A better narrator
With a different narrator
The narrator sounded like a cross between Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, making him very difficult to understand and difficult to follow the story.His accent -- when none was necessary -- was distracting.
This is the first Silva book I've listened to. I'd get others -- but not if they're narrated by George Guidall. I'll also avoid other books read by him.
Short answer: a lot.This was the first book I've read by this author. I was drawn by the classification as a legal thriller; it was neither. The story line was intriguing but interrupted by a less than believable "romance." Yes, sometimes we experience love at first sight but in The Associate we didn't get that feeling.The narrator was good at accents though sometimes his attempts at Eastern European dialects were hard to distinguish from his attempts at Spanish. He seemed to not even try male and female voices so that at times it was hard to determine who was speaking.There wasn't much suspense and I was able to discern the perpetrator relatively early. Nonetheless, I soldiered on with the listen, in part because I needed a diversion during sessions at the gym and The Associate didn't require much deep thought.
Margolin could have made the characters more plausible, perhaps with some deeper insights into their personalities to help us understand why the two lead characters fell for each other so hard and so quickly.
He should work harder to differentiate male and female characters for starters and remember what accents he's supposed to be using.
I'll think long and hard before listening to another Phillip Margolin book or Scott Brick narration.
The audio edition brought this semi-history to life and made the political lessons real. We continue to be fooled and sucked in by politicians who crave power and are corrupted by it.
Jack Burden who was reluctantly reduced by Willie Stark.
Giving life and emotion to Robert Penn Warren's excellent character development
When Stark send Burden to find "something" on the judge knowing he will.
O'Reilly never seemed to tie together the hints he dropped through the book of various conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of John Kennedy. He hints at why Fidel Castor, the CIA, the Mafia and even Lyndon Johnson might have wanted JFK dead but merely assumes the reader already knows all were suspected (to varying degrees).
The only thread he picks up consistently is JFK's active sex life and he seems obsessed with it. It felt as if he couldn't go three minutes (of listening time) without referencing Kennedy's libido. He left me with the impression he was envious.
O'Reilly broke no new ground in telling this story -- except to insert himself into it claiming that he was the "young reporter" who showed up at the door of one of Lee Harvey Oswald's patrons just as the patron shot himself.
O'Reilly is an accomplished TV host with a news-like, staccato delivery, reminiscent of Walter Winchell's radio. He didn't use those talents or any talents he has/had as a reporter.
No spoiler: Kennedy was killed in Dallas. The question of whether Oswald acted alone or who might have been behind him is never addressed.
I had hoped this book would be either a detailed examination of the assassination or a journalistic investigation. Instead it was what reporters describe as a "clip job," a story put together by reading newspaper clippings.
Brilliant historical insight. I appreciated how Carter wove the resl impreachment of Andrew Johnson into his non fiction
Phillip Roth's Plot Against America.
Suspense leading to the verdict which never came
Story was not strong and at times confusing
Nostalgia and battle between modern and traditional, between old and young
Didn't breathe properly
The story was juvenile and lacked credibility. The narrator read without any conviction or passion.
She should have had someone grounded in reality read it before submitting it to her publisher. Olivia MacKenzie is supposed to be an accomplished woman: a cancer survivor who becomes a lawyer yet she is easily bullied by an FBI agent and falls in love with him even though he is an S.O.B. FBI agent Grayson Kincaid, according to Garwood, travels in high society circles and is an affluent real estate investor. How? Garwood offers no explanation. Was he corrupt? Did he inherit his wealth? Was he just toying with Olivia as a domineering bully? Even the sex scenes are tame, reinforcing the idea this was a juvenile tease. Toward the end of the story, Olivia, after rejecting Grayson's marriage proposal because she fears children she might have would become ill, accedes to his bullying again and gives in to his demands that he give her doctor permission to pseak with him. She had to be naive (probably but incredulously) or stupid (ditto) not to realize his motive and the results of the conversation are too predictable, so this book fails as a romance, even as it fails as a thriller.
The narrator could have read the book a few times to herself before recording it to understand both the story (such as it was) and the characters
Short of rewriting the book, there is nothing an editor could have done to revive it.
After investing initial time to listening to the prologue -- which I concede was enticing -- I kept hoping the book would improve. It didn't. Fortunately I was listening to and not reading this book so I could do something more entertaining and useful like clipping my toenails as the "story" plodded on. I gave this book one star only because I could not give it fewer.
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