I really tried to like this book but the reader had a slightly whiny voice and the story progress was very very slow. The focus on characters and small events like dinner parties as a prelude to any action or advance in the plot took so long that I gave up hope there would ever be a trial or any other action.
There were few downbeat moments in R.J. Wagner's life story reading. His voice seems as young and vigorous as ever and he has many interesting things to relate about his 60 years of interacting with Hollywood's famous, from caddying for Clark Gable to his television years in Hart to Hart. There is more to his life than his marriages to and loss of Natalie Wood.
This book is the usual excellent story from Reichs but the narration distracts from full enjoyment, as Ms. Berryman has a slight French accent. The style of narration varies enough to have made me question whether there was one or two narrators. Sometimes Ms. Berryman was too breathy, almost whispering, sometimes lacking vocal warmth, while other sections flowed informally. However,the southern accents were very well done. Since this book was set in Carolina rather than Quebec, a narrator with French language skills wasn't as necessary. Other audio versions of Temperance Brennan have had narrators (3 different ladies)who could handle French, but had American accents in the US segments.
Based on glowing reviews I downloaded this book and started to listen, but found it impossible to continue because the narration sounds as if computer generated. The cadence was so robotic and emotionless it interfered with listening to the story, which many reviewers say is wonderful, but one reviewer posted a warning I should have heeded.
Nowhere in the description of this book does it mention the particularly strong Christian content. Those readers who prefer a strongly religous book would probably like to know this about it, and those who thought it was more of an action book might be disappointed at the slow development and sometimes repetitive writing.
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