©2009 Putnam Adult; (P)2009 Penguin
This was a really fun listen, made more so by Tony Roberts, the narrator. He was dead on with the accents: Tommy the Irish cop, Dino - NYPD’s finest, sounding a lot like Columbo. The southern accents were good as was Annika’s Swedish one. My only complaint as a Floridian and former resident of the Conch Republic, was the continued mispronunciation of “conch”. “Conch” rhymes with “honk”, not with “launch”. We politely correct tourists - if we like them.
Listening to all the books. Tony does a great job with the narration. Not great literature, but entertaining. Something like listening or reading a script for a day time drama. Don't read or listen to if you are a literature snob, you won't like it. Want to chuckle and leave with an interesting story and a smile on your face, then listen.
Stuart Wood’s novels are generally entertaining. Sure, they can be a bit predictable, but every so often he comes up story line that’s very compelling. Loitering with Intent is not one of his more absorbing novels. The one-dimensional and misogynistic treatment of the female characters in the book is very disappointing.
This is my second Stone Barrington novel, the first one I read in an afternoon. I find the characters to be very enjoyable and likable. The plot isn't what I would call "thick" but I think it does enough to keep you interested. Some good twists and turns, it makes you suspect everyone.
I will never purchase another novel read by this horrible narrator. My first impression of Stone was mid to late 40s, he sounds more like 65 when read by this guy. Which makes the sex scenes even more cringe-worthy! Dino sounded like Oscar the Grouch, and the rest of the cast had very odd British accents ?!
Overall, worth a read, not a listen.
I'm a BIG fan of Stuart Woods and Stone Barrington ... this one is OK. These are becoming a little predictable. Prefer the stories in New York.
Tony Roberts performance is sometimes a little odd -- don't care for Dino's "voice" (doesn't seem to match his description) or the pronunciation of this last name (previous narrator used a different pronunciation).
Reminded me a little of Carl Hiassen(sp) writing style. Characters are really "characters" and dialogue is clever. A good light hearted "fun" read. No heavy plot. No redeeming social value but just plain pleasure to listen to!
I thought I had read and/or listened to good Stuart Woods books in the past. This is not one of them.
I just love these two and Tony Roberts must never be replaced as the voices! I still can't get a good visual picture of what Stone looks like, but he seems to get the ladies within a few chapters, so he must be "something". :o)
Like the Stone Barrington character--a real page turner. The story had a lot of fast moving action, and the plot was not totally predictable. It is an entertaining audiobook.
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As a misplaced NYer living in L.A. I like the the narration, the story and the characters. A good time read!
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