©1999 Robert J. Rotella, All Rights Reserved. (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
I liked this story, but it seemed a little bland. Perhaps I don;t like abridged stories. I have not read other fairstein, so I shall have to compare. It was an interesting enough story, but it seemed to lack tension. I tend to try to buy unabridged, because I figure if the story can be cut without damage, then maybe it is not as good as it could be.
While the story is classic Fairstein, I just had a hard time with the Reader. Allison Janney has a voice that just makes this book difficult to listen to.
The story is fine and Allison Janney is ok, but the sound of this audiobook and the editing is VERY poor. I've listened to other books read by Allison and she's not too bad but this sounds like it's been played from an old cassette tape that's a bit stretched. There's also small glitches of someone else's voice, or the start or end of a take and even a few with a faulted take and then the corrected one. It was a bit disappointing.
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
Allison Janney is not the most versitile reader. Her voice is a bit flat throughout, and there are at least 2 places where poor editing has the listener hearing verbal mistakes, followed by the corrected language. Wierd.
"Brilliant from beginning to end"
Fairstein is just great, if you like Patricia Cornwell, Elizabeth George etc you will just love Fairstein. Keeps the suspense going from beginning to end.
"Good for an abridged version but performance lacks"
I was looking forward to a Linda Fairstein book on audio. And although this one was an abridged version, which is never as satisfactory, it held up well apart from the narration. Overall the narration was alright, however the start was obscured very slightly by some music. It only lasted a short while but was un-necessary and highly annoying. And although I had no major issues with the narrator, the narration also felt rushed at time.
In a similar vein to Kathy Reichs crime novels simply because of personal knowledge by the author of the subject matter, and both sets of novels contain a strong female lead. If you like one, I suspect you might like the other.
Never listened to this narrator before, and found she was clear in tone, and managed to put in good inflections to separate the books various characters. Just a shame the narrative felt so rushed at times.
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