The text, while interesting, tends to be repetitive. The narrator consistently errs in inflection and has a monotonous voice.
Yes, to read, not to listen to.
This is, among other subjects, a fascinating retelling of the life of the American mobster Meyer Lansky, The problem for this listener is that the narrator mispronounces nearly every proper name in the book. This is a shame, since the novel is a rich fictional rendering of real events and people.
"The Man in the Rockefeller Suit" will give you the factual parts of the story, and is a fascinating read. This book is a personal and intimate recording of how the author was duped. There has been a lot of publicity surrounding the publication, and reviews have generally been good. I really liked it, but it would have made little sense had I not read the Mark Seal book first (which ends before the guilty verdict for murder is pronounced.)
Unfortunately I didn't realize that this was written in the early 1990's, and though much has not changed since then, it is still very out of date today.
Having recently listened to Robert Caro's latest volume on Lyndon Johnson, this biography suffers from being even longer. Though extremely interesting, the author's narration slows the book down almost painfully, expecially in his insistance on saying "quote"- "end quote" before and after every single utterance. Totally unnecessary. A professional actor would not even feel the need to do this.
This is a clever "page-turner" of a novel, which grows on one slowly. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as a read, but because the narrations were so good, it made the story - which has lots of holes - compelling.
rip-roaring period tale
Jackson's voicing of each of the characters was so well-done and spot-on, that one would have thought there is an entire cast performing.
I was unfamiliar with this author and bought the book because of the actor. Not everyone will find the dialect easy-going, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I was a huge fan of Paul Scott when his novels "The Jewel in the Crown" first started being published, waiting for each subsequent novel of the eventual Raj Quartet. Now rereading the epilogue read by Paul Shelly - who is truly a brilliant performer, I am reminded again of Scott's greatness , and his sad death at an early age.
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