Enjoyed the book, as I have most of Margolin's offerings. Having grown up in Oregon, it is fun to feel connected to the locale. I'm always surprised, though, that authors who utilize hometown locations don't insist on the narrator correctly pronouncing them! "Willamette" is always a problem in the Margolin books.
I also found it a bit baffling that the description from the publisher names one of the main characters as Tom McCorkle. In the book, his name is Tim Kerrigan. Also described is "The Courthouse Athletic Club," which becomes "The Vaughn Street Glee Club" in the story. I guess the descriptive copy was written and submitted before the final edited manuscript. And the intriguing final tease . . . "And is it possible that their power and influence reaches all the way to the presidency?" is enticing copy, but (not wanting to give anything away) seems also to have been writen before final manuscript.
Still, I like the Jaffe Father-daughter characters. Hope to see them again.
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