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©2007 John Lescroart; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
This was a good book. good characters that are well developed . A decent and believable plot and nice pacing. this is the first book in the dismas hardy series ( first in the courtroom series) there are two other books before this one were he is a bartender. But the author does a good job at catching you up in the series. Worth the money or credits.
I've listened to probably hundreds of audio books, and I've always been able to find something that caught my attention, even if I wasn't a fan of the book. If nothing else, I'm cheap and don't want to totally lose the $$ I put into the audiobook. Unfortunately, for the first time ever this book has totally failed to grab even a little of my attention. I find myself daydreaming while I'm 'listening'. Can't say it's the narrator. Couldn't identify with the characters at all. Maybe I'll try again in a year - for sure I won't remember any of it.
This is my 3rd in the series the 1st one I read was later, written more recently, and I liked it okay so started back at the beginning. I really don't like these early ones. Dismas is not a very sympathetic hero. (Very immature and reckless and not too smart.) --some icky sexual relationships. Also, I'm no wizard and I knew who'd "dunnit" almost from the beginning and could anticipate the plot turns. You know you are in trouble when you speed up the voice to try to get through faster. I like the reader though.
...due to trouble with narrator, but story not all too compelling either. Reminded me of old plot lines from the annals of "Hart to Hart".
Narrator David Colacci uses a technique I have come to think of as the "Rip Torn" scale of character differentiation: gruff, gruffer and gruffest, with a few female gruffsters thrown in for good measure.
The only character voices who have bothered me more are Dick Hill's women (who belong in children's cartoons and would therefore be credible sounding only if drawn as hedgehogs or koala bears), and anything recent by Scott Brick (The Lion by Nelson DeMille seemed voiced in a Ritalin fog).
I liked our protagonist Dismas, and was getting almost close to caring about his life, wife and career, but then along would come Colacci with another character voiced with some Rip Torn gruffitude and the whole scene would fly out the window for me. Realistically, I suppose I have been spoiled by master craftsmen like Joe Barrett, Humphrey Bower, Tim Goodman, David Timson, and Steven Weber.
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