This is an engaging book. Though I don't usually go for books about contrary "dropouts" this one is told with good humor mixed in with a little self ..Show More »doubt and romance to keep it interesting. It's not hard to guess the whodunit part, but I found it a good companion nevertheless.
I've listened to the first 3 books in this series and I approve the narrator switch from Stefan Rudnicki to Richard Ferrone. I thought the voice soun..Show More »ded familiar, but it wasn't until the narrator said the word "Bernie" that I remembered where I'd heard the voice before (Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr series). I like Mr. Ferrone's narration because there's just the little touch of humor and irony to go with the protagonist's point of view.
The setting of the novel and the character's background are also interesting (I also USED to be an engineer). I do find the violence of the main character a bit disturbing but the plots are generally satisfyingly complex and resolve well.
i haven't yet met a chris knopf book that i didn't like. this story - which is definitely reminiscent of Key Largo - starts out with a nautical night..Show More »mare. but it never really is explained why Sam Acquillo is drawn into to this mystery. even as it plays out, Sam himself questions his motives, but never explains the why. i've been drawn to all previous Knopf's books as his main characters and the quirky buddies that accompany him along the way are entwined at some point with the "mystery".
further, Keith Szarabajka's voice sounds to me too much like Richard Ferrone's voice (narrator of two of the more recent Acquillo audio books) so it became distracting to me as the performance sounded like Ferrone's but was not quite the same, and seemed rushed and flat. i will read/listen to it again down the road as i would prefer to give this wonderful writer a higher rating. it could just be that it was the combination of the story and the narrator made it difficult for me to engage entirely. if you are a fan, definitely don't pass this one by. if you are a first time Acquillo reader definitely start with the earlier books. And don't pass up the Jackie Swaitkowski Hamptons books. I'm listening to Bad Bird right now and it is definitely a 4 star listen.
Be advised: Sam Acquillo is one of my favorite fictional characters - and the folks that people his Hamptons universe feel like neighbors. So, it's go..Show More »ing to be hard for me to write a critically objective review here. My main gripe is that 4 years between Acquillo adventures is far too long and I'm hoping that Chris Knopf doesn't make us wait quite so long for the next installment.
As in the five, previous Acquillo novels, Knopf delivers an intelligent plot, interesting character interactions, a great sense of place and detail and a smart, logical conclusion.
As for the narration, I thought Mr. Szarabajka might have overcooked some of the New York accents a bit, but I'm just so happy to have a new Acquillo adventure, I'm not going to let that little quibble dampen my joy or enthusiasm.