I realize several other readers have made the same comment, but I did want to stress how incredibly distracting it was to change readers in this series. I nearly quit listening several times, until the book itself became so interesting that I could stop being distracted by the "wrong" voice. The narrator was adequate, but in my brain, I hear Scott Brick as Sean Drummond. PLEASE, Brian Haig, insist on Scott in the future! The book was very good, and I learned a great deal about the Middle East, but I nearly gave up in the early going. I'm not sure the narrator always understood Sean's sense of irony or humor. He quite literally trampeled on the jokes, and the humor was badly needed to offset the grimness of the subject matter.
I am not certain why the current narrator breathes so loudy, but either the producers made an error in muting a natural breathing technique, or the narrator himself needs to quell his inhilations.
As for the story itself, it was top-rate. It's not often I read a thriller and come away thinking that I need to do historical research on the subject matter. Well done, Brian Haig.
I stumbled across Stephen King's The Stand about fifteen years ago. I'd never read King, thinking all he wrote was horror. When I was intrigued by The Green Mile and read (and loved) it, I began reading all of King's work. The Stand was my favorite. This book appears to have taken most of The Stand, dumbed it down (down to some of the same characters, for heaven's sake), and added our current fascination with vampires. Save your credits. If you want a great read about the fall of our society, brought about by our own stupidity and hubris, read The Stand. My audio version (obtained elsewhere) is abridged and read by Grover Gardner (a master narrator), but I can heartily recommend it. Of course, the unabrdiged print version is wonderful too.
I've read, either in print or via audio, all of the Jonathan Kellerman books. In recent years, I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with the series, but this book really took the cake (if taking the cake means writing a poorly plotted, rambling, and murky book).
John Rubenstein, the narrator, usually does an adequate job, although I much prefer books in the series read by Alexander Adams (aka Grover Gardner). However, in this book, it is nearly impossible to tell which character is speaking. The narrator uses a variation of Milo's "voice" as Aaron (he adds a slight black patois), and he even goes so far as to use the same voice for a seventy-something female interior decorator. Moses, the other main character, is read as though he has a hearing disability. The character certainly is not referenced as having that challenge, but it is wildly distracting and adds nothing to the book (and, I suspect, was not intended by the author).
Save your money or credits for a better book.
Like other reviewers, I, too, could not stop listening to this book. I both cared about and LIKED the characters. Much like The Green Mile and The Stand, there were elements of the supernatural, but the book was just as much about what makes us tick as it was about the journey (both literally and figuratively) taken by Edgar. The narrator was outstanding, and never got in the way of the book.
I was struck by King's repetition of the surname "Freemantle." The name is unique, and I can't figure out why Mr. King used it again. There's probably no deep, dark reason; however, I am probably going to wonder about it for a while...
Mr. King, thank you for a wonderful read.
... but our rating system doesn't allow for it.
This book is a must-miss. The main character is unlikable, histrionic, and a blight on law enforcement. I so disliked her that I gave up about a third of the way through part one. My biggest regret is that I'd paid for both parts of the book, and can stomach neither.
Do yourself a favor and read something worthwhile. I'm a major mystery fan, so I'm not being a snob. If you favor women protagonists, seek out someone else. This character is an embarrassment to women everywhere.
I cannot give a comprehensive review of this title, as I couldn't bear to complete the book. I might have had a more positive experience had I read the printed page, rather than listened to it. The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, was incredibly distracting. I've not heard her before, so whether her technique was intentional or not remains a mystery. I believe she may have been attempting to imitate a thirties-style movie actress (i.e., rapid-fire delivery). Instead, she managed to make nearly every sentence one that would include an exclamation point. I don't care what the action, it isn't necessary to finish nearly! every! word! with! emphasis! Do yourself a favor, and pass over this book.
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