Author seems to rely way too much backstory. He keeps telling you why he's thinking this and why he's doing that and why other people are doing what ..Show More »they are doing. He also inserts way too many characters many of whom are poorly conjured and inconsequential leaving the reader to feel that they haven't kept track of them all. He also makes too many references to race for no apparent reason. Lastly, his analogies and similes are strange and disjointed making the description confusing. I think that there is a good story in there which could have been told in a better way.
I am a big Mosley fan (read, not heard). However, with regard to the audio: First, get a grip on lousy accents - if you cannot do them (hello...NY ..Show More »at the front of the list, since all the main characters are NY'ers you would think we could have had a basic effort to emulate. Not so). Most importantly with this book - the accents are abominable and un-ingnorable!!! The reader does not seem to understand McGill (but many of us won't...that is certainly intended) I am enjoying this book. I am not enjoying the reader, but Walter Mosley is always worthwhile, so if you only- listen do so, if you read, please read his books.
I was first introduced to Leonid McGill about three weeks ago after hearing about this book on the Tom Joyner Morning show. I am so thrilled to have ..Show More »been listening because I have not been able to get enough of this character. A man who knows that he must make up for his past by doing what he can to help people is such an attractive man!
Mr. Willis is an EXCELLENT narrator. He moves with ease when changing characters. I'm not sure if I am in love with Leonid McGill, Walter Mosley or Mirron Willis.
Start from the first bood to know and appreciate who Mr. McGill and his family are.
Althrough Leonid is flawed and has a past he is still attractive in a clumsy hero sort of way. I love your voice Mirron WIllis and secretly wait for ..Show More »the day that you will read me 1000 page bookle based on the adventures of Leonid McGill!