I know, we're supposed to hear all the evidence before we reach a decision . . . but I felt morally compelled to stop when I realized, after the first story, that I'd be returning the book to the Penitentiary of Refunds.
It was. . an implausible, uninteresting story made up of cartoon-like characters lacking in even rudimentary skills of deduction. The idea that an editor would select such a yarn, from the hundreds or thousands available, is bad enough. To put it first in the series of stories is astoundingly bad judgment.
Not sure what it means, but I also found it a bit peculiar that although the editor is described as being a best-selling author of legal thrillers, my search on audible found nothing under her name but this sad volume.
As others have said, the narration is a serious problem. It's not so much that the narrator has a poor voice (though his female voices are cartoon-like), but the haughty, rather smarmy tone that is both annoying and tends to undercut any sense of suspense.
More troubling to me, however, is the stereotypical and rather boring cast of legal characters -- greedy lawyers who vie with each other for power and bend any ethical rules they don't break, judges who are pretty much the same but not as well paid -- the stuff of countless tv shows and equally well written novels.
Too bad, because I've enjoyed the author's two previous books very much and was excited to get this one. Hope he rediscovers the inspiration of those works.
I love Connelly's books and the Bosch series, but this one is a disappointment. The story is fairly good, though not up to what we've come to expect from Connelly, but as others have said a poor narration can ruin even a great story, and this narration is truly bad. Remember those college professors who read their lectures? There's ;not a lot of action in the story, and it's easy to miss the times it occurs because the narrator never imparts even a trace of emotion. I had to re-listen to several chapters to confirm my impression that something had happened. Maybe my criticisms are harsh -- I've just come to expect much more from this talented writer.
I was prompted to write this review to counter the first couple of inexplicable one- and two-star denouncements of this book as uninteresting "chick lit." It is, quite simply, a well-told and well-written story about believable people and actual legal and social issues. Yeah, it's not the verbal equivalent of Terminator, and spends more time talking about thoughts and emotions than guns and ammo. But chick lit it isn't, nor is it anything like a one-star book. If you like Grisham, legal thrillers, well-developed characters and a story that deepens understanding of legal issues most of us our fortunate enough to never see, invest a credit!
This is my first really negative review, but this one earned it. Imagine a romance mystery written by a 10-year-old. Then imagine a book that's far worse. I commend the narrator, who somehow managed to read it all.
Maybe not great literature, but a nice twist on familiar amnesiac stories, with enjoyable characters and plenty of suspense. I didn't know what to expect, having never heard of the author, but I'm impressed with this effort and will look for more. Narration is also very well done. A good investment of a credit!
I wholeheartedly agree with all who have said this book is well-written, funny, suspenseful and engaging.
It is also one of those rare imaginative efforts that unpretentiously creates its own genre. Remember getting lost in the elaborate fantasies of childhood, when the only "proof" you needed of the world you imagined was how real it felt for you? Listening was a refreshing travel back to those times. Makes you feel damn lucky, and grateful.
In the top 20
The character development is impressive, and the legal maneuvering plausible and well-crafted. The frequent flashbacks are deftly handled, elucidating rather than distracting.
In a word, perfect.
Not really a particular moment.
Without any apparent pretension, at its best, the story the story has echoes of Crime and Punishment.
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