Amos' terrible tragedy comes two fold, once with his football injury and then the devastating death of his family. The story is well told and page tur..Show More »ning. His mental capacities are amazing and I'd love a fraction of those abilities. Amos is a character I would love to see more of.
I've struggled to separate the story from the narration performance of The Last Mile. My conclusion is that The Last Mile is a better story than Mem..Show More »ory Man (Amos Becker Book 1). I rated the Memory Man 4 stars for the story. The Last Mile deserves 5 stars because it is a great story.
Narration is the next issue. Orlagh Cassidy's relatively small part of the female voices deserves 5 stars as usual for her. Kyf Brewer did the male dialog and the reading of the non-dialog text which is the probably 95% or more of the words in the novel. Kyf Brewer did a great job of narrating The Guilty which is Book 4 of Baldacci's Will Robie series, but his narration of The Last Mile is so bad that it is a major distraction from the superb story. Ron McLarty played exactly the same narration role in Memory Man that Kyf Brewer plays in The Last Mile. Frankly, I believe that this audiobook of The Last Mile should be withdrawn from the market to be recorded again with Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy narrating (or either of them alone). The bottom line is that I am awarding 1 star to the narration due to Brewer's performance. That is unfair to the incredible Orlagh Cassidy, but her role in the performance is small.
The overall rating presents another issue. Specifically, how much to penalize the author's story for the narrator's poor performance. This is an audiobook and the performance is important. I decided to rate overall at 3 stars because the quality pf narration is so poor that it detracts from enjoyment of the story.
Copies of all of David Baldacci's audiobooks are in my Audible library. He is one of my top 25 favorite authors. This is the lowest overall rating I have given to a Baldacci audiobook.