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Testimony Audiobook

Testimony

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Publisher's Summary

Scott Turow, number-one New York Times best-selling author and "one of the major writers in America" (NPR), returns with a gripping legal thriller about an American prosecutor's investigation of a refugee camp's mystifying disappearance.

At the age of 50, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court - an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity - he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. Over 10 years ago, in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp vanished. Now, for the first time, a witness has stepped forward: Ferko Rincic claims that armed men marched the camp's Gypsy residents to a cave in the middle of the night - and then with a hand grenade set off an avalanche, burying 400 people alive. Only Ferko survived.

Boom's task is to examine Ferko's claims and determine who might have massacred the Roma. His investigation takes him from the International Criminal Court's base in Holland to the cities and villages of Bosnia and secret meetings in Washington, DC, as Boom sorts through a host of suspects, ranging from Serb paramilitaries to organized crime gangs to the US government itself, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case: Layton Merriwell, a disgraced US major general desperate to salvage his reputation; Sergeant Major Atilla Doby, a vital cog in American military operations near the camp at the time of the Roma's disappearance; Laza Kajevic, the brutal former leader of the Bosnian Serbs; Esma Czarni, Ferko's alluring barrister; and, of course, Ferko himself, on whose testimony the entire case rests - and who may know more than he's telling.

A master of the legal thriller, Scott Turow has returned with his most irresistibly confounding and satisfying novel yet.

©2017 Scott Turow (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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    Ruth Curran 06-16-17
    Ruth Curran 06-16-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Editting was horrible and incomplete. "

    Story ruined by awful editting. Lines left in, false starts not cut...highly unprofessional. I have no idea if I would have enjoyed the last part of the story because I was so destracted by the issues with the audio.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Dee 05-26-17
    Shelly Dee 05-26-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Atilla ... the amazing character"

    This won't be a retelling of the story as there are plenty of good ones out there already.

    As fascinating (if war can be fascinating) as the plot, military and government shenanigans, mostly foreign setting, International Court, etc. were, the one thing I have to mention was his character "Atilla." I read probably way too much for my own good, but of all the characters I've come across, Atilla in this book is a classic. Her self-description is priceless. Esma was as uninspired as Atilla was the opposite.

    And the narrator! Wow. I will be looking for him as well. He has that tenor sort of voice, if that is the right descriptor for the tone, that I so enjoy.

    Thanks for an entertaining and informative several hours.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 06-18-17
    Barbara 06-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Production Flawed"
    Would you try another book from Scott Turow and/or Wayne Pyle?

    I've read most of Scott Turow's books to date, and they were all much better than this one. The story and plot were so complicated that way too much explaining was needed to help the reader understand what was going on. Too much" tell," not enough "show."


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Turow? Why or why not?

    Scott's earlier books are amazing! That's partly why I was so disappointed by this one.


    Any additional comments?

    The production was unbelievably flawed. Through much of the book, someone cut out the microsecond pauses between sentences, which gave the listening experience a disconcerting quality; very distracting. There were longer pauses after commas than after periods. Also, in the last quarter of the recording, there began to be blips, such as repeated phrases and skips. I've never had a technically poor listening experience with Audible before. I urge you to re-edit this recording.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 06-12-17
    Pamela 06-12-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Narration compounds overly convoluted plot"

    It came close. But, the story, even as written (flawed), could have been better with a different narrator. Turow's feeble attempts at romantic encounters aside, Pyle's too fast, clinical narration took all the life out of those scenes, and all others.

    Pyle's voice is pleasant, but his pacing sucks. He runs one sentence into another. His pauses depend on when he takes a breath rather than on content. With dialog he does slightly better, but this is the first time I've wanted to change to a slower speed, except that wouldn't have helped with the emotionless quality.

    I remember reading and enjoying Presumed Innocent when it first came out. That led to my purchase of this one. Even though it is called a series, the fact that each book had different characters and narrators seem to make it irrelevant which one I chose.

    This wasn't a waste of time, but it's far from the best credit I've ever spent...

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    Yennta 06-10-17
    Yennta 06-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring, Confusing"

    I stuck to it, because I felt I was being educated about parts of the world and cultures I'm completely unfamiliar with. It might make a good movie, because locations and characters are picturesque. But the instruction I virtuously tried to absorb was, at last, boring and confusing. And there was too much of it. The plot was a ditto, boring and confusing. As for the reader, my feeling is if you can't "do" an accent don't try. It keeps the listener from being involved in the story. I know what a Dutch accent sounds like—nothing like what I hear here. And, oh, dear, the Australian accent! Awful. There were some great characters, though I still am not sure exactly what happened in this story which is overwhelmed by the recounting of legal and military and cultural mores.

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    UM Ellie 05-25-17
    UM Ellie 05-25-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Average at best"
    What did you like best about Testimony? What did you like least?

    There were many characters with a mystery that kept changing. I kept waiting for something that would bring it all together then the book just stopped. I have many questions about what happened to some of the characters, maybe Turow want room for a sequel.


    What aspect of Wayne Pyle’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was more like someone reading the newspaper with bad accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my favorite listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Lewis Camden, ME USA 06-14-17
    R. Lewis Camden, ME USA 06-14-17
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    "Not the usual Turow"
    What disappointed you about Testimony?

    The storyline and characters are not as engaging as his previous novels. I found a lot of the sex scenes to be gratuitous and not necessary to the plot.


    What could Scott Turow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I had very little connection or empathy with the main characters so I did not much care what happened to them.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Wayne Pyle’s performances?

    Wayne Pyle cannot do acceptable accents. His attempts almost made me stop listening entirely. Very distracting and annoying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and disappointment. i have enjoyed Turow's other novels and was looking forward to this one.


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    barhi 06-10-17
    barhi 06-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "first time I ever could not get into a Turow read."
    Would you try another book from Scott Turow and/or Wayne Pyle?

    Performance was stellar - that's what held me to the 1/2 way mark, but I just could not cotton to the story and or event sequence, character development techniques etc.


    What could Scott Turow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't get me started.


    What does Wayne Pyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Testimony?

    Where to begin?


    Any additional comments?

    What ever happened to the Turow of early writing life? BRING him BACK!!!!

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    C. Evans 06-08-17
    C. Evans 06-08-17

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    "Disappointed with the story and with the audio quality"

    Listening to this book was anything but interesting to me. Maybe I'm just not into the details of Bosnian wars although I am a fan generally of law-based fiction. But I hung in past the point of no return -- I.e., I've invested this much money and time. I may as well finish it. Then, frustratingly, the last 3-4 chapters were plagued with audio problems: words or phrases would be repeated (once 3-4 times) then in the last scene's dialog, entire phrases were completely skipped. I don't know who to "blame" but right now, this experience has soured me on the author (who I've enjoyed in the past) and on Audible sound quality.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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