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The Naked Edge

By: David Morrell
Narrated by: Dick Hill
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Publisher's Summary

Once they were boyhood best friends, playing in the woods near their homes, pretending to be soldiers surviving behind enemy lines. Grownup, they belonged to Delta Force and later worked as protectors for the world's best security company. Now their lives have taken drastically different paths, pitting them against one another, forcing them to play their boyhood game again, this time to learn who dies. The survival of a great city hangs in the balance as two friends-turned-enemies hunt one another and discover that there's a line between predators and prey, a line that's called The Naked Edge.

©2010 David Morrell (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Just OK

There are two books in this series, this is the second. The first was very enjoyable and satisfying this book much less so. I haven't been able to put my finger on why. I think one reason is Dick Hill. Stefan Rudnicki narrated the first book and does a better job creating a cool under pressure operator tone and cadence. And I think he did a better female voice. Dick Hill seems to have an edge and almost pushy tone to his reading. The story is also a bit stretched with some elements barely tied together. It just wasn't as satisfying as The Protector.

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Gripping till the end. Great research

Great story line and live Mr Morrells research of the details. Feel like he's lived it. Brings his charters to life

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If you could sum up The Naked Edge in three words, what would they be?

Have not listened to David Morrell in a long while...The Naked Edge started strong and stayed strong to the very end. Did not disappoint.

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Too Much Info

Would you try another book from David Morrell and/or Dick Hill?

No

Any additional comments?

After Listening to Rambo I thought I'd listen to this book. The author is a good story teller, but in this book he really dragged the story down with an over abundance of minutia time and time again. There'd be some really good action going on, and then we get into some long explanations of things or a several minute description of them going through a car for a bomb. When I'm going down the road I want the story to flow and not keep going through a slow and go mode so much.

My other problem is Dick Hill's reading. His voice reminds me of James Gregory who played Inspector Frank Luger on Barney Miller. His voice would be great for old gangster stories, but for stories like this it came off as over dramatic quite often. Unfortunately Frank doesn't have a lot of range on his voices so the female voices pretty much sounded all the same, and not a lot of difference on the male voices either.

The book and presentation isn't terrible, and some would most likely enjoy it more than I did. Like I said. The story itself had a lot of good parts to it, but kept getting bogged down in my opinion

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Mediocre, at best

Would you try another book from David Morrell and/or Dick Hill?

I dunno - maybe - this was my first book by Morrell.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Childhood rivalries and adult retribution. The action was too over the top! Almost too far fetched.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This was not Dick Hill's best reading. Usually, he does a bang up job. And I've listened to many of his narratives...but this one was odd. His voice slurred often and the accents he tried were wrong. The female voices were "off". Maybe he was as bored with the story as I was.

Do you think The Naked Edge needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Nope! Didn't much enjoy the characters....so I don't feel the need for a sequel.

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Not as good as I hoped.

Several years ago I listened to The Protector and loved it. I was looking forward to the second installment. I liked the story but the narrator was a bit inconsistent. I have listened to other books by this narrator and didn’t find that the case. I am glad that I listened to it but I am not sure that I will listen a second time like I did The Protector.

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Thoroughly enjoyable!

I'd forgotten how much I love Dick Hill! His oratory skills truly bring stories to life. I get the impression that this isn't the first story featuring these characters and now that I've finished this one, I'm compelled to find out of my guess is true. I generally love the longer stories; must be leftover from my impulses as a kid to always check out thicker books from the library. This story is full of action and suspense; getting lost in their world was easy as there was just enough description. Sometimes authors can lose me with their habit of describing every little thing in minute detail. This author didn't fall into that trap. I'll definitely be adding him to my list of must read authors. A+

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Much better than expected

This book was a good listen . . well performed with a feasible, if not improbable plot

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Morrell is top notch

The book is great but I must be one of very few who just can’t handle Dick Hill’s narration. So many of my favorite authors have used him which leads me to … it must be me. Although the story is standard excellent as with all Morrell I’ve read or listened to, it was a tough listen. There are so many amazing narrators who could have taken this over the top so this is one I would have enjoyed more with book in hand.

If you’re a Dick Hill fan you should enjoy.

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Could have been a bit shorter

Struggled not to skip ahead in the parts that dragged, could have been 10-15% shorter