I love, love, loved the narration. Daniel Weyman is fantastic. I might just see what else he's done.
I did like our hero and am glad he finally grew a pair, (can I say that?) because I wanted to slap him for asking so many stupid questions and being such a whiner. And I really liked the brother and sister.
But, my favorite was the character of Edie. I would like to see a series of just her in her "dotage". (extreme air quotes)
Villain was a truly terrible nemesis.
I have already recommended to 3 people and only finished this morning.
I liked the fact that the story was true to the laws of physics; we arent expecting the aliens to show up with ray guns or magic rings or anything. It was suspenseful without being gutt wrenching; the character was upbeat and amusingly sarcastic without being the comic relief.
He did a great job being Mark and was also able to relate the parts of the story that werent written in the first person. His accents were really good, even if he didn't really need them all.
It was the story. And I was shocked. I love this series. I'm dying to find out if anything wierd happened to the little brother! I am not sure that Guidall could have done a thing to help.It seemed like the same witness / suspect interview repeated 150 times! It just went on and on. "Can you think of anyone who would want to hurt him?" "No. Who would have done such a terrible thing?! " I'm sure thats how detective work really is, but I'm hoping for a little bit more entertainment in my escapism. It was all I could do to get to the end.
I will try another one because this had to be a fluke.
George Guidall does wonderfully in EVERYTHING.
About half the interview scenes. Or changed up the dialog at least a little!!
No. But only because I'm not used to this narrator. I had to check out the book too, just to review that the names he was reading were the ones I was used to hearing.
Of course, Harry had always been my favorite in the series, but I guess now it will have to be Baete Lonn. Or will it? Ha ha.
He is a good narrator, but I've listened to the whole series read by Robin Sachs for the most part. John Lee had more of a WW II "... AND WHAT ABOUT OUR BOYS IN THE PACIFIC...." type of news reporter tone.
The one thats already been used somewhere. 'He's back. Or is he?"
In all my years of listening to books on recorded media, this will always be among my very favorites. I bought it on CASETTE tape and I have revisited it many times since.
The plot is great -
An old ( and elderly ) cell mate of Dortmunders has finally been released on parole and wants help recovering money which he buried behind a library in a small town 'upstate'. The trouble is that now, there is a manmade resevoir where the town used to be. "Now my money is buried under 6 ft of dirt, and 40 ft of water." All of the different wacky plans that the gang comes up with for salvaging the money and the fact that the old convict continues to be a homicidal maniac who constantly needs to be stopped from just blowing up the damn to let the water drain out, make this just a hilarious story that still makes me laugh everytime I listen to it. And it is Arte Johnson that makes it come to life.
Very entertaining storyline.
Arte Johnson is spot-on with the characters voices. Dortmunder, the downtrodden thief. Kelp, the optimistic sidekick and all manner of other colorful and quirky characters which he verbally illustrates beautifully.
A wonderful piece of fun escapism. I still listen to it once every few years. In fact I drove my kids crazy for a bit because I was always quoting lines from it.
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