A little overblown, but interesting. I thought it was worth the time. I would suggest previewing the narrator (if you dont usually) to make sure he's not a little over-the-top for you.
Excellent, lively story about a thought-provoking topic.
No, he's a terrible reader. Sounds almost computer-generated.
This is one of the very best of the recent disaster novels. Don't miss it if you like the genre at all.
This edition was supposedly edited years later to "update the cultural references," but they're so tied up with the plotline that its a futile effort. A college age girl circa 1989 whose mother gets 50's style unhinged over a pregnancy?... A "deaf mute" who got kicked out of orphanage and travels the country by foot.??... I couldnt listen past download of 2nd part.
I was expecting a book about a service dog, and instead got a list of complaints against the government, his family, and anybody else the author can think of. Even where he has legitimate complaints, his whining tone almost makes you disagree with him.
He also treats the dog as a pet, which the trainers told him not to do. But Tuesday is just an incidental character in this book, unfortunately.
I wanted to buy The Road House, but was irritated by the wooden-sounding narrator. Not sure what I'll get instead.
I like it when authors read their own books. Even though this one is not very likeable, he read it well.
The narrator's gripes
The author remarks at one point that this issue needs a book like Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action. Maybe so; this isn't the book.
The Erin Brockovich movie and the Harr book work well mainly because of their character development and the people they portray. To be fair, this reading of Fatal Deception is an abridgement (which I didn't realize until it was too late), but Michael Bowker's characters are one-dimensional, and he doesn't appear to care about any of them very much. Bowker spends too much time pontificating and editorializing, and too little explaining the scientific or human aspects of his story.
Parenthetically, I thought it was interesting that the same company, W.R. Grace, figures in both this book and A Civil Action, and even though Bowker refers to the other case, he doesn't mention the connection. I wonder if this was abridged out or if he had other reasons for omitting it.
Finally, the reading couldn't be worse. Not only is it stiff and wooden, but John Slattery's grasp of the scientific and medical terminology is amateurish, including a quirky pronunciation of the word "asbestosis," which occurs dozens, if not hundreds, of times.
I'd suggest buying a different book.
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