Greenstreet is a good choice for Wolfe and the Goodwin character was OK, but these are not the original Rex Stout stories (as far as I can tell) and they are not as good. Amusing; not great.
I put this on in the car, thinking my Dad would like it. But I really, really liked it. The reader was amazing. I doubt that I would have gotten through it reading it myself. Quite a bit different than the first movie. The title is supposed to refer to Rooster Cogburn, but really refers to the narrator of the book telling the story of when she was a young 14 year old girl who hires Cogburn to track down the man who murdered her father. I'm not usually one for westerns or "bring your man to justice" stories but this was the exception.
The narrator on this has a very monotonous voice and delivery. The pacing is also much too fast. The stories seemed to be interesting, but it was not a pleasant listen.
I read and enjoyed Pilars of the Earth so I was interested in "reading" this. I wish I had gotten the condensed version. It's almost like he intended to publish this book in installments as he fills us in about what happened earlier in the book as he gets closer to the end. I also was bothered by the reader because his female voices were so sweet. Better to not attempt those voices than to do them so badly. There was also some very unappealing or worse scenes (the rape scenes have been mentioned but what about the scene where the person is skinned alive?) It was predictable and it certainly is interesting that these two were so far ahead of their times. I enjoyed all the discussion of architecture and building in Pillars. It does come up in World without End with regard to the bridge. But that's about it.
I am finishing the book but it was so, so. Hence two and a half stars.
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