I found the narration to be involving and nicely done. Some others have voiced displeasure with the narrator, but he does an excellent job of giving each character a distinct voice that is consistant through the entire book. Makes it very easy to disinguish who is who in conversations. This is the third book in the series and it moves at a slightly slower, more controlled pace than the first two. Sort of gives us a more detailed view into Jack Reacher's mindset and motivations overall and I for one, enjoyed that. There was a decent twist to the story and if you're paying attention you will figure it out pretty early on and if not, then it's a nice enough surprise at the end. On to book four now.
Normally with a series of any length the third book is far weaker than the first. The characters and plots become slightly worn and predictable... NOT with the Monster Hunter Interntional gang! MH Alpha stands solidly and brings the same humor, wit and fast action as the first two books. Alpha also changes perspective from Owen and Julie to Earl Harbringer which can be a tricky move in a series. Correia does this smoothly and it's clear he loves Earl as much as the readers do. We also lose MCB Agent Franks and get MCB Agent Stark instead - I admit that I missed Franks like crazy and desperately wanted Earl to just eat Stark, but perhaps that is just me. I could stand an entire book about Agent Franks and his history.
It's pretty rare that I read a series one after the other - think the last one was the Bill Travis Mysteries by George Weir last year and I love the Monster Hunters just as much!I listened to Monster Hunters Alpha on Audible Audio and the narration was really well done - smooth transisitions in accents from character to character and dead on humor timing & sarcarsm.
I am just now becoming comfortable with the whole idea of audio books so I am still wary of the voices reading these books to me to be honest. Mr. Auberjonois did an excellent job with Cold Vengeance - especially with regard to the pronounciation of the Cajun names & towns etc. I read the first book in this series on my Kindle and chose the Audible version for book two. Both were equally hard to put down at bedtime! The pace is fast, the mysteries are deep and compelling and as always, Agent Pendergast is exquisite in so many ways. I am now eagerly awaiting book three - I MUST KNOW! What is going on with Pendergast's wife and inlaws???
I love Jack McDevitt and both series including Priscilla Hutchins and Alexander Benidict with Chase Kolpath. The Echo wasn't one of his best efforts in recent years. The middle was ponderous and seemed overwhelmed with extraneous details & conversation. The beginning & end were tremendous, so overall I don't feel like I wasted money buying this audiobook and I will be happy to go to the next book in the series.
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