The word "droll" was invented for this pleasantly silly, highly-listenable collection of nonsense. The production is actually an improvement over the print version as Hodgman wisely avoids literal readings of much of the material (which included endless charts and lists), instead treating it as an extended radio broadcast, incorporating music, sound effects, and continuous banter with longtime friend and collaberator Jonathan Coulton. Listened to in small segements, this low-key offering provides the perfect antidote to a high-stress filled day.
Entertaining, but flawed
The second in the series finds McDonald still developing the character of Travis McGee. Oddly, the writer spends more time with the romance and McGee's relationships with women more than he does the thriller aspects which, at times, seem s little over the top. Taking McGee out of Florida this early in the series reduces the effectiveness of the character considerably. Not nearly as good as The Deep Blue Goodbye, it's still an enjoyable entry in the series. Terrific narration.
I wasn't certtain he would be a good fit for McGee but in the space of two books, he's won me over. I look forward to listening to his work on the rest of the series.
Anyone who enjoys a good "Since you're going to die anyway, I'll explain my entire sinister plot to you" villain will be be right at home here.
The simplistic story with its unlikable characters was basically an extended EC comic story from the 50's, right down to its
More information than You Require by John Hodgman
He solidly underplays everything, adding believability to the story. His solid matter-of-fact reading would be of benefit to any thriller.
I disliked them all (which is a positive, considering their fate).
A major disappointment from Scott Smith.
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