The old woman who visits Doc Ford's lab late one night has a haunting story, of a loved one lost while rendezvousing with a German submarine off the coast of Florida 60 years earlier, of her belief that he was being blackmailed and that the storm has given her a second chance to prove his innocence by uncovering the wreck of his boat, and the truth, if only Ford would look for it. Intrigued, Ford agrees, and sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life forever. For there are other things in that wreck as well, and other men want those things, men willing to commit terrible acts to get them. And the woman herself, the woman is not what she seems.
©2006 Randy Wayne White; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC
"The novel peaks in a typical burst of satisfying action." (Publishers Weekly)
To start, I found the opening segments along with the reader to make this one of the few audible books I've had to force myself to continue. For the first CD, and into the 2nd, I had to force myself to keep with it.
The reader is very skilled but I found difficult to listen to. By the end of the book I was keenly interested in seeing how it would play out, and even became impressed with the reader's skill at the range of characters he could successfully pull off.
You need to consciously turn on the 'suspension of disbelief' switch for the first CD or two, then you're Ok. Stick with it.
I'm a 36 yr. old master of no paticular trade, but currently working in the oil patch. I'm not very critical and love to consume audiobooks
This is another excellent book in this fantastic series. I'm not very critical and generally judge books by the litmus test of did it pass the time. This book sent the hours flying by. I’ve thoroughly enjoy this series characters and general mayhem. If you like the previous books then this addition will be a delight as well. If you’re trying to start here then I would say go back to the beginning it is more satisfying to get to know the characters from their introductions.
White and Strozier earned a standing "O" for this effort. Whether judged based on the merits of his craft, his research skills, his cheesehead lines and/or his "good sense" of storytelling... RWW deserves good marks here. Honorable Mention also goes to the narrator for the "Futch rants" and to the author for his insights regarding the relative survival skills of pigs and cats.
It should be noted that, given my credentials as a Native Cracker and resident authority, my 5 Star rating ought to be doubled when calculating the final percentage.
Let me start by saying that I love the light reading, quick tempo and engaging novels by Randy Wayne White. The narrator's use of a monotone, slow tempo voice with almost no variation in character voices made this audiobook unlistenable for me.
Having listen to hundreds of audiobooks over the years I am able to say that this narration is ,hands down, among the worst. Although Randy Wayne White is a favorite author of mine this reading simply doesn't do anything for the book. Also this book is much more violent and dark than White's usual fare and without the benefit of learning something about Florida's history, geography, etc.
Somebody with a younger, more versatile acting sound. Whoever read most of the previous Randy Wayne White books was sooo much better. Having someone who sounds like they are a grizzled seventy year old doesn't make it playing Doc Ford.
I'm a RWW fan but this one fell short of the mark. The usual interesting insights but the plot was weak and the narrator sleep-inducing.
This would have easily earned a five star review, but for the tedious monotone narration. It's a shame, because the book is a great read especially on summer driving vacations...which is why we bought it. It's still worth listening to, but would be sooooo much better read by someone with more range.
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