I could not finish listening to this innane novel, even after waiting an interminable time for it to get interesting. I finally gave up, chalked up my loss and moved on. So much for best selling authors.
Yes, Simon Vance is extraordinary in his performance. I felt as though I was watching a play.
I don't wish to spoil it for the reader.
see above. He is fantastic. I've 'read' dozens of books now over the years, if not hundred or so and can put Vance in a category with George Guidall.
Have to think about that
If you enjoy period mysteries, you'll love this book.
Loved the plot and writing but am a "anti-Brick" listener. He impresses me as a caricature of the actor Cary Grant when he was type cast as a gangster in his early movies. EVERYTHING spoken by Brick is spoken with a type of overly important inflection that is at best, annoying. At worst, had me talking to my iPhone.
I couldn't agree more with the critical reviews posted here. The author, though talented in many respects, needs a better publisher or help with unresolved story line issues.
I enjoy Follett's writing but couldn't get past two hours worth of listening, tops. It was painful.
The only problem with this book is that it ended as soon as it did! The combination of Flynn and Guidall is unbeatable. In latter pages I was literally crying from laughter at one of the character's (who is a character) behavior. The writing and performance are superb! Let's have another!
I enjoy the author. Having said that, his persistent use of adolescent sarcasm reminds you of a failed comedian who is clueless as to why he has failed. This well known narrator also uses such a tedious style of interpreting the main character that you want to blow your own brains out by the end of the book.
I am a fan of the author. He does us no favor however to use this narrator. It was difficult to get past his amateurish performance to immerse myself into the plot.
I was hoping to be entertained by an intellegent mystery novel written by a renouned author. This book was impossible to get through, I had to quit in frustration. The storyline was beyond tedious with a main charater that only rose to the rank of an adolescent whose unfunny and inappropriate humor reminded me of an outsider of the high school "cool kids" that is unendingly acting out silly humorless banter to feel better about himself. Instead of feeling sympathy, this character elicited constant annoyance and the wish that the plot, when it wasn't endlessly repetitive, would hold my interest. It didn't.
This installment is even better than the first, Sin Killer. The combination of McMurtry's writing and Molina's versitile performance makes for great listening. It is truly like "watching" a wonderful play when listening to this book. I am not one to go on with superlatives, but this production was outstanding.
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