I just finished Knox's book and was pleasantly surprised. Not only does the book do a credible job of presenting Amanda’s side, Amanda does a surprisingly credible job of narration. The only part of the book causing me a little irritation was her repeatedly referring to feces as “poop”. My daughters stopped referring to “poop” when they were 10 years old.
This is a story of an incredibly naïve American girl set adrift in a foreign country she claimed to know but really didn’t. While her flatmates clammed up and got lawyers she continued to “help” the Italian police without a lawyer’s protection. The Italian Police thought her actions strange when in fact they were the actions of typical American teen. The real evil here is the murderer of Kercher, Guede, and the two prosecutors Mignini and Comodi who cared more about “keeping face” than finding and convicting the real murderer.
Bottom line, Knox’s book is an excellent listen.
Anyone who plans on reading the Amanda Knox book,"Waiting to be Heard" needs to read Douglas Preston's Book first. I read them in reverse order. What an eye opener. Once you read this book and Amanda's there can be no doubt as to her innocence. Mr. Preston's book kept me out of circulation for three days. Every spare minute I found myself listening to this book. By itself it is a great listen but combine it with Amanda's and it's a must listen.
Please do not listen to the negative narrator reviews or you'll be missing a great book. I agree the narration by Thor Knai is poor but after about an hour you get used to him. In fact I found a couple of his accents pretty hilarious. At one time he comes out with an attempt at a Norweign accent that sounds like the Kentucky hills. The book is a great listen however and Jo Nesbo is at his best. The plot is typical Nesbo with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end.
The first of the Outlander Series was written by Diana Gabaldon in the late 90's and for some reason I've never heard of it. It's a hard book to classify as its part historical novel, science fiction, and romance. I'll skip a summary of the plot because its available elsewhere on the audible site. I'm 65, male, retired (sort of), and normally read mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers. I purchased the first volume, Outlander, on a lark and became hooked. What a ride! The plot is great and Davina Porter is one of the best Narrators I've come across. Her voice is made for the main character, Claire Randel, and she does the switch from character to character seamlessly. I can't recommend this book more. Its a long listen but at the end you're looking for more.
The character of Cork O'Conner tends to grow on you the more you read the series. By the time I read Northwest Angle, the last volume of the series, I was thursting for more. A change of narrator half way through the series was a bad idea. I had gotten used to David Chandler and when the switch was made to Buck Schirner I had a tough time getting used to his voice. I highly recommend this series.
The Destroyermen has turned into my favorite sci fi series. Taylor Anderson can sure spin a tale and William Dufris is one of the best narrators in the business. My only gripe with this series is that I can read faster than Anderson can write.
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