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James K. Switzer

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  • Pest Control

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bill Fitzhugh
    • Narrated By Colby Elliott
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Bob Dillon is a down-on-his-luck exterminator from Queens who just wants to make a killing with his radical new environmentally-friendly pest elimination technique, involving his hybrid assassin bugs (a very real group of insects). But when Bob decides to advertise, his flyer falls into the hands of a European murder-for-hire broker who mistakes Bob for a professional assassin.

    A User says: "Super! Difficult to put down"
    "Madcap Ety/Entomological Romp"
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    What did you love best about Pest Control?

    It struck me as a cross between Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" and Abbott and Costello's classic comedy routine "Who's on First?" I loved the cross talk and misunderstandings that led to Bob unwittingly becoming enmeshed in the shadowy world of contract killing! I really enjoyed the author's playful use of language and exploration of other languages and their interesting idioms.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I naturally identified with the protagonist, Bob, whose thoughts and actions make up the bulk of the book, but for reasons outlined below, I may have to go with Claus as my favorite character.


    What does Colby Elliott bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His diction (in terms of accent, inflection, intonation, speech-sound quality, enunciation) is impeccable. The emotional timbre he brought to the reading rang true and enhanced my appreciation of the story. May he receive many more opportunities to audibly bring to life books for audio-bookophiles like me.


    Who was the most memorable character of Pest Control and why?

    They were all very colorful and therefore memorable, but I think Claus, the contract killer with a strict moral code, who retired as a simple exterminator of pesky bugs, who is looking for love but hates singles mixers, will always be emblematic of this book to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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