It's difficult to say how good this book is because there is such a disparity in the quality of the narrators--Joe Barrett being reasonably good and steady and Joe Pantoliano being terrible. Pantoliano's portrayal of different Italian accents is almost ridiculous--his characters sounding like little kids or complete idiots. The voices he uses are, more often than not, difficult to understand, both because of the ludicrous accents and lower volumes. I'm really sad I wasted my money on this novel. I gave up listening after about an hour.
I really enjoyed this latest entry in the Reacher series. With Dick Hill narrating and Lee Child delivering another great plot, it was hard to put down and over much too soon. I'm very surprised that no one has tried to make a movie out of one of Lee Child's Reacher novels. I keep trying to visualize who could adequately play Jack Reacher in the movies and I can't come up with anyone. It would have to be an unknown, as in the case when Sean Connery was recruited to play the first Bond.
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest effort from John Grisham. The narrator was excellent and made it hard to take a break. I found myself listening to this novel even while sitting in front of the TV because I had to find out how it ended. It was pretty realistic in that all the "guilty" parties did not get their just due.
When I heard of Mr. Cannell's passing, I was truly sad that I wouldn't be able to enjoy any more Shane Scully novels. I was pleasantly surprised when The Prostitute's Ball was released. It was another exciting novel with an excellent narrator.
Fortunately, this book was interesting enough to make me sit through a monotonous narrator so I don't feel that I completely wasted my money and time. I agree with another reviewer who scolded Mr. Deaver (or whomever) for choosing such a poor narrator. I can only imagine how much better the experience could have been had Dick Hill (the King!!!) or Scott Brick narrated it. I can't imagine that the author actually chose this narrator or, if he did, being satisfied with the final result.
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