©2000 by Sheldon Siegel; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.; Original Cover Design by Belinda Huey
"...quite simply a well-written example of the genre." (Publishers Weekly)
Sheldon Siegel is a good storyteller, and his central characters Mike Daley and his ex wife partner Rosie are excellent. He writes with pace and humour, and his courtrooms scenes do exactly what they are designed to do - move the story forward in an entertaining way. I thoroughly enjoyed this but I deducted a star because of the reading, which was eccentric at best. The reader's characterisation of the voices of Skipper Gates and the judge were just bizarre and a bit offputting. Otherwise, great stuff.
OK, I am a very kind person, and if a reader isn't great, I usually don't say anything. But this reader is so bad it is distracting. Bless him, he is trying to do a lot of character voices and that must be difficult. But the accents are truly weird - one of the main characters goes from sounding asian, new york, yiddish then elderly in one sentence. And the other characters are no better (but when the reader uses his own voice as narration, he's great) In addition, the reader puts very very odd emphasis on words - eg. instead of saying "reception" he says "reCEP...tion" and on and on. Anyway, love the story, I"m a lawyer in SF so it was very fun to hear. Just be prepared for the lousy reading.
Reasonable start to a possible series. OK but not terrific. Maybe it was the abridgement, but no reason to love the character who could appear again.
I was EXTREMELY disappointed by Dukes' narration of minority and regional characters. Stereotypical, disrespectful and distracting.
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