A number of positive reviews show up at the top but if you keep going you will find about as many negative reviews. Read them carefully and consider w..Show More »hether this is the type of book you will enjoy. Obviously some people did - in fact they loved it.
I'm afraid I am with the group who found the story 'goody-goody,' contrived and unrealistic. I didn't finish the book so I'm not positive the story wasn't redeemed by the end but after checking back over the reviews to try to figure out if I wanted to keep on listening or not I decided it wasn't going to work for me. Maybe I'll finish it someday, but I doubt it.
The Collectibles, The Concealers, and The Concillators are best thought of as a single 32 hour novel. The primary protagonist of the trilogy is attor..Show More »ney Joe Hart. Although Joe Hart dies of a malignant brain tumor in Book 1 (The Collectibles) it is the force of his honesty, expectations of himself, and his impact on his friends, the wounded souls he collected, and their friends that determines the outcome of the trilogy. In another sense one could view judgmentally challenged auto dealership magnate Preston Wilson, the most capable and most blundering of the wounded souls, as protagonist. Or neophyte turned star journalist Katherine Kelly could be viewed as the protagonist. The character other than Joe Hart himself who best exemplifies what he stood for is Katherine Kelly.
Although a legal thriller the real message of the Collectibles trilogy is the importance of honesty and making/keeping commitments in the relationships, personal or business or otherwise, of people. One can only wish that at least a few of elite journalists with national publications like NYT, WP, and WSJ shared Katherine Kelly's commitment to honesty.
These three books are easily the best I have read or listened to this year. The narration of Joe Barrett is stellar.
Finally, it likely seems that I pick many of the books I listen to and review are based on reviews by Audible Listener Shelley. It's true. If you like thrillers, may I suggest that you follow her reviews also. And give her "helpful" votes when her reviews are helpful. (I have never met or communicated with Shelley!)