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  • Betrayal: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Dismas Hardy agrees to clean up the caseload of recently disappeared attorney Charlie Bowen, he thinks it will be easy. But one of the cases is far from small-time - the appeal to overturn the murder conviction of National Guard reservist Evan Scholler, who has been sentenced to life without parole for the murder of an ex-Navy SEAL and private contractor named Ron Nolan. Two rapid-fire events in Iraq conspired to bring the men into fatal conflict.

    Cholmondeley says: "Not enough Dismas; too much back-story"
    "Where is Dismas Hardy?"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is alright, but as a Dismas Hardy book, it falls short. Why? Because Dismas Hardy is absent for the majority of the novel. As much as I like the Hardy series, I felt short changed, as though I was sold a mediocre novel in a Dismas Hardy package: keep listening, Dismas Hardy will make an appearance soon. By the time he did, I had forgotten I was expecting him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "One of Iles best to date; but Dick Hill is missed"
    What did you love best about Natchez Burning?

    This is perhaps one of Iles best works to date. The novel demonstrates Iles growth as a novelist. With this work, Iles blurs the line between best-selling commercial fiction and serous literature. This bridging of gaps is often present in some of Iles’s other novels but is often slanted more towards the commercial thriller genre. With Natchez Burning, Iles fuses the two producing a novel that can be appreciated literary critics and commercial fiction readers alike.

    What didn’t you like about David Ledoux’s performance?

    My main complaint about this audio book is the narration and, to be fair, it is not David Ledoux's fault. Ledoux did a great job; however, Dick Hill’s presence was missed. Listeners of Greg Iles audio books have become accustomed to Hill’s narration. This is especially true of the Penn Cage novels. From The Quiet Game to The Devil’s Punchbowl, Hill has narrated, and his voice has become the voices of the characters. Natchez Burning appears to be the last of Iles novels with Penn Cage as the main protagonist and it was a mistake to switch narrators here at the conclusion. It is like switching the lead actor in the last installment of a major motion picture trilogy. That being said, Ledoux did a good job, but I expect that the performance reviews will be impacted by listeners' disappointment with the substitution

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    12 of 17 people found this review helpful

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