This was the first Iris Johanson book I've read. She tells a great story with many sub-plots and surprising twists. If I could rate the story by itself, I would give it 4 1/2 stars. I'll be downloading many more of Johanson's books. Unfortunately, the narrator of this book earns only 1 star. There are many characters in the book and she uses pretty much the same voice for all of them. The other problem was that she took only the slightest pause between chapters and never gave an indication that a scene had changed. These things made it difficult to follow the story and I found myself having to go back several times to pick up a lost story line.
No, the narrator was bad and the story was worse.
Not if this is a good example of his writing.
Scott Brick is my favorite narrator but I don't think even he could save this book.
This is the first time I have ever put a book down without finishing it (print or audio). I am an avid audio book listener and, until now, I have always stayed with a bad book until the end in the hope that it would improve. I restarted this book twice because it wasn't holding my attention and my mind drifted. On my last attempt, I forced myself to keep listening until I was about halfway through and then finally gave up. There are so many good books and narrators out there that it doesn't make sense to waste this much time on a book that can't hold my interest.
I am a fan of this author's books, but this one is not even close to his usual standard. I found myself constantly backing up to listen to sections again because my mind had drifted. There was way too much legal detail in what otherwise could have been a good story. The abridged version might be better. Don't let this be your first Richard North Patterson book or you probably won't read any of his other work -- that would be sad because he really is a good story teller.
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