Yes, the narrator. I could picture the settings as she read, which is why I like to listen to books that take place in Ireland.
I picked this book because I enjoyed Heather O'Neill's reading of The Likeness so much and wanted to hear her voice again. She does a good job here, too, but the book was over before I found any reason to care about any of the characters!
Didn't realize how old this novel was, or that it was part of a series, when I got it. My favorite part was that the setting, St. Thomasino's, reminded me of St. Clement's - one of my favorite spots on my one visit to Rome. The characters are comical, but I did not develop empathy for any of them. It's a fairly formulaic "who done it," but without having read or listened to any previous Inspector Allen stories, I didn't really feel like I got to know him. It kept me interested through yard work, but it wasn't one of those books that made me want to lengthen my lunch time walk.
Wow! Don't know who came first, Tim Dorsey or Carl Hiasson, but they are right up the same twisted Florida alley . . . or lane! The most average family in the world moves from the Midwest to Tampa and finds out that it is a different planet (maybe in a different galaxy) inhabited by the wackiest cast of characters you could imagine. For the first half of the book, while the characters are being introduced, I wasn't sure if I was listening to a novel or a set of short stories. It eventually becomes clear that the characters are all on a collision course with one another, through a series of comedic events that could be almost believable individually but combine in a crazy, surreal whirlwind to take your breath away. There were a couple of times I wished I was holding a book in my hands instead of listening, so that I could go back and refresh my memory or easily re-read something. The narration was terrific; when the narrator wasn't in "character" he made it sound like a documentary which added to the fun. In character as Serge, he reminded me of Ignatowski from Taxi. Laughed out loud several times, and was so impressed with Serge's commencement address that I googled and found it online. Wacky Florida crime stories are one of my favorite genres, but this was my first Tim Dorsey. Will definitely read more!
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