Birdsongs is a fast-paced mystery centered on former FBI agent, Benny James. Fired from the FBI for inadvertently sleeping with the perp in a murder case, he tries to disappear to a houseboat and retirement. Not having what it takes to relax, Benny starts a service offering discreet investigations. That is until a body is found crucified near his marina. The local police department requests Benny's help and he knows if he can catch the killer, redemption is his.
The Chief gives Benny and the department ten days to solve the crimes before he promises to request the help of the FBI. As the case grows, grabbing national attention, and the murders continue, the media soon fills the normally quiet town. Media goddess, Rachael Martin arrives and adds spice to an already flavorful mix. A few newcomers straggle in as well. An ex-convict fresh out of prison from a thirty year murder rap slinks in unnoticed with revenge on his mind.
Days later, a Greyhound bus delivers a strange young man raised by deaf-mute parents from deep within the Ozark Mountains. An old newspaper clipping and a dark secret pulls him to town. Whatever is going on has something strange to do with birds. At each murder site, dead birds are displayed in disturbing ways-the killer arranging them as an artist might. All the strange occurrences and unexplained visitors to this quiet town press Benny James to his max as he vehemently struggles to solve the most important case of his life.
©2009 Jason Deas (P)2013 Jason Deas and Nick Sarando
Yes, the narrator's ability to develop the accents and persona's for the characters surpassed the print version
This is really the first mystery/crime book I've read/listened to so I can't really answer this question
Nick's ability to create separate character accents and development of the characters easily and quickly pulled the reader into the story
the dangers of mixing business with pleasure
I'm not saying Nick Sarando is a bad narrator. He performed various characters' voices well. But he sounds like an 17 year old kid, which just didn't fit for the protagonist, Benny, who's a mature veteran FBI guy. There were times his voice was so monotonous I had to go back several minutes to re-hear what happened. I kept wishing Benny was represented by a more adult sounding voice.
The brevity of the chapters chafed at times. It's a plot story for which character development was an afterthought, which is okay for a time filler crime fiction book. But nothing particularly made me care to revisit this Benny if indeed he's in future books.
I would recommend this book to a friend, but with a warning. You have to pay attention or you will be lost because the author skips around a lot. Not a bad thing necessarily.
I didn't really have a favorite character. I liked all of them.
character voices were done well for the most part
My previous comments may come off as negative but this really is an interesting book. Even though I have listened to it I plan to read it at a future date. I prefer the mystery but for those of you that like love stories you will be pleased to know that's included. One thing I really liked about it was how the author was able to be descriptive without using an abundance of unnecessary words.
I would say it is my favorite so far.
It was very easy to follow, good story telling and the pacing of the story was good.
He has a very good voice, his character distinction is great.
I was happy at the end with the final line. Gave me a chuckle.
I loved that the book didn't just give away the ending. Usually I'm able to figure out everything before it happens, but I was pleasantly surprised!
There were so many characters that were played by Nick Sarando it's hard to choose only one. I was really impressed with how many different voices he was able to come up with.
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