Although I use the term "procedural" to identify this wonderful novel with a well-known genre, Involuntary Witness is much, much more. A very personal, first person perspective by a defense attorney in the city of Bari, faced with defending a young African accused of murdering a child. The narrative moves constantly among the trial proceedings and the attorney's personal life, his struggle to come to terms with his divorce, the possibility of a new love, and his jaded view of the law and the courts. It is magnificently narrated by Sean Barrett. I will certainly look for more books by Carofiglio and more performances by Barrett.
It's not number one but it is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to recently.
The complexities of a murder case and the fascinating solution the defense lawyers use to acquit their client.
Oscar, the veteran and astute lawyer.
I'll keep my eyes (and ears) open to more Rosenberg books.
I love Sandford's books which I've read in paperback. But this audio experience was very disappointing:
The fascinating unravelling by Lucas Davenport of a ghastly multiple homicide.
Ferrone sounds like a tired old man, drawing out words and sentences in an unpleasant drawl. It's just plain tiresome to listen to, especially for a whodunit.
Yes, of course.
I'll stick to reading Sandford in paper, since all of his audiobooks are narrated by Ferrone.
It might be OK for someone really interested in the inner life of police officers and victims dealing with violence on a daily basis.
Probably a historical novel
The male narrator does a good job but I fear the female narrator is a bit whiny.
The plot doesn't hold together but the chief inspector's character is well portrayed.
Please note that my critical comments are born of misplaced expectations: I expected a police thriller but got a psychological novel.
The ins and outs of political and legal battles faced by Haller in his defense of his client.
Absolutely. The plot is full of unexpected but credible twists and turns.
Actually, I wasn't overwhelmed by his performance. He does a very good job using different voices but tends to be whiny.
It just kept me on the edge of my seat.
I've read and enjoyed all of Connelly's Bosch series but am enjoying the Mickey Haller books even more.
I'm afraid not. I've enjoyed his Bolitho series but this one is quite boring, with long asides about Bolitho's nostalgia for his wife and his feelings for his officers and men, which is fine as a human being but isn't this supposed to be an adventure about fighting Napoleon on the high seas?
He could have focussed more on naval action.
Yes, he is a good narrator.
I couldn't finish listening to the whole book
That's hard to say (I've listened to so many!). But compared to other spy stories, such as Daniel Silva, this is certainly superior.
Sophie Cole and John Calhoun. Both are complex and interesting characters who evolve as you read.
Unlike other US narrators, he stays away from American twang and maintains a stable tone throughout. I'll certainly look for other narrations by him.
There were several, but one that stands out was Joe Calhoun's (a supposed tough guy contracted for dirty jobs by the CIA) love of poetry and his connection to Beth.
This was my first experience with Steinhauer. It won't be my last!
Original, complex but also funny
The flashbacks to the 1980s when a group of right wing eugenicists imprisoned and operated upon so-called "fallen" women are disturbing and well written.
Also, the quirky relationship between the Danish Inspector and his Syrian assistant, Hafez al Assad (the name of the previous Syrian president!) is weird, funny, and an extremely important part of the investigative process.
His tone and his capacity to shift voices among different males and females make for a lovely listening experience.
It's too long for that but it's certainly thrilling enough to want to gobble it up in one sitting.
I think Jussi Adler-Olsen is proving to be a better writer with each new novel.
A completely different narrator would be crucial.
I never finished the novel.
Henry Strozier narrates like a tired old man with a maddeningly slow pace and excessive emphasis on certain syllables.
I've enjoyed Martin Cruz Smith's novels in the past, but I'm afraid this experience has turned me off to him
The main characters: the cool Kit, his lovely mother and smart Cressy, his beloved. They are wonderfully portrayed, complex human beings that go through several transformations in their feelings and relationships as the novel progresses.
First, the setup: serious Kit poses as his rakish twin brother, Evelyn, who is nowhere to be found and must appear at a family function to save his upcoming nuptials. The hoax turns out to be much more complicated than originally envisioned, making for a thoroughly enjoyable plot. Also I greatly enjoyed the description of an English manor house in the early 19th century, the food, the clothing and the general setting. It's full of interesting detail that brings an old story into the present.
I listened to and enjoyed the Black Moth.
I'm looking forward to more books by Georgette Heyer, a novelist I feel fortunate to have discovered.
I was gripped immediately by the story of an ex-CIA operative who's being hunted by his previous employers, his incredible inventiveness when faced with insuperable odds, and the terrible scrapes he gets into (and out of).
The character himself. The Gray Man is a cool and extremely competent killer but not a psychopathic monster. He's trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to maintain his humanity after years of working as a special operative.
The first scene where the Gray Man is picked up by a rescue aircraft only to discover that the guys on board have every intention of eliminating him.
Jay Snyder provides an extremely good narration, with the right tones and different voices. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
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