This early Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels finds the couple newly married and honeymooning in Brooklyn during the High Holidays. When a teenage boy from an Orthodox family goes missing, Decker finds himself on the job again - with the trail of the boy and the young man he ran off with leading him back home to Los Angeles. Mitch Greenberg's performance is a wonderful match with the book - he delivers accurate Yiddish and Hebrew pronunciations and great local accents. Nice changes in tempo and pace when the action heats up and excellent voice modulation keep the listener plugged in to the story. For fans of the series, even if they've read the book already, this audiobook is a treat.
The runaway, Noam, is not traveling alone. A killer has taken him under his wing to introduce Noam to a savage world of blood and terror. And now Decker must find them both somewhere in America before a psychopath ends the life of a confused and frightened youngster whose only sin was to want something more.
©1991 Faye Kellerman; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
Audio books are just my cup of tea!
Love Mitch Greenburg’s narration! Definitely start this series from the beginning very little time elapses between books. I am SOOOO excited that Audible has been filling the holes in this series! Keep up the great work!
I really enjoy listening to Mitch Greenberg reading this series. I wish he'd done all of them. To me, he's become Peter Decker. Not only that, but his character voices, accents, and Hebrew pronunciation really put these books over the top. Please, please, please, let him complete the series!! I've tried to listen to some of the others and they just aren't "right" after hearing Mitch's treatment of them.
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I enjoyed Book 4 and I am moving on to Book 5 right away. The Peter and Rina storyline is compelling enough to keep me going, and I found this cop-plot was more interesting than the previous ones.
Part of the reason why I liked this installment more than the others is because of the language - the previous books were not just rude, that wouldn’t faze me at all, but crude. Book 4 was much tamer on that front so maybe the worst is over. (As far as my memory goes, there was a total lack of toilet-talk in Book 16)
The sporadic musical interludes are a little off putting, I think they must be left over from the original production and mark where one CD (or cassette) ended and the other began. Too bad it could not be edited out.
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This book was filled with drama--crime and family drama. The narrator was outstanding. The end was satisfying, too. Thank you!
Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I liked this one best of the first four. I feel as though this book made Rina and Peter both a little more human and real. Perhaps taking Peter to Brooklyn and far out of his comfort zone was the best thing Ms. Kellerman could have done.
Mitch Greenburg is a really good narrator though I find him better at 1.5 speed than at the regular speed. That is okay with me as that speed is my favorite setting anyway.
If you like character driven mysteries give the Decker/Lazarus series a try.
This may get better but after 10 minutes, I could not take anymore. The narration is flat and there is a background hum in the recording that is very noticeable between chapters. It is probably a personal preference but it is important that the narrator be engaging for me to invest 10+ hours of listening time. I have downloaded 1 to 2 books a month for several years so I am not new to Audible but I can't recommend this recording.
I love Faye Kellerman, but moreso her characters, Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. This was my first audio book and OMgosh! Mitch Greenberg did a wonderful job narrating the story! I felt like I was there, but his jewish accent when talking to Peter as the Rabbi was over the top! I'll order again and again. If everyone does this great a job, I'll be happy for a very long time!
Peter and Rena Decker mystery tale. Easy listen, entertaining. Glad they are filling in the rest of the older novels in the series
The Jewish references, a kind of cultural lesson for me, a Christian. And, the love of family.
The detective stuff. The mind of figuring out a puzzle.
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