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High Midnight | [Stuart M. Kaminsky]

High Midnight

Someone wants Gary Cooper to make a movie he isn't interested in making, and whoever it is wants him badly enough to get nasty about it. Cooper takes to the hills, accompanied by a writer named Ernest Hemingway, chased by men with blood in their eyes and murder in their hearts. The problem is that Cooper can't shoot straight and Hemingway can't operate without native bearers and an elephant gun.
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Someone wants Gary Cooper to make a movie he isn't interested in making, and whoever it is wants him badly enough to get nasty about it. Cooper takes to the hills, accompanied by a writer named Ernest Hemingway, chased by men with blood in their eyes and murder in their hearts. The problem is that Cooper can't shoot straight and Hemingway can't operate without native bearers and an elephant gun.

Toby Peters can't shoot either, but he doesn't need help, much. Just give him a bowl of cereal and time to decide his next move and Toby will get everything straightened out. Now, if he can only keep Lombardi the gangster from making good on his threat to turn him into kosher hot dogs.

©1981 Stuart M. Kaminsky; (P)1994 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    "Not up to par for this wonderful series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Not up to par for this series I have always enjoyed....so far. Plot not strong, and main guest character of Gary Cooper not well done. Cooper's name and character is just kind of slipped in (Like a "name dropper part.") Not enough about him except his history before he became a star. That part was good. But his part in the book along with the bad interpretation of his voice was a minimal part. And when Cooper spoke, it was painful to listen to. It was so weakly done that I didn't recognize him as Cooper until after he was finished speaking; and then I had to reverse and listen to it again just to get it all. The friend I did already recommend it to, because of the past books we listened to in the series, didn't like this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stuart M. Kaminsky again?

    Yes, but this book and narration is just a bad example of guest-star characterization of voice by narrator. Gary Cooper had a distinct voice and has been imitated by Rich LIttle and all the others for years. The narrator just made Cooper's voice weak and nondescript and then over-did it on other voices like gangster voices. It was way out of balance.


    What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s voice?

    Very good on other voices, except when he does Gary Cooper. ha It was Gary Cooper that just didn't fit.


    Was High Midnight worth the listening time?

    Yes, only because the history was interesting. Especially about Pacific Ocean Park, as my grandfather was the contractor that re-built and extended the pier way back when. I loved the history. For example, they wanted the film star to do another scene on horseback, and he didn't want to do it. They offered him $5 -- and WOW that was the deal sealer. The movie star took the extra $5 and did the additional scene.


    Any additional comments?

    This era is a wonderful era. I will always love his books, but this one is just not up to par.

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    "A sheer delight"

    I have been a fan of the Toby Peters novels of Stuart Kaminsky for many years and this reading adds another layer of delight to them. Set in the Hollywood of the 1940s, they always involve some well known figures of period ? in this case Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway. But the real stars are Peters and his eccentric friends, brought vividly and entertainingly to life by Christopher Lanes's reading. For sheer entertainment, download this book! And please, Audible, let us have the rest of Stuart Kaminsky's novels which are available to your US members.

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