I fell in love with Travis McGee years ago and read the entire series as each book was released. I'm so happy that Audible has finally decided to publish the audio-books. After all these years, I remember the characters but cannot remember the stories, so listening to the books is a reunion of old friends catching up on all the forgotten memories. I read each book several times, so I'm sure I will listen to the audio-books again and again. McGee reminds me of a male Kinsey Milhone. He's softer than previous hard-boiled PI's but still a womanizer. Much like Janet Evanovich's Ranger, McGee knows who he is and what he wants, and he refuses to take advantage of the "good people"--men or women.
I've seen this request many times for Baldacci's books, but apparently he is not interested in what his fans have to say. The narrator is a much needed improvement over Brick, but the sound effects are still distracting to most book enthusiasts. A book is not a movie, so loose the extremely distracting sound effects. No one listening to audiobooks needs the sound effects of gunfire, car crashes, or exploding bombs; we know what these sound like. We have an imagination or we would be at a movie instead of listening to an audiobook! I would not go to a silent movie, and I don't want a dramatized audiobook!
If this were the first mystery I had read, I probably would have enjoyed it. However, after reading every book written by Michael Connelly, John Sanford, Lee Child, and many other big name mystery writers, I could barely make it through this book. Characters are too perfect, too much passive language, too much explanation (does anyone who reads not know what "change of venue" means relating to a trial?). I could go on, but you get the picture. The only real suspense was whether or not I had the patience to finish the book. When I did finish it, I had already guessed the ending before the halfway mark because the author gave away too many clues.
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