This is the first book by Alafair Burke that I've read and looked forward to it after reading favorable reviews on Amazon.com. Perhaps if I had read the book, this review would be more favorable. The narrator is absolutely horrible and ruined Ms. Burke's book for the listening audience. A woman the age of McKenna Wright, the main character, would not sound like someone fresh out of high school or college. Every female character sounded the same, as did each male character. I forced myself to listen to the end, even though the much anticipated "The Cuckoo's Calling" by J.K. Rowling alias Robert Galbraith was next in my queue (finished it today--a fabulous read). Where could the author improve most? Character development and fewer sub-plots.
Will I try another of Alafair's books? Yes, but I'll read the Kindle version.
The book rated one star across the board because I couldn't write this brief review without rating each category. I can't rate the story because the narration was so bad. Probably won't buy the paper or kindle versions--my book "reading" takes place in the car.
I couldn't listen for more than 30 minutes because the reader is HORRIBLE! Why would anyone choose him over Dick Hill? I recommend buying the Kindle edition for a more enjoyable experience.
Like many other reviewers, I've read all of Coben's books and this is the worst. Dr. Jake sounded more like a ditzy high school girl than a highly educated professor. I agree with Malia that Scott Brick made the character sound worse--sorry Scott, you are one of my favorite narrators. Archer is a master at character development and story telling. Have I given up on Coben? Probably not, but I'll wait to read the reviews and not pre-order. A good way to get beyond this experience would be to listen to the first two volumes of Jeffrey Archer's series--Only Time Will Tell and The Sins of the Father. Part three is due out next month.
The characters in this book sound like they're 80 years old. A younger narrator would have been a better choice--Craig Wasson would be terrific (listen to Stephen King's 11-22-63 and you'll see what I mean). How many times do we need to be bored with the politics and pecking order of the LAPD? What happened to the Harry Bosch we've known for fifteen years? Connelly has moved on to Micky Haller (a terrific character) and Harry has indeed become the neglected step-brother. This one is boring, pedantic and a waste of time and an money. I'm looking forward the the next Haller book and will let Harry rest in peace.
The combination of Stephen King and Craig Wasson is amazing. I've listed to veteran narrators like Scott Brick, Dick Hill and others, but none of them could have matched Wasson's performance. Bravo!
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