The story is interesting and thought-provoking; the protagonist was genuine and likeable; there were lots of plot twists; and it takes place during an intriguing time & place. If that's not enough, this may be the best narration I've ever heard, and I've listened to close to 100 audio books. Edoardo Ballerini does much more than just read the book--he performs it brilliantly!
The story was interesting, but I was so annoyed by the narration, I had a difficult time getting into it. She should have hired a professional reader. She alternated between mumbling, as if she was bored with her own book, and YELLING. I can't recommend this audio book unless it's rerecorded with a better narrator. Listen to a sample before you buy this one.
Given that this book tells the story from the perspective of Sanford Clark, you know he gets away. I kept reminding myself of this fact in the first part of the book. I was pleased to see that the book told the story of Sanford's life after the chicken farm.
The narration is very good. He really gets into character.
Caution: This book spares no details.
Do not waste your time with this lousy book. I will ask for a refund on this one.
The acting sounded amateur, and the sound effects were so bad it was laughable. I was glad this one was short.
I wonder if Lisa Gardner has any experience working outside of the home. My guess is that she does not. Most of the dialogue between detectives/officers is completely unbelievable. Some of the things D.D. says to her coworkers sound more like what a mom would say to a teenage son or daughter.
As to the performance, Kristen Potter did a nice job with the Boston accents. She has an expressive voice, making her a good narrator.
I listen to audio books all the time, so I'm used to listening to stories, and I found this one very difficult to follow. The story jumps around a lot. If Katherine Boo had worked with a professional novelist, the result might have been better. And the monotone narration didn't help.
I listened to this audio book before going to work in the morning, and it made me late a few times. It's so gripping, it's hard to turn it off! The characters seem very real - they're complex individuals (not black & white). The story is made up of various subplots, which are eventually woven into an important central theme. It's been a while since I've enjoyed a book as much as this one. Nice job, Tom Rob Smith! As to the narration, Dennis Boutsikaris has a voice that I find easy to listen to, and he does nice Russian accents, without overdoing it.
I'm afraid to quote, paraphrase, or summarize this book, for fear of the author's views being taken as my own. If you hate all democrats, Japanese, Muslims, and Mexicans, you might like this book. If I could get past the racism and politics, I'd be reading a book about unlikeable jerks. I've endured over 5 hours of it, and I can't take it anymore. I'm deleting this one from my library.
It's unfortunate that this one is so badly narrated. I liked the story line, but I was so annoyed by Stephen Lang's inability to do accents, I had a difficult time getting through it. Most of his characters sound just like Mr Rogers. I would recommend buying the book IN PRINT, or trying a different audio book.
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