©1997 Jeffery Deaver; (P)2006 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks
It is a pity that this book has been abridged. The story is disjointed and doesn't flow properly, and a lot of important information has been hacked out. What remains is the bleeding corpse of a novel.
I sincerely hope that the publishers produce an unabridged version of this book. The author deserves better than what he got with this hack job.
Having said that, the pace and general plot seem to have survived somehow.
"Gripping but flawed"
I have an air of dissatisfaction with this book. On one hand, the basic story of a race aginst time was very exciting, and did keep me interested until the conclusion. On the other hand, there was a lack of depth to the main characters, which meant I didn't feel like I knew them very well. Crucially, this meant I didn't really engage with the characters like I have with other books I have listened to, so it lacked the punch it needed to make it really memorable.
The narration was good, but not great. It was very easy to listen to, but some of the accents were a little overdone for my taste. I always prefer understatement to over-exaggeration.
I would gladly listen to other Jeffery Deaver books, as I did enjoy the basic plot and the momentum was maintained throughout. Hopefully book 2 featuring Lincoln Rhyme will have a little more substance.
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