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Crime novelist E. R. Brown takes you to the not-so-mean streets of Canada in this lively potboiler about a profitable marijuana-growing operation in suburban Vancouver. Almost Criminal thrives on the journalistic detail it brings to a suburban pocket of the Canadian drug industry, but the story really lights up when it pairs an ultra-successful grower of boutique marijuana with his smart but rudderless young protégé. Brown’s balancing of his gritty, offbeat thriller with an insightful coming-of-age drama makes this crime novel special. Narrator Brandon Massey brings clarity and a wry energy to his reading of Brown’s first novel.

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Charming, wealthy Randle Kennedy has a secret: he's British Columbia’s most prolific producer of boutique marijuana. He’s developed strains of B.C. Bud to please the most sophisticated palates and produce any desired effect, from a light contemplative buzz to the most mind-warping stone. His medical varieties offer relief for conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's disease. Come legalization, he'll be the first on the market with marijuana's answer to single-malt Scotch.

Until that day, he runs a tight operation with terrorist-cell security.Tate MacLane is brilliant, miserable, and broke. Since graduating from high school at age 14, he's failed at university, failed to support his family, failed at everything except making a superb caffe latte.

Randle wants a fresh face to front his transactions. Tate desperately needs a mentor and yearns for respect. And money ...Then there are the bikers, the muscle with the cross-border connections that Randle needs to bring his product to the American market. Soon Tate finds out that it's harder to get out of the business than to get in.

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  • 12-01-14

Robot narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I could not listen to this book as the narrator sounded like a robot who had difficulty reading.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have used a narrator who can read fluently and express human emotion.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In all ways.

Was Almost Criminal worth the listening time?

I did not listen for long as I could not bear it.

Any additional comments?

It sounds like it might be a good story but I recommend you get the regular book version. Unless you have a robot fetish.