Being a fan of Nelson DeMille I was dissapointed. Getting through it was no problem since its length is brief as it was intended and possibly the brevity was part and parcel of the lack of development. I am a huge fan of audiobooks as a means to occupy time, driving, exercising, etc. and am well aware of the peril to the author when 'voice talent' is introduced into mix. In general I find that it is a slippery slope. In this case, Scott Brick detracts from the overall story with his lack of comedic timing and his rather narrow range. Yeah, you can quick see that I am not a fan of Mr. Brick. Few are the narrators that add and embellish, but they are out there and I actually look for material they narrate. I am happy to listen to talent that do not detract, but Mr. Brick is not one of them. I will continue to read Mr. DeMille.
And we all know reality TV is not real. Here is a review from Matt G. in Korea:
"The plot of I am pilgrim was good, but the dialogue was sup-par. Too many cliches and a main character that is not particularly likable. Groan-inducing phrases like, "you are the best agent in a generation' were too common. Also disliked the boyish narration of Ragland."
I could not have said it better...oh my lord the cliches were plentiful and the wit witless. And Ragland just sounds very young. And why is it that you have to plow through pages of reviews before you get to the likes of mine and Matt's?
Clearly I will have to dig deeper with my next credit...why should I expect Audible reviews to be different than those on Amazon, where clearly some are bogus.
But I do believe that many people like this book, why else would reality TV be so popular and prevalent? Go figure.
I have to agree with another reviewer that this story is rather disappointing in comparison to earlier works. Without the dynamic of Gamache battling an evil superior, the author is left trying to infuse tension and for me it failed. The story focus itself will probably appeal more to women than men. Sorry to sound a certain male bias, but the terms Venus and Mars come to mind. I love the author's earlier works and the voice talent is splendid, but I was cringing at the obvious ending and the overall focus on feelings rather than any type of real suspense.
Voice talent can really change the entire experience of a book...but in most cases it simply moves it 1 star up or down. Your previous book can influence the most recent book too. Who wants to follow a great performance? In this case you start off with a pedestrian plot...add the twist as previously mentioned that it is basically a screen play for a sequel and then add voice talent that is mediocre at best and you have a grueling experience at times. But I shelled out the credit so... I am sure Giles is a nice guy, but he can't work wonders mostly because he does not have the skill set and in this case because the 'script' is a B movie. I am really disappointed. Lincoln Lawyer...very catchy theme and title...Gods of Guilt? Ugh.
What a wonderful continuation of the saga. I will leave any description of the story to others... Suffice it to say that Mr. Nesbø does not disappoint and in fact rewards the reader with hours of enjoyment. However being a fan of audio books to bring additional interest to activities like biking, running, laundry, etc. I found myself incredibly disappointed with the book as performed my John Lee. I felt his interpretation of many of the voices to be offputting, especially the females. He just could not capture the essence of the characters that Jo Nesbø has spent 10 books crafting. Using a Welsh brogue for one of the characters was just weird. Sean Barrett also narrates this book. And is far superior and giving you the haunting feel as the plot twists and turns. Please Jo...no more Lee. And I totally understand that the majority of listeners are simply enthralled with Mr. Lee. I am not one of them. If only Robin Sachs were still with us...both he and Sean were far better equipped to handle the special needs required to really bring Jo Nesbø books to life. Let Mr. Lee stick with period piece novels like the Century Trilogy at which he is exceedingly good.
To find any reason to continue to listen to this book. After two hours and passages like the following: "She giggled. I liked making her giggle", I have given up. I never give up. I use audiobooks like most, something to do during otherwise mundane activity, mostly running the dog in my case. I read the reviews. Clearly others find redeeming value from this title. I found absolutely no compulsion to continue to listen. I have read all of the authors this guy has been compared to and could not disagree more. Dick Francis he is not. One review described the character as wise cracking...that would seem to imply wittiness. I found not a shred of wit that could be considered humorous beyond the 8th grade level. I find that when I review reviews, that I am pretty critical of the negative reviewers such as the type I am providing here...so I imagine some will react the same. But, I am just providing fair warning. It just feels wrong to just give up after having used a credit, but why pay twice? I have had tremendous good luck in discovering material from authors I have never tried before, but ultimately it ran out. Not the end of the world though.
This was an enjoyable listen. A good, well developed plot. In the end I was left feeling satisfied. Ferrone, while having a a narrow range with regard to voicing, still maintains a steady pace that does not detract from the story in the end having sort of a neutral influence, which if you aren't enhancing is the next best thing. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen and look forward to the next release.
I really struggled to not let the voice talent for the audiobook edition of this book make the overall experience disappointing. Peter Giles as voice talent has limited range and I found his style off-putting. As for the actual content of the novel, it is somewhat of a shadow of The Lincoln Lawyer. There were some interesting areas, i.e. the FB tie in...but overall I give the effort a B-
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