james lee burke has to be one of america's crown jewels. will patton brings mr. burke's writing to life. this is a hard tale to listen to as hard truths are told, with the sense of mortality almost a character. but really the combination of author and narrator are second to none in america. i often question why certain books make the best seller lists. there is no question here.
Main character. Quite awful. Self-righteous and hypocritical. Everyone but herself has to be held to a standard of truth. However she lies by omission, picks locks to enter others homes. Reads others personnel diaries and confidential police files. I couldn't recommend this to anyone.
Not write it.
No for Alex Gray. Yes for Joe Dunlop. Disappointed.
No. I love the UK mystery scene.
Nothing memorable. The story starts off on a faulty premise that the young man arrested could be proved to be the killer just because he had been intimate with her. The main characters are flat. Tall handsome police superintendent with school teacher wife. Best friend profiler with pathologist wife and cute baby. Detective who is worried about her career. Kids on their own for the first time. That's it. Good writing. Great narrator - normally I would stop listening. Life is too short.
I'm sure others may enjoy but I wouldn't recommend.
Don't bother. I didn't after the first few chapters. Description of the story fails to disclose the ugly nature of the relationship between the protagonist and her serial killer ghost pal. Can't rate the narrator.
Jeffrey Deaver's novels are a bit formula driven, but I enjoy them and they always improve on a repeat listen. I won't be able to do this with this very over produced version. It should be recorded again by one narrator. Agree with other reviews about the feeling that voices were spliced in. This so disrupts the listening/narration experience that it's hard to follow the story which is complicated further by a different kind of mystery/thriller for these characters. I always feel uncomfortable when rating a favorite writer as average, as their average most certainly almost always would be considered excellent for a less talented author. I would recommend that Deaver fans buy the book, it still may be an average novel by Deaver fans but worth reading.
No way around this, the narrator is bland, disinterested in the story and almost robotic. Never will order a preorder again without knowledge of the narrator. It's a prime example of how important the narrator is for an audio book to succeed. And how a bad narrator can destroy an excellent book. This one I'm going have to get the book.
How can this happen with an exceedingly popular and great writer, a cash cow from audible's biz perspective?
First time readers to this series, skip this audio version, find the book in a library or buy it. Listen to any of the other books in this series narrated by Len Cariou or Dick Hill. Frankly, the new preorder system is helpful with knowing about upcoming books, but audible selling preorders in to March 2013 is too far in the future for me and without stated narrators is not working for me, and I wish it was a separate sort function. In the meantime, I'll be skipping over them to actual books released. I can't even rate this Connelly book a 5 star for the story which it may very well deserve, as the story became flat and I couldn't get engaged in this listen.
Not unlike listening to Scott Brick who was once a great narrator but now over-emotes and is impossible for me to listen to any more. Skip those. Audible you are losing biz.
Even if you are a hard core John Sandford fan as I am, this book is just about unreadable. Don't know what happened here. Where were Sandford's editor's? What was he thinking? It's painful to write this as there are so many great Davenport books before and after this one. I can't even recommend this to a fan. Will take a listen again in a year or two, but this is the one you hope one of your favorite author never writes. Makes sense that it is the last in the this unabridged series to get issued on audible. On the other hand, one clunker out of 20 plus is an amazing record. This book is only interesting in Weather making an appearance, although just a smidgeon, in Davenport's life again.
Loved this book. Letty West is one of the best character additions to this great series. She appears in subsequent novels in the series and she is a fabulous character. And this is the book where she makes her debut.
I agree with "disappointed". Young U.S. readers, my grandkids, were so looking forward to listening to this very popular series. But the book is read so fast, and the english accent so pronounced, that they were not able to understand the reader. I love english/scottish/welsh/irish narrators, and in fact seek them out, but I grew up with an english mum. For young ears it was just too difficult for them to understand. It looks like the book has received wonderful reviews. wish I could be more positive about this beloved english series.
To be fair, this kind of book, as someone noted, is "slice of life" fiction, which I never would have been intrigued enough to purchase. Not my cup of tea. This may account for the extremes in ratings this novel has garnished. That being said, there were no characters to root for, and although being an anglophile, (and half English, if that means anything) I would never want to live in nor visit this village. Should have been published under a pseudonym - may have then been more fairly reviewed by those interested in this kind of story. Instead, reviews, including mine, would have been based not on expectation. Instead, I kept thinking, when is HP going to show up? Very very unfair.
Tom Hollander is a new narrator to me. Will be looking for other books he has narrated.
While the Brunetti mystery's are slow paced, this stand alone was too slow for me to stay engaged. It is a book beautifully written, with Leon's elegant craftsmanship, but scholarly paced, which makes sense as an unravelling of a historical mystery to the protagonist scholar. While I do from time to time listen again to the Brunetti mystery's, I can't say that I will listen again nor recommend to mystery readers this novel. Those interested in historical fiction and the landscape of Venice will find it charming. Leon's subtle and dry sense of humor is present, which always makes me smile. Narrator, excellent.
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