©1997 Jeffrey Deaver; (P) and ©1997 Penguin Books USA Inc.
"...fast-paced and sneaky...surprising at every turn." (Peter Straub)
"Stylish, scary, and superb. Jeffrey Deaver delivers another chilling winner." (Tami Hoag)
Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1997, Mystery.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I have not seen the movie so did not have any preconceived notions of the story other than knowing who played the 2 main characters, so I envisioned Denzel and Angelina as I listened. I had not realized I downloaded an abridged version (which I never do on purpose), but the story didn't seem to suffer from being shortened. In fact, reading reviews of other unabridged Deaver books, perhaps abridged is the way to go to avoid what appears to be a habit of drowning readers in detail.
I'm conflicted about the reading by David McCallum - I think he is an excellent reader, and might be a great choice for a British mystery - perhaps Adam Dalgliesh. But this is clearly a New York story and cries out for an American reader, preferrably a native New Yorker. As much as I enjoyed McCallum's voice, there was a definite disconnect with the setting that was difficult to get over, and for that reason I've dropped it to 4 stars.
Since I have seen the film before, the audio book was a disappointment to me. A lot of things left out. I would most likely not recommend it, especially not to someone who has read the book or seen the film. The narrator did a good job, though, not reading in a monotone manner.
The leaving out of a lot of details that are in the film / book.
None - he did a good job narrating.
I am glad I didn't pay more for this audio book.
I am currently reading/listening through Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series. I absolutely love this series. However, I would NEVER get another book read by David McCallum even if it was a Jeffery Deaver novel.Let me just say this about this audio version. It was the bare bones of the story. I absolutely loved the story and the characters. It was just the right about of creepy and gruesome thrown in together with a kick-ass detective and a forlorn police specialist. I loved this book! However, that said I really wish they would have made this "abridged" version less abridged. It's running time is only about 3 hours whereas Deaver's other abridged versions run between 5 and 6 hours. This novel was amazing but whoever cut down the book into this abridged version should have called it not abridged, but a rough cut version. There were points in this abridged version that had me confused because they suddenly jumped to a scene that had nothing to do with what was just being spoken. Things were cut down so much that if you weren't paying attention closely you'd miss a major part in the story.Now, let me move on to McCallum's performance. Oh boy, was he the worst reader ever! There were times in the reading where I couldn't even understand what he was saying! He is a british man reading for a book set in New York with characters that are from New York. Enough said on that point. Now, let me talk about the quality of this audible. It sucked, to say the least. Not only do you have a man you can't understand, but it almost sounds like they had McCallum recording this in a bathroom on an old record then decided to change from the LP to digital audio without fixing the sound quality. It was AWFUL!
There is nothing more that could have been cut. As stated before, this version should really be called a Rough Outline of Events rather than Abridged. It was so cut down that scenes changed when you least expected them to and with no real break for you to realize that you were now with a different set of characters in a different location.
If you really really really want to read this book I would suggest getting it from the library and actually reading it. That said, if you don't have the time and just want to start the Lincoln Rhyme series via Audible then it's not the worst purchase you could make especially since this is the ONLY abridged version out there and the unabridged version is about $50.00 if you can even find it. The only place I've found it is from the UK on Amazon.
thought predictable, not
No.... not much different than his reading voice
Not as good as some of his later stories.
This was a good enough book that I didn't feel like I wasted my credit but I could tell that a lot of good characterization and personality was left out due to it being abridged. This is the one and only time I'll ever make that mistake. From now on if there isn't an unabridged copy I'll just get the book.
I did like the narrator. David McCallum did a great job.
Great mystery and thriller! Very creative. Deaver, is there something we should know? You have GREAT books! Keep them coming.
Couldn't finish it... I'm pretty hardy when it comes to murder and mayhem, but this guy's imagination was too, too ... much for me!
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