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Line of Vision | [David Ellis]

Line of Vision

Marty Kalish is a young man suffocating in the heat of an affair with a married woman named Rachel. When Rachel's husband disappears one night, Marty is one of the first to be questioned. With few likely suspects, the police arrest him for murder. We want him to be innocent, but the more he tells us, the more we fear he is guilty. And as the twists and turns of the plot unfold, we can't be completely sure.
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Publisher's Summary

Marty Kalish is a young man suffocating in the heat of an affair with a married woman named Rachel. When Rachel's husband disappears one night, Marty is one of the first to be questioned. With few likely suspects, the police arrest him for murder.

We know Marty was outside their home that night. We know he has a motive. We know he's guilty of something. But is it murder?

Everything we learn - about Marty as a man, his affair with Rachel, and the night in question - comes from Marty himself. We want him to be innocent, but the more he tells us, the more we fear he is guilty. And as the twists and turns of the plot unfold, we can't be completely sure.

©2008 David Ellis; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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    Charlotte 04-16-14
    Charlotte 04-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't waste a credit!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The main character is a moron. I could not get pass chapter 7.


    What was most disappointing about David Ellis’s story?

    The way that he fashioned his main character. The guy was so stupid. Most people know about electronic footprints and the way he keeps actiing like a little school girl.


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    Bob CT 03-10-13
    Bob CT 03-10-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Outstanding!"
    If you could sum up Line of Vision in three words, what would they be?

    Keeps you guessing


    What did you like best about this story?

    First person account was refreshing.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an outstanding book with many many twists and turns. The first person account was a refreshing change from most books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Rogers Indianapolis, IN USA 02-18-13
    C. Rogers Indianapolis, IN USA 02-18-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Gripping and Authentic Legal Thriller"
    Where does Line of Vision rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 20


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development is impressive, and the legal maneuvering plausible and well-crafted. The frequent flashbacks are deftly handled, elucidating rather than distracting.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    In a word, perfect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really a particular moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Without any apparent pretension, at its best, the story the story has echoes of Crime and Punishment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Weiss 12-28-12
    Karen Weiss 12-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "captivating"
    If you could sum up Line of Vision in three words, what would they be?

    How do authors know these things?


    What other book might you compare Line of Vision to and why?

    Can't think of anything I've read like it


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Very well done


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't stop listening to it, it puts you in the head of a possible killer and walks you through the experience and trial.

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    Marguerite Mosier Bakersfield CA 06-25-12
    Marguerite Mosier Bakersfield CA 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "a bit boring"

    It was hard to stay with. I didn't finish it. and - the voice doesn't fit the character, a young guy with an old voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Lafayette, IN, United States 12-01-10
    Elizabeth Lafayette, IN, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Horrible narrator! Terrible book!"

    Listening to his (he he) overactive voice drove me crazy.
    The writing was stupid...Rachel...Rachel...Rachel....is this supposed to be an award winner. How depressing.

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    Oliver Norman Park, GA, United States 06-01-10
    Oliver Norman Park, GA, United States 06-01-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Long and drawn out"

    This book is a tough call. It was somewhat interesting, but felt weird all the way through it. It does have some twists at the end, but it is all muddled up. I would not listen to it again. You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caryn Collingswood, New Jersey, United States 01-19-10
    Caryn Collingswood, New Jersey, United States 01-19-10 Member Since 2009

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    "It took awhile but it was worth it"

    This started out very slow and I alost didn't finish listening to it. I decided to push through and it was worth it. It is one of the few mysteries that I didn't figure out half way through. The slow start may even have made it more exciting as I got more involved with the characters and the story. The narrator did a fabulous job and I am looking forward to another story from the same author and narrator. They are a great pairing.

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    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 11-06-09
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 11-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible plot and sick character"

    This story is completely contrived, but I will try not to give anything away in my criticism. It is told in first person. Even though it is written as if he is revealing his inner thoughts, pertinent facts that the protagonist has and actions that he took are deliberately withheld from the reader. It isn't for lack of space; the protagonist's vicarious, sick fantasies are indulged time and again. The many twists toward the end are ridiculous and could be discovered by competent detectives. Further, even while charged with first degree murder, the guy isn't in jail or monitored, but is free to roam and create more mischief. If you appreciate Hannibal Lecter, you may like this story. The superficial self-analysis toward the end is pure Freudian--when all else fails, blame your parents! The polarization among reviewers shows that there is no accounting for taste. The narrator does the best he can with this flawed script; it isn't his fault.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 10-19-12
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 10-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "First novel; he got better"

    First of all, the description doesn't relate to the story. We aren't wondering if the narrator is guilty, we know it, even if the killing is defensible and would have been legal w/o the coverup.

    Second, writers can't get away with mysteries that don't rise to the level of Law & Order. If the police think the wife who is at the scene may have pulled the trigger, they test for residue. And everybody knows or else should know only dummies talk to the police w/o their lawyers present. Hence, the Miranda Warning, which gives even dopes a chance to get representation before they talk their way into trouble.

    The hero in this book went to law school, and yet he babbles away like a legal know-nothing. "Think," he keeps saying to himself at the police station. Readers are way ahead of him. I couldn't finish this. David Ellis' later work excuses this rookie failure, which doesn't make the failure readable. The writing's good, but the plot is inexcusable. Narrator Dick Hill does his dramatic best to pump life into the corpse, but alas.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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