©1972 Wendy Condon Jackson (P)2015 Wild Voices
I enjoyed listening to Geoff's performance. His voice is very soothing,
I like to listen to audiobooks in the car in short spurts.
The tone that's struck in the performance seems perfectly in tune with Condon's offhanded sort of off-center way with a story.
My favorite character was Cerruti. He's a slavish soldier type with a Peter Lorre kind of creepiness. I especially enjoyed his description of his filing system. I could hear a dash of Dr. Strangelove.
One of the reasons I like this audiobook is the parade of voices, which makes this production kind of unique, using a cast of actors rather than burdening the main narrator with having to perform each and every character. It adds some depth, and I think it's a good approach for a book with so many characters. I especially liked his touch as the narrator, executing the nuances that are so much a signature of the author.
This is a very entertaining production. The story, being a Condon treatment of a presidential assassination, is especially intriguing. I think the author's storytelling style is brought to life beautifully.
Interesting concept., a story/ setup that is quasi JFK assignation with semi realistic research. The story occasionally acts like it will take off nut seems to always run out of gas and it slows, coughs for a while and then moves on again. Interesting concept of using a Joe Friday type monologue to tell this 60's,70's style story.
This story did not have the impact of the Manchurian Candidate .... To me it has a little trouble finding new thinking with original thought.
Satirical Biting Mystery
Very fast-paced, lots of characters moving in and out of the story, lots of twists and turns right up until the last page. I was amazed at how closely Condon followed the actual events of the Kennedy assassination and conspiracies.
This was a multiple-voice production. Great voice actors for each character. Nick and his mentor Keifetz were outstanding. The Chantal character was truly seductive.
Would have been fun, but a little too long for that!
I loved Condon's Manchurian Candidate. I'd like to see more of his books turned into audio. He was one of the great contemporary commentators on American political life.
This true-to-the-times production transported me back to the epic of America in the gut-wrenching sixties.
The unrelenting twists and turns of the riveting plot thrust the reader into the story in a captivating way, making it difficult to take one's attention from the story.
It's obvious that Geoff Williams brings extensive experience to this production of Condon's novel. The power of fiction lies in the expression of human voices which Mr. Williams moulds together through his skilled direction of this finely crafted listening experience.
Although one might like to listen to the story for ten hours, I preferred taking it in smaller pieces.
I recommend Geoff Williams's production without hesitation to any fans of radio mystery drama. It's sure to please.
One of the better multiple voice produced books that I have listened to.
I loved Nick's father. The voice pairing to Condon's work as spot on.
Mr. William's narration blended smoothly with the other voice actors in the story.
The ending, but won't give that part away in this review. It is a thriller after all...
Enjoyed the retro-ness of the story, but could see this entire work being rewritten for our modern world.
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