Lawd, lawd, there is nothing more frustrating that listening to a non-southerner try to imitate a Mississippi accent. Worse, when they try to conjure up a Mississippi Negro accent. There is the barest connection to Alex Cross in this story, so I felt mislead that this was advertised as a Cross novel. Also, it is beginning to get on my nerves that Mr Patterson gets so much credit for books he does not solely author. How much of his books are his, and how much of the credit belongs to his co-authors? Is Mr. Patterson incapable of writing a book by himself?
After reading the review by Deborah, I almost didn't purchase this book. I'm glad I relented, because the story is delightful and I did not have the same issue with the narrator that Deborah had. I do agree that the voice of Little Lloyd is a bit juvenile, but not so much as to affect the overall quality of narration. I'm eagerly awaiting the next in the Miss Julia series.
Perhaps is it my American Mississippi accent, but I cannot understand one word this narrator is saying. He words sound like they are being belched and his voice like he is in pain. I previously bought "Rumpole on Trial," narrated by Tony Britton, and thought I was purchasing a book of the same quality. No doubt the stories are delightful, but I'll never know if I cannot understand the narrator.
With this book, you get what Audible is charging for it... nothing. The publisher's review should have been a clue, since they don't seem to know that people are "who" and animals are "that."
The story plot, and I use that term loosely, is terrible. It is worse than terrible. A word has not yet been invented to describe this plot.
Don't waste your time downloading it.
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