More mayhem? Listen to another Matt Scudder mystery.
©1992 Lawrence Block; (P)1992 Recorded Books
Hearing the character voices, seeing the story in my mind. Doing two things at once. All reason why listening is enjoyable.
Lawrence Block's 10th Matt Scudder novel is being released as a movie staring Liem Neeson on September 19th. I wanted to review the book prior to the movie being released. I have not read any of Block's books and was interested to find out he started this series in 1976.
This is a story about an ex-New York City Detective who happens to be an alcoholic. Although this story has nothing to do with alcoholism many scenes take place at Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings. This story is truly told through the eyes of as alcoholic who takes his sobriety one day at a time.
The book begins with the kidnapping and murder of a drug traffickers wife even after the ransom is paid. Matt Scudder is hired to find out who committed the murder without involving the police. When Matt finds a series of murders the seem connected he works with police, without reveling his clients situation, to find the serial killers.
The story weaves Scudder's personsonal life with his professional one and had many rememorable characters.
Mark Hammer does an excellent job as a narrator and having been released on audiobook in 1992 the story takes place at the beginning of the computer age when people were just starting to use pagers and still used pay phones. I am sure the story will be updated for the upcoming movie.
This story grabbed my attention right away. It is written without the vulgarity in many of the modern crime novels and the characters are well developed and well thought out.
I recommend this book and look forward to going back into the Audible Archieves and listening to the complete series of Matt Scudder novels.
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The author's ability to draw out the suspense.
The plot definitely kept me on edge. I was almost afraid to hear more- many aspects were so disturbing, but I had to find out how the story would unfold.
More enthusiasm in the voice- such monotone and often times the narrator sounded like he was drifting off to sleep. I listen to many of my books during lengthy commutes and the narrator's performance just drained me of energy...
A Gruesome But Gutsy Thriller!
The story's merit is wholly destroyed by an awful narration. The subject matter is interesting, though disturbing, but you will not be able to get into it because of the narration.
Never. His narration was so poor, and so slow, that I had to listen to it at double speed to make it even the least bit palatable.
The story was mildly interesting.
I had never heard of this book or author or narrator, but I'm glad I found it. The story I felt was very well done and the narration was excellent. I really felt like the main character, Matt, was sitting next to me telling me this wild story, not like I had someone reading a book to me. I may go back and re-listen to it in the future, something I very rarely do, I enjoyed it that much.
Oh my gosh, I struggled to stay with the story because of the narrator. I'm sorry Mr. Hammer but your style, if one can call it that, is extremely boring. Plodding, slow, methodical, etc. It's almost like you really didn't even want to do the project. After many audible books this the worst narration I've every experienced.
My first of the series and the story was great but as always a poor narrator makes it hard to get through the book. He made everyone sound old and more like they were going to play bingo rather than being involved in a murder mystery.
Less fixation on AA
Slow plot, mindless dialogue
So, so slow, huge pregnant unnecessary pauses.
Mark Hammer needs to pick up the pace!
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A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block is really an outstanding novel. Some of the settings and investigative techniques may be a little dated, but it really is an awesome read. The plot to this one will get you hooked and keep you there. The only draw back to this novel is that the narrator was indeed really bad. I would love to see this work redone with someone with more range and skill. Mark Hammer makes all the characters sound like their 80. The whole book seems like it was recorded in a nursing home, which is a shame because this one is really quite exceptional.
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