I like Kaminsky's stories a lot and this one is no exception. They're lighthearted in the midst of murder and mayhem. But I'll never get another book narrated by Christopher Lane. He has a pattern of speaking every sentence that rarely varies and is often completely inappropriate to the novel's action. I have to run each sentence through my mind a second time, putting the emphasis where it should be, in order to make the story have any meaning. It's just too much work to listen to this narrator.
I thought it was a fun book. Tom Parker is excellent at the voices and does the hard-boiled detective pretty well. A few times I would have liked a little more animation, but it was perfectly acceptable. As for the book itself, I think Kaminsky went a bit overboard with the "local color." Either that or he was being paid for product placement. Every few minutes we got the name of another brand of cereal and its 1942 price. A minor distraction, but a distraction nonetheless.
There were a couple of flaws in the file I downloaded. In two places the text repeats itself. It only is a minute or so, but is a little disconcerting the first time you hear it.
I got this book based on the previous reviews. I made it through about three hours and I was ready to scream I was so bored. I think this one needs to have an abridged version.
I found the book to be okay. Not great literature, by any means, but interesting enough to keep my attention. I know a lot of people don't like it because of what it says about the Church (and probably an equal number like it for the same reason), but it's obviously a work of fiction. After all, there are some easily identifiable errors of fact that must have been added only to remind the reader that it is fiction. (For one thing, Disney never made a movie of "Rapunzel.") I suppose the most annoying thing was that I figured out the puzzles way before the characters did. Paul Michel was a solid reader, although he could have been better with the English accents. I liked him more than I liked the book. All in all, it's a perfectly acceptable way to fill some time when you've got nothing else to do.
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