Robbie Feaver (pronounced Favor) is a successful personal injury lawyer, with a burgeoning practice, a way with the ladies, and a beautiful wife he loves - who is dying of an irreversible illness. He also has a secret bank account where he occasionally deposits funds which make their way into the pockets of the judges who decide Robbie's cases.
Robbie is apprehended, and, in exchange for leniency, agress to wear a wire tap as he continues to try to fix decisions. The FBI agent assigned to supervise him goes by the alias of Evon Miller. She is stocky, lonely, uncomfortable in her skin, and impervious to Robbie's charms. And she carries secrets of her own. As the law tightens its net, Robbie's and Evon's stories converge thrillingly and, ultimately, tragically.
Turow shows us new sides to Kindle County, the world of greed and human failing he has made immortal in Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof, Pleading Guilty, and The Laws of Our Fathers.He also shows us enduring love and quiet, enexpected heroism. Personal Injuries is Turow's most reverberant, most moving novel - a powerful drama of individuals trying to escape their character.
©2000 Scott Turow (P)2000 Random House Audio
Love thought provoking and well written mystery or suspense novels.
I read or listen to 1-2 books a week and this author is one that I keep coming back to. His plots are the best laid out I've ever seen and the conclusions are definitely a mystery until the very last page. Everything he writes is a gem. His books are one of the few that I will come back and listen to again and again.
I have read or listened to all of Scott Turow's novels and I'm a true fan of his style and writing ability. Unfortunately, I should have read Personal Injuries rather than listened to it since it's now been ruined for me by the monotonous narration in this version. Due to my long commute, I've now listened to over 60 books in the last 18 months and I have to say that I've got to rate the narration of this one as one of the worst. I could deal with the fairly implausible plot and chalked it up to some fanciful writing but it was incredibly challenging to keep my mind from wandering when the narration sounded like a bad speech delivered without any sort of inflection. The first half of the book Ken Howard ran through the dialog like his hair was on fire. He finally slowed down in the last half but the tiresome monotone pitch throughout really distracted from the plot.
Having listened to over 80 audiobooks in the past 2 years, I have not felt compelled to write a single review before this. Yes, some were less than scintillating but the reviews warned me of that, so I was forwarned and took some educated chances...often pleasantly surprised. I sadly write to say that this was the singularly most disappointing, boring, trivial story I have listened to. As I was drug into one boring uneventful "sting" operation after another for hours and hours, I felt neither a sense of suspense or even interest. While taking 1/2 hour detours into irrelevant descriptions of how one character came to acknowledge her lesbian sensitivities or how another character is really a sensitive caring guy while he has unending sexual daliances outside his marriage (deathly ill wife at that, as if the plot were taken directly from an undergraduate screen play) this story just dies on the vine. By the time any meaningful tension develops, well into the 9th or 10th hour, I just didnt care anymore...A glutton for punishment I finished the book and left myself a virtual sticky note to beware of Scott Turow in the future....Although the story could not be saved by the best of readers, this one sounded like Elliott Gould reading to a 6th grade class. He has an irritating habit of occasionally overemphasizing when none is needed, but mostly he read as if he had just learned the language, or was unprepared, or bored. He seemed to have only 2 voices, a mean black man (just one character) and a dry older jewish man (everybody else)
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