I'd recommend this book to a friend who has already read all the arkady renko novels and is wondering whether or not to read the last one. Otherwise, not a chance.
When other arkady renko books ended there was that feeling of saying goodbye to an old friend. When this one ended - eh...
Totally the wrong voice. It came out of left field. It felt more like a NYC detective with Russian names rather than the Arkady I know - cynical and laced with amused irony (and perhaps a wee bit curmudgeon). The voice was actually distracting. Please, re-record it with Henry Strozier or Frank Muller. Though I prefered Strozier - they were both Arkady. McLarty definitely was not.
Joe Barrett narrated this perfectly. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed the book nearly as much if someone else narrated or I read it myself - and as a reader, that is quite the compliment.
I will admit that I wasn't grabbed from the very beginning, but once I disappeared into the story I couldn't get out. I usually listen to books while running or on long drives. I listened to this book at every opportunity and I even drove around the block a few times to hear the end of the part/scene.
Excellent and unlike others, I really enjoyed the narration. It's crisp and, in my mind, is characteristically appropriate.
This book is truly fantastic. Thoroughly engaging and covers much more than simply London's cholera outbreak, and yet did an excellent job doing that as well. I keep it on my Garmin at all times. I can't say enough about this book.
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