I'm only about an hour into this one, and about ready to throw into the recycling bin. One main narrator and two voice actors. The narrator has a high-pitched carnival-announcer tone, and the voice actors use essentially the same voices for all characters. It's irritating in a dialogue between two to three characters for the silly narrator to chime in between each sentence with "Leo said", "Tony asked", "Tony asked gruffly", etc., etc. Makes it ridiculously hard to listen to. I liked "The Camel Club" and was hoping to enjoy the next adventure of the Camel Club, but I think I may have to buy the print version. I find it much easier to listen to one person doing everything than this insipid method. Please find a better narrator and re-release the book. Why hire a narrator who can't do different voices? What's Scott Brick up to?
Stick with 3rd person narration. I don't understand why, on the third book of a series, the author suddenly decides to have 1st-person narration by one of the protagonists. Oh, and a better story would've helped.
Make the antagonist seem a little more relatable. A great villain is someone that the reader can almost identify with. This guy was just pure evil just for evil's sake. I think most readers/listeners know who the bad guy is, so there's no need for overkill.
Not very imaginative. He only has the ability to do Male, Female, and both with a bad Brooklyn accent. One of the primary characters is a Latino drug lord. Apparently this guy sounds like every other Gringo male in the book.
Skip this book. I am a little OCD about completing series, and this one I will ditch.
Having been a Scott Brick fan early in my audio book lifetime, I have to say that it's become almost a chore to listen to him. If...he...spoke...any...slower... Any other narrator, and the book would've taken half the time.
As for the novel, it was just OK. Extremely predictable. Eerily similar to other books in this genre: Vince Flynn (Rapp), Alex Berenson (Wells), etc. DeMille is a good author, but this is not his finest work.
If you read/listened to The Collectors, you will know what one of the plots is. It is a little frustrating at times to switch between the two story lines, but they're both written well enough that they both capture your attention. Stone Cold was a very engaging listen, and as anyone who listened to The Collectors will tell you, it was SOOOOO much easier to follow, as the narration was spectacular, with great voice characterizations. Maybe the female voices could have used a bit softer tones, but that's just nit picking. I am curious to see how Baldacci will follow up on this, and what the next chapter in the saga of the Camel Club will be.
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