I have enjoyed all of her books both in print and in audio. But, let me get this out of the way first.
The narrator is one of the worst I've ever suffered through. He sounded like a complete amateur - holding his nose - I guess to depict people with colds - and he has Marge and Oliver sounding like African Americans from the South. The narrator's poor interpretation would have seriously damaged even a good novel. I will make note of his name and never again believe I "won't mind" a poor narrator because the book will be worth it.
This book is slow and sloppy. Sometimes it is so dull that you forget who died. I don't believe I would have enjoyed it in print either. The Gabe character is very uninteresting - listen to (or read) chapter 25 to fully experience the stupidity of this book. What happened? Is Faye Kellerman being held hostage while other people write junk under her name?
Seriously though, I am amazed a writer or an agent or an editor wouldn't care who narrated the book - it sounds (no pun intended) as though the audio version receives secondary attention. Considering the number of people who now listen to books, that decision isn't wise. This isn't the first time I've wondered where the writer or the support team was while the book was being recorded. Don't they realize that while I may try Faye Kellerman again it will be through a loan from the library or an used CD.
As a mystery it's not bad.
I got tired of the hero's continuing proclamations of LOVE. I really do like the narrator. I have heard him before and, except for the lovey-dovey ("I cannot live my life without her; I would rather die...") that sounds more like a heaving bosom paperback, the narrator is good. You may want to wait for a sale - or try the library.
No, I guess she writes mysteries. I really enjoyed this novel. It is a detective novel and the plot may be far-fetched although I read about similar plots in the newspapers.
I am not one to try and figure out "who done it" before hand, I want to enjoy my reading. I did have a strong suspicion about half way through and then something happened that thwarted that suspicion. Good characters, good narrator whose voice you'll recognize.
The Boston accents are a bit overdone - I have lots of friends in Boston, and they don't sound that bad!
I think I have read all of Lippman's novels and enjoyed them all. This is boring - I suppose the characters are well done but then there is very little to hold ones interest. The event that occurred while the main characters were children just isn't written well enough to be shocking.
I really hate spending money with Audible to find the novel is hopeless. At least if one uses the library for an audio book, it can be returned. If you buy the audible book and dislike it - you can give it to someone else who may like it. But with Audible, the cost is just GONE.
I am beginning to re-think the money I spend with Audible.
I have always recognized that King was an excellent writer even though I grew out his horror novels. I heard that he had written this one so took a chance; I was enthralled. It's a long novel and I was very sorry to hear it end.
The tool is time-travel which never interests me but this is done in such a believable manner that the listener is riveted. There are lots of stories within the main plot which has to do with JFK assassignation.
The narration is TERRIFIC - the reader does every voice in the book - a wide range - he does great accents - women, you name it. I recognize the voice but I am going to remember his name and actually look for his books now.
It also brought back many of the facts I had forgotten or never knew about the assassination - I was a little girl at the time, so returning to that time was interesting.
Highly recommend this novel.
This book is about the former partners who are now a couple (remember Angie?), married now with a daughter. There is a crime that must be solved. Very enjoyable. The narrator is terrific - although I am not an expert on Boston accents. He does all the voices including his four-year old daughter very well. I may have rated the narrator too high, but I have encountered some very mediocre - if not bad - narrators so this was a pleasure to listen to.
I enjoy Henning Mankell and Stieg Larson was also good. I was excited to hear there was another fabulous Swedish crime writer. Unlike the other reviewer I cannot recommend this book - at least in this format. The story takes some time to gel and the narrator seems shrill to me. I tried and finally gave up at the end of Part I., perhaps I'll try again, but I was really not enjoying this. At least listen to the trial audio before you spend any money.
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