Firth's narration was fine; as this is a first person narrative with limited characters it was not exceedingly challenging. Greene I would try again as his reputation is excellent. This book, however, fell short of enjoyable and/or enlightening. The story and mores inherent seem dated and far from relevant for me. I really tried to like it and had looked forward to it but in the end, meech.
As an exercise in maintaining one's "well-rounded" cultural literacy, perhaps. It helped fill the time without being too distracting as I worked, painting a Habitat for Humanity home. There were no "back it up, I have to hear that again" moments, nor any stop you in your tracks, either. In all, a rather flat story excellently told..
I usually enjoy P&C but between the extremely far-fetched plot lines and characters about whom I was hard put to care one whit, it just did not satisfy. Brick did his normal excellent job of narration; the story itself was far too predictable and just didn't engage.
Did not care for the flashback device of a grand jury hearing on which to hang the narrative. I found it to be intrusive and artificially strained.
No, just not good enough for the "recommend to friends" category. Last book that fit that category was "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter."
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While occasionally funny and moderately entertaining, it would not make my list of recommendations to friends. I put it in the category of potato chip books???OK enough to read but you wouldn't want a steady diet and not terribly memorable.
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