Mr. Guidall always differentiates his characters so well that you know who is speaking without the tags. His delivery is relaxed, unaffected, and very intelligible. He is my favorite narrator.
The story is very engaging until it ends, very abruptly. It is so bad that it spoils the book.
There are several detectives, each with their own stories, working on this multiple-murders-at-different-times-with-the-same-weapon case. Good news is you don't have to listen too carefully because the information will be repeated to you, often. Bad news is there is a lot of wholly unnecessary detail about what the detectives are wearing, eating, feeling. Unfortunately, it is not the kind of detail that adds to atmosphere or emotional depth. I found the repetition and the fluff very wearing. The case itself and the resolution are interesting.
There are no evil doers, no cross-purposes. Our hero is stranded on Mars and has to survive until he can be rescued. There is a lot of easy to listen to chemistry, physics, botany, and more. There is humor and drama and it is all very entertaining. The narrative is logical and well paced. Moreover, it was a welcome break from the murder, mayhem, and history i had been listening to.
Why this predictably plotted story of a one-dimensional antihero working against a world of really flat bad guys keeps anyone's interest is the real mystery here. On the other hand, the not too gory fight and flight scenes are cinematic and there are plenty of them. The performer is top notch. Maybe if you aren't expecting great literature, you will find it as entertaining as I did.
Give yourself a lot of time to enjoy this one. Mr.Auberjonois's performance is spot on as usual. Pendergast has met his match and only the devotion of his friends can rescue him from the diabolical clutches of his enemies.
A cautionary tale about allowing foreign nations to finance western government deficit spending. Oh, and there's a brief history of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr woven as background. There isn't enough story to call it a novel. The narration sounded as if English was not native to the performer. The rhythm is choppy and the melody of sentences is wrong. The words were pronounced correctly, but the overall effect was unpleasant. If this had been the first audio book I had listened to, it would have been my last.
The characters are silhouettes cavorting against a dim background and storyline. The action bursts (unbelievably) rather than builds. The ending is miraculous and mercifully short.
The narrator delivers each syllable as if he were narrating a film noir.
The title says it all for me - I never will waste my time with author or narrator again.
The premise is fascinating, the characters are fairly well drawn, the plot moves along quickly. Best of all, the story has an ending. The puzzle has a reasonable solution and the emotional conflict is somewhat resolved. It's all good. If only the editors would remove the umpteenth recap, the book could be a third shorter and nearly perfect.
Our hero's ability to divine criminal intent from scanty circumstance is just too jarring. Time after time, you will find yourself shaking your head in disbelief. So, the intrigue becomes tedious; the action becomes mime. Let this one pass.
The young, inexperienced sidekick of the oh-so-noble, heroic-yet-vulnerable investigator tells the story so that you feel like you are sitting in a beachside cafe listening to this engaging young man. The characters are distinctly drawn within the narrative and by an outstanding reading performance. The action is clear. Identifying the villain is not easy. This was a very entertaining summer read.
The people, side situations, and landscapes described are like visiting your great aunt in her small village. You are never touched by the environs, but are content to watch for hours.
If you are looking for excitement, keep looking. But, if you are looking for soporific narration and a straightforward plot that tolerates lengthy naps, you have it.
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