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"This amazing novel....has riveting mystery, politics of just about every shade, and thrills on almost every page. . . .This is going to be the BIG BOOK of 2009." - (Ken Bruen, author of The Guards and Once Were Cops)
About one out of fifteen audio books I have to stop listening to and this was one. As a previous review argued, the female narration is simply out of place with the brutality of this story (regardless of the gender of the characters). Still, it wasn't even well done. As a huge fan of McKinty's other books, I was terribly disappointed.
This qualifies as the worst audio book I have listened to.
The male accents are grating, the story line is all over the place, huge parts of the story are pointless and far fetched and I found myself skipping forward so I could get through it.
This was an audible recommendation. I have learnt my lesson as far as their recommendations are concerned.
For the past month I've been trying to get through this book. I'm two hours into the book and about to give up. I suspect there's a decent story here but the narration is so poor -- complete with a lisp -- that it makes the book impossible to appreciate. Someone should have listened to her read before hiring her.
I am such a McKinty fan and truly enjoyed his other four. This one just did not connect. I will not give away plot in explaining what I found unbelievable in the main character and the flaws in the plot, but more than once in this book the story was discordant.
I also had trouble with the narrator although for reasons perhaps not her fault. I find in general that men can do a better job of women voices than women can do men. Other than the main character, all others in the book were men and her efforts to distinguish them by different voices made some of them sound foolish in their roles.
If you have not read a McKinty and would like a great story and an outstanding narration, pass this one by and start with the Dead series.
Billed as novel of suspense. What a joke. No suspense. No interest. Boring. Tedious. Nothing happens. Tired of 2 and 3 word sentences.
I agree with a previous reviewer - not many people to like in the book. That being said, it is well written, thought provoking and gets better as it goes. Worth sticking with.
is how I find the story of this book. I found it hard to identify with the 'heroine'...and yes, I realize it is because we come from different backgrounds and perhaps this is what the author was trying to get at. But I can't enjoy a book when I not only can't sympathize...I can't even empathize with the situation.
I could not begin to understand what motivated the protagonist, and the timeline seemed absurdly implausible. This was the worst book I've listened to in ages.
The story was far from original. There was no real mystery. The only suspense was why the author took such a tedious path of explaining the ending which was actually the first chapter. I only completed the "listening" because I thought that with all the good ratings, the best was yet to come.
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