Overall, this is not a bad listen by Steve Martin. I do think that his other two books Shop Girl and The Pleasure of My Own Company were more clever. The two were definitely more satisfying in the end (not that a happy ending is a requirement). I think it is a great "recent history" piece and an interesting look into a world I do not know much about - fine art collecting. The main character of Lacie was well-developed, but you still feel like you do not quite know her; I think this is intentional. There also is a nice snapshot of before and after 9/11 New York City which frankly I did not see coming.
I would say this is an average audio book. I love these characters. I wish the usuals (Wynn, Esperanza, Big Cindy, etc) played bigger parts; they seemed periphery this time around; it was more about Myron. I perhaps would have like the book less if I wasn't already invested in the characters. I have been listening to these books starting with book 1, in order.
No. No. No. Sorry, Mr. Coben, but you were not good. You are a great writer that I enjoy, but leave the reading to the professionals. All the characters sounded the same or had some over-the-top accent. Case-in-point - Edna Skylar sounded like Ednar from the PIXAR film The Incredibles. On the other hand, Wynn didn't sound nearly as preppy as "usual". Sorry if this sounds exceptionally harsh, but Coben reminded me of the voice of Barney Rubble from the old Flintstones cartoons.I would have stuck Jonathon Marosz.
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