This was my fourth or fifth Eisler novel, the first was narrated by Michael McConnohie who was excellent for the American voice of the subdued anti-hero of the Rain character. This narrator is (I think) Japanese and though not my favorite he was very credible. I offer this before talking about the book because the narrator's voice is 50% of the experience. The material no matter how good can easily be negated by the narrator. Thankfully this was not the case for this novel. It was good to learn the origins of the character and his supporting cast. I look forward to downloading the next book in the series, Rain Storm. I just viewed the movie "Rain Fall" and though there were many plot holes and a lot of reading of English subtitles I enjoyed seeing the character come to life. The plot holes were not holes to me because I had heard the book, thanks to Audible.
I purchased this little story for exactly the reason it's main theme gave me (unbeknownst to me), why did Rain split from Delilah. It is alluded to it in later books but never thoroughly enough. First the author should not narrate these books. Since I have listened to all of his books I can say that clearly the best narrator was Michael McConnohie. His voice was mysterious enough to actually think that he was John Rain. The pretense used for the breakup was bogus. It should have been the vulnerablity to him that comes with any relationship in John Rain's line of work. I REALLY liked this author and his series until he got away from Rain's main occupation with the disastrous bad book called Fault Line. I think the reviews were so bad he tied the characters together in the Detachment. I don't have any idea where he is going but Eisler is about to lose at least this one fan ESPECIALLY with his character that has an alternate lifestyle, Larison! Need I write anymore?
That we know that Delilah and Rain split up for good.
The performance was just OK but that is far below what is expected.
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While the narration is not as bad as it could have been it was no where near the excellent job done by Ron Perlman. I too have not been engrossed in the story as I was in Part 1. Actually I have listened to several books between going back to this one. That would NEVER have happened with the first book. I cannot say that I will complete the second part. I have serious doubts as to whether or not I would purchase the next installment (if there is one). I cannot say that it was ALL the narrators fault but this Part 2 just does not captivate my imagination the way Part 1 did at the time. Maybe JUST maybe the people that put these productions together will realize that once you get it right LEAVE IT ALONE!!
I enjoyed this as much as the first volume. The preface was excellent is summarizing the story to the point where part two begins. This book explained the origins for the conflicts to come in part three. These books are a great mixture of fantasy, fiction and morality.
The ONLY bad part in an Elmore Leonard novel is "The End". This is the master craftsman just showing off his stuff. It is predictable in that it will entertain, funny, serious and true to life....
The book was excellent. I just can't wait for Audible to have the next two sequels "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". This is a trilogy and anyone that uses the Internet knows this. Getting back to the book, it had as many twists as can be imagined w/o making the story too convoluted. Though the story seemed to focus on the male character whenever Lisbeth entered my interest piqued as I knew good action and or a more interesting narrative would begin. One last thing it seems that the narrator for the next novel is NOT Simon Vance. What a shame as his narration was at least half the value of listening. Since the story is so good I will be forced to at least try to listen. Audible just get the next novel PLEASE.
The novel begins well but soon becomes flashback after flashback of the story behind the story. This barely qualifies as a thriller as we are subjected to the usual claptrap of reasons that the brothers are estranged. If this is the beginning of a new series such as John Rain,... well let me say that I never want to know as much about the lead characters in the body of the novel. I have only finished the first half and easily half of that was flashbacks not related to the so called thriller. I really enjoyed the John Rain novels and because of them I decided to give this one a chance. If I could return this for a refund it would already have been transmitted. Other than the previously mentioned faults the part of the thriller that I have been able to distill from the Soap Opera has been OK.
Of couse there were no details of the birth process but it was done well overall. The narration did not really begin until 4 minutes into the start of speaking.
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