It seems that good narration is hard to find. Ron McLarty is great here, but this is really co-narrated with Orlagh Cassidy, who seems to be more interested in 'pronouncing' than in speaking. The overly affected dialects are very distracting and even jarring. It sounds more like an 'acting practice, vocal rehearsal, over-emphasize the vowels' session than a telling of a story. It's too bad that it couldn't be just McLarty reading. Sigh. One more credit wasted.
I liked this book, enough to get so engrossed in it that I listened even when I didn't really have the time to spare! I didn't feel much satisfied with the ending, and perhaps it would be good to have a subtitle of " :part 1 of the such-and-such books" to prepare for the inevitable "wait... it ended?"
Fun story, well told. Engaging, with characters that have a believable amount of depth. The tale develops and changes nicely through the course. Recommended for sure.
The narrator is absolutely awful. Though the story is decent, it's very difficult to get past the repetitively gruff, punchy delivery, which leaves no room for the nuances of the characters' situations. Even the female characters' lines often come off in the same affected tones. Terrible. I will avoid anything narrated my Peter Giles in the future, which is unfortunate as I just thoroughly enjoyed The Lincoln Lawyer: same author, different (very good) narrator. Ugh!
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