First off, I love the "Ex-" books. I love the idea of reluctant, flawed humans who became "heroes." How this happened still hasn't been explained, but, really, who cares? This is up to Clines previous standards, a twist you may not see coming, new characters who are as intriguing as the regulars. I found myself sitting in the car not wanting to get out until a chapter end. Good stuff.
The only criticism I have of this recording is there are some clear re-dubbings where the characters' voices are suddenly different. It's a little jarring since the narrators have given each character very specific vocal pitches and speech patterns, It can be confusing in scenes with several characters - trying to figure out which character is speaking.
I wouldn't let it stop me from recommending this book, but listeners should be aware of this slight flaw.
I was drawn in by the synopsis: a cyber-hacker born into a family of thieves, a straight arrow FBI agent. I expected a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase. Sure, there might be a sexual component, with two such characters it's almost a given; and I'm not opposed to a good sex scene or two (I love the In Death series).
But what I got was a Harlequin romance with a LOT of sex (I'm not kidding when I say a lot, either it's being talked about, thought about or done), a ridiculous plot (she gets amnesia within the first 20 minutes!!!!), not much mystery and some only fair writing (there are some things that you can skim over when reading but are especially painful to listen to).
I'm could barely to listen to the end (I fast forwarded through every sex scene, because they were basically the same).
I gave the narration a 3, because she's not to blame and she does the best she can with the material.
So you are warned! It's not worth the time.
Will Patton's voice with its soft Southern drawl is perhaps not the best thing to be listening to while on a long distance drive.
While I really enjoyed this book (Although there were so many questions left hanging! Darn you, Maggie Stiefvater!), I caught myself drifting off a couple times during my 8 hour drive. His is a voice that is much better to listen to on short commutes....which is definitely what I'll do when The Dream Thieves is released!
Otherwise, I very much enjoyed listening to this. Ms Stiefvater has a lovely way with a phrase, the characters were intriguing (both the teens and adults). There were many, many things left unexplained, but I understand this is the first book of a 4 part series, so I'm willing to wait and see what happens next to Blue, the ladies at 300 Fox Way and The Raven Boys.
I love the Stephanie Plum books and enjoy the Barney stories. In listening to The Heist, I realized why I like them - and I'll continue to buy their stories. Even though they are two of the most incompetent, mishap magnets, they are generally likeable. They have a pretty honest and self-amused view of themselves and their lives. The same cannot be said of Kate O'Hare. She is angry, humorless, rigid, negative, self-righteous, irritating, would rather shoot, hit or kick a person than interact and sees absolutely nothing wrong with that. More than halfway through the recording and I don't see any hope of improvement. I'm actually feeling sorry for fictional Nick Fox being "shackled" to this wet blanket for five years. He should request a transfer to the Plum books... He'd and we'd) have a lot more fun...
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