Sheldon Siegel is a good storyteller, and his central characters Mike Daley and his ex wife partner Rosie are excellent. He writes with pace and humour, and his courtrooms scenes do exactly what they are designed to do - move the story forward in an entertaining way. I thoroughly enjoyed this but I deducted a star because of the reading, which was eccentric at best. The reader's characterisation of the voices of Skipper Gates and the judge were just bizarre and a bit offputting. Otherwise, great stuff.
Over time, Grisham's books have become less and less appealing. They start well but fade badly, and often any tension dissipates about halfway through. However, this was a wonderfully atmospheric story, well read and easily able to sustain interest over the unabridged length. Unfortunately, The Broker turned out to be more like his other recent work.
I share something in common with the author of this book, apparently, in that I know absolutely nothing about the US Army. As a result, mistakes of detail didn't trouble me. The story was much more complex and interesting than I had anticipated, and the reader was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Campbell Scott (what a fine Scottish name!) reads this story with well-judged dramatic emphasis. The story builds to a surprise climax, and in general it works very well. At one stage, however, it takes a turn which can generously be described as supremely daft, in a police interrogation scene. Ordinarily it would turn me completely off but for some reason I really like this audiobook and couldn't do so. This is why it is a guilty pleasure - it's embarrassing to admit how much I like it but there it is!
Richard North Patterson here wrings every drop of tension out of a tremendous story, culminating in an ending which could not come soon enough. Beautifully read, this is a fantastic audiobook, but the sound quality is very poor, even at the highest byte level. Don't expect to find the characters particularly likeable, but get into the story and you're away!
This book, which I had read and thus knew already, was an extremely enjoyable listen. The reading by David Ogden Stiers was extraordinary, and did full justice to a unique story and the characters therein.
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