This is a marvelous twist-a- thon where nobody is even close to the way they appear. The plot is so easy to "spoil", I'll just say you won't be disappointed.
Barbara Rosenblat is a genius narrator. She does men convincingly, making boy-girl conversations seem like two actors working. But the voices she gives the women, whiskey-soaked and cigarette damaged, recall noir femme-fatales from Lauren Bacall to Kathleen Turner.
I listened to this book in black and white!
Even with the great George Guidall narrating; you can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh-t. So uninteresting that it's like reading a manual for the repair of something you've never heard of. Save your credits or your dough.
This is typical Thompson. That is to say: it's dark, it has tempting babes, it has a straight forward plot that flips every time the listener gets comfortable. There has been discussion of the ending, but remember: this is about a crazy person!
The narration is suited to the story, his voices are perfect for the characters, and the pace is noir creepy. This is a fun listening experience.
There's a lot of dancing in this novel, but none so facile and fanciful as that famous couple Stephen King and Craig Wasson. The novel is as good as they get, raised up further by the narration.
Be sure to hear this soon, as the spoilers are coming out of the internet woodwork.
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