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Identical | [Scott Turow]

Identical

Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.
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Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon. The plot centers on the re-investigation of Athena's murder, carried out together by Evon Miller, an ex-FBI agent who is the head of security for the Kronon family business, and private investigator Tim Brodie, 81, a former homicide detective. The complex web of murder, sex, and betrayal - as only Scott Turow could weave - dramatically unfolds, and the chilling truth is revealed: People will believe what they want to believe.

©2013 Scott Turow (P)2013 Hachette

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    David Costello 10-24-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Will keep you guessing until the very end"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is intricately woven, with twists and turns at every corner. Great courtroom drama but even more powerful as a family tragedy. Beautifully written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MRC Jackson, NJ, United States 10-21-13
    MRC Jackson, NJ, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Scott Turow and/or Henry Leyva?

    Not sure


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Turow? Why or why not?

    Not sure. Since his first ONE L, I've been a big Scott Turow fan but if this book would have been written by anyone else, I would have stopped listening somewhere about Chapter 5


    Did Henry Leyva do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ok


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Improbability and far too many story lines. A potboiler for sure.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 12-17-13
    Kathleen 12-17-13
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    "Not worth the cost or time used to listen."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have no idea


    Has Identical turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, there are many great authors.


    How could the performance have been better?


    The narrator can only read the written word. If it isn't good neither will be the narration.


    What character would you cut from Identical?

    All of them. They have no identity.


    Any additional comments?

    Please do not neglect to listen to the sample; it does not get any better and it was my mistake. Turow has written good books way back. He should go there and try again..
    He missed here. This book is boring. The reviews are correct.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janels 12-15-13
    Janels 12-15-13
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    "This is probably one book better read in print"

    For a non-Greek, the names, nicknames and random and constant references to Greek tragedies, this book is more difficult to follow. Especially the female character whose odd name sounds like another English word, and the two were used in way too many sentences together, putting a listener at a disadvantage. It seemed to be an allegory for a Greek tragedy, and not the Turow I expected. It is not the mystery I thought I would get from this master.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Franklin, TN, United States 11-27-13
    Charles Franklin, TN, United States 11-27-13
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    "Just not up to standards"
    Would you try another book from Scott Turow and/or Henry Leyva?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all of Turow's other books. While a number of them are a bit slow, this one unbearably slow. Very predictable and he goes completely off on a tangent to try to build characters. You could skip significant portions of the book and not really miss anything because he doesn't stay on course with the story. I stopped just over half way through and only after forcing myself to listen for at least an additional hour.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Mt. Mourne, NC, United States 11-17-13
    Mike Mt. Mourne, NC, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2013

    I've recently retired. One goal I have is to catch up on books I've have not had time to read. I rotate Classics,Thrillers,history.

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    "Identical is average.. at best"
    What would have made Identical better?

    The whole story lacked imagination. The Characters were cartoonish and lacked depth.


    What was most disappointing about Scott Turow’s story?

    Scott seemed to go out of his way to express his political leanings.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the performance was okay provided the material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Traci Atlanta, GA, United States 11-14-13
    Traci Atlanta, GA, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Silly story"
    What would have made Identical better?

    The story was just not up to par, compared to his other books.


    What didn’t you like about Henry Leyva’s performance?

    Monotone and boring


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    samiam2029 11-12-13
    samiam2029 11-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard to Follow"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am very easy to please, but this story was really hard to follow. The entire experience was negative so much so that I couldn't even finish it, which is something that I never do! I like Scott Turow. Perhaps this is just one story that doesn't translate well into Audio format? Who knows?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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