©2000 T. Jefferson Parker; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Ingenious, intricate, complicated yet credible, a real page-turner. There are leaks, leads, false leads, and an express train of an ending. Within the crackling tale, a quieter current carries an unforeseen and ill-starred love affair. A man much praised doesn't need more encomiums; T. Jefferson Parker deserves all he gets." (Los Angeles Times)
"One of Parker's best - and that's a major statement considering his track record." (Chicago Tribune)
I've read most Parker books, he's generally very, very good with an occasional clunker. This is not one of them. The story starts slow with two characters that are initially unlikeable, but gains momentum throughout. I found myself marveling at the complexity of the police work as the two detectives chase the bad guy.
I've not heard the reader before. I'll say that very good readers - Scott Brick and Dick Hill come to mind - often have me admiring their range of voices or accents. Exceptional readers, though, seem to deliver the book directly to your brain without you even noticing that it's being read - it's seamless, flawless, always in character and compelling. That was Tavia Gilbert.
Overall, the last ten minutes are a bit superfluous and a bit corny, but it was great ride getting there and this is one book I'm sorry had to end.
It is very unlikely I would try another Parker book. I seek out Tavia Gilbert. She is why I bought the book and I think it might have been on sale. I wouldn't seek out Parker.
I have listened to many of her books. She did well with this one. Her Night Huntress books are a work of art. In those she played many characters and you wouldn't know it was one person doing all the voices and languages.
The last chapter, it was frustrating, disappointing and just bad.
If this is your first Tavia book, try others. She is an amazing performer.
Listening to good books from around the world, in the comfort of home....
Good character blend and unlikely relationships.
Teaching life lessons and learning to give in order to earn respect. I enjoyer the book maybe this isn't the best book on audible but it is better than many I have chosen to listen, both the reader and author turned s good piece of work
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
Tried this because it was on sale. enjoyed the plot line and construction as well as the characters. The only drawback was the narrator. I found it difficult to pay attention to the voice for any extended length of time. It may have been the tone of voice, the speed of narration, or something else. I'm going to find this and purchase the print version.
Nothing against women narrators, but the main character Tim Hess is supposed to be a gruff, seasoned detective and hearing a woman try and do his voice did not do it justice. I just feel the main character and the narrator probably need to be the same gender.
The story had promise, but there were too many things that distracted from the story.
The ending of the first loves
stay on track. This book was all over the place. I didn't not is someone had special powers or just smart. I like the story line for the killer but the others you could tell if you missed a part.
I was happy this was on sell.
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