RANCHO SANTA FE, CA, United States | Member Since 2011
Paul Kemprecos is in his element as quirky alter ego "Soc" in this series. I have previously read all of Paul's work, and enjoyed all of it, and eagerly anticipate more. When I heard that Barry Campbell's deep resonant voice would bring the very human first-person character to life in this Audible offering, I was pleased, but having heard Soc's voice in my head through the entire series, I wondered. Some narrators simply seem poorly matched with the voice of the writing. No worries here, Barry is nearly perfect, effortlessly believable.
I have to admit a preference for 1.5 speed listening, and Barry's style here is well suited for that compression.
For me, one of the most endearing qualities of Paul's writing is that he eases us into the easy pace of his comfortably flawed fisherman-private eye's world. If you are ready for this, it's fun and the complex texturing of Soc's world just settles in around him. So many of today's books fall into the "make the first two chapters lean and attention-getting" mold. For me, that can result in a shallowness that misses the deep textures found here.
One more thing... Paul's female characterizations are delicious, sensual and respectful. He and Soc clearly love and understand women.
Heartfelt. Real. Fascinating.
Yes! I almost did. Listened twice in 24 hrs, the first keeping me awake until after 2am.
The messages of this view into the private thoughts of this public personality demonstrate so clearly the impact all of our actions, criticisms and failures-to-act can have on the lives of those close to us. If you listen to this moving account, I assure you names will come to you: you will want someone you know to have a copy. Well done!
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