Full of the high-wire suspense and wonderful characters that made The Tin Collectors a bestseller, The Viking Funeral brings Shane Scully back into action, pitting him against his closest childhood friend, and endangering the life of the woman he loves.
©2005 Stephen J. Cannell; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
There are only two books that I have not completed. This is one of them. Usually a book has some redeeming factor; humor, love, poetic writing... This has none. It is dark, dirty, vulgar, and is leaving me absolutely cold. This is the very first time I was mid-listen and realized (in the middle of nowhere) that I could not listen any longer. I turned the book off and enjoyed the silence. In short, I do not recommend this book to any one - for any reason.
I'm sort of skipping around in the Shane Scully books, not reading them in any order, and this one actually sounds like an early book. Sadly, I think if it had been narrated by Scott Brick, who seems to have done all the later books, it wouldn't have sounded quite as sophomoric. Hill has a really nice voice when he just speaks normally, but when he speaks the female parts, it's nothing short of awful. Add to that, he sometimes forgets to use the woman's voice for the entire dialogue, starting out in an awful falsetto and ending in his regular voice...sometimes a little confusing. On the positive side, Hill enunciates beautifully, and if he just wouldn't do those really weird, affected voices, he'd be pretty darn good; the narration is well paced. The story is good, not great; maybe I'd like Scott Brick's version better. This is also done in the second person, where the later books are written in first person. This series reads better in first person.
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this was an okay book - not my favorite - not really engaging. Doesn't really make me have the urge to run out and look for #3 in the series after this one though. Mediocre.
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