Great writing and terrific characters. You can see the influence of other fantasies, but McKillip goes her own way in a really engaging manner. The narrator was wonderful.
I'll be totally honest. I did NOT finish this book. I had noticed that two people were listed as narrators, but did not realize how it would sound. The story appeared interesting (Jack Reacher clone), but as soon as the woman's voice started, I was done. I realize it's a personal preference, but the abrupt switch from one voice to another was just so distracting that I didn't focus on the story. One or the other voice would have been acceptable, just not both. I'll be more careful. I may read the book, instead, but don't know if I want to buy it a second time.
I've listened to every one of the books in this series and generally liked them. Linda Fairstein always chooses some part of NYC to focus on, imparting tons of information that most people wouldn't know. I like that part. Though I no longer live outside New York, I enjoy learning about that great city. However (there's always a however in reviews), the story lines seem a bit extreme, though usually based on some real life incidents. When the series began, I always wondered why Alexandra never got together with her sometime partner, Mike. Now that they seem to be moving closer, I'm actually uncomfortable with it - go figure. Guess I changed my mind about their chemistry. I'm not exactly looking forward to the next book to see where this pairing leads.
My last comment is about the narrator. I've always loved Barbara Rosenblatt, especially her reading of the Amelia Peabody series. However, the longer I listen to her as Alex Cooper, the more it feels that this character is a 60 year old dowager. Her interpretation is just grating. Her men's voices are great though her over-exaggerated Brooklyn accent for Mike makes him sound like a stereotype.
This is the second book in a terrific series that I first read in print over 30 years ago. The first book was narrated by a man, appropriate because it was mostly told through the hero. The second was read by an incompetent woman. I wonder if she bothered to listen at all to book one so her pronunciations would mesh with it. It was incredibly jarring to hear her say names and places so differently from the first narrator (and, in fact, the narrator of the third book). Looking at the print version, our hero is from an island named, Hed, which logically rhymes with red. This narrator said Heed over and over and over. Every time it made me jump out of the story. I am happy to be done, ready to move on to book three with the original narrator.
I generally like Temperance Brennan books and have wondered why this one wasn't available. I was so happy when I saw it added to Audible's list. However, this was not one of Reich's best efforts. The story dragged and I finished it, mostly because I stubbornly wanted to listen to every book in the series.
Sure. It isn't awful and if you like Temperance, you want to know how her story develops over time.
Horrible voice, horrible delivery. I hated her narration so much that it distracted me from the story. There is no consistency in this series. Many different narrators, some great, some like this one, just awful.
Yes. Only because I like the series.
This is an adventure story that reminds me of James Rollins books. As unbelievable as his books are, this one is even more unbelievable and not as well written.
If you like adventures, any adventure, then listen to this book. Otherwise, skip it. There is nothing special about it.
The narrator was totally flat. His delivery had no excitement, no real change for characters. I think he was trying to mimic what he imagined a tough navy seal might sound like. Instead, he was just boring.
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