REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; 26 AUGUST 2015 Narrator: Nick Sullivan
I saw a review or two that likened King's writing to Connelly. I didn't see the similarity bREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; 26 AUGUST 2015 Narrator: Nick Sullivan
I saw a review or two that likened King's writing to Connelly. I didn't see the similarity but this could be due to my listening to the audiobooks, read by different narrators, than reading the print book. Nick Sullivan, whose narrating I like, did not give Max Freeman the tortured feel to the character that Dick Hill and Len Cariou did for Harry Bosch.
The story was just ok to me. I can't give it 4 stars because it lacked that indefinable something that gets me hooked on a book, or series. I put this series on my radar because I thought I'd try a private investigator series, having run out of Lucas Davenport and Harry Bosch, and not getting anywhere with Dave Robicheaux or Virgil Flowers. I like the premise of an ex-cop "hiding" out in South Florida and I like his lawyer-friend, Billy Manchester, though it was stressful listening to his part of the dialogue as Billy has a stutter.
The murder plot seems implausible to me but perhaps I'm used to the serial killing of children because of pedophilia, rather than non-sexual reasons. The rationale of the killer/killers was just too far-fetched for me and did affect my rating of the book. Freeman hasn't grown on me either but I'm willing to try another installment to see if his character develops further. Freeman and Richards, a detective from Fort Lauderdale, strike up a flirtation and it continues on to the next book though whether she remains with Freeman throughout the series remains to be seen....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; AUGUST 25, 2015 Narrator: Phil Gigante
This second installment started so-so, went into an interminable slump but finished well. ItREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; AUGUST 25, 2015 Narrator: Phil Gigante
This second installment started so-so, went into an interminable slump but finished well. It took so long for Burke to get moving on Strega's case that at 50% I had to stop the audio and check that I had the right book because there was no mention of a character named Strega. Turns out Strega is the redhead from chapter one.
Despite the slower pace than I like, Strega is still a solid book and I'm getting to know Burke better. I don't care for his getting into bed with both female clients from the two books but I guess that's par for the course with these male thriller writers.
I might take a break from the series and try something fluffy and silly before I return to it but I know this is already getting to be an addictive series for me. Dark and depressing though the subject matter is, I enjoy following Burke as he exacts his own brand of justice.
Phil Gigante performed the audio very well. I didn't think he'd be as good as Christopher Lane, who narrated the first book, but Gigante surprised me with his range of character-voices. His Strega was lovely - soft, feminine and natural-sounding. Excellent differentiation between the male characters, but I preferred Lane's Mama whose HongKong accent had me smiling. Gigante's Mama came equipped with a HongKong-Cantonese accent, too, (it's very different from, say, a Malaysian-Cantonese one) but wasn't as good as Lane's....more