I love me some Lawrence Block, particularly the Keller books (I've long considered Robert Forster's read of "Hit Man" a high-water mark for entertainment audiobooks). With "Getting Off," Block once again displays his penchant for crafting endearing sociopaths. Expertly-paced, colloquial and smart with some truly horrifying passages–Block fleshes out the main character's motivations by painting a hideously uncomfortable childhood–the book really cooks and gets under the skin. Lily Bask turns in a terrific performance, particularly when called upon to read some of the story's more risque action. Good fun & worth a listen.
Fine enough Baldacci yarn; perhaps a bit implausible but suspension of disbelief is part and parcel of suspense thriller fiction. What is NOT a part of it is spoon-feeding the listener by dropping an inordinate number of distracting sound effects (I know what a gun firing is supposed to sound like). McLarty delivers a more than fine enough performance--I'd like to hear his voice and not a ton of gun shots drowning him out.
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