I usually expect a book of short stories to have a few excellent stories which I thoroughly enjoy and all the others in which I have no interest at all. This one was no exception. Five of the twenty stories were fascinating and the other fifteen held my attention for about three minutes each and I did not listen further. My short fuse for a good story might be unusual, but I have learned from long experience that, for me, if I'm not all in by the end of the first page, I am not going to be in at all. That does not bother me. The five excellent stories were worth the price of the book and I am well satisfied and entertained.
Once I started listening, I could hardly stop. I could not, however, listen before bedtime. It is a tightly crafted novel of suspense, dramatically entertaining, but not bedtime reading.
The primary character is Emily, and Michael Kramer performs her female voice masterfully. It never even crossed my mind that this was a man narrating. He does all the voices, other females as well as the males.
Thomas Perry simply has no equal in crafting a tale of suspense. This is the fourth novel of his that I have read and every single one has kept me glued to the voice of Michael Kramer, who performs Perry's work in a masterful understated manner. The other three have been The Butcher's Boy trilogy.
I doubt I would read the print version, so yes. I have been a reader all my life, but to read something this long requires the audible version so I can fit it in during all the idle moments, such as when driving. (And this was the abridged version)
This was a history and a saga. No memorable "moments", but an incredibly fascinating work of telling the story of the 45 year feat from beginning to end. Often, on books this long, I will intersperse other shorter books of a different type. Not on this one. I could hardly wait to get to it when I got in the car.
I love Hermann's voice. He is one of the top voices in the industry.
I read this ten years ago in print and recently on audio. The audio version was abridged. I will not say the abridgment gutted the story because I enjoyed it, but I could surely sense some gaps. This is, so far, Lashner's best and Audible should have the unabridged version available.
Victor Carl's style as a lawyer is fascinating and funny. Many great quips.
Howard has a really good masculine smooth voice. No harshness.
What didn't disappoint me? There was only the vaguest of plot lines. No suspense whatsoever. And I have read Lashner's Hostile Witness and loved it. I read it ten years ago in print and again a few days ago in audio. Also read Veritas and liked it. Past Due was useless.
There was no story. Barely even an attempt at a story.
Hard to say when the material is so bad. I did not care for his voice though. Rather harsh.
Boredom. I finally quit on it. It will be going back to Audible.
George Guidall is one of the best. I love his smooth tones and his ability to do multiple characters and distinguish them fromI others. Two small missteps which astounded me. The first, he pronounced the Seine River, one of the most famous in the world, as the SIN river.Also the word "consumant" as though it were spelled consummate. Small items, but from a man of Guidell's ability, he shoiuld know this.
I enjoyed the book, but would have love to have heard more about Rapp and less about all the other characters/
I have been reading all my life with my eyeballs. I have now made the discovery and transition to audio reading and never ever even bother to open a print book. I am not sure why this question is asked. There is only one answer. Yes, this book and every book.
Let me reframe the question. What do the actors bring to a Broadway play that you would not experience if you just read the screenplay? Michael Kramer gave a performance based on a print book. He performed every word, every sentence and every syllable, acting several different parts, including a woman who was the primary character and he performed it flawlessly. Michael Kramer is the reason I bought the book. I know the kind of performance he delivers from other books I have heard him read. He did his same flawless work here.
Yes. I was riveted. Fortunately, it is a short book (written in 1958). I listened in every spare moment.
I recommend it. It is a fascinating read. Park Avenue Tramp.
This was a good story. Drew me in immediately, The only problem is that Harvey, the main character, is pompous, conceited and demanding, so much so that I began to tire of his ways. Harvey is British and a substantial part of the book deals with his relationships with two attorneys, one in NYC and the other in NC, and even the one in NYC is originally from NC. David Franklin does a superb job with the southern accent, the best I have ever encountered. The primary female character is also from NC gentry, and Franklin does extremely well with her voice and accent as well. Things get a little rough when three more southerners are added to the mix, requiring him to perform and differentiate between six characters from the South, each with a different version of the accent. However, had the narration not been as good as it was, I doubt I would have listened to the whole book. Harvey, also done, of course, by Franklin (British accent) was a bit of a pill in his personal relationships.
On the whole, however, I recommend it.
Rosenberg has crafted a riveting legal thriller with dozens of twists and turns with no clue as to how all issues might be resolved. It drew me in from the first sentence. I was in the last twelve minutes of the book before I saw how all the issues could be drawn together perfectly, along with several surprises that I had not guessed. The three main characters are attorneys in a megafirm in LA.
The narrator, Christopher Lane, is a story unto himself. Stunningly excellent performance. He has an amazing voice. Quite deep and smooth, and yet he performs several females, one of whom is one of the three main characters, so you hear a lot from her. I never perceived the female voices as coming from a man. He performed 8 secondary characters who had big parts, all in separately distinguishable voices. I never thought they sounded alike at all.
It was fairly entertaining. I read the whole book, with a bit of skipping. But I liked it enough to finish it. And I have no qualms about closing a book that does not hold my interest.
Hiaasen is Hiaasen. I read several of his books in the late 90's and got kind of tired of him. I thought the audible rendition might be better and it was...a bit. I will probably not read anymore of Hiaasen's work.
George Wilson did an excellent job.
I would not have read it through if it were not worth the time in entertainment value.
An absolutely outstanding read. Could not put it down. Written in the first person by Molly Bloom. Personal tales in the first person can often be boring. Not this one. She started as a petrified admin asst to a brutal boss, but she recognized every opportunity and took advantage of it. Developed fantastic street smarts, built a poker game among the richest of the rich and most famous Hollywood A-Listers. Smart, aggressive, and master of handling these very big names and personalities, not a few of whom were/are card carrying sociopaths.
Campbell is an excellent narrator. Would love to hear more by her. One small idiosyncrasy. She consistently pronounces the short "a" sound as though it were "ah". So "fascinating" becomes "fahsinating". Sounds a little snooty and definitely incorrect. I noticed it more and more as the book progressed. I would certainly enjoy hearing her perform again though.
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