With well over 100 books in my library in audible, I rarely break one of my cardinal rules...NEVER LISTEN TO A BOOK READ BY THE AUTHOR.
I loved this (and the whole series) but had a 6 hour drive and wanted to listen to the abridged for the short trip. I didn't make it through the first 30 minutes. Luckily I had a back up because of breaking my cardinal rule. Thomas Harris is a wonderful writer but a horrible narrator.
Great story about the real life of the black drug/rap culture and keeps you interested the whole time. The reason I gave it a 3 is that Hassan Johnson mispronounces HUNDREDS (no, literally) of words in this book. Not just geographical places, which sometimes is understandable (having lived in Atlanta) but, for example, there is no 'U' in similar. Interestingly enough, Johnson only pronounces it incorrectly about half of the time "sim YOU lar." If you can listen to a book on tape with many narrator errors then you'll like this book. I really liked it and tend to believe that Johnson was reverting to his acting skills and trying to play the part of the characters with an inner-city ebonics dialect.
...and this is no exception. I read this book and loved it, but Thomas Harris does an average (at best) reading. Always beware of an audio-book that is read by the author.
On more than, oh 100 or so, separate occasions I found myself, gut wrenched, banging on the steering wheel like a chimp beggin’ for peanuts, wiping the tears from my eyes with a coffee stained Starbucks napkin and nearly forgetting which pedal was the brake/gas/clutch while listening to this book...surely a spectacle to be seen in rush hour traffic...but there was no way to control it! If you like dry wit and intelligent humor you will not be able to stop listening to this book.
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