YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States | Member Since 2006
This might not be a fair review. I'm told that this version of Mr. Mason is the way Earl Stanley Gardner wrote him and, being fair, since I haven't read any of the novels in more years than I care to count, that might be true.
But, if you are looking for a story about a straight shooter, playing by the rules, lawyer's lawyer, this isn't it. This Mr. Mason subverts the system, mishandles evidence, even suggests that his client lie (subourning perjury???).
I read about a zillion books per, and I listen to just as many. I won't be listening to more of these - why waste my time on a protagonist I don't like.
Oh and I was disappointed by the performance too. No passion, no verve.
I usually love Ben Bova's writing but.... This book might be better read with ones eyes rather than ones ears. There were more characters in the first 3 chapters than I could keep track of. And it was very involved with many political, environmental and financial plots. I love Rudnicki's narration and here he excelled, but not enough to make up for the embroiled story.
Loved the stories, varied as they were. Kookie, fun, and gory all at once. How? Read and hear.
I love her detective fiction - but this isn't it. It very soft and warm, which wasn't what I was looking for. Others might enjoy while I stopped partway through.
Fun read - with the usual cast of characters - but I'm a confirmed Trekkie so I'm a little prejudiced!!!!
Wonderful review of the greatest team in --- forever. The ins, the outs and everything in between. Great personalities with enormous egos all portrayed with great writing.
With many books in line, waiting for my time, I just didn't have the where-with-all to stick to this one. I don't want to pan it, it may be just my impatience. But it didn't grab me, which a book has to do for me to spend my time with it.
This is almost like a continuation of the various Star Trek TV series - with three dimensional characters, great, well structured stories and .... Okay I love this series. It's that simple.
About halfway through I know "who did it" but it was enjoyable anyway. Pulp to its utmost (I love pulp) a great hard-boiled detective story. But Matthew Scudder isn't all loveable, just fun to read about.
Don't expect anything serious - if you read the plot bits and the reviews you'll know what your in for - just delightful!!!! And if you liked Fuzzy Nation, this follows wonderfully. Oh, and if you read this and like it (I think you will) do read Fuzzy Nation.
Reading is, first and foremost, a matter of taste. IMHO this one's a bit too British for mine. I love a good police procedural but I guess local (US based) cases appeal to me more, and getting through the heavy British accent of the narrator (appropriate as it might be) was too much for me.
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