I did not know anything about this author when I purchased this audio. However, the storyline seemed interesting so I took a chance. I'm glad I did. The plot is brisk, the characters are interesting because of good character development. The book (audio) is chocked full of a blend of respectful comedy versus tragedy. The reader does a VERY NICE job, but with just a little bit of a problem with female voice, but good enough to be forgivable. I hardily recommend this book if you like murder mystery with a twist.
This audio is more of a soap opera than a mystery. The characters and plot are shallow. The main character is rather self absorbed and somewhat of a brat, though everyone seems to adore her anyway. Her significant other comes across as Superman or Batman or some other Superhero. I can't quite get a grasp of what the other characters are all about other than poor supporting roles. If you enjoy "Lite" mystery and soap operas, give the audio a try, you might like it. If you prefer legitimate mysteries you might want to pass.
Although this latest book by Dan Brown is better than average regarding mystery it seems to be lacking any new plot subject. It is very similar to "The Da Vinci Code" without the Christian undertone, though there is plenty Religious reference. It lacks the religious moral friction from previous books by Brown which is what made them so interesting. Or perhaps I'm just not that interested in Washington DC characters.
If you have read "The Da Vinci Code" and have seen the movie, "National Treasure" you have already virtually listened to this audio.
It seems that Brown is resting on his previous success. You decide.
The characters are well developed, reader is excellent, good "read" for most folks, however, the premise of the story is insulting to faithful Christians. You decide.
This was an inexpensive audio so I was reluctant to purchase it. I was pleasantly surprised. The plot is interesting with several subplots (or what I call perpendicular plots) which add to the overall interest of the story. Very good character development,more than adequate setting description and a very good reader makes this audio better than most. Although I prefer darker mysteries , this one, though a little on the light side, is worth a listen.
Richard Montanari has a talent for exceptional character developement. His writing flows like poetry. Although the plot is not unique... "Cops look for weirdo", I could not stop listening till the very end because of the extremely well written story. The reader adds to excellent entertainment by brilliantly "acting" the story rather than just reading it. If you like insite into characters as well as good prose, don't miss this one.
No doubt THE MURDER ROOM is one of the best classic mysteries I have listened to to date. The characters were more interesting than the mystery though interesting also. The listener should put a little energy in listening to this book. Idle listening will get you lost. In other words... DON'T BLINK! Jame's best yet!
Next time the Higgins' want to do a project together I hope it is something that will not waist serious listener's time. DECK THE HALLS is "Soapopera" at its worst. The plot is shallow and the characters arogant. I tried to listen to this audiobook three times (trying not to waist my money on a rotten book) but I cound never get beyond the firsts 30 minutes without getting bored to death.
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