I found this book difficult to get into.The storyline was compelling and suspenseful, and the characters were interesting, but the narration by Robert..Show More »son Dean was mind-numbing. When listening to an audio book, I find distinctive voice characterizations a necessity. They distinguish the characters and help provide clean breaks from one scene or chapter to the next, especially in novels like this one which contain a lot of action and cut-scenes.
More than a few times, I found myself wondering who was speaking since the same voice is used for most characters, male and female alike. It also seemed as if character voices changed from time to time based on the different mix of characters in a scene.
So, while I thoroughly enjoyed the book itself, which was literally non-stop action, I would suggest giving the sample audio a listen before adding it to your cart.
Based on the story alone, I would definitely listen to another Robert Dugoni book providing it was read by a different narrator.
This is the second book in the series featuring David Sloane, and as was the case in the prior novel, Dugoni delivers on super-fast spellbinding thril..Show More »lers. This does not mean that the work is flawless, but it sure ranks high in entertainment value.
On the plus side, this novel has an engaging plot, with many twists and turns, characters that grab our interest and fast action. The main character, David Sloane, is an attorney in Seattle that specializes in representing Hispanic clients in lawsuits, mainly against big corporations. This "newfound profession", moving from defending these big corporations to going after them, came after in the last installment, Sloane found out some disturbing facts about his past that were long lost in his memory. Sloane has a military background, so is part lawyer, part jock that can mix it up with killers. He also has some interesting friends, especially in the middle-aged Jenkins, an ex-CIA agent that is a big asset when it's time for the showdown.
Even though many of the aspects mentioned above make for a great story, there are some obvious flaws with the novel, and I am pretty sure that some people may find them more annoying than I did. The first one is that from the marketing perspective (look at the front cover of the book for example) this is sold as a legal thriller, when in reality the "legal" portion is pretty slim. But besides that, those that read The Jury Master, will find a lot of repetition in "Wrongful Death". To start with, the author spends quite a bit of time rehashing the events that unraveled in the previous book. This is so blatant that even though I usually recommend to read series in order, I would have to say in this case that this is not necessary. This may be a benefit for new readers, but for those that read the first book is definitely a little over the top. But there is also repetition in how the story flows and the elements the author uses to create the thrills. I could tolerate it, but I would have preferred more creativity.
Overall, and given the aforementioned caveats, I would say that most people will have a good to very good time with this novel, so I think it is good enough to deserve a recommendation.
Dan John Miller was good with the delivery of the story
Wow I can't believe this book has merited such high ratings. I had to stop listening to "Murder One" about an hour into it because I found the..Show More » narration so annoying. Then I checked it out from the library and found it so suspenseful on the written page that I didn't want to put it down so I listened to it parts of it on my commute to work. My criticism of the audiobook is the narrator sounds ridiculous when he does female voices – like a man pretending to be a woman in a comedy sketch. Worse than that is all the black characters sound fresh from the plantation – even a highly educated man raised in a wealthy family in northern California.
The story however definitely held my interest so I would recommend reading rather than listening to this thriller.