The Monkeewrench crew returns in a twisty, heart-stopping new thriller.
The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth.
An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement. When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too. The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer's patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges.
This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers - and straight to Grace MacBride's Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable. What they find is an unimaginable horror - a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.
©2016 Patricia Lambrecht and Traci Lambrecht (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The narrator was not what was needed with this story. All of the characters sounded the same, all high pitched, and not anything I could listen to for any length of time.
PJ Tracy always writes clever stories, and this was as good as the last.
Not for this author..
I'd like any of this series in a movie, no clue as to who would play the characters.
I've always enjoyed P.J. Tracy's stories, both written and audio. However I spent this entire book thinking what a horrible fit Peter Berkrot was. Usually you get used to a new narrator; but not this time. There was little variance between his characters' voices, and his women spoke in loud whispers, which made them sound ridiculous. In previous books, Grace McBride in particular is a strong, forceful woman, but you'd never have guessed it from listening to this. Gino, the big Italian detective, sounded a little like Barney Fife. Please go back to one of the previous narrators for any future P.J. Tracy books. I won't listen to another one performed by this gentleman.
It focused on something that I consider to be a real potential threat, although I thought the approach was a little simplistic.
Any of the narrators from previous P.J. Tracey books.
The first chapter dragged for me, but some of that may have been due to how strongly I disliked the narration.
PassonateadoutBooks. Reading is my lifeline. I LOVE TO READ BOOKS. That's it, in a nutshell.
Wish I had read this book instead of listening to it. He used such a high pitched grating voice, I had to slow it down to tolerate listening to him. Good story, with hope for more.
No. I have enjoyed all of the Monkeewrench books and always eagerly await the next. As far as I can recall, this is the first I have listened to as an audiobook and it will be the last, if subsequent titles (I hope there will be more!) are narrated by this same narrator. The story is set in Minnesota, yet the characters sounded like some kind of amalgam of Jersey and Down South good-ole-boys. Gino and Leo were voiced as if they were buffoonish, cartoon cops and, in general, the narration was very annoying and detracted from the story.
A narrator who actually knows how Minnesotans speak and who treats the characters with more respect would be a big improvement.
No, I just thoroughly enjoy all of the Monkeewrench stories; they're always well-thought-out and hold my attention. I would have enjoyed it more had I read it for myself, rather than listening to it on tape, but it was good entertainment on a long drive.
The Narrator - why do publishers insert sub par narrators into a series that was audio gold? Where is Buck Shriner? He is the voice of Monkeewrench!
Who knows? I couldn't finish listening with the bad narrator. So glad Audible offers refunds for poor listening experiences!
NO! This is the second book this narrator has ruined for me! Thankfully they re recorded the first one with a good narrator - I am hoping they will re record this one as well!
Sure - as long as narrator Peter Berkrot is in no way involved.
Publishers of audiobooks in a series need to learn to stay with proven / the same narrators to keep fans happy.
Liked the story. Great to see where the group is going.
The male voices all sounded similar and at times had inappropriate accents. The female voices were all very soft and very sweet. The narrator was frequently the voice of a character.
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