The book was only released a few hours ago and I am only one chapter four, so I can not comment on the story, only my first impressions of the narration.
This is the first of the Rhyme books that has used multiple narrators and, so far, I am not impressed. The voice chosen for Rhyme makes him sound weak and not at all in control. The female used for Amanda makes her sound like some valley girl not the in-control cop she is. Hopefully that will change as the book goes on. It almost sounds as if each of the narrators read their parts independently of each other and the parts were edited together. If anyone who makes these decisions reads these reviews, please stick with a single GOOD narrator. Deaver weaves a good story and the wrong narrator can destroy that.
As a Deaver audio fan, I found this outing a little off his stride. Writing in the first person does present some challenges in a Jeffery Deaver type novel. If you are looking for Lincoln Rymes - this ain't it. About the second or third chapter I started to realize this it was more Sam Spade than Lincoln Rymes. It is almost an updated throw-back to the pulp detective novels of yesteryear with Deaver's unique twists. To be honest, I am only half way through it, but it is growing on me. Not the Deaver I love but one I can appreciate.
The narrator was not the best choice. He gets the job done but does not add to the novel.
If my opinion changes as a finish the audio book, I will update this posting.
I love Margaret Truman and had read this book years ago. I wanted very much to listen to it but I could not get past the reader. He has a tooth whistle every time he says an "s" and it drove me up a wall. The producer droped the ball by leting him get by with it.
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