In my opinion, this book captures the essence of what we love about dogs. I don't have a dog, but I've been around many of them and I enjoy their different personalities and antics. Jim Frangione,the narrator of this recorded book, makes this enjoyable tale about a dog and his master a real delight. Spencer Quinn,the author, writes convincingly as Chet the Dog, but Frangione really brings him to life. I laughed out loud many times. Highly recommended.
First, if you don't care for that Irish lilt in a narrator's voice, this book is not for you. For me, there was something too "theatrical" about the accent, but I persevered. Unfortunately, I didn't care much for the story, either. The author seemed intent on using lines from old Irish folk tales throughout a story otherwise told in present-day. There were too many coincidences and explanations for characters' behaviors that seemed to be simply convenient ways for the author to get out of the corner she'd written herself into. A lot of people will enjoy this book for its attempt to weave myth and "reality, but for me, the result was too heavy handed.
There are many things I really liked about this novel, including the thoroughly developed characters and realistic consequences of their actions, the build-up of clues leading to the perpetrator (s), the teaming of an emotionally damaged police detective with an unusual assistant and, last but definitely not least, the fabulous narrator. He may not sound Danish to someone from that country (or, he may), but he pronounced a lot of words I could never pronounce and spoke the characters' lines with convincing accents that added texture to this engaging story. I hope Audible continues with this series and Erik Davies continues to voice the characters.
Excellent story with beautifully crafted character development and psychology. Crossley was wonderful and I really enjoyed the accent - not that I could tell one British accent from another - but it added to the feel and setting of the story. He does a great job with women's voices because he doesn't try to sound female, he just distinguishes one speaker from another. This long mystery novel weaves together many diverse stories and delivers a satisfying conclusion.
Excellent narrator, credible and engrossing story, kept me guessing until close to the very satisfactory end. The story was well-structured, with characters who acted like real people, so I was able to figure out the perpetrator before that information was revealed. I appreciated the way Barclay tied up the clues he had sprinkled throughout the story. If you like Barclay's writing, you'll definitely enjoy this book.
I like computers and artificial intelligence as much as the next person, but this book was too full of computer-speak and software terminology - sandwiched in between a lot of gruesome killing - to keep my interest. Maybe the story gets better, but I gave it up after 3 hours.
He pronounced a lot of the computer terminology that I would have made my eyes glaze over. If I'd liked the story, I would have enjoyed Gurner's narration.
Yes. Stop listening.
Bobby Cannavale brings life to Michael Bennett and Scott Sowers does a nice job with the rest of the narration. But this fourth book in the series features yet another mad killer with his own twisted motive for terrorizing everyone in NYC. A cruel, crazed murderer who wreaks pain and torture on his victems. Patterson and Ledwidge have been there, done that. I won't be listening to these any more.
Because I'm not a dog, I can't say for sure that the author and reader of this delightful story have perfectly nailed what goes on in a dog's mind. But it sure sounds like it. The reader, Jim Frangione, is fantastic. Everything about Frangione's delivery portrays Chet, the engaging animal who tells the story, just as I imagine Chet would sound to another dog.
This book is the second in the series. I suggest starting with the first in the series, but it's not impertive to do so. The second book is even funnier than the first. I hope this series continues for many dog years to come.
Tim Curry's reading is as delightful, entertaining and haunting as those of the classic masters who proceeded him - Alastair Sim, Lionel Barrymore. I suppose there's something to be said for this wonderful story being read by an Englishman. Great idea Audible, thank you.
Beautifully written, engaging, thought-provoking. Susan Richards wrote about how difficult it was to get her writing published, which seems so odd because her writing is both lovely and powerful. And her story is interesting and meaningful even if the person reading it knows or cares little about horses. The memoir addresses many other areas. I think Lorna Raver's narration adds a great deal to the listening experience. She seems perfect for this story. Just a great book.
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