This is one of my two all-time favorite audio books. I've listened since 1993. I have it on cassette, audible download and in print. Dennis Boutsikaris is the perfect narrator for this book. "It's a lot of work being me." I thoroughly enjoy listening to the reminiscences of this older man. You don't have to be a mafia hit man to relate to Frankie Machine. You only need to have lived long enough to have memories to share. If you have, you won't be dissapointed. It's a great listen.
I grew up in a law enforcement family in Spokane (River City). The author's portrayal of the officers involved in his stories is very good. I enjoy the emphasis on the officers rather than the crime(s). The narrator is also very good -- when reading in English. His attempts at doing foreign accents are pathetic. There must be some way around this while keeping the same narrator--perhaps the nationality of the foreign characters could be told but no attempt made to do their dialogue in accents? At any rate, I will continue to buy and listen to the books about River City by this author because of his insight and portrayal of the human beings who are willing to protect and serve us.
I've always enjoyed the Sarah Graves books. As usual, this was well written. Interesting new characters, good plot and very good narration. I am careful about picking books narrated by females. Many use high-pitched, sugary, sweet voices and a rapid delivery. Some have a harsh voice and delivery. Many try to lower their voices when speaking for a male character. Kirsten Potter has a low voice, good cadence and good character definition. She doesn't try to do male voices. Her own voice is just fine. I'm looking forward to more books by this author and narrator.
Perhaps more thought could be given when picking a narrator. Fred Carver is not a high school sophomore with good diction. Please try to find someone more appropriate. A poorly chosen reader can ruin a potentially good listen.
A true love story. This superb author based this story on his parents' lifetime love and his father's grief at the loss of his wife. Says the author, "There really was a white dog."
I'd like to be more positive in my review but this is truly a pale comparison to The Godfather. We just don't think the same way men do. The narration was equally pale in comparison. If you're looking for a "chick flick" version, you'll probably like it.
Ralph Cosham's narration was perfect as always. I agree that he is the voice of the characters in the series. The story didn't measure up to the previous books for me. It went pretty far afield. If you've listened to the previous books, you have the advantage of knowing the characters and the village of Three Pines and the disadvantage of expecting something quite different and, in my opinion, much better. This is likely a one time listen for me. Too bad. I was looking forward to the release of the book.
This narrator did an excellent job portraying a truly loathsome individual. If the author's purpose was to make you despise the main character, he has succeeded admirably. I've made it through three and a half hours and I'm not sure I'll go further. Perhaps having grown up with relatives who were similarly nasty, mean, negative and hateful has colored my outlook. I don't need to reminded of the damage and destruction which this type person can inflict. On the positive side, listening to this book does remind me of the many kind and wonderful people there are.
Nice voice in the narration but what's with all the snottiness??? Just started listening and I really wish someone else was doing the narrating. Tone of voice is snippy gossip. How demeaning to the First Ladies.
Wonderfully done! Well written and very well narrated. Love to hear more like this.
Probably the best audiobook I've ever heard in the more than twenty years I've been listening. The performance of these actors was top notch. The author had an understanding of human behavior and an ability to express it which are timeless. I cannot recommend this highly enough. If more stars had been available, I would have given them across the board.
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