John Lescroart is one of my favorite authors. His books are usually narrated by David Colacci who is excellent, in my opinion.. This title was narrated by Robert Laurence whose style, in my view, leaves a lot to be desired. He reads so fast it gives the impression he is simply rushing to finish the job. In addition, his delivery on text other than dialogue is flat and monotonic. His narration ruined the story for me, in fact I could not finish the book.... unheard of in my experience for a Lescroart novel. I wasted a credit on this book and will not be purchasing another title no matter how stellar the author, that is narrated by Laurence.
Mark Greaney has hit a home run. Court Gentry is about the most engaging and compelling character I have ever read and Greaney's vivid and non-verbose writing style is fantastic. I become very emotionally involved in these stories which is a tribute to the skill of the author and the great delivery of the narrator. Just great stuff, informative, well researched and definitely edge-of-seat fare.
The Butcher's Boy series of Thomas Perry is my favorite of all time. I also have to say that Michael Kramer is my favorite narrator. In fact, he and Johnathan Davis are the only narrators I ever search for just to listen to their performances. I recommend the Butcher's Boy series is best enjoyed in order, but you can pick them up in any sequence and pick up seamlessly. I am now listening to this wonderful suspense thriller for the second time and enjoying it just as much as the first. Thank you Mr Perry and Mr Kramer. You make a great team.
The two main characters are respectively sappy and stupid and must be so in order to carry this extremely weak storyline. By the time I reached the closing chapters, I was unable to even finish the book as my credulity was finally strained to the breaking point. The narrator was good. Too bad he really did not have enough substance to work with.
I found this selection from one of my favorite authors to be a bit of a stretch. Still engaging but not at all up to the standard which I have come to look forward to in John Lescroart's excellent crime and legal thrillers. I also must admit I am partial to David Colacci's narrations.
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