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Jim

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  • Those Who Walk in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Ridley
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    John Ridley, the best-selling author of The Drift, is renowned for his gritty, violent tales and their razor-sharp dialogue. This foray into science fiction is an explosive thriller. In the near future, superheroes are very real. But so are supervillains. When San Francisco is toasted during a superbeing clash, America has had enough. All metanormals must leave the country, or face extermination at the hands of an elite new law enforcement branch.

    Richard says: "Terrific narration, story needs an editor..."
    "Main protagonist is completely unlikeable."
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the main character had undergone some sort of character arc or learned that her hatred puts her squarely in the wrong. She remains the same bigoted, murderous person at the end as she did at the beginning.


    What was most disappointing about John Ridley’s story?

    By the time I was two thirds of the way through I was rooting for Soledad to die. She is no hero. She is just the smartest and most gestapo-like in her hatred of all super-powered beings, no matter how good or evil they are. She is a murderer who has sanction because of the law of the land and the badge she wears.


    Have you listened to any of Patricia R. Floyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N / A. I hadn't heard any other readings by Floyd, but I thought she did a good job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Those Who Walk in Darkness?

    The last half of the book after which Soledad has too much innocent blood on her hands to ever be a sympathetic character.


    Any additional comments?

    This was obviously written as a screenplay. Given how unlikeable the main character is it is no wonder that no studio wants to turn this into a movie.

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